the Jean-Marie Pesez Conferences on Medieval Rural Archaeology

Ruralia is an international association for the archaeology of medieval settlement and rural life. It provides a colloquium of current problems in rural archaeology from most participating European countries to strengthen the exchange of knowledge in, and the development of, archaeologically comparable studies, and to make archaeological results available to other disciplines. The time-range of Ruralia covers the centuries before and after the Early and High Medieval periods as well, namely the period from ca. 500-1700 AD.

The key activity of the RURALIA association is a conference held every two years in one of the participating countries. The conference languages is English.

The co-ordinating body of the RURALIA association is the RURALIA COMMITTEE, made up of representatives of each of the participating countries, and led by the president together with the executive committee. The association's first president was Jean-Marie Pesez (1929-1998), whose name the conference series now bears.

Contact: the President - Prof Claudia Theune-Vogt, University of Vienna, Department of Prehistory and Historical Archaeology, Franz-Klein Gasse 1, 1180 Vienna, Austria (

the Vice-president - Prof Mark Gardiner, University of Lincoln, Brayford Pool, LN6 7TS Lincoln, United Kingdom (

From 2015, Ruralia is an international association registered as a charity in the Netherlands, KvK nr. 59125101.