International Council for Traditional Music

A Non-Governmental Organization in Formal Consultative Relations with UNESCO

ICTM Study Group on Music Archaeology

The ICTM Study Group on Music Archaeology has been founded in the early 1980s. The study group aims to study music cultures and musical practices, including song and dance, from the past and from all over the world. The study field combines musicological and archaeological perspectives, and includes an array of related disciplines. The homepage of the study group provides information on symposia and publications (currently under construction). For a brief description of the history of the study group, see the Introduction in Music & Ritual: Bridging Material & Living Cultures (Publications of the ICTM Study Group on Music Archaeology, Vol. 1), ed. by R. Jiménez / R. Till / M. Howell (Ekho Verlag, Berlin 2014).  

14th Symposium of the ICTM Study Group on Music Archaeology (17-21 August 2015, Biskupin, Poland)

The forthcoming symposium of the ICTM Study Group on Music Archaeology will be held at the conference center and archaeological museum of Biskupin, Poland (near Poznań). This wonderful venue is located in the nearby of Lake Biskupin close to the excavated and partly reconstructed Bronze Age site of the same name.

New Series: Publications of the ICTM Study Group on Music Archaeology

With the anthology ‘Music & Ritual: Bridging Material & Living Cultures’ (2013), Ekho Verlag launches a new series, ‘Publications of the ICTM Study Group on Music Archaeology’. The volumes of the new series are always focused around a specific topic. Each volume is composed of concise case studies, bringing together the world’s foremost researchers on a particular subject, reflecting the wide scope of music-archaeological research world-wide.

April 8-12, 2013, Guatemala - Crossing Borders: Musical Change and Exchange through Time

The XIII. Symposium of the ICTM Study Group for Music Archaeology will be held in Guatemala City, on 8-12 April 2013. The topic is “Crossing Borders: Musical Change and Exchange through Time” (for the details, see the call for abstracts here). This conference is co-organised by Matthias Stöckli and Arnd Adje Both, and hosted by the Universidad del Valle de Guatemala.

Sept 19-24, 2011, Valladolid, Spain - Sound and Ritual in Music Archaeology: Bridging Material and Living Cultures

XII. Congress of the ICTM Study Group for Music Archaeology
University of Valladolid, Spain
Ritual aspects of sound production are frequently touched in music-archaeological studies, but seldom the main focus of research. Ritual  behaviour is often reflected in material culture, but the individual meaning

Contact the Study Group Chair

For information please contact the Study Group Chair Dr. Arnd Adje Both:

Dr Arnd Adje Both
Korsoerer Str. 3
10437 Berlin


Meeting July 2007, Vienna

Business meeting held on 9 July 2007, at the 39th ICTM World Conference in Vienna.

The business meeting was held to elect a new chair and discuss future activities of the study group. It was chaired by Stephen Wild and Adje Both and attended by 14 colleagues who expressed their interest in this growing research field.

Zdravko Blazekovic, Bernd Brabec de Mori, Tinaig Clodoré-Tissot, Cornelia Dragusin, Jacqueline Ekgren, Gerlinde Haas, Fang Jianjun, Li Mei, Ivona Opetscheska Tatarchevska, Matthias Stöckli, Pei Ju Tsai, Liu Yong, Guan-Da Yuan
Mirjana Zakic-Belgrade

Meeting April 2003, Los Angeles

The Music Archaeology Study Group of ICTM (the International Council of Traditional Music) will hold its study group meeting April 25-27, 2003 on the campus of the University of California, Los Angeles. Anyone is welcome to attend.

The study group is newly re-organized, and this will be the first study group meeting. The group will complement existing groups that hold meetings in Europe and other parts of the world, with the goal of increasing interaction and information exchange among those with similar interests.