The academic autumn season of conferences has started and I spent last week in Luxembourg to attend the 11th conference of the rural archaeology network Ruralia. About 60 researchers from all over Europe met to discuss various aspects of “Religious places, cults and rituals in medieval rural environment”. I presented my project in a paper called “Sami circular offering sites – medieval religious anomalies or a modern myth?” and received many useful questions and comments, as well as some very good tips about similar structures other places in Europe and researchers I should contact about these.
The other conference papers covered a wide range of topics from rock-cut graves in Portugal to pilgrim churches for parents with deceased children in Swtitzerland, offering caves in Latvia, hermitages in the UK, and many other interesting localities and approaches to the main subject of religion, cult, and rituals at the outskirts in Europe. In addition we got to see some of Luxembourg and its sites of religious significance during several excursions. Unfortunately I could not stay for the whole program, but I am very happy I got the chance to participate in this highly interesting and enjoyable event. Many thanks to the organizers for a great week in Clervaux!