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A comprehensive list detailing various conferences, which will be taking place over the next few months.

Recent excavations at the Mesolithic site of Star Carr 

28 November 2017 – 7.30pm 

With Professor Nicky Milner from University of York at the Tempest Anderson Hall of the Yorkshire Museum

Starr Carr is an internationally important Mesolithic site that dates back to roughly 9000 BC. First discovered in the 1940s, early excavations unearthed some extremely rare and intriguing objects, such as headdresses made from red deer skulls and amber beads, which made the site famous in the archaeological world.

From 2004-2015 further excavations took place led by a team from the Universities of York, Manchester and Chester, and other rare discoveries were made including an engraved pendant and three large wooden platforms representing the oldest evidence of carpentry in Europe. These important findings have changed the ways in which we understand how hunter-gatherers lived, shortly after the end of the last Ice Age. 

Admission is free. If you would like further details please visit or call 01904 656713

Egypt Uncovered: Belzoni and the Tomb of Pharaoh Seti I

Wed 11 October 2017 – Sun 15 April 2018

Soane Gallery, Sir John Soane’s Museum

To coincide with the 200th anniversary of the discovery of the tomb of Pharaoh Seti I by the Egyptologist Giovanni Battista Belzoni (1778–1823), Sir John Soane’s Museum will present Egypt Uncovered: Belzoni and the Tomb of Pharaoh Seti I – a new exhibition revealing the story behind the Museum’s most treasured possession.

Known as ‘The Great Belzoni’, Giovanni Battista Belzoni was one of the most famous and pioneering explorers of his age, and played a crucial role in the development of Egyptology as a scientific discipline. A former circus strongman based in London, in 1815 Belzoni took up the role of engineer in Egypt, charged with the removal of large and heavy antiquities.

On 17 October 1817, Belzoni made his finest discovery: he found the tomb of Ramesses’ father, Seti I comprising ten vividly painted chambers decorated with thousands of hieroglyphs, and Seti’s elaborately carved white alabaster sarcophagus.

Seti reigned for 13 years (BC 1291–1278), and was a great military pharaoh of the 19th dynasty, pursuing campaigns in Syria and Lebanon. Seti’s reign marked a period of re-birth for Egypt, during which art and culture reached a sophistication rarely equalled in subsequent centuries.

This is evident in the quality of the reliefs in Seti’s tomb, which were among the most sophisticated in the Valley of the Kings. Belzoni found the wall paintings in excellent condition with some of the artists’ brushes and paints even left on the floor. Belzoni and his assistant Alessandro Ricci meticulously copied the reliefs in a series of stunning watercolours, several which, on loan from Bristol Museum and Art Gallery, feature prominently in the exhibition.

The huge alabaster sarcophagus which originally held Seti’s mummified remains was removed by Belzoni and eventually purchased by John Soane in 1824, who gave it pride of place in the Sepulchral Chamber at the heart of the Museum. According to Belzoni, the sarcophagus ‘merits the most particular attention, not having its equal in the world, and being such as we had no idea could exist.’

‘Distinguished fashionables and literary characters’ to celebrate his purchase, the exhibition also presents more recent conservation and research into the object. In addition, the exhibition will feature a new high-resolution 3-D digital scan of the sarcophagus by Factum Arte, which will be displayed adjacent to real fragments of its broken lid.


If you would like any more information, please contact the museum

Scottish Student Archaeology Society Conference

27 - 28 January 2018

Scottish Student Archaeology organise the Scottish Student Archaeology Society Conference. This year it it being run by Glasgow University Archaeology Society, based in the Archaeology Department of the University Of Glasgow.

They have come together with Edinburgh, Aberdeen and St Andrews University Arch Soc’s to offer this exciting new student conference, which they hope will continue in future years, switching host university annually.

They have made a commitment to provide an affordable and accessible weekend conference for students to take the first steps into academic presentation in a friendly, open and social environment. Aiming to allow students from across Scotland the opportunity to meet and learn from their peers and meet researchers, lecturers, archaeologists and heritage professionals from across Scotland.

The Seminar sessions within the conferences focus on aspects of Scottish Archaeology chosen by the hosting committee. These will cover a broad range of time periods, allowing for a wide variety of speakers and talks, that will offer something of interest to everyone.

Students whose research does not fit the seminar themes will have the opportunity to present their research at a poster session during the course of the weekends events.


For more information please visit the website -

Current Archaeology Live! 2018

23 - 24 February 2018, London

Current Archaeology's annual conference, focusing on the latest finds and ground-breaking research within archaeology, will be held at Senate House, London. The winners of the 2018 Current Archaeology Awards, as voted for by the public, will be announced at the Friday evening reception. 

For more information, visit, or call 020 8819 5580.

NOSAS Weekend Conference

23 - 25 March 2018

The conference will be to celebrate their 20th Birthday with a weekend conference:

  • Friday afternoon – a guided walk in Inverness
  • Friday evening presentation – Fraser Hunter, National Museums of Scotland: What did the Romans ever do for the Highlands?
  • Saturday – a Conference in Inverness, £16, see below
  • Saturday evening – a dinner in the Mercure Hotel, Inverness
  • Sunday – a guided field trip south of Inverness

Looking Backwards, Looking Forwards:

20 Years of NOSAS and Community Archaeology in the Highlands

Saturday 24 March 2018             

Highland Council Chambers, Inverness

A Conference to review 20 years of Highland’s community archaeology, and to peer into the next 20 years. What will change? What will we be doing then?

Morning Session: Looking Backwards     

Chair - Roland Spencer-Jones, NOSAS

Meryl Marshall, NOSAS - 20 Years of NOSAS

Susan Kruse, ARCH - ARCH and the Community

Tanja Romankiewicz, University of  Edinburgh - Rounding up Roundhouses – stories both known and unknown

Dave McBain, Historic Assynt – another 20-year celebration

Nick Lindsay, Clyne Heritage Society - Clyne Heritage, and Brora Salt Pans

A NOSAS Slide-show - Activities and People


Afternoon Session: Looking Forwards - Chair - Andy Heald, AOC 

Graeme Cavers, AOC -  The Future of Surveying

Lisa Brown, Historic Environment Scotland - The Future Science of Archaeology

Lynne & Lachlan McKeggie, Highland Archaeology Services - The Future for Excavation

Tom Dawson, SCAPE - The Future of Archaeology and the Media

Panel Discussion of the above speakers: What place does the amateur archaeologist have in this bold new future?


Further details on the website:

or email Karen Kennedy:

Do join us. Put the date in your diaries. Book now. 

NOSAS is an SCIO, a charity since 2014, registered no. SC044585 with the Office of the Scottish Charity Regulator.

Conference on Heritage and Identity: Call for Papers

23 - 26 March 2018

Who are we and where do we belong? Every human being will ask these questions at some point in their lives. Answers often depend on what people consider their heritage to be and how they interpret it.

KöszegIn the European Year of Cultural Heritage, ‘Heritage and Identity’ will be the theme of our Interpret Europe Conference which will take place from 23 to 26 March in Koszeg in Hungary, at its border with Austria. It will be organised by the Hungarian Association of Cultural Heritage Managers (KÖME) and opened by the EU Commissioner for Education, Culture, Youth and Sport, Tibor Navracsics.

Interpret Europe conferences regularly attract 150-200 participants from more than 25 countries, all of whom share a dedication to supporting local people and visitors at heritage sites in their search for meaning in heritage. Besides seminal keynote speeches and study visits to remarkable heritage sites, IE conferences benefit from up to 80 presentations and interactive workshops delivered by participants.

We considered how Interpret Europe could best contribute to recent challenges and debates and found that ‘Heritage and Identity’ would be an excellent theme. The question of identity is key when it comes to one’s feelings towards Europe in all its diversity and one’s relationship with single nation-states, regions and local communities. One European region where identities most intermingle is the Austro-Hungarian border area. We, therefore, intend to run the conference as a border-crossing event, starting our pre-conference tour at Vienna from where we will travel into Hungary and ending our post-conference tour in Budapest. Study visits will include sites within the border-crossing Ferto / Neusiedlersee Cultural Landscape (a UNESCO World Heritage Site). Destinations will be as different as Esterháza, the ‘Hungarian Versailles’, which belonged to one of the most famous landowning families of the Austro-Hungarian Empire, or the Pan-European Picnic Park where the Iron Curtain was first lifted in 1989.

In relation to the theme ‘Heritage and Identity’, we now call for abstracts of papers regarding questions such as:

How can we consider different collective (religious, national, local, ethnic…) identities?

Is there a ‘European identity’ mirrored by ‘European heritage’?

How should we cope with social aspects (education, wealth, gender,…) linked to people’s identities?

How can we address humanist values such as non-discrimination and human dignity?

How can we encourage people to reflect upon heritage sites from different perspectives?

How does interpretation alter the way identity constructs are passed on or questioned?

Are there different identity constructs east and west of the former Iron Curtain?

How do encounters with natural heritage shape the identity of people?

Presentations can be 25 or 55 minutes long and we generally recommend keeping them as short and inspiring as possible. Workshops can be 55 or 125 minutes long and will always be characterised by the active involvement of participants.

On our conference website, you can find the submission form and abstract requirements. We look forward to receiving your abstracts of papers by 15 December 2017. 

We also accept abstracts of papers dealing with new developments in heritage interpretation theory and practice even if they are not directly related to the conference theme of ‘Heritage and Identity’.

Berkshire Archaeological Society’s Conference

Saturday 14 April 2018

The Conference will present talks from the Mesolithic through the Neolithic, Iron Age and Roman periods. Highlights in which you may be interested are Mesolithic artefacts from the Kennet Valley by Professor Martin Bell, a Neolithic settlement at Dachet, Berkshire, and an Iron Age settlement in Wallingford, Oxfordshire. 

In the Roman period, the recently discovered Romano-Celtic temple at Silchester, Nero’s Brickworks at Little London by Professor Fulford, and the Boxford villa with its mosaic and Roman tools found in London. All will be revealed at St. Nicolas Hall, Newbury, RG14 5HG from 10.00 AM until 4.00PM. All are welcome. Bring a packed lunch or eat in one of the nearby cafes. 

Entrance: £10. 

For further information contact:

EMIAC 94 – Electricity from Coal

19 May 2018

Long Eaton, Derbyshire

The East Midlands Industrial Archaeology Conference will focus on electricity generation in the Trent Valley, from early small-scale municipal plants to the giant CEGB power stations of the 1960s. With a total phase-out of coal burning projected for 2025, this is a good time to look back at the industry and consider how its heritage is recorded.

The programme includes speakers from local societies and Historic England and a guided walk to see Long Eaton’s original canal-side power station and some of the lace factories that were its first customers. The one day conference is hosted by the Derbyshire Archaeological Society and a booking form is available on their website at

Prehistoric and protohistoric evidence of early farming and pastoral activities in mountain environments

Paris, 4-9 June

From the "Archaeology of Social Dynamics" Group we co-promote and encourage to participate(*) in the following session:

*(please notice that all the official communications and registrations must be done through the UISPP, ).

XVIII Congress UISPP to be held at Paris, 4-9 June.

SESSION XXI-3. Prehistoric and protohistoric evidence of early farming and pastoral activities in mountain environments Ermengol Gassiot Ballbè 1, Francesco Carrer 2, Ignacio Clemente Conte 3, Philippe Della Casa 4, Pawel Valde-Nowak 5.

1 : Department of Prehistory, Autonomous University of Barcelona
2 : School of History, Classics and Archaeology. Newcastle University
3 : Institución Milà i Fontanals, Consejo Superior de Investigaciones Científicas - CSIC
4 : Institut für Archäologie, Universität Zürich 73
5 : Institute of Archeology, Jagiellonian University

Archaeological evidence of crop cultivation and pastoralism in mid- and high-mountain areas has considerably increased in the last decade. 

The phenomenon starts in prehistoric times and, in some mountain ranges, its chronology corresponds to the earliest spread of agriculture in the neighbouring lowlands. The new data available, related to an increasing number of archaeological sites investigated in the uplands, influence the reconstruction of the processes of colonization and exploitation at mid and high altitudes.

This session will focus on the expansion of early farming and pastoral practices in mountain environments during prehistoric and protohistoric times. We welcome contributions addressing archaeological and palaeoecological evidence for these activities in the highlands, the reasons for their expansion, their integration and evolution, as well as their impact on the alpine and subalpine environment

Grave Concerns: Death, Landscape and Locality in Medieval Society 

13-15 July 2018

This weekend conference (13-15 July 2018), sponsored by the Society for Medieval Archaeology, brings together researchers working on aspects of death, dying and burial from AD 300-1500 in Britain, Ireland and further afield. Paper proposals are invited from established and early career researchers on all aspects of Medieval funerary archaeology, including explorations of funerary rites and grave types, the use of antecedent landscape features for burial, charting the rise of commemorative markers in stone, the arrival of monastic and churchyard burial traditions and new perspectives on disease and health in medieval populations and population mobility. 

Paper proposals should be submitted by the 30 November 2017. Please send a title and short abstract to A call for posters will follow registration for attendance will open on the 1 February 2018.

Investigating Tree Archaeology

May 2018 - Sept 2019

2-days (16/17) May 2018 and 3-day Sept. 2019, Sheffield, UK

SYBRG (Econet) & partners are organising two conferences on the theme of ‘Tree Archaeology’ looking at archaeology and heritage at the core of understanding treescapes. These multi-disciplinary events will link the managed woodland or individual tree to their processing and utilisation in historic buildings other structures and processes. They will bring together veteran tree specialists, dendrochronologists, archaeologists, vernacular building architects and technologists, ecologists and woodland historians to discuss the history and technology of woodland management, processes and products. The events will look at the various aspects of tree and woodland archaeology which extends from the hedgerow/ wood-pasture/ wood [process] to final destination [product]. We will cover five main themes across the two conferences. For more information, you can visit the website.

In addition, in 2019 we plan to include a living archaeology theme.

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