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

EMIAC 94 – Electricity from Coal

19.05.18, 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

International Symposium on Archaeometry (ISA)

20.05.18-26.05.18, Mexico
The aim of this symposium is to promote the development and use of scientific techniques, for the extraction of archaeological and historical information from the cultural heritage and the paleoenvironment. It involves all natural sciences and all types of objects and materials related with human activity. Emphasis will be given to integrated and multi-disciplinary studies involving archaeological or anthropological research.

International Congress of Classical Archaeology

22.05.18-26.05.18, Cologne/Bonn
The XIXth International Congress of Classical Archaeology with the theme: Archaeology and Economy in the Ancient World. Researchers from 42 countries will give talks on the state of current research, new research questions, innovative methodologies and up-coming projects. Visit: or email:

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

04.06.18 - 09.06.18, Paris

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

Europa conference 2018: Coastal Archaeology in prehistory

22.06.18-23.06.18, York
This conference celebrates the achievements of Professor Geoff Bailey, University of York, in the field of European prehistory. Confirmed speakers include: Prof Clive Gamble, University of Southampton; Prof Chris Stringer, Natural History Museum; Prof Nena Galanidou, University of Crete; Prof Hein Bjerck, The NTNU University Museum, Norwegian University of Science and Technology; Dr Helen Farr, University of Southampton; Prof Vince Gaffney, University of Bradford; Prof Simon Holdaway, University of Auckland.

University Archaeology Day

23.06.18, British Museum, London

Explore the possibilities for a future in the past! At the University Archaeology Day you can find out everything you need to know about studying this exciting subject. The event is designed for prospective students, teachers and parents to learn about the many degree programmes on offer across the UK, to discover the huge range of career opportunities that an archaeology degree can lead to, and to hear about some of the latest archaeological research. Visit their Eventbrite page for more details.

Prehistoric and early historic tracks on the Downland and Weald

23.06.18, Lewes
A lecture by Prof Martin Bell FSA of Reading University will take a critical look at the evidence for early patterns of movement on the Downs and in the Weald. He will consider to what extent the ridgeways such as the South Downs Way served as prehistoric routes and argue that there is actually rather better evidence for the early origins of routes at right angles to the escarpments, marked in places by hollow ways, these connected contrasting environmental zones and topographies. The talk is based on a case study from a forthcoming book Making ones Way in the World. This talk to the Sussex Archaeological Society will take place at 4pm in Lewes. For tickets priced £6 for non-SAS members see:

Grave Concerns: Death, Landscape and Locality in Medieval Society 

13.07.18 - 15.07.18, Durham

This weekend conference, 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.

Festival of Leicestershire and Rutland Archaeology 

14.07.18-29.07.18, Leicestershire & Rutland
A chance to discover more about the rich and diverse heritage of Leicestershire and Rutland. The Festival has a fascinating range of events, talks and guided tours from some of the county's archaeological and historical experts. Local groups will show you their own discoveries and invite you to become involved in making the next great discovery! 
For an online version of the leaflet and to keep up to date with the latest events go to their Festival website.

Prehistoric East Anglia

21.07.18, Norwich
This day conference will take place at the Thomas Paine Lecture Theatre at the University of East Anglia.Topics include Prehistoric Pottery from the Norwich Environ, Arminghall Henge Revisited, East Anglian Neolithic and Bronze Age 30 Years On, Off-River Bronze Age Settlement, and Bronze Age Hoards. Tickets £20 for NAHRG and CEAS members, £25 for non-members. This includes a full day of lectures, refreshments and a buffet lunch. For a booking form below.

AIA Annual Conference 2018

31.08.18 - 04.09.18, Nottingham
This year’s Association for Industrial Archaeology (AIA) Conference will begin with a Seminar on ‘Revised Research Frameworks in Industrial Archaeology’, then the conference from Friday evening to Sunday lunchtime, with coach visits from Sunday afternoon to Tuesday or Wednesday (which will include colliery sites, railway viaducts, steam engines, canals and bell founding). The AGM on Sunday will be followed by the Rolt Lecture by Geoffrey Stell.

Recent Archaeological Research in the Channel Islands and nearby France

07.09.18-09.09.18, Jersey

Hosted by the Société Jersiaise Archaeology Section, this event showcases the very best and up-to-date archaeological research into our Islands, and nearby parts of France.  Our range of expert speakers is drawn from archaeologists working in Jersey, Guernsey, Sark and Alderney, with selected academics from both French and English Universities. The conference will take place in the Members Room at the Société Jersiaise, 7 Pier Road, St Helier. Visit their website for more details.

Design and Destiny: Arts and Crafts of the Iron Age

20.10.18, Lewes

Conference organised by the Sussex Archaeological Society to explore the Iron Age through its artefacts. Our speakers will bring varied perspectives on artefact research to enlarge our understanding of social influences and the economics of trade and exchange in this period. Speakers include: Dr Jody Joy, Dr Sophia Adams, Dr Helen Chittock, Dr Julia Farley, Dr Melanie Giles, Anna Doherty, Edwin Wood, Dr Jaime Kaminski, and Dr John Creighton. Tickets: £50 per person (students £25) to include lunch and refreshments. Venue: King’s Church, Lewes), 10am-5pm. For further details and booking form, visit or contact Lorna Gartside 

CAA-UK Conference

26.10.18-27.10.18, Edinburgh
The organisers of Computer Applications & Quantitative Methods in Archaeology conference would like to invite the submission of papers and posters related to the general topics of quantitative methods and computer applications in heritage. Speakers will be allocated a maximum of 20 minutes for presentations. The deadline for abstract submission is Friday 23rd February 2018. For details of possible topics and how to submit papers go to:

Celebrating our Woodland Heritage

16.11.18-18.11.18, Bradford

This conference will explore key themes which can broaden our horizons and improve connections between all parts of society interested in woodland history. We hope to attract academics from a range of disciplines who seek a deeper understanding of the heritage value of our woodlands. We invite proposals for presentations  from individuals involved in the study or promotion of our woodlands, to share in this celebration of our unique heritage. The closing date for paper submissions is 22 June 2018. For general enquiries and all submissions email the university

Exploring Roman York: looking back, looking forward

17.11.18, York

Presented by the York Archaeological Forum, this event will take place at the George Hudson Room, West Offices, Station Rise, York YO1 6GA. The venue is fully accessible and tickets cost £15, with 30 free student places available. Pre-booking essential. Full programme to be announced. Watch this space.

Heritage and Resources in Southeast England

24.11.18, Lewes
An interdisciplinary conference involving aspects of Geology, Archaeology and Local History. Speakers will include: Ken Brooks, Danielle Schreve, David Rudling, Simon Elliott, John Blackwell, Chris Hare, Geoff Turner, and David Shilston. Tickets: £25 to include a buffet lunch and refreshments. For further details and a booking form please email  

Anne Mowbray Duchess of York, a 15th-Century plantaganet child burial from London

12.02.19, London

A forthcoming free public lecture at the Society of Antiquaries, Burlington House, London, W1, at 1pm by Bruce Watson. Space is limited so pre-booking online is recommended at later this year.
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