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

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.

Planning and Archaeology

30 September 2017

10am to 5pm

Learn about the latest discoveries in development-related archaeology in Dorset at an event at County Hall in Dorchester organised by Dorset County Council’s Historic Environment team.

Presentations are a mixture of the latest news from long-term projects and exciting new work, and include:

  • Archaeological discoveries on new water mains from Salisbury to Corfe Mullen, and Sturminster Marshall to Culpeppers Dish (Peter Cox, AC archaeology)
  • New light on Dorchester's Roman defences from recent work in the Borough Gardens (Peter Bellamy, Terrain Archaeology)
  • Abbey House, Shaftesbury (Peter Cox, AC archaeology)
  • Evidence of Wareham's medieval past from excavations at Pound Lane, Wareham (Jon Milward, Bournemouth Archaeology)
  • Archaeology in large-scale, long-term quarry projects: Woodsford Quarry and Hurn Court Quarry (Andrew Weale and Richard Tabor, Thames Valley Archaeological Services SW)
  • Archaeological evaluations at Parmiter Drive and Cuthbury Gardens, Wimborne Minster (Damian De Rosa, Wessex Archaeology)
  • Dorchester Prison (Richard Greatorex, Cotswold Archaeology)
  • A medieval manorial site at Putton Lane, Chickerell (Clare Randall, Context One Archaeological Services)

The event starts at 10am and is due to finish at 5pm. Tickets are £10 which includes tea/coffee. Book your place in advance and pay on the day. Our dayschools are always well attended and numbers are limited - without a booking you may be disappointed. A buffet lunch is also available at a cost of £6 but must be booked in advance.

For booking and more information please visit the website.

Contact: Claire Pinder, Senior Archaeologist, Dorset County Council. Tel: 01305 224921 or Email:

The Origins of Western Art

A MANCENT Day Conference, Saturday 30 September 2017

With Jo Backhouse, Sarah Griffiths, Birgitta Hoffmann and Michael Tunnicliffe


A day school exploring how the Ancient World and its cultures influenced Western Art.

How were our ideas of Western Art formed? Why do we depict humans the way we do? Where does our love for ornament come from? How did these concepts get transmitted from Antiquity to the Middle Age and Modern Europe?

  • Egyptian Art and Artists: Can we identify the individual? - Jo Backhouse
  • Roman and Hellenistic Art and the European Renaissance – Sarah Griffiths
  • Horror Vacui? The rise of the ornament from the Bronze Age to the Birgitta HoffmannMiddle Ages -
  • The Beginnings of Christian Art: Michael development and influences- Tunnicliffe


Saturday 30 September 2017: 10.30am– 4.30pm

Cross Street Chapel, Cross Street, Manchester, M2 1NL

Tickets: £40. Bookings and further details visit their website

Lost Property: From private loss to public gain

23 June 2017 - 1 October 2017

Moyse's Hall Museum, Bury St Edmunds

A new exhibition offering visitors the chance to explore ‘Lost Property’ from across Suffolk and Norfolk, dating back to the Neolithic age.

The exhibition of treasure and archaeological finds from across two counties follows Moyse’s Hall’s recent upgrade to national GIS museum standards, enabling it to display national and international treasures.

The museum, along with Suffolk County Council Archaeology Service, has also worked closely with 19 regional metal detecting groups and individuals, including Suffolk resident and former Rolling Stone, Bill Wyman, to stage the landmark exhibition.

Lost Property: Private Loss to Public Gain, also celebrates 20 years of the Portable Antiquities Scheme (PAS), under which any finds of antiquarian interest, are first recorded.

Alongside the exhibition are a series of special events:

Antiquities Identification Sessions

8 and 15 July 11am – 3pm
Want to know more about the origins of your own finds? Suffolk Archaeology team will be offering their expert insight in local people’s treasure finds.

Lecture: The Finds at Rendlesham

Fri 28 July 7pm
Suffolk County Council’s Senior Archaeological Officer, Faye Minter BA (Hons) MA FSA, offers a fascinating insight into the Anglo-Saxon finds at Rendlesham.
Tickets: £10

Lecture: From East Anglia to Wiltshire - Following the Trail of the Flint Mega-core

18 August 7pm
Television’s Time Team and Wiltshire County Council archaeologist, Phil Harding, presents a new theory relating to part of St Edmundsbury Heritage’s archaeological collection.          Tickets: £10

Recent Discoveries in Lincolnshire Archaeology plus the Bronze Age Village at Must Farm

SLHA's Annual Archaeology Day Conference

7 October 2017

Topics and Speakars will include:
Old Sleaford Revealed - Dale Trimble
Lincoln Eastern By-pass: recent excavations - Ruben Lopez
Excavations at Lincoln Bus Station - Gavin Glover
The Bronze Age Village at Must Farm, Cambridgeshire - Mark Knight
The Archaeology of the Gilbertine Order in Lincolnshire - Peter Townend
New Finds from some Lincoln Monasteries - Stuart Harrison
The Georgian Lunatic Asylum (The Lawn) - Kat Fenelly

Conference Fee: £25.00 for SLHA members and £35.00 for non-members; this includes lunch and refreshments 

Time: 9.30am - 4.30pm
Venue: Christ's Hospital School, Wragby Road, Lincoln, LN2 4PN
For more information and to book please visit the website.

Communicating World Heritage  

7-10 October 2017 

Enginuity, Ironbridge Gorge World Heritage Site, UK  

Booking open! Earlybird deadline: 31st August


About the conference 

The Ironbridge International Institute for Cultural Heritage, University of Birmingham and World Heritage UK have joined forces to hold a special four-day international meeting at the World Heritage Site of Ironbridge Gorge, near Telford, Shropshire. The first two days will bring together academics from around the world to discuss research and global policy focusing on the communication of World Heritage Values from 7-8 October.  

This will be followed by the third annual conference of World Heritage UK where practitioners will join to explore the many ways to communicate World Heritage to different audiences on 9-10 October.  

Together, this joint event will take place within the Ironbridge Gorge which, in 1986, became one of the first UK sites to be awarded World Heritage Status by UNESCO. The designation of the Ironbridge Gorge as a World Heritage Site recognised the area’s unique contribution to the birth of the Industrial Revolution in the 18th century, the impact of which was felt across the world. The surviving built and natural environment with its museums, monuments and artefacts, serve to remind us of this area’s unique contribution to the history and development of industrialised society. 


About the conference programme


From 7-8 October, the conference sessions will explore heritage research and global policy, drawing its themes from an AHRC Collaborative doctoral research project between the AHRC, IIICH and the Ironbridge Gorge Museum Trust which examines the relationships that World Heritage Sites share with different communities of interest, and how World Heritage Values are communicated with these groups. The sessions will focus on sharing and discussing research undertaken by four PhD candidates from the Ironbridge International Institute for Cultural Heritage (IIICH) at the University of Birmingham, which taken together comprises 12 years of research on a single World Heritage Site, while placing it in combination with comparative and contrasting case studies presented by researchers and practitioners from around the world. The sessions will focus on the following research themes: 


  • Education within the World Heritage Site 
  • Specialist Groups and World Heritage: Ironbridge Gorge as an Industrial World Heritage Site 
  • Tourism within Ironbridge Gorge World Heritage Site 
  • The communities of the Ironbridge Gorge World Heritage Site 


From 9-10 October, delegates will hear from some of the most influential leaders in Heritage before considering the key audiences to target in a series of session themes which will explore how we can best communicate with ‘Governments and the Public Sector’, talk to ‘Business and Funders’, and address the needs of ‘Young People and Communities’, as well as how we communicate with each other (World Heritage Sites, Europe and the UNESCO family) and with the wider world, including the media.  


Book your tickets 

To see our programme, and book your tickets for the conference, please visit our website 

Don’t forget to take advantage of our early-bird booking discount by 31 August!

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

Family & Local History Fair with Crafts

Saturday 14 October 10am – 4pm


Doncaster District Family History Soc.

At Doncaster Deaf College sports hall

This annual event features at least 45 exhibitors, Family & Local History Societies, Advice & Help Desks, Transcriptions, Indexes, Genealogy supplies, Books, Data CDs, Postcards, Software, Map Reprints, Crafts, and so much more

Two free talks - Myko Clelland, Partnerships & Outreach Manager will help you get the best from FindMyPast, & Ian Dewhirst Leeds based author & historian looks back at the 1950s.

Come and learn about how best to research your family history with the experts and understand more about the development of the local area along with its heritage.

Admission just £1, under 14 free  - More details please see their website.

Annual General Meeting and Symposium of Recent Work in Wales (in conjunction with CIfA Wales)

Saturday 14 October, The Royal Oak, The Cross, Welshpool


CBA Wales Cymru group AGM and business meeting at 10.30 am followed by CIFA Wales group AGM

Afternoon Symposium at 1.45 pm until 4.00 pm

Lectures include recent discoveries in the south east and north west Wales, and the conclusion of work at Whitesands Bay, St Davids, as seen in British Archaeology No 156.

Members and Non Members welcome.

YORK ARCHAEOLOGY CONFERENCE 2017: ‘Something for Everyone’

14 October 2017

Sponsored by York Archaeological Forum, adviser to City of York Council on archaeology and the historic environment

City of York Council, West Offices, Station Rise, York

Sponsored by York Archaeological Forum, will feature a miscellany of reports on recent archaeological work in the city and its region. The topics reflect a continuing, vigorous and wide-ranging scope of archaeological research in which new and important discoveries are being made all the time in almost every period of the past from early prehistory to the early modern era. The speakers reflect the varied membership of the Forum with representatives of local archaeological contractors, the university, the York Museums Trust and a local community group as well City of York Council’s archaeologist.

For details of the programme and information on how to book, please see below for the attached PDF.

The conference will be held in the George Hudson Room in West Offices, Tanner Row York. The venue is fully accessible.


Saturday 14 October

10:00 – 17:00

Cost £15.00

York Archaeology Conference (147.8K, .PDF)
York Archaeology Conference

Saxons and Vikings in Devon and Somerset

15 October 2017 Somerset

A fascinating one day conference exploring the exciting period when Saxons and Vikings fought for dominance, but also lived and traded together. The latest archaeological evidence for the Saxons and Vikings in Devon and Somerset will be complemented by a broader view of the intriguing issues of power, religion, ethnicity and identity in Anglo-Scandinavian England. Optional visit to Saxon longhall at Avalon Marshes Centre at end of the day. £20 including buffet lunch and tea and coffee. Concessions £17. Book through Strode Theatre 01458 442846. Visit the website.

Saxons and Vikings in Devon and Somerset

Committee for Archaeology in Gloucestershire

21 October 2017

The Committee for Archaeology in Gloucestershire's annual conference is on Saturday 21 October 2017 in the Guildhall, Gloucester from 10am to 5pm. The theme of the conference is " The Historic Landscape of Gloucestershire: Prehistoric to Industrial

The programme is:-

  • Dr Keith Ray "Offa's Dyke in Gloucestershire"
  • Dr Tom Moore of University of Durham "Becoming the Dobunni: the Middle and Late Iron Age in Gloucestershire"
  • Prof Tim Darvill of University of Bournemouth "Abbey Home Farm, Cirencester - one land: many landscapes"
  • Neil Holbrook of Cotswold Archaeology "The countryside of Roman Gloucestershire"
  • Prof Jennifer Tann "Walking into the picture: the woollen industry through contemporary artists' eyes"
  • Jon Hoyle of Gloucestershire County Council "Hidden Landscapes in the Forest of Dean"
  • Prof Christopher Dyer of University of Leicester "New light on the medieval Gloucestershire landscape; using field work and documents"
  • Steve Crowther and Amanda Adams of Historic England "From bomb dump to rubbish dump? The legacy of twentieth-century military infrastructure in and around Gloucestershire"

Tickets cost £15 including tea/coffee and booking is essential.

A booking form can be found on the BGAS website and for further information.

New Forest Knowledge Conference 2017

27 - 28 October 2017

Lyndhurst Community Centre, Lyndhurst, Hampshire

The New Forest Knowledge Conference 2017 will celebrate the archaeological and historical research being carried out in and around the New Forest. It will provide an opportunity to find out who is doing what, share the results of recent work, discuss new techniques and approaches and find out how you might get involved in the future.

The conference will run over two days from Friday 27 October through to Saturday 28 October 2017 at the Lyndhurst Community Centre.

As well as presented papers there will be poster displays from local community groups and students and various display stands. We will aim to ensure there is enough time for you to enjoy these and also to chat with other individuals and representatives from local community groups and organisations.

Day tickets cost £20, but we hope you will be able to join us for both days. To encourage this we have set the two day ticket at £30. Lunch and refreshments will be provided.

Please note that ticket sales will close on Sunday 22nd October at 23:00

You can book tickets via the New Forest Page on Eventbrite.

Pitt River Lecture

31 October 2017.

The first Annual Pitt River Lecture  "Pitt Rivers: Pioneer" will be given by Professor Richard Bradley (Reading University) in the Fusion Building, Talbot Campus, Bournemouth University BH12 5BB at 7:00pm (Displays and welcome reception from 6:30pm). This is a free public lecture, but please book your place by visiting the dedicated Eventbrite page.


The first Annual Pitt Rivers lecture launches the celebration of 50 years of archaeological and anthropological teaching and research at Bournemouth University and its predecessor intuitions and has been organised by staff and students connected to the Centre for Archaeology and Anthropology.

‘Not within the scope of this argument’:Archives and Rabbit Holes

HARN (Histories of Archaeology Research Network) Conference 2017

3 November 2017

UClan Campus, Preston

As archaeologists and historians, we depend upon archives as crucial repositories of primary and secondary sources.  We visit them to dive deeper into our subjects and to learn about people and events on a personal level.  Not only are archives rich in unpublished sources that undoubtedly add new angles to our scholarship, but they also produce a number of curious topics that simply do not fit within the scope of our projects.  The goal of this conference is to highlight the utility of archives in our work as historians and archaeologists and we hope to analyse the purpose of archives in our unique investigations while at the same time answering questions about archival research. We focus specifically on the idea of research rabbit holes.  We have all fallen into these, but what subjects keep leading us astray?  Or are we led astray?  Does the seemingly unrelated material bring us back to our original research?  We have all experienced the mischief of archives and their materials but they do not always fit in the scope of our larger research.  We invite presentations that talk about and analyse the important influence archives, archival materials, and the tangents that pull us away temporarily.

Papers may focus on the study of archival research as a methodology, but we will give preference to papers that allow researchers to discuss a topic that they have found interesting but that does not fit within the scope of their usual projects.

We are seeking abstracts of 250 words for papers/presentations that will be no longer than 20 minutes.  By August 1, 17:00 GMT, send your abstracts in .doc, .docx, or .pdf format with your name, institutional affiliation, title, and contact information to

Please note that all presenters must be members of HARN, which is free, or will join automatically upon acceptance.

Autumn Showcase: Celebrating Community Archaeology in Yorkshire - Call for papers

CBA Yorkshire

4 November 2017

National Centre for Early Music, York

CBA Yorkshire’s Autumn Showcase is a new event which aims to celebrate the amazing range of work being done by Community Archaeology groups in the county. The day will consist of presentations, poster displays and exhibitions by archaeological groups with a series of workshops to help develop skills.

The event is designed to encourage groups undertaking archaeological and historical research to come together, to share their discoveries and to learn about what colleagues are doing in other parts of the county. CBA Yorkshire wants to do more to encourage the work of Community Archaeology groups and so we will also be encouraging feedback on what you want us to do to improve our support. The event is being held in the historic church of St Margaret’s in the heart of York. The church was restored and converted into the National Centre
for Early Music in 2000, winning major conservation awards.

For more information please see the website.

The Moray Society's Archaeology Conference 2017 - Forgotten, Hidden & Lost: Unearthing Moray's Archaeology

4 November 2017

Join us in celebrating the Year of History, Heritage & Archaeology at Elgin Museum with our archaeology conference showcasing some of Moray's lesser known and forgotten archaeological and historic sites.

Speakers include:

- Excavations at Lesmurdie Road, Elgin - Melanie Johnson, CFA Archaeology
- Lost in Plain Site: the enclosure on Cluny Hill, Forres - Dr Leif Isaksen, University of Lancaster
- Prehistoric Pyromaniacs: the wider story of a burned down roundhouse at Birnie - Dr Tanja Romankiewicz
- Underworld Encounters: recent archaeological research at the Covesea Caves - Prof. Ian Armit and Dr Lindsey Büster, University of Bradford

Adults: £10, Students: £7

Time: 9am-5pm

Venue: Alexander Gragam Bell Centre, Moray Street, Elgin, IV30 1JJ

For more information, full programme and to book please visit the website.

Royal Archaeological Institute Conference - Arras 200 - Celebrating the Iron Age

17 - 19 November 2017


The conference will celebrate the 200th anniversary of the first excavations on the Middle Iron Age cemetery at Arras in East Yorkshire and will coincide with a special exhibition at the Yorkshire Museum displaying artefacts from those excavations. 

Full details are available here

South Yorkshire Archaeology Day

18 November 2017

The annual all-day conference on recent archaeological work in South Yorkshire will be held at the Showroom Cinema in Sheffield. Commercial, academic and community archaeologists will present the results of fieldwork and research in the area. As usual, a wide variety of periods and projects will be covered.

Admission: £15/£7.50 non-waged (includes tea and coffee)

Time: 10am-4:30pm

Further details will be available on the website from September. To be added to the mailing list for the event please contact

Finding Dorset: 20 years of Treasure

18 November 2017

10.30am to 4.30pm

Join us to celebrate 20 years of the Treasure Act at an event at County Hall in Dorchester (Committee Room 1) organized by Dorset County Council’s Historic Environment team.

Presentations will look in detail at individual treasure finds from Dorset and consider how treasure finds have changed our understanding of the county’s past.

The detailed programme is in preparation and will be available in due course.

Tickets are £10 which includes tea/coffee. Book your place in advance and pay on the day. Our dayschools are always well attended and numbers are limited - without a booking you may be disappointed. A buffet lunch is also available at a cost of £6 but must be booked in advance.

For booking and more information please visit the website.

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’.

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