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

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

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.

Symposium: New Light on Old Metal

24.02.18, Edinburgh
Bringing together national and international experts in the field of ancient metalwork, this symposium held at the National Museum of Scotland will showcase cutting edge forensic research into how and why metals should be preserved and interpreted. In partnership with Trimontium Museum Trust. Tickets cost £40, £35 Members & Conc. and lunch is included. Full details and book at , call 0300 123 6789, or at the venue.

Sussex Archaeology Symposium

17.03.18, Lewes, East Sussex
Annual round-up of the latest discoveries and projects in Sussex Archaeology, includes talks by Greg Chuter and Christopher Greatorex, Simon Steven, Jon Baczkowski, David Millum and Rob Wallace, David Rudling, Judie English, Matt Edwards and Andy Gammon, Luke Barber and Peter Hibbs.  Exploring thousands of years of Sussex past, from a Palaeolithic handaxe to WWII defences via prehistoric and Romano-British landscapes and settlements and a post-medieval Tide Mill. Tickets £40 (£35 for Friends of SSA).  Contact the Sussex School of Archaeology on 01323 811785, or  visit: 

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.

Post-Medieval Archaeology Congress

23.03.18-25.03.18, Bristol
This congress is open to all researchers at any stage of their career, whether academics, students, commercial or community archaeologists, to report recent research on any aspect of post-medieval/later historical archaeology. Delegate registration fees start at £45 (inclusive of lunch, morning & afternoon refreshments, Eventbrite booking fees are extra).

Conference on Heritage and Identity

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.

Holleyman Lecture

12.04.18, University of Sussex
From Sussex to Shetland: the archaeology of medieval coastal transport and trade.  Mark Gardiner (Lincoln University).  An hour lecture considering maritime navigation, goods and exchange in the Middle Ages, followed by a wine reception.  £10 (£8 for Friends of SSA).  Contact the Sussex School of Archaeology on 01323 811785,, or for further information  visit: 

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:

CIfA 2018 Pulling together: collaboration, synthesis, innovation

25.04.18-27.04.18, Brighton
This  conference will be packed with sessions, training, and networking opportunities. The usual three-day conference programme includes papers, seminars and activities that aim to both challenge and illuminate, as well as showcasing how archaeologists can ‘Pull Together’ to develop archaeology as a forward-looking and dynamic profession. Participation is encouraged from groups or disciplines who work with archaeology and archaeologists in ways that make the end result ‘better than the sum of its parts’.  Discounts on booking fees available for CIfA members.

The Lived Experience of Women in Roman Cumbria and Beyond

28.04.18, Maryport
This day conference, will present and discuss the lives of women at the north-western edge of the Roman Empire. Speakers include Professor Maureen Carroll (Professor of Roman Archaeology, University of Sheffield), Dr Ursula Rothe (Lecturer in Classical Studies, Open University), Alex Croom (Keeper of Archaeology, Tyne and Wear Museums) and Professor David Breeze (Senhouse Roman Museum). The conference will be chaired by Professor Maureen Fordham (University College London). £20 (includes tea and coffee). Lunch can be pre-booked for £10. Tickets can be booked by phone on 01900 816 168 or email

Ancient to Modern: the Changing Landscape of Sussex

28.04.18, Lewes
This conference offers a broad overview of the changing relationship between the Sussex landscape and the people who lived here from the earliest times through to the 20th century.  Where possible, speakers will choose key themes for which there is still some evidence in our landscape. The emphasis will be on how new ideas resulted in significant changes in the use of our landscape. Early booking recommended, £50(students £25) including refreshments and lunch.

Investigating Tree Archaeology

16.05.18-17.05.18, Sheffield

The first of two conferences looking at archaeology and heritage at the core of understanding treescapes. These link the managed woodland or individual trees 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.

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

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

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

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.

Grave Concerns: Death, Landscape and Locality in Medieval Society 

13-15 July 2018

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.

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.

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:
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