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

Society for Lincolnshire History & Archaeology, Day Conference

06.10.18,  Lincoln Christ’s Hospital School, Wragby Road, Lincoln LN2 4PN

Discoveries and Research from Lincolnshire and Beyond, 9.00am – 4.30pm

Julius Caesar in Britain by Dr Andrew Fitzpatrick, Hidden Beasties: The Art of the Anglo-Saxons by Kevin Leahy, Long Barrows of the Lincolnshire Wolds by Tim Allen and Denise Drury, Recent Work by Allen Archaeology by Mark Allen, Tattershall Castle: A New Perspective by James Wright, Recent Finds on the Lincolnshire Coast by Adam Daubney

Cost £25.00 for members and £35.00 for non-members.

Booking essential – please visit or call 01522 521337

Closing date for bookings 21st September 2018

The British Museum, PAS Conference 2018: Recording Britain's Past

12.10.18, 11:00-17:00, BP Lecture Theatre, British Museum, London

The British Museum’s Portable Antiquities Scheme (PAS) has recorded over 1.3 million finds – each one a unique discovery made by a member of the public. This conference celebrates 15 years of the Scheme, with a day or discussion and debate. These explore how the PAS is advancing knowledge, sharing information about the past, encouraging best practice and supporting museum acquisitions of Treasure and other finds.

Talks on ‘advancing knowledge’ (Dr Tom Brindle), ‘best practice’ (Faye Minter), ‘sharing knowledge’ (Dr Adam Daubney) and ‘supporting museums’ (Dr Andrew Woods), with panel discussions led by Prof Carenza Lewis, Dr Mike Heyworth, Dr Helen Geake and Gail Boyle.

Other panellists include Sir Barry Cunliffe, Dr Kevin Leahy, Dr Amanda Chadburn, Dr Neil Wilkin, Dr Sam Moorhead, Dr Tim Pestell and Dr Julia Farley.     

Book tickets now

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The British Museum's Portable Antiquities Scheme (PAS)

Finds for the dead in Roman London and beyond

15.10.18, London

A conference jointly organised by the Museum of London, Museum of London Archaeology and the Roman Finds Group (RFG) to be held at the Museum of the London Docklands, No.1 Warehouse, West India Quay, London E14 4AL. Twelve specialist speakers talking on finds from the City and Cemeteries of Roman London, as well as important objects from funerary contexts elsewhere in Britain. Organised to allow delegates to have plenty of time to visit The Roman Dead Exhibition.

Cost: £18 RFG Members, £22 non members, £15 students. For booking and further information see the Roman Finds Group web site.

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:

CBA East Midlands: With the Eye of Faith: the Archaeology of Religion

27.10.18, The Minster School, Southwell, Nottinghamshire NG25 0LG

This conference presents an interesting and thought-provoking range of talks from speakers across the East Midlands and beyond, on the broad subject of religion and archaeology.

A flyer and booking slip can be downloaded at:

Members £20; Non members £25 (includes lunch)

The booking deadline is 19th October 2018 

CBA South Midlands: Buildings Archaeology of the South Midlands

28.10.18, Haynes Village Hall, 25 Northwood End Rd, Haynes, Bedford, MK45 3QB

Contrary to popular opinion, archaeologists also deal with buildings above ground level. Come along to this conference to hear about recent research into some of the buildings in the South Midlands, from Tudor to 20th-century. See flyer for the programme and booking details

The booking deadline is 22nd October.

The CBA Wessex 60th Anniversary Conference: 'Dawn: from our earliest ancestors to the hunter-gatherers of the Mesolithic’

 03.11.18, Archaeology Department, Southampton University

Professor Alice Roberts is giving our keynote lecture, ‘Tamed: Three Species that Changed our World‘, and is joined by a plethora of professors considered to be Palaeolithic royalty. Chris Stringer will describe current theories and evidence about human evolution, and Nick Ashton will present the amazing results from recent work at Barnham in Suffolk.  They are joined by Steve Mithen presenting evidence on late Pleistocene and early Holocene hunter-gatherers in western Scotland, and Vince Gaffney illustrating the stunning results from the Doggerland project.  Alistair Pike will provide an overview of the role of science in the study of the Palaeolithic, whilst Dr Silvia Bello will present theories about human behaviour based on bone modification and Dr Beccy Scott will describe the fascinating research on the Neanderthals of the Channel Islands.  Our own Julian Richards will once again work with the Young Archaeologists Club, who will entertain us with a cameo.  Dr Phil Harding joins us as session chair, together with Dr Helen Farr and our own Professor Margaret Cox.

Ticket prices can be found on the CBA Wessex website here.

Dig: the value of archaeology for society and the economy

5.11.18-9.11.18, Kilkenny and Dublin

In 25 events, spread over 5 days, 35 leading archaeologists, architects, artists will aim to answer two key questions. Firstly, in what ways does archaeology impact positively on our society and economy? And secondly, how can this be sustainably deepened? 

The event is organised along the four overlapping themes of creativity, community and well-being, placemaking, and the economy.

The main spine of Dig will be a two-day conference in The Set Theatre, Kilkenny, where national and international speakers will talk about best practice projects they have led (November 6th & 7th). Complementing the conference will be a series of workshops, tours and panel discussions held during the week which will deepen learnings.

The event will be of relevance to community leaders, local authority professionals, archaeologists, developers, architects, arts professionals, tourism professionals, heritage officers, planners, landscape architects, architectural conservation architects, and community professionals.

Click on the link for the programme and speaker list:

Early bird, four day tickets for the Kilkenny aspect of Dig: the value of archaeology for society and the economy are now on sale! You have until noon Sept 28 to get yourself a discount ticket.

CBA South-East 2018 AGM and Conference: Structured Deposits: definitions, developments and debates

10.11.18, Chertsey Hall, Chertsey, Surrey KT16 9DR


A Conference organised jointly by CBA S-E and the Surrey Archaeological Society to review our understanding of the concept 'structured deposition'. This conference brings together research from the prehistoric to the medieval period, revealing new discoveries being made in southern England and beyond. Our speakers include: Jon Cotton, Dr Catriona Gibson, Rachel Wilkinson, Dr Alex Davies, Prof Michael Fulford, Dr Sam Moorhead, Dr Clifford Sofield and Dr Eleanor Standley. Tickets: £20 for CBA S-E, CBA Wessex and SyAS members and students; £25 for non-members. Venue: Chertsey Hall, Surrey, 10am-5pm. For further details (including student bursaries) and booking information, please contact the organiser, Anne Sassin, or visit

Archaeology of the Severn Estuary

10.11.18, St Fagans near Cardiff

The annual conference of the Severn Estuary Levels Research Committee held at St Fagans, National Museum of History, CF5 6XB. Subjects include Medieval trade and shipping in the Severn, WWII remains, Mesolithic footprints and fish traps, latest discoveries on the new M4 relief road around Newport, Swansea Bay archaeology and a guest lecture on the latest exciting ADND results for the early prehistoric population of the UK. Tickets £12 from Eventbrite at:

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

This year’s conference, organised by the York Archaeological Forum and hosted by the City of York Council, will focus on Roman York. The talks will cover recent archaeological work on Roman sites in the city and its hinterland, reflecting a diverse range of new and significant discoveries, new survey techniques and analysis of human remains. The final papers of the day will reflect on the vast body of archaeological evidence now available for Roman York, issues of accessibility, publication and synthesis, as well as research questions and future directions. The conference will close with a broader discussion of these issues.

The speakers reflect the varied membership of the Forum with representatives of local archaeological contractors and specialists, the University of York, York Museums Trust, as well as the City of York Council archaeologist.

Programme and tickets (£15) available from:
30 free student places available (tickets must be booked in advance).

5th Annual conference of the Neolithic and Early Bronze Age Research Student Symposium (NEBARSS)

23-24.11.18, University of Manchester

Hosting talks by postgraduate and early career researchers within a friendly and relaxed environment.  A two-day event with keynote lectures by Dr Seren Griffiths, University of Central Lancaster and Catherine Rees, Co-Director of CR Archaeology. The conference extends a welcome to all those interested in the Neolithic and Early Bronze Age periods. To be held at the University of Manchester on the weekend of the 23rd and 24th November 2018.
Early Bird Rate £10, then £12. To book Contact with any queries 

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  

Society for Historical Archaeology 2019 Conference

09-12.01.2019, St. Charles Convention Center, St. Charles, Missouri

The Society for Historical Archaeology will hold its 2019 Conference on Historical and Underwater Archaeology on 9th-12th January 2019.

2019 marks the 250th anniversary of St. Charles founding as “Les Petits Cotes” by fur trader Louis Blanchette.  In conjunction with the anniversary, the 2019 Conference theme, “Providing Opportunities for Students Through Education, Training and Experience” focuses on the wealth of history to be found in St. Charles where historic preservation is both alive and well! 

The SHA anticipates over 1,000 attendees at its 2019 Conference with more than 500 scholarly presentations. 

You are invited to participate in the 2019 Conference and exhibit in the SHA Book Room. 

Tables in the SHA Book Room will be assigned on a first come/first served basis.  The deadline for submission of Exhibitor Contracts is 2nd November 2018.  

Please contact the SHA at or 301-972-9684 with any questions on exhibiting at the conference.

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.

Current Archaeology Live! 2019

8.3.19 - 9.3.19, 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 2019 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.

What is unique about Cornish buildings? 

22.03.19 - 23.03.19, Cornwall
Celebrating 50 years of the Cornish Buildings Group, the Group invites new and challenging paper submissions to explore and discuss the conference question. Some of the themes the conference will explore include Cornwall’s distinctive architectural style, indigenous building types and buildings stones; houses, churches, chapels and meeting houses, vernacular, agricultural, commercial and industrial buildings; follies, garden structures & coastal dwellings; What constitutes good distinctive design in town and streetscapes; heritage at risk and place-making. Tickets will be available from September. For more information visit  or email to reserve a place.

Help create the biggest ever historical tabletop war game to replay Battle of Waterloo

15-16.06.19, University of Glasgow

Glasgow will host the biggest ever historical tabletop war game to replay the Battle of Waterloo.  Organisers are looking for war gamers, schoolchildren, members of the public, amateur artists, as well as military personnel and veterans to get involved in this massive undertaking. For the one off charity event, the University of Glasgow will be joining forces with Waterloo Uncovered.  The charity, Waterloo Uncovered, has been excavating on the Waterloo battlefield since 2015, using a team of professional archaeologists working alongside veterans and serving personnel, many of whom suffer from a range of physical and mental injuries as a result of their service, including Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD). 
Members of the public can volunteer to take part in a massive painting club in the months leading up to the war game.  For further information:

The Pilgrimage of Hadrian's Wall 2019

20-28.07.19, Newcastle and Carlisle

The next Pilgrimage will run from 20 to 28 July, the first 4 days being based in Newcastle and the remainder in Carlisle. The Wall will be visited from South Shields on the North Sea to Maryport on the Solway. Pilgrims will travel in coaches between sites but there will be plenty of walking. We will be based at the Royal Station Hotel in Newcastle for the first four nights and the County Hotel in Carlisle for the second four. The main themes of the tours will be the evidence for the building of the Wall and its later history in the third and fourth centuries. Eight experts in Hadrian's Wall will undertake the guiding. 

The registration fee for participation will be approx. £410 per person.

For booking contact: Ian Caruana, 10 Peter Street, Carlisle CA3 8QP. Tel 01228 544 120. Email:

Please enquire for options for accommodation, if required.

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