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

Time, Stone, Voice and Sound

26 August 2017

Refugium is a site specific landscape composition created by Jon Hughes, Ben Elliott and Mark Edmonds, which uses sound to explore the history of Creswell Crags. It will be performed within the Creswell Gorge on Saturday 26th August 2017.

This composition reflects critically on the the long-term history of the Creswell Gorge and explores its varied geological, archaeological, historical and ecological narratives through the medium of music. It will feature the sounds of Creswell's past and present ecologies, and new pieces of choral music composed by Jon, inspired by conversations with people who have visited the Crags throughout their lives.

The event forms part of the SoundTracks project which is a Leverhulme Trust funded research project with contributions from the departments of Archaeology and Music at the University of York, and in partnership with the British Library and Creswell Heritage Trust.

Attendance of this event is absolutely free, and we would welcome as many people along as wish to join us. No tickets needed or registration required, just meet us in the visitor’s Centre at Creswell Crags at 17.30.

If you wish to travel down from York to Creswell, we will be providing a free coach service. However, spaces for this are limited and you will need to let us know in advance so that we can make sure we don’t overbook. You can book a free ticket on the coach through our EventBrite page.

For more information please visit the website and join the Facebook group.

Cambridge Annual Student Archaeology Conference

15-17 September 2017

Call for papers open until 15 July 2017

The McDonald Institute for Archaeological Research, Cambridge

The Department of Archaeology and Anthropology at the University of Cambridge is pleased to host the Cambridge Annual Student Archaeology Conference. This year’s conference theme, learning through archaeology, invites undergraduate and postgraduate students alike to share their research into the past, in order to encourage an integrated, interdisciplinary approach to the study of archaeology and cultural heritage.

All students are invited to submit a short paper on their research, to be presented at one of six themed sessions:
• Bodies and Being(s)
• Environments and People
• Cultural Heritage in a Digital Age
• The Archaeology of Ritual and Religion
• Sixth Formers Session - New Perspectives on the Ancient World
• Making People, Making History: Perspectives on Childhood and Learning

For more information please see the website.

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:

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.

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

Call for Papers: New Forest Archaeology: Who’s doing it?

27 - 28 October 2017

Lyndhurst Community Centre, Lyndhurst, Hampshire

New Forest Knowledge is a partnership between two projects within the Heritage Lottery Funded programme ‘Our Past, Our Future Landscape Partnership’: Ecademy, led by the New Forest Centre, and Heritage on my Doorstep, led by the National Park Authority. Both projects have the aim to make the unique heritage of the New Forest more accessible to all across a variety of levels and interest.  Ecademy seeks to promote information sharing and integration through the creation of on-line resources; Heritage on my Doorstep seeks to engage the local community in researching and sharing the history and archaeology of the New Forest.

The aims of the 2017 conference are to celebrate the archaeological work and research being carried out in the New Forest, to find out who is doing what, and to share the results of recent work. We would like to break down perceived boundaries between academic communities, commercial units, and local groups in a way that gives everyone an equal platform on which to share their research. Papers will be arranged chronologically, telling the story of the New Forest, before focusing on specific themes such as technology, economy and society. A display area will have stalls, stands and exhibitions from a wide range of relevant organisations.

We now welcome contributions addressing any aspect of archaeology in the New Forest. However we ask that contributors place their work within the wider context of how their research is helping to enhance our understanding of New Forest and ‘the bigger picture’ of the past.

To contribute a 20-minute paper please send your title and abstract (c. 250 words) to Katharine Walker ( or James Brown ( by 5 May 2017.

We also welcome posters (A0 portrait size for easy mounting); if you would prefer to share your research in this medium, please let us know (Funding will be available to cover the costs of poster printing for community groups and students). Prospective exhibitors are also invited to get in touch and book a table or display space.

Follow the links to find out more about the Ecademy and Heritage on My Doorstep projects.

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.

Voices from the river – art and archaeology in the Coupar Burn

16 May - 27 August 2017

Soup Spoons, forks and knives, crockery, clay pipes and mobile phones, children’s toys, bolts and fixings from the days of the railway were amongst the many finds lifted from the silt at the bottom of the Coupar Burn in Coupar Angus.

Investigating the territory occupied by the traditional narratives that have shaped mainstream archaeology, this community engaged visual art project originated by artist Frances Law has enabled an inter-generational group from Coupar Angus to re-tell their own stories through the archaeological process of classification and identification.

Carrying meaning and memory within its waters, the Coupar burn has its own history, intrinsically linked to the town. The collection of material which has found its way to the bed of the burn provides a mirror which reflects a chronological, cultural and social history of the town.

A ‘ field tent’ was set up in the town square during a busy Saturday market day.  Volunteers from stART (Strathmore Arts)  and Coupar Angus Youth Activity Group encouraged members of the local community to put on waders and descend into the burn with buckets and litter pickers.  Frances has curated a series of reflective events with members of the local community and the P5 children of Coupar Angus Primary School.  The objects have been used as catalysts for developing community engagement   providing a platform where the invaluable voice of local experience is celebrated as community expertise.

The results of this intriguing project will be on show at Perth Museum and Art Gallery from 16 May - 27 August 2017.

Admission Free

For more information please see the website.

British Art: Ancient Landscapes Exhibition

8 April - 3 September 2017

The Salisbury Museum

This major new exhibition is curated by Professor Sam Smiles, Emeritus Professor of Art History at the University of Plymouth and brings together his life-long passion for the history of art and a deep fascination for archaeology. The exhibition represents a first both for the museum and for Sam, as it the first show dedicated exclusively to artistic views of British prehistory and includes works by British artists from the 18th century to the present day.

The result is an exhibition that will feature some of the greatest names in British Art from the last 250 years. The work of artists such as John Constable, JMW Turner and William Blake will be familiar, but these monuments have continued to inspire artistic responses into the modern period, too, as shown by  Eric Ravilious, John Piper, Barbara Hepworth, Henry Moore, Paul Nash, Richard Long, Derek Jarman and Jeremy Deller. Putting these artists into conversation with one another reveals how this landscape has been re-imagined by successive generations.

The museum has many themed events running alongside the exhibition, which will include the opportunity to hear Sam talk exclusively about the exhibition at a Private View on 26 April. An exciting programme of speakers throughout the summer blends archaeology and art history and includes:

  • Professor Richard Bradley talking about ''Rock art' - prehistoric art in the prehistoric landscape'
  • James Russell who curated ‘Ravilious’ at Dulwich Picture Gallery (2015) talking about ‘Eric Ravilious: Downland Man’
  •  Anna and Patrick Dillon, artist and cultural ecologist talking about ‘The Draw of the Ancient Landscape’
  • Dr Jim Leary, Director of Archaeology Field School at the University of Reading talking about ‘The Vale of Pewsey Project’

The exhibition will further be illuminated by opportunities to walk in the ancient landscape with expert photographers and archaeologists. Marketing Officer, Louise Tunnard said, “We are so fortunate to live alongside the ancient landscapes that inspired these wonderful artists, and which remain relatively unchanged since pre historic times. I am hoping that we will inspire visitors to the exhibition to walk these landscapes too and discover their enduring appeal.”

Normal admission charges apple, £7.50 adults and £3.60 children.

Opening hours:

Monday - Saturday 10am - 5pm

Sundays 12 midday - 5pm

For more information please see the 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

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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