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

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.

The History and Archaeology of Woods in Greensand Country

25.07.18, Bedfordshire

The Greensand Country Landscape Partnership is proud to announce the first annual ‘Delving into History Day’ taking place at Flitwick Manor on 25th July.  Each year the conference will have a different theme based on the distinctive ‘landscape character’ of the area surrounding the Greensand Ridge – an island of local geology running across Bedfordshire from Gamlingay to Leighton Buzzard.  This year, a range of local experts will discuss the history and archaeology ‘of’ and ‘in’ woodlands focusing on the heritage of Greensand Country.  Doors open at 9.00am for the conference to start promptly at 9.30am.  Speakers include representatives from the Greensand Trust; Cranfield University; Central Bedfordshire Council; The Tree Register; English Heritage as well as Commercial Landscape Surveyors from Maydencroft Ltd and a local author and Editor of Smallwood magazine who regularly writes for the Guardian. The conference includes an optional 30 minute and 60 minute guided tour of the heritage trees and wooded areas of the Grade II listed park and garden at Flitwick Manor after lunch.  Please note, this is a popular event, you are advised to book your ticket asap in order to avoid disappointment.

Tickets £10.00 per person Booking essential. Contact:

'Connecting Communities: critical reflections on WW1 commemoration'

Exhibition opens 03.08.18, Ulster Museum

Help to launch the latest exhibition 'Connecting Communities' in the Belfast Room of the Ulster Museum. Light refreshments will be provided after the launch with an opportunity to view the exhibition. Admission is free but advance booking is essential. To RSVP, email


Copnnecting Communities flyer (1.0M, .PDF)
More information about the Connecting Communities exhibition and its launch event.

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.

Homo naledi: The hands that are rewriting human history?

07.09.18, London

An event at The Royal Institution of Great Britain, 21 Albemarle Street, London W1S 4BS.

Meet Homo naledi - a newly discovered species of extinct hominin from the Rising Star cave system in the Cradle of Humankind, South Africa. What can the curvature of a finger bone tell us about this mysterious new ancestor, and what can this landmark discovery tell us about human evolution? The talk will be given by Tracy Kivell, Professor of Palaeoanthropology at the University of Kent and Chris Stringer, Research Leader in Human Origins and Professor of Palaeoanthropology at the Natural History Museum.

Standard tickets £16

Alcohol and Humans: A Long and Social Affair 

13-14.09.18, The British Academy, London

The prevailing tendency to view alcohol merely as a ‘social problem’ or the popular notion that alcohol only serves to provide us with a ‘hedonic’ high, masks its importance in the social fabric of many human societies both past and present. To understand alcohol use as a complex social practice that has been exploited by humans for thousands of years requires cross-disciplinary insight from a wide range of science and humanities disciplines. This conference will examine the use of alcohol in the human lineage and our closest primate relatives, as well as its wider relationship to social contexts such as feasting, sacred rituals, and bonding.

A registration fee is payable at the time of booking. For further information and details of how to book please click on this link: 

Standard Admission: £95 for both days; £50 for one day
£75 for both days; £40 for one day
Concessions: £36 for both days; £20 for one day

The Commemoration of Conflict

14.09.18-16.09.18, Hull

The Society for Church Archaeology conference will address the themes of war and commemoration in churches and churchyards, not only taking into account the centenary of the end of the Great War, but also considering the implications of war and memorials throughout the medieval and early modern periods. It will also focus on ecclesistical expressions of conquest and remembrance of the dead. For more details and to book visit the Society for Church Archaeology's website.

Cambridge Annual Student Archaeology Conference (CASA)

14.09.18-16.09.18, Cambridge

Hosted by the McDonald Institute for Archaeological Research and the Department of Archaeology at the University of Cambridge, CASA is a unique platform designed for archaeology students of all levels to share and discuss their upcoming research. It aims to provide an accessible, relaxed, and engaging environment for students to introduce their work and receive constructive feedback, allowing them to refine vital presentation and communication skills before entering the world of professional academia.
This year’s theme, “Coming Together”, encourages an approach to archaeological research which is both multidisciplinary and multiscalar, inviting undergraduate and postgraduate students alike to share their work and innovative views on the past.

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:

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  

SHA Conference on Historical and Underwater Archaeology

09.01.2019 – 12.01.2019, Missouri

The Society for Historical Archaeology (SHA) will hold its Conference at the St. Charles Convention Center in St. Charles, Missouri. 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.

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.

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:
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