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AGM and Beatrice De Cardi Lecture 2014

Graeme Barker will share a lifetime of experience of being a British archaeologist abroad in our annual lecture in honour of Beatrice de Cardi on 10 November 2014 at the British Academy in London.

Prof. Graeme Barker

2014 Beatrice de Cardi Lecture

Interviewed by The Independent in 2008, Beatrice de Cardi said that 'archaeologists still have opportunities for adventure' but also that 'too many people are over-concerned with dotting all the Is and crossing every T'.  

In his lecture, 'Do we measure up to Beatrice? A British archaeologist abroad', Professor Graeme Barker, formely Disney Professor of Archaeology at the University of Cambridge will mark the CBA's 70th year by sharing a lifetime of research across the Mediterranean, the Near and Middle East and South East Asia, reflecting on the role of Britain's archaeologists in world archaeology.

Graeme Barker began lecturing in archaeology at the University of Sheffield in 1972, moving to become Director of the British School at Rome in 1984. In 1988 he was appointed Professor of Archaeology in the Department of Archaeology at the University of Leicester, which became the School of Archaeological Studies in 1990 and the School of Archaeology and Ancient History in 2001. He was elected to the Disney Professorship of Archaeology at the University of Cambridge in 2004, from which he retired in September 2014, and is a fellow of St John's College.

Annual General Meeting

The Beatrice de Cardi Lecture will be preceded by a drinks reception, the presentation of the Marsh Awards for Archaeology and the CBA's Annual General Meeting for 2014.

AGM 2014 Agenda (3.6M, .PDF)

The Marsh Awards for Archaeology

The Marsh Christian Trust have funded two new Awards for 2014: Community Archaeologist of the Year and Young Archaeologist of the Year, along with the Marsh Award for Community Archaeology.

Reserving your place

The event will take place on Monday 10 November at the British Academy, 10-11 Carlton House Terrace, London SW1Y 5AH. Outline timings for the event are:

  • 4pm CBA Annual General Meeting and presentation of the Marsh Awards for Community Archaeology
  • 5.15pm Reception 
  • 6-7pm Beatrice De Cardi Lecture presented by Professor Graeme Barker

Reserve your place online through eventbrite or call us during office hours on 01904 671417.

Beatrice de Cardi 1966 copyright CBA

About the Beatrice de Cardi Lecture

Beatrice de Cardi was first Assistant Secretary and latterly Secretary of the Council for British Archaeology from 1949 to 1973. In order to recognise her outstanding contribution to the CBA and to the archaeology discipline, the Council decided in 1976 to inaugurate a series of lectures, to be called after her. The speakers are given the freedom to discuss their own approach to any aspect of British archaeology.

The first Beatrice de Cardi Lecture was delivered in Oxford on 27 October 1976, jointly organised by the Council for British Archaeology and the Oxford University Department for External Studies.

The Council for British Archaeology headquarters in York was renamed 'Beatrice de Cardi House' in honour of her 100th birthday in 2014.

Past Lectures

 1.    Dec 1976, Oxford, Prof Charles Thomas, ‘After rescue what next?’ [published as CBA pamphlet, 20pp, 1976, ISBN 0 900312 42 4 foreword by CBA President, Prof B W Cunliffe]
 2.    Nov 1977, Leeds, Mr Christopher Taylor, ‘Looking at cows field archaeology in the 1980s’ [published in CBA annual report no 28 for year ended 30 June 1978, pp 63 75]
 3.    Dec 1978, Colchester, Mrs W Groeman van Wanteringe, ‘Are we too loud?’ [published in CBA annual report no 29 for year ended 30 June 1979, pp 58 74]
 4.    Nov 1979, Bristol, Prof Martin Biddle, ‘Archaeology in Britain today: a transatlantic perspective’
 5.    Dec 1980, Canterbury, Prof Maurice Barley, ‘Houses and history’ [published in CBA annual report no 31 for year ended 30 June 1981, pp 63 75]
 6.    Dec 1981, Newcastle upon Tyne, Prof Barry Cunliffe, ‘Archaeology and its public’ [published in CBA annual report no 32 for year ended 30 June 1982, pp 59 64]
 7.    Dec 1982, Manchester, Dr David Whitehouse, ‘British archaeology abroad: the role of the Schools and Institutes’ [published in CBA annual report no 33 for year ended 30 June 1983, pp 73 75]
 8.    Sept 1983, St Andrews, Dr David Clarke, ‘Basic archaeology’ [published in CBA annual report no 34 for year ended 30 June 1984, pp 67 76]
 9.    Nov 1984, Cardiff, Dr Aubrey Burl, ‘Stone circles: the Welsh problem’ [published in CBA annual report no 35 for year ended 30 June 1985, pp 72 82]
10.    Nov 1985, London, Prof J D Evans, ‘Archaeology in a cold climate’ [published in CBA annual report no 36 for year ended 30 June 1986, pp 71 88]
11.    Nov 1986, Nottingham, Mr Philip Barker, ‘Not drowning, just treading water’ [published in CBA annual report no 37 for year ended 30 June 1987, pp 70 76]
12.    Nov 1987, Plymouth, Prof John Coles, ‘Peat hags alive and dead’ [published in CBA annual report no 38 for year ended 30 June 1988, pp 68 73]
13.    Nov 1988, Southampton, Prof Peter Fowler, ‘The experimental earthworks 1958 88’ [published in CBA annual report no 39 for year ended 30 June 1989, pp 83 98]
14.    Dec 1989, Birmingham, Dr Neil Cossons, ‘The archaeology of the industrial revolution’ [published in CBA annual report no 40 for year ended 30 June 1990, pp 79 83]
15.    Nov 1990, Luton, Dr Derrick Riley, ‘Air photography the technique under scrutiny’ [published in CBA annual report no 41 for year ended 30 June 1991, pp 79 88]
16.    May 1991, York, M Henri Galinié, ‘Urban archaeology in Britain: the view from abroad’
17.    May 1993, Reigate, Dr David Breeze, ‘For love not money: the role of the amateur in archaeology’ [published in ‘Archaeology in Britain 1992’ pp 179 191]
18.    Nov 1994, Glasgow, Prof Kristian Kristiansen, ‘Historic environments in a green Europe: the role of archaeology’
19.    Oct 1996, Northampton, Dr Ann Hamlin, ‘The early Irish church’
20.    June 1998, Birmingham, Prof John Hunter, ‘Forsensic archaeology’
21.    Oct 1999, Weston super Mare, Prof Mick Aston, ‘Archaeology and the media’
22.    June 2000, Newport, Prof Barry Cunliffe,
23.    2001, Durham, Prof Rosemary Cramp   
24.    2002, Bury St Edmunds, John Wymer, ‘Palaeolithic migration into East Anglia 500,000 years or more’
25.    2003, Liverpool, Loyd Grossman, ‘The past: a look forward’
26.    2004, Belfast, Julian Richards
27.    2005, Leicester, Peter Liddle
28.    2006, Salisbury, Peter Fowler, ‘Stonehenge, Avebury and other landscapes of the world’
29.    Sept 2007, York, Dr Simon Thurley, ‘Archaeology and Artifice: the Office of Works and the fabrication of medieval history’
30.    Oct 2008, London, Thorsten Opper, ‘Hadrian: Empire and conflict’
31.    Oct 2009, Shrewsbury, Prof Marilyn Palmer, ‘Fifty years of Industrial Archaeology’
32.    Oct 2010, Truro, Peter Herring, ‘The Historic Landscape Characterisation Programme and its origins in Cornwall’
33.    Oct 2011, Oxford, Prof Richard Bradley, ‘British prehistory since 1948: the CBA’s research policy after sixty years’
34.    Sep 2012 lecture, Buxton, Dr David Thackray OBE, Head of Archaeology at The National Trust 
35.  Feb 2014, London, Michael Wood, Historian, writer and broadcaster, 'The Kibworth Project: Community Archaeology and People's History, working with local communities to explore the everyday lives of the people of England'

NB no lecture was held in 1992, 1995 or 1997. The 2013 lecture was postponed to 2014 due to travel disruption.

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