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

Hoarding and Deposition in Europe from later prehistory to the medieval period

12-14.06.19, King's College, Strand, London WC2R 2LS

A conference organised by the Roman Finds Group, Later Prehistoric Finds Group and Finds Research Group in collaboration with King's College London and Instrumentum International Meetings.

The theme of the conference will be hoarding and deposition of finds from later prehistory to the medieval period. Projects on hoards of coins, metalwork and other objects or materials currently being conducted in Britain have looked at both their composition and their locations. Recently excavated hoards also offer the chance to look at little-studied aspects of hoarding as a depositional process. The conference will also explore other aspects of deposition, including finds in wet contexts and structured deposition, as well as 'stray' or surface finds.

£60 for three days (£50 for students or finds group members) / £20 for single days

For further information and booking see the Roman Finds Group  announcement: 

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:

Verulamium: the life and death of a Roman city

29.06.19, St Albans

A one day conference.

Verulamium was the third largest city in Roman Britain.  It is also the largest city in Roman Britain which has not been extensively built over subsequently.  As such, it represents one of the premier archaeological sites in the United Kingdom.  Following their excavations in the 1930s, the Wheelers described late Roman Verulamium bearing ‘some resemblance to a bombarded city.’  This interpretation influenced a generation of scholars until Frere’s excavations from 1955–61 were interpreted as showing a vibrant town surviving well into the fifth century.  This debate between the short and long chronologies has been one key aspect of the discussions concerning the end of the Roman Britain and the beginning of the Anglo-Saxon England.

This conference will provide an overview of recent research on the town and its hinterland including the extensive geophysical survey of the town and recent excavations on the site of the Roman forum.  Other papers will draw comparisons with research on other towns in the province, and re-examine some aspects of the debate about the end of towns in the province.

Confirmed speakers include: Kris Lockyear, Simon West, Rosalind Niblett, James Fairbairn, Andrew Gardner and Richard Reece, and William Bowden.

Marlborough Road Methodist Church, Saturday 29th June 2019, 10am–4.30pm.  Tickets from £25 (limited number of student concessions £10), or from St Albans Museum shops.

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.

Surrey in the Great War

20.07.19, Dorking Halls, Dorking

The big finale event, to mark the end of the active phase of the Surrey in the Great War (SGW) project, will be held on Saturday 20th July 2019. The day-long event will be held at Dorking Halls, Dorking, close to the centenary of Peace Day, 19 July 1919, which marked the signing of the Treaty of Versailles and the official end of the First World War. Our project celebration will showcase all that we have achieved as part of the project, as well as featuring talks, project exhibitions, and displays from a variety of local history groups who have contributed to SGW. For further information tel: 01483 518737 or email:

'PKARF: Priorities in Progress' Regional Archaeology Conference

30.08.19, Soutar Theatre, AK Bell Library, 2-8 York Place, Perth PH2 8EP

Save the date and book your travel for a regional archaeology conference organised as part of the Perth and Kinross Archaeological Research Framework (PKARF). Join Perth and Kinross Heritage Trust for a summary of findings from the first year of knowledge assessment and hear preliminary research priorities presented by leading experts. Contribute to the shaping of the future Framework by joining 'think tank' workshops to review draft period summaries, nominate case studies, highlight knowledge gaps, and share your opinions on where future archaeological research should be directed. Student Attendance Bursaries available to assist with the cost of travel and accommodation. Free of charge.

For registration details and more information visit:

Call for Papers - Making Your Mark: The first National Symposium for the study of Historic Graffiti

05.10.19, The University of Southampton

In recent decades there has been a steady growth in interest within both the academic world and community archaeology projects in the recording and study of historical graffiti. With a number of modern studies already published on the subject, and more on the way, it is time to start talking about the subject more widely. As such we are launching the first in what we anticipate will become a regular program of historic graffiti symposia, to include academics, archaeologists, scholars, and enthusiasts, to discuss the work that is under way. Call for papers and posters: We encourage established researchers, new scholars, and amateur archaeologists to submit papers and posters for presentation at the symposium. Please click on this link for further information:

Please send abstracts to Closing date for papers will be confirmed on the website:


The Society for the Study of Childhood in the Past, 12th Annual Conference

30.10.19 – 01.11.19, University of Sheffield

This year’s conference is entitled ‘Rebels Without a Cause? Accessing and Exploring Adolescents/Adolescence in the Past’. An interdisciplinary and international society, the 2019 SSCIP Conference seeks to explore the many facets of adolescence, and how scholars from diverse fields of research offer nuanced insight into the lives of those occupying this unique stage in the life course in the past. This conference is supported by the Sheffield Centre for the Archaeology of Childhood. Confirmed keynote speakers: Prof. Jane Eva Baxter (DePaul University, USA) and Dr Mary Lewis (University of Reading, UK).  For further information visit: and follow us @SscipChildhood

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