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

Volunteers in Archaeology: a Celebration

17.03.19, Village Hall, Chapel Lane, Hackleton, Northampton NN7 2AH


A conference organised by the Upper Nene Archaeological Society on the role volunteers have played in UK archaeology, with contributions from the directors of some of Britain's best known and longest running excavations. Tickets, £25 per person, including lunch, for non-members of Upper Nene Archaeological Society.


Download the conference details and booking form. (PDF, 1MB)


CBA West Midlands, News from the Past, The latest archaeological discoveries in the West Midlands

23.03.19, Carrs Lane Church Centre, Carrs Lane, Birmingham B4 7SX

This year’s event includes keynote presentations from Helen Wass, High Speed Two Ltd, on ‘An overview of the HS2 Historic Environment Programme’ and Rob Early, WSP, on ‘The archaeology of HS2 in the West Midlands area’.  Other talks will include Mike Hodder on Sutton Bank, John Hunt on Berkswell Parish Church and Janine Young, National Trust West Midlands, on recent work in the West Midlands including at Attingham Park.

Members £15, non members £20

For further information visit

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.

Post-Medieval Archaeology Congress 2019

22.03.19 - 24.03.19, University of Glasgow

Call for Papers and Posters. The Congress is open to all researchers to report current and recent research on any aspect of post-edieval/laterhistorical archaeology. No geographical focus and papers from around the world are welcome.

Contributors are asked to offer 15-minute papers or poster displays. Short organised sessions of up to six papers set around a particular research interest or theme also encouraged. Send proposals with a title and abstract of up to 150 words. Session proposals to additionally include a list of speakers. Send to by 17th December 2018.

The Nene Valley Archaeological Trust Annual Conference: Your Roman Past

30.03.19, Castor, near Peterborough

The Conference is aimed at both those who live in the local area - and anyone with an interest in how 400 years of Roman occupation changed Peterborough’s landscape.

The conference is taking place on the site of one of the largest Roman buildings in Britain - the so called Castor Praetorium. Castor is just a mile from the Roman town of Durobrivae alongside the Ermine Street bridge over the Nene. We will be close to Normangate Field which was an industrial suburb central to the Roman Nene valley pottery and iron industry.

The speakers have played a direct role in discovering and interpreting the Roman history of the Nene Valley - both as hands on archaeologists and as respected academics.

The conference comes at a fascinating time when extensive geophysical surveys are revealing new discoveries about our Roman past - and as plans are being developed for a major new programme of investigations in and around the Roman town of Durobrivae (near Water Newton).

The Conference will begin at 9am and close at 5pm. The talks will typically last for 35-40 minutes to allow plenty of time for questions and discussion. A buffet lunch will be provided.

Tickets need to be booked in advance via Eventbrite:

Conference Fee: £25; Students: £20

The Highflyer Hoard

Until 31.03.19, Ely Museum, The Old Gaol, Market Street, Ely CB7 4LS

In 2011 a hoard of 1021 late Roman bronze coins were discovered by a team of archaeologists while digging a test trench near Highflyer Farm in Ely. This exhibition looks at the coins of the hoard which are on display for the first time and also what life would have been like at the very end of Roman Britain. See website for further details: Telephone 01353 666655

Exploring the Archaeology of Yorkshire Landscapes

06.04.19 University of Hull

Exploring the Archaeology of Yorkshire Landscapes: conference inspired by Tony Pacitto (1931- 2003) – archaeologist, photographer, air photographer, excavator, geophysicist & metal detectorist.

This conference is organised by the Prehistory Research Section of the Yorkshire Archaeological and Historical Society, in association with the University of Hull and East Riding Archaeological Society, ERAS. Papers will focus on landscapes within the East Riding of Yorkshire and parts of North Yorkshire, reviewing techniques for revealing archaeological sites from prehistory through to the medieval period. There will be some new insights into Iron Age chariot burials and the later prehistoric settlement of the Yorkshire Wolds.

Tickets: £12 includes morning and afternoon tea/coffee, or £20 additionally includes buffet lunch. Full programme and booking at:


Berkshire Archaeological Society’s Conference

06.04.19, Wokingham

The conference will have ten specialist talks starting with prehistoric evidence found in quarries and on the banks of the Thames, through the Roman period with Professor Fulford talking on the Roman baths, Silchester and Dr Sara Machin discussing Nero’s brickworks. Paul Booth of Oxford Archaeology will offer his thoughts on eleven years of excavation on Roman Dorchester and on to Mediaeval Runnymede and the churchyard at St Mary’s, Wargrave, where the osteology of bodies shows they date fom the late Medieval to the 19th century. Held at The Cornerstone Hall, Wokingham, RG40 1UE from 10.00 am until 4.00pm. All welcome. Bring a packed lunch or local cafes available. Parking nearby. Entrance: £10. For further information contact:

Exploring the Archaeology of Yorkshire Landscapes

06.04.19 Byron & Austen Blake, Canham Turner Building, University of Hull, Hull HU6 7RX


Conference inspired by Tony Pacitto (1931-2003).  Organised by the Prehistory Research Section of the Yorkshire Archaeological and Historical Society, in association with the University of Hull and East Riding Archaeological Society, ERAS.  Papers will focus on landscapes within the East Riding of Yorkshire and parts of North Yorkshire, revealing sites from prehistory through to the medieval period, with some new insights into Iron Age chariot burials and later prehistoric settlement of the Wolds.  Bookings and more information at

Archaeology at Hengistbury Head Past, Present and Future

6-7.04.19, Talbot Campus, Bournemouth University

Sandwiched between Christchurch Harbour and the English Channel, Hengistbury Head has been the scene of settlement and ceremony for more than twelve thousand years. Forty-years on from the last main campaign of fieldwork it is time to take stock of what we know, how understandings have changed over the decades, and where we might take research over the next few years. This two-day conference, organized jointly by the Hengistbury Head Visitor Centre and Bournemouth University, aims to explore the current state of knowledge about the site and its environs from prehistoric time to the present day, and develop an agenda to help structure further work. The first day will be held at Bournemouth University’s Talbot Campus and comprise lectures and discussions led by distinguished archaeologists with interests in the site: Barry Cunliffe, Nick Barton, Kath Walker, Tim Darvill, Julie Gardiner, Mark Holloway, Dr Clément Nicholas, and Peter Hawes. On the second day there will be a guided walk around Hengistbury Head, led by experts involved with the site’s management and presentation, followed by a facilitated round-table workshop to build and give life to a new research framework. The meeting is free to participants who wish to attend all or some of the two days, but advanced on-line booking through Eventbrite is needed to reserve a place

UK Archaeological Sciences Conference, 2019

24-26.04.19, University of Manchester

The conference will take place in the Manchester Institute of Biotechnology (MIB), walking distance from Manchester Piccadilly train station. The Welcome Reception will be held at the Manchester Museum fossil gallery on the 24th April with some of Boyd Dawkins' faunal collections in the surrounding displays. The conference dinner will be held on the 26th April at Christies Bistro, based in the nearby old Science Library of Owens College. Further information available:

Sussex Archaeology Symposium 2019

04.05.19, Kings Church, Brooks Road, Lewes BN7 2BY

The Sussex Archaeology Symposium is an annual event held by the Sussex School of Archaeology which showcases recent archaeological research in Sussex and beyond. Confirmed speakers: George Analey, Jon Baczkowski; David Calow, Kevin and Lynn Cornwell, Jack Cranfield, Jaime Kaminski, Paolo Ponce, Mark Roberts, David Rudling and Jo Seaman. We will be exploring thousands of years of the human past in South-East England. There will be several archaeology bookstalls at the breaks. The Symposium will be held from10am-5pm. Fee: £35 per delegate to include a buffet lunch. For further information please email;  or visit

2019 Rhind Lectures

10-12.05.19, NMS auditorium, Edinburgh EH1 1JF

Hadrian’s Wall: A Study in Archaeological Exploration and Interpretation

Professor David Breeze

Hadrian’s Wall was written about even when it was still in use as a frontier. Interest continued through the next 1000 years, but it was the spirit of enquiry generated by the Renaissance which led to more focused study. Once archaeological excavations started, the pace quickened. Now we have an enormous data base even though only about 5% of the Wall has been examined. To understand our interpretations of Hadrian’s Wall today, it is necessary to start in the 1840s, and in particular consider the work and influence of John Collingwood Bruce (an Honorary Member of the Society). The first two lectures in this series of six will review the excavations and surveys, theories and flights of fancy since that decade. The next two lectures concentrate on the different phases of activity on the Wall and through them seek understanding of how the Wall operated. The impact of the Wall on local people and the landscape is the subject of the fifth lecture, while in the final talk the state of Hadrian’s Wall today is considered, with time for questions.

Lectures sponsored by AOC Archaeology Group

For more information and to book a free place visit



The Materiality of Death: on the trail of grave-goods (past, present and future)

31.05.19, British Musuem, London

The final project Conference at the British Museum on behalf of the AHRC-funded Grave Goods Projetc (based at the Universities of Reading and Manchester and the British Museum).

This conference conference coincides with the launch of the new Grave Goods trail in the British Museum and the redesigning of elements associated with death and burial in the British and European prehistoric galleries. Tickets will cost £10.

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:


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