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

Current Archaeology Live! 2020

28th & 29th February 2020, London

Current Archaeology's annual conference, focusing on the latest finds and ground-breaking research within archaeology, will be held at Senate House, London. The winners of the 2020 Current Archaeology Awards, as voted for by the public, will be announced at the Friday evening reception. 

For more information, visit, or call 020 8819 5580.

CBA Yorkshire Archaeology Day 2020

1 February 2020 10:00 – 16:30, Fountains Lecture Theatre, York St John University, Clarence Street, YORK, YO31 7RB

CBA Yorkshire's Archaeology Day (formerly the Symposium) involves a day of talks on recent archaeological work in Yorkshire from both professional archaeologists and members of community groups starting at 11.00am.

It is preceded by the CBA Yorkshire AGM which starts at 10.00am.


11.00 Tea and coffee
11.20 Introduction
11.25 How to Publish – That is the Question
Mike Turpin (Associate Editor of Forum, CBA Yorkshire)
11.45 The Archaeological Imagination: new ways of seeing trauma recovery
Rebecca Hearne (PhD Student, University of Sheffield)
12.10 Discovering the Inner Humber: Humberside’s muddy past and present
Sam Griffiths and Chris Kolonko (Discovery Programme Officer and Community Archaeologist
(North), CITiZAN)
12:45 Lunch (Not provided)
13.50 Radar for the people! Archaeo-geophysics in the community
Adam Booth (School of Earth and Environment, University of Leeds)
14.15 Recording a Clay Pipe Factory, and further work on Clay Pipes in Pontefract
Eric Houlder (Chairman, PontArc)
14.40 Widening Public Outreach
Marie Woods (Field Officer, Scarborough Archaeological and Historical Society)
15.05 Break
15.20 Community in the Garden: getting people involved with the garden archaeology of Cannon Hall
Jon Kenny (Freelance Community Archaeologist)
15.55 Street House in the Early Neolithic Steve Sherlock (Freelance Archaeologist)

£8 - £14 Tickets available here

Graduate Archaeology at Oxford (GAO) Conference 2020

23rd to 25th March 2020, Oxford

The GAO2020 will encompass the current state of research in Archaeology. With the term innovative, we refer to the capacity to engage with methodological approaches, theoretical paradigms, and new research to provide crucial insights in the field.

We look forward to receiving contributions on the following thematic sessions:

  *   Investigating Materiality and Material Interactions: Challenging Approaches and Novel Frontiers.

  *   Matters of Scaling in Archaeology: Local, Regional, and Global perspectives, Connectivity and Networks.

  *   The Archaeologies of Colonial Encounters.

  *   Reconstructing Ancient Landscapes: Landmarks, Soundscapes, and Skyscapes.

  *   New Directions in the Use of Science-based Techniques on Archaeological Materials.

  *   Innovative Approaches in Maritime and Underwater Archaeology: Past and Present.

The deadline for the abstract submission<> (for papers and posters) is 12th February 2020.

For further info, contact the organisers on<> or follow us on the GAO2020 website<> and Facebook<>.

Inaugural Richard Bradley Lecture: Economies of Destruction? Creating Value by Destroying Valuables

25 March 2020, Reading 

The Department of Archaeology, University of Reading is delighted to announce the launch of a new annual lecture in honour of Professor Emeritus Richard Bradley, one of the leading prehistorians of his generation whose visionary ideas have had a widespread influence on archaeological thought and practice.  The inaugural lecture will be delivered by Professor David Fontijn (University of Leiden), entitled ‘Economies of Destruction? Creating Value by Destroying Valuables’, preceded by a launch reception.

See this link for further details and registration:

Sussex Archaeology Symposium 2020

28 March 2020, Lewes, Sussex

The Sussex Archaeology Symposium is an annual event, organised by the Sussex School of Archaeology, which showcases recent archaeological research in Sussex.  The speakers this year are Stewart Angell, Lynn Cornwell, Thomas Hayes, Daryl Holter, Carolina Lima, Tessa Machling, David Martin, Steve Patton, David Rudling, Jo Seaman, Simon Stevens, Richard Toms and Roland Williamson. Various stands and bookstalls. Venue: Kings Church Centre, Lewes, Sussex. The Symposium fee (to include refreshments and a buffet lunch) is £35, payable in advance. For further information and bookings please contact; or see

Archaeology In and Around Berkshire

28th March 2020, Newbury

The Berkshire Archaeological Society is putting on a multi-period programme at its annual conference on Saturday 28th March 2020.

After the usual overviews around the county by Sarah Orr and Fiona MacDonald, Beth Asbury will share recent highlights from the Portable Antiquities Scheme (PAS).  Then Roland Smith, Berkshire Archaeology, will present the story of the 1950s excavation of Berkshire’s most important Saxon and early Norman settlement at Old Windsor and Professor Fulford, University of Reading, will talk about his excavation of the Roman Baths, Silchester. 

Andy Moir of Tree Ring will present dendrochronological analysis from some buildings in the Newbury area and Cotswold Archaeology will talk about the latest findings at Mud Hole, Boxford.  Then Thames Valley Archaeological Services will take us through their exceptional find of some medieval tile kilns in Reading.  The day will conclude with some new Cold War archaeological finds at AWE Aldermaston, Burghfield and Blacknest.

All are welcome. There is no advance booking. Cost: £10, payable at the door. Bring a packed lunch or eat in Newbury.

St Nicolas Church Hall, West Mills, Newbury, RG14 5HG, 10 am-4 pm

For further information contact:

Tintagel in Late Antiquity - Recent Excavations and Research

2nd to 4th April 2020, Truro

This is a two-day conference organised by English Heritage at Truro College, Cornwall, followed by a half-day field trip to Tintagel Castle.

Tintagel Castle, Cornwall, is a site of international importance thanks to the remarkable archaeological evidence for a citadel and trading port in Late Antiquity. This conference will draw together the results of a major four-year research project, which included the first excavations since those by Glasgow University in the 1990s.

The conference papers will present results of the Tintagel Castle Archaeological Research Project. Speakers will include archaeologists from English Heritage, Cornwall Archaeological Unit, Historic England and several universities.

We have kept the ticket price as low as possible: it includes the conference fee and refreshments. There will be a social event on the Thursday night (with a reasonable additional cost) if you'd like to come.

Do make use of Visit Truro, or any other website, to book your own accommodation:

To book tickets for the conference please use this link:

Peak District Mines Historical Society EMIAC 98 - 18th and 19th Century Metal Mining in the Peak District

2 May 2020, Peak District Lead Mining Museum, Matlock Bath, Derbyshire, DE4 3NR

Conference Programme

9.00am - 10.00am Registration and looking around the museum
10.00am - 12.20pm Four speakers:
- Lynn Willies: ‘Eighteenth and Nineteenth Century Lead Mining in the Peak: An Overview’.
- John Barnatt: ‘Excavating 18th and 19th Century Steam Engine Houses at Peak District Mines’
- Adam Russell: ‘Setting the Record Straight - Three Derbyshire Case Studies for the Use
of Underground Exploration in Advancing Knowledge about Mines’
-  Richard Shaw and John Barnatt: ‘Diving to Depth at Deep Ecton Mine – 2019 Discoveries made using Submersibles to Explore the 300m of Flooded Workings at One of the Richest Copper Mines in Britain in the 18th Century’
12.20pm -12.40pm Society reports and invitation to the next event
12.40pm - 1.50pm Lunch
1.50pm - 2.30pm Travel to Magpie Mine

Booking form (857.2K, .PDF)
Booking form

Association of Critical Heritage Studies 5th Biennial Conference

26 to 30 August 2020, London

The Association of Critical Heritage Studies 5th Biennial Conference will be held in London next year from 26th-30th August 2020. The theme is ‘Futures’ which aims to engage with the aims of heritage to address the concerns of future generations. 

Sub-themes are: 

  • Arts and Creative Practice
  • Future Policies and Politics of Heritage
  • Environmental Change and the Anthropocene
  • Digital Futures in and for Heritage
  • Folklore and Intangible Cultural Heritages
  • Urban heritage futures
  • Future Methods and Approaches to Critical Heritage Studies
  • Future Landscapes of Heritage
  • The Future Museum: Collections and Collecting
  • Heritage and time
  • The Futures of Heritage
  • Mobilities and Migration
  • Open sub-theme

Details can be found here:

2020 NVAT Conference: Science in Archaeology

28th March 2020, Castor

A conference on 28th March aims to demystify a number of the scientific techniques which are revolutionising archaeology. Six eminent speakers will explain how these techniques work - and how they are providing new windows on the past. Organised by the Nene Valley Archaeological Trust the conference will take place in Castor and will include examples from the Peterborough area.

Increasingly, we can "see" hidden archaeology without excavation; we can date ancient objects with precision; we can start to tell the life-story of individuals; we can identify the flora and fauna associated with a site.

The scientific techniques developed over recent decades are often presented on the television and in the media as "black-box" magic, without any explanation of how they work, how they can be applied, and importantly, the limits of what they can tell us.

The conference is targeted at an amateur audience but the speakers who include university and heritage specialists will not shy away from the detail when required.

Nene Valley Archaeological Trust chairman, Geoff Dannell says:

“We don’t all need to be experts, but it is vital that everyone interested in archaeology can understand the fascinating evidence increasingly provided by new scientific approaches.”

If you wish to attend the conference it is essential to book. Full details are on the Nene Valley Archaeological Trust website.

If you have any questions regarding the conference please contact:

Rex Gibson


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