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

'PKARF: Priorities in Progress' Regional Archaeology Conference

30 August 2019, Perth

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. The conference will take place at Soutar Theatre, AK Bell Library, 2-8 York Place, Perth PH2 8EP.

For registration details and more information visit:


Archaeology in the East: Celebrating CBA's 75th Anniversary

28 September 2019, Ipswich

Join CBA East to hear about some of the most significant Archaeological Discoveries and Research from across the Eastern Region.


Stoke Quay, Ipswich (Elizabeth Popescu, Oxford Archaeology)

Anglo-Saxon Rendlesham (Faye Minter, Suffolk County Council)

Roman Colchester (Philip Crummy, Colchester Archaeological Trust)

Must Farm Bronze Age Settlement (Mark Knight, Cambridge University Archaeological Unit)

Leprosy in Squirrels (Sarah Inskip, Cambridge University)

St Johns College Medieval Hospital Cemetery, Cambridge (Craig Cessford, Cambridge Archaeological Unit)

Verulamium (Kris Lockyear, University College London)

Happisburgh, Norfolk: Earliest known Settlement in Northern Europe (Nick Ashton, British Museum)

Doors Open at 9.15am. Conference starts at 10 am and closes at 5pm. Tickets include lunch and are £20 (CBA East members) £25 non-members. For further information please contact

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

5 October 2019, 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:

Wantage Literacy Festival

26 October to 2 November 2019, Wantage

The Festival is being held during the October school half term holiday, October 26 - November 2 and all events are in the town.

The line-up includes Lord David Owen; Pam Ayres; Henrietta Knight; Katy Brand and Johnny Ball, as well as talks from travel writers; military historians; a drag queen and much more!

All details can be found on line at "Wantage Literary Festival" and tickets can be purchased online from:

Tickets can also be purchased from: the Madhatter Bookshop, 18 Mill Street, Wantage. OX12 9AQ; from the Vale and Downland Museum, 19 Church Street, Wantage. OX12 8BL and the Hungerford Bookshop, 24 High Street, Hungerford. RG17 0NF.

Please note that there is a 10% automatic discount when spending £100+ online (for non-alcoholic related events only), before the start of September.

We are a registered charity providing author visits to 15 local schools in The ValeIn addition, we offer several free family days throughout the Festival.

Pitt Rivers Lecture 2019

29 October 2019, Bournemouth

The Third Annual Pitt Rivers Lecture entitled “Fire: Friend or Fiend in Human History?” will be given by the internationally renowned anthropologist Professor Ruth Tringham (University of California at Berkeley, USA). It is a free public lecture and will be held in the Fusion Building, Talbot Campus, Bournemouth University, BH12 5BB, at 7:00pm (Displays and welcome reception from 6:30pm). The lecture will explore how archaeologists can and do act as arson investigators many centuries or millennia after the event. It will focus on the burned houses of Neolithic Southeast Europe, and earlier examples in Neolithic Anatolia (Çatalhöyük, Turkey), in order to consider how fire has been managed and controlled, and why fire is chosen as a means of destroying places, be they urban or rural, public monuments, or intimate domestic places.  For further details and booking please visit the Eventbrite page at:

29.10.19, Bournemouth, The Third Annual Pitt Rivers Lecture entitled “Fire: Friend or Fiend in Human History?”

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

30 October to 1 November 2019, 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

'Discovering Anglian York: Digging in the Dark' 2019 Archaeology Conference

16 November 2019, York

The 2019 Archaeology Conference 'Discovering Anglian York: Digging in the Dark' is sponsored by York Archaeological Forum, advisor to City of York Council on archaeology and the historic environment.

This year’s conference will focus on Eoforwic, Anglian York. The talks will provide an overview of current knowledge and recent discoveries, and will discuss issues of visibility, where should we be looking and why have we so much yet to find?

Speakers include Dr Ailsa Mainman, Dr Mary Garrison, Ian Milsted, Dr Andrew Woods, Professor Julian Richards, John Oxley and Professor Richard Morris.

There will also be a range of stalls, books for sale and a display of related artefacts.

The conference will take place on Saturday 16 November, 10.00am till 5.00pm, in the George Hudson Room at West Offices York YO1 6GA.

Full details and programme can be found at

The 2018 Conference on Roman York was a sell-out, so book your place as soon as you can!

Tickets available via Eventbrite:

Call for Papers - Theoretical Archaeology Group Conference

16 to 18 December 2019, London

The 41st annual Theoretical Archaeology Group Conference will be held in London this year from 16th – 18thDecember 2019. The theme is ‘Power, Knowledge and the Past’ which aims to be broad and topical, emphasising both current debates about ontologies and ideologies in past societies, and the role of knowledge about the past in contemporary political narratives. There are 55 sessions which can be found here.

A call for papers is now open, with the deadline of 2 September 2019.

Details can be found here:

Call for Papers: 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. A call for papers/sessions/posters/panels is now open, with the deadline of 15 October 2019. 

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:

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