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

*Any events posted on here are subject to change - please contact the event organisers with any queries

Bronze Age Britain - Migration, Ritual and Everyday Life

13th February - 12th June

Hosted by the Nene Valley Archarological Trust

The NVAT has played a leading role in exploring and communicating the archaeology of the middle and lower Nene valley for over 50 years. It is currently undertaking a programme of investigation including geophysical surveys and excavation at the Roman town of Durobrivae near Peterborough. Join NVAT while they discuss Bronze Age Britain.

Talk 1:  Sat 13th February
Research Themes in the Bronze Age of Eastern England

Chris Evans, Executive Director, Cambridge Archaeological Unit

Talk 2 - Sat 20th March
Stonehenge: the last hurrah?

Susan Greaney, PhD Research Student, Cardiff University

Talk 3 - Sat 24th April
Out of the River - Inventories of routine from Must Farm

Mark Knight, Senior Project Officer, Cambridge Archaeological Unit

Talk 4 - Sat 22nd May
Migration and Mobility in Bronze and Iron Age Britain

Ian Armit, Chair in Archaeology,  University of York

Talk 5 - Sat 12th June
101 things to do with a dead body in the Bronze Age
Joanna Brück, Professor of Archaeology, University College Dublin

Talks will be delivered by Zoom. Pre-booking is essential and numbers are limited. Each talk needs to be booked separately. The talks are free but donations to NVAT are strongly encouraged.


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News from the Past 2021 Digital 

Saturday 6th March 2021, 10:00 am - 4:30 pm 

This online day school, hosted by Wessex Archaeology, will as ever feature the latest arcaheological discoveries from around the West Midlands. Running from 10am until 4.30pm, there will be presentations throughout the day followed by Q&A sessions. There are breaks for you to make tea/coffe and lunch built into the programme. 

Provisional Programme 

The times and order of the individual presentations may be subject to change. 

Facilitator: Sam Fieldhouse (Wessex Archaeology) 

10:00-10:30 Welcome & Introduction - Sheena Payne-Lunn (Chair, CBA West Midlands) and Sam Fieldhouse (Wessex Archaeology) and with a special appearance by Phil Harding (Wessex Archaeology)

10.30-11.00  - Archaeology for Pevsner - Mike Hodder (University of Birmingham) 

11:00-11:30 - Tecent Archaeological Discoveries and Conservation Projects in Birmingham - Chris Patrick (Birmingham City Council) 

11:30-11:45 BREAK

11:45-12:15 - Using GIS to Explore the Origins, Growth and Development of Medieval Towns - Mike Shaw (University of Birmingham) 

12:15-12:45 - The Story of Stoke-On-Trent Young Archaeologists' Club - Joseph Perry (The Potteries Museum and Art Gallery) 

12:45-13:00 - Questions 

13:00-14:00 LUNCH BREAK

14:00-14:30 - Archaeology for HS2 in the Midlands - Mary Ruddy (WSP) 

14:30-15:00 - Uncovering Coleshill's Past - Emma Carter (Wessex Archaeology) 

15:00-15:15 BREAK

15:15-15:45 Pandemic PAS/T: A roundup of recent standout finds from the West Midlands including 1.5 millionth find to the recorded by the scheme - Victoria Allnatt (Portable Antiquities Scheme) 

15:45-16:15 The Twelth Century Church and Sculpture at Ansley, Warwickshire: dates, themes and Saxo-Norman influences - John Hunt (University of Birmingham) 

16:15-16:30 Questions 

16:30 CLOSE

Registration for this event is now open. 

The following link will take you to the registration page where you can sign up.
Places are limited, so early sign up is recommended.
Details of how to join this online day school will be sent to you nearer the date.

This is a new venture for us and we do hope you will be able join us.
If you have any questions regarding any aspect of the event please email
Caroline Mosley, CBA West Midlands Event Co-Ordinator, at
We look forward to you joining us in March.

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Georgian History Day 

20th March 2021

Hosted by Susan Cooper MBE, Harold Mytum M.A. D.Phil F.S.A, David Preshous OBE and Gareth J L Williams MA 

The Parochial Church Council of St John the Baptist, Bishop's Castle developed the Georgians in Stone Project at project with the aim of conserving eleven Grade II listed Georgian tombs situated in the churchyard, including the well-researched African Grave. The project also has a host of community activity to help people find out more about Georgian Bishop's Gate, which was a notable Rotten Borough. BCHRC has researched the lives of the people and families commemortated by the tombs, which is providing information for a special leaflet aimed at visitors, and development of the Town Tour. 


9:30 Zoom Login 

10:00 Welcome

10:15 Susan Cooper MBE - How well do you know your churchyard? An overview

11:00  Prof Harold Mytum, Prof Archaeology M.A. D.Phil F.S.A University of Liverpool - Beyond Names and Dates: Why graveyard memorials are so important 

12:00 Lunch break

14:00 Welcome Back

David Preshous OBE - Georgian Politics and Rotten Boroughs 

14:45 Gareth Williams MA, Curator & Head of Learning at the Weston Park Foundation - Landlocked Shropshire's Portal on Plantations. Shropshire's Great House. An insight into the unlikely links to the slave trade and the Abolition movement 

15:45 Round up 

16:00 Finish

To book your place at the Georgian History Day, email with the subject Georgians in Stone. A zoom link will be sent to you. 

About the Speakers

Susan Cooper MBE

Susan's first career was as a school teacher and after caring for two sons she began a career in conservation, becoming the Community Officer in 1989 for the Shropshire Hills Countryside Project which then developed into the Shropshire Hills AONB office. Susan realised the opportunity that churchyards and burial grounds presented for engaging people in conservation projects and in 1997 her work focussed entirely on burial sites. In 2000 Caring for God's Acre took on charitable status. Susan continued to manage Caring For God Acre until 2016 when she retired. Since then she has been involved in local community projects, supporting project development and fundraising. 

Harold Mytum M.A. D.Phil F.S.A

Harold Mytum is a Professor of Archaeology at University of Liverpool, a leading expert on the study of graveyeard memorials and author of several books and numerous papers. Graveyards across the UK contain a treasure trove of memorials erected over the past three centuries. Through their shapes and designs, as well as inscriptions, they reveal an enduring record of individuals, social and religious beliefs and of family and local history. 

David Preshous OBE

A native of Shrewsbury, David Preshous graduated with an MA from Bristol University. He taught Classics in Grammar and Comprehensive schools and was Headmaster of the Country High School/Community Colled, Bishops Castle 1973-1997 (OBE in 1998 for Services to Education in Shropshire). He has studied the history of the Bishop's Castle area for many years, and was an editor  of the book The Story of Bishop's Castle (2016). He is president of the South-West Shropshire Historial and Archaelogical. David and his wife, Janet, have promoted the study of local history in the area and supported many projects, the museums and the Heritage Resource Centre. His talk will be centred on the colourful and sometimes scandolous history of the Borough. 

Gareth J L Williams MA 

Gareth Williams is passionate about sustainable heritage and is a widely acclaimed speaker on a variety of subjects within this field. Having read History of Art at the University of Manchester - from where he graduated with First Class Honours and later read his Masters - he gained a solid grounding in the commercial art world, latterly spending five fascinating years as regional Director at Sotheby;s. After a spell working with the National Trust in Yorkshire, Gareth was appointed Curator and Head of Learning at the Weston Park Foundation in 2006 and has recieved a Heart of England tourism aaward for his successful development of international cultural tourism at the property. 

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Rivet Counting - The Archaeology of a Landing Craft

Wednesday 24th March 19:30

LCT 7074 is the world's last surviving Landing Craft Tank that was present at D-Day. Lovingly restored by the National Museum of the Royal Navy, it now sits outside the D-Day Story in Portsmouth, both as a museum ship and a memorial. 

But 7074 had a long and varied life, which is reflected in her fabric. Prior to and during her restoration this was painstakingly recorded, both to document the vessel and aid it's restoration. 

Project archaeologists and CBA Wessex and committee member Stephen Fisher talks about his approach to this unique piece of archaeological work, and some of it's intriguing outcomes.

Cost: Free

The talk will be broadcast using Zoom and attendees will be sent a joining link near to the event date. Full details will appear on the CBA Wessex website in March. To book please email Chris Sellen at  


A Community Archaeologist's Introduction to Geographical Information Systems 

Six Evenings 8th April - 13th May at 7.30 - 9.30pm 

QGIS (sometimes called Quantum GIS) is used for many different mapping tasks which need to be carried out by community archaeologists as part of their projects. Professional archaeologists are likely to use expensive software which is usually out of reach of community groups.

This course is designed for the complete beginner to Geographical Information Systems. There will be plenty of opportunities to practice what is covered each week during lockdown. You will be told how to download the version of QGIS that will be used on the course. The software is free. Delegates will receive tuition notes via email, which they can append during the course. This on-line course was successfully run during 2020 by South Leeds Archaeology. It is being offered this year as part of the CBA Yorkshire Initiatives to continue to support Community Archaeology during the Covid situation and initially open to only CBA Yorkshire members.

Course Dates: 8th April - 15th April - 22nd April - 29th April - 6th May - 13th May

Course Fees: The course fee is £60.00 for members of CBA Yorkshire.

The proceeds from this course will be added to the funding for the CBA Yorkshire Grants and Awards Scheme.

To apply: Email Mike Turpin at

The course will be limited to twelve participants. 

Applications should be in by Friday 26th February. 

Archaeology & Climate Change Conference

Saturday 17th April 2021

Organised jointly by the Council of British Archaeology South-East and the Sussex Archaeological Society

A past perspective is important in understanding the climate changes we now face, how they may impact on society and the strategies that may be developed to cope. Studies of the end of the last ice age have shown that once critical thresholds are crossed, affecting, for instance, patterns of oceanic circulation, climate change can be exceedingly rapid. Global warming and related increases in the incidence of extreme weather events increases coastal erosion, creating a need for sea defence upgrading and managed realignment, all of which have implications for coastal heritage. Global warming will also affect habitats of nature conservation importance and the archaeological sites they contain. Increased storm incidence may lead to greater soil erosion and flooding in some areas impacting heritage. The way historic properties are conserved and managed are also likely to be affected.


9:15 Zoom conference room opens

9:30 Introduction and welcome by Chairman Dr Matt Pope (UCL and ViceChair SAS)

9:45 Quaternary climate change - Professor Martin Bell (University of Reading, and President SAS)

10:15 Questions and discussion

10:25 KEYNOTE LECUTRE: Climate change arcaheology: building resilience from research into coastal wetlands - Professor Rovery Van De Noort (University of Reading)

11:00 Questions, discussion and coffee break 

11:20 (Fish) Weir and wonderful: CITiZa, citizen science and climate change in South East England - Lara Band (Citizan/MOLA)

11:50 Questions and discussion

12:00 Climate change, soil erosion and sustainability - Professor John Boardman (University of Oxford)

12:30 Questions and discussion

12:40 Break

13:30 The impact of climate change on Heritage Management - Dr Hannah Fluck (Head of Environmental Strategy, Historic England) 

14:00 Questions and discussion

14:10 Heritage and Environment Matters - taking effective action in uncertain times - Tor Lawrence (CEO Sussex Wildlife Trust) 

14:40 Questions and discussion

14:50 Learning from the past: Historic buildings and climate change - Dr Robyn Pender (Histroic England) 

15:20 Questions and discussion

15:30 Climate change and Heritage: preservation by record not abandonment - Professor Marcy Rockman (ICOMOS and University of Maryland, USA), a RECORDED PRESENTATION

16:00 Concluding questions, discussion and thanks

16:15 Close

Fees: £10 for students*, CBA-SE and Sussex Archaeological Society members and £20 for pthers - to book please visit Sussex Past or book directly via the Eventbrite Page

* N.B. The organisers are offering a number of students free tickets.  This offer is open to students currently studying for an undergraduate or post-graduate university degree in archaeology or a related discipline. The offer is limited and will be awarded on a first come first serve basis.  Simply send your name, course and University details to to apply.


New Research on Finds from the Roman South-West

Friday 16th - Saturday 17th April 

Hosted by The Roman Finds Group and the University of Exeter

The 2021 Spring Roman Finds Group Conference held in association with the University of Exeter is entitled New Research on Finds from the Roman South-West.  Given the current uncertain situation we have decided to plan this meeting to be held online (on the zoom platform), from the start before returning to more normal meetings during the Autumn. It will consist of twenty-three illustrated papers presented in blended content (some pre-recorded and some live) on Friday 16th April and Saturday 17th April 2021. A short RFG AGM will be held for RFG members at the end of the morning session on the Friday. With particular thanks to the University of Exeter who have provided the zoom facility and a.v. support. The Conference organisers are Dr Denise Allen and Dr Stephen Greep of RFG and Dr Ioana Oltean, Professor Martin Pitts, Henry Bishop-Wright and Felix Sadebeck of the University of Exeter.

How can I register?

To join the conference please book through the RFG web site ( The conference will be open access so there is no charge for joining although you must pre book. Please note that when you book you will receive an acknowledgement but not the Conference link. The link to the meeting will be sent to all who have registered closer to the event.


How’s it all going to work?

The conference is split into six sessions, with papers between ten and twenty minutes plus five minutes for questions each. There will be thirty minutes ‘coffee breaks’ in the middle of each session. Some papers are going to be pre-recorded some are going to be live.  You may ask questions of the presenter (live papers). Several people who are pre-recording their paper will still be available to take questions. Questions will be decided via the use of the chat function - the Chair of each session will note these and summarise at the end of the presentation and enable delegates to ask questions live.  A final programme will be sent to all participants closer to the date of the conference, together with full guidance notes on how the Conference will be run.

You can dip in and out of sessions as often as you like, but the responsibility for joining and leaving will be yours. Due to the nature of the conference advertised timings will be approximate. Following the conference, we hope to make as many of the papers available on our web site as we can (and copyright permits).

Whether you join to listen to one paper, just one session or the whole thing there are no costs to you.

New to zoom?

You can try out zoom here - But don’t worry, if you are still unsure, there will be a ‘mock’ event to give you a go on Wednesday 14th April at 17.00. If you want to join you can book and receive the link through the Conference booking link on the RFG web site. This trial meeting should only last 15 minutes or so.

Tintagel in Late Antiquity - Recent Excavations and Research


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:

Fifth Annual Pitt Rivers Lecture

26th October 2021, 18:30 GMT

The 2021 lecture will be given by Professor Sue Hamilton, Director of the Institute of Archaeology at University College London.

The lecture is open to the public and free to attend, we hope it can take place in person at Bournemouth Univeristy and online.

The annual Pitt Rivers Lecture was established in 2017 as part of the celebrations marking 50 years of archaeological and anthropological teaching and research at Bournemouth University and its predecessor institutions. It is organized by staff and students, and presented in association with the Prehistoric Society. The lecture celebrates the achievements of General Pitt Rivers (1827–1900), a distinguished Dorset-based archaeologist and anthropologist whose descendants still live in the area and have close connections with Bournemouth University.


For futher information on this event please contact Professor Timothy Darvill,

Tickets are avaialble from Eventbrite:

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