School Research Seminar Series


The School of Archaeology and Ancient History holds regular Research Seminars during term time, presented by guest speakers or members of the School's own staff and student research community. Unless otherwise stated, seminars are held on Wednesdays and begin with an informal get-together over tea and themed foodstuff in the School Foyer at 16:30, before moving to the venue as advertised just before 17:00 to begin the talk. Please be aware that venues can be subject to late changes and it is best to check in the School office, seminar posters in the School or with the organising committee if you are unsure.

All are welcome! If you would like to join us for tea and cake, please e-mail the Research Seminar Series Committee in advance.

We are always looking for willing volunteers to bake themed cakes for any of the receptions, so if you think that’s a role you would like to fulfill do email us. There will be a small prize at the end of the academic year for the best cake.

The series is coordinated by an organising committee of the School's research students.

Research Seminar Series Committee 2016-17: Rachael Sycamore [] and Charlotte Van Regenmortel [].

Spring & Summer Term Venue: Ken Edwards, Lecture Theater 2 (KE LT2).


Seminar Programme 2016–17


Autumn Term

05 Oct.

Dr William Mack (Birmingham),

'Social networking for poleis'

12 Oct.

Dr Matthew Edgeworth (Leicester),

'Archaeology and the Anthropocene’

19 Oct.

Dr Richard Thomas (Leicester),

Bradgate Park Field School (2015–2019): the story so far’

26 Oct.

Paul Stamper (Leeds),

'Protecting historic landscapes: what's the point?'

02 Nov. Dr Dirk Booms (British Museum), 'Sicily at the British Museum: drawing attention to the Norman kingdom of the South’
09 Nov.

Gillian Juleff (Exeter),

'Monsoon steel: early technological innovation in Sri Lanka'

16 Nov.

Douglas Cawthorne (De Montfort),

'Historic number and geometry in architectural analysis and reconstruction'

23 Nov.

Dr Jane Masséglia (Leicester),

'The Philae Obelisk: tales from Egypt, Dorset, and outer space'

30 Nov.

Dr Daniel Stewart (Leicester),

‘Unravelling Roman Knossos’

07 Dec.

Annual presentation by University of Leicester Archaeological Services

Spring Term

25 Jan.

Alice Stevenson (Petrie Museum)
'Peripheral Players in Archaeological Motivation? Histories of Archaeology, Egyptology, and Museums'
1 Feb.

Jeroen Poblome (University of Leuven)

'Archaeology and Big Science? Sustainability, Complex Systems, and Ancient Sagalassos'

8 Feb.

Greger Larson (University of Oxford)

'Exploring the Pattern and Process of Animal Domestication Using Ancient DNA'

15 Feb.
(4 pm)

Simon Glenn (Ashmolean Museum)

'Coins, War and Propaganda in Hellenistic Bactria'

22 Feb.

Richard Jones  (University of Leicester)

'Flood! Anglo-Saxon Water Consciousness and Modern Responses to an Environmental Threat'

1 Mar.

Aleks Pluskowski (University of Reading)

'Lupus: Religious Conversion, Lupine Identities and Wolves in Medieval NW Europe'

8 Mar.

Andrew Fitzpatrick and Colin Haselgrove (University of Leicester)

'Beyond Rhetoric: The Archaeology of Caesar’s Battle for Gaul'

15 Mar.

Mathieu De Bakker (University of Amsterdam)

'Herodotus and Diodorus on Thermopylae: A Revision of the Canon?'

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