School Research Seminar Series


The School of Archaeology and Ancient History holds regular research seminars in 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 4.30pm, before moving to the Bennett Building, Lecture Theatre 8 (unless otherwise stated) at around 5pm to begin the talk.

Everyone welcome!

We are always looking for willing volunteers to bake themed cakes for any of the teas, 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 term for the best cake.

The series is coordinated by the super keen PhD team Carla Brain, Matthew Mandich and Bori Nyiri.  We can be contacted on:, and

Seminar Programme 2013/14 - Spring Term

29th January

Prof. Clive Ruggles (University of Leicester)
‘Of calendars and kings: gods, temples, the Pleiades, and the development of archaic states in Hawai‘i’

5th February Dr. Robyn Veal (University of Cambridge)
Fuel in the Roman economy: the case of food production and consumption’

12th February

Richard Nevell (Wikimedia)
Wikipedia and Archaeology or: How I learned to stop worrying and love the free Encyclopedia’

Tuesday, 18th February Special Lecture: Dr. Jean-Pierre Brun, Collège de France (UoL)
'Archaeology versus History: hydraulic power during Antiquity'. 
Please note that the venue for this lecture is KEN LT3 (Ken Edwards Lecture Theatre 3)
26th February

Dr. Andrew Birley (Director of Excavations for the Vindolanda Trust)
Title: A frontier in transition, the archaeology of Vindolanda
Please note that the venue for this lecture is BEN LT3 (Bennett Lecture Theatre 3)

5th March Dr. David Robinson (University of Central Lancashire)
Ghosts of Modernity: an Archaeology of the American West'
12th March Prof. Elizabeth Edwards (De Montfort University)
Memorialising impulses: photography, heritage and a record of Europe’
19th March

Dr. Helen Anderson (British Museum) 
‘Neuroarchaeology: a neural approach to art in prehistory’
Please note- that this talk will start at 3.30pm

26th March Dr. Ian Ewart (University of Reading)
‘Kelabit house design and its archaeological implications’
7th May PGR Talks – ‘Lithics cluster’ (Speakers TBA)
14th May

Dr. Paul Roberts (British Museum)
'Pompeii and Herculaneum – bringing the exhibition to the British Museum'

21st May PGR Talks - 'Roman cluster' (Speakers TBA)

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