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 venue as advertised just before 5 p.m. 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 Damjan Krsmanovic,, in advance.

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 an organising committee of the School's research students: Tom Derrick,; Damjan Krsmanovic,; and Andrew Lamb,

At the time of writing, room venues are still to be arranged.

Seminar Programme 2014–15

Spring Term
28 Jan.

Dr John Schofield (University of York)

The sound of heritage: intersections and encounters from Vikings to the Sex Pistols

4 Feb.

Professor Julian Henderson (University of Nottingham)

Glass production and the medieval Silk Road: new analytical evidence for provenance and specialization

11 Feb.

Dr Richard Madgwick (University of Cardiff)

Reconstructing the feasts of Neolithic Britain

18 Feb.

Dr Kyle Erickson (University of Wales Trinity St David) [joint meeting with Leicestershire & Rutland Classical Association]

Where are the wives? Royal women in Seleucid cult documents

24 Feb.

Professor Andrew Wilson (University of Oxford) [joint meeting with Leicestershire & Rutland Classical Association] Please note: this meeting is on a TUESDAY!

Water, nymphs and a palm grove: the so-called "South Agora" at Aphrodisias

25 Feb.

Professor Simon James (University of Leicester)

Operation Nightingale: archaeology and injured service personnel, a road to recovery

4 Mar.

Dr Anna Kouremenos (University of Oxford) [joint meeting with Leicestershire & Rutland Classical Association]

Identity and social change in Crete under Roman rule

11 Mar.

Dr Gareth Williams (British Museum)

Making an exhibition of themselves: exhibiting the Vikings at the British Museum and elsewhere

18 Mar.

Dr Jane Masséglia (University of Oxford) [joint meeting with Leicestershire & Rutland Classical Association]

Hoodies with knives: an illustrated field guide to the Romans of rural Anatolia

25 Mar. t.b.a.
Summer term
6 May Dr Richard Thomas (University of Leicester)
The world’s first domesticated dinosaur: how chickens came to rule the world
13 May

Research student talks 1: Hellenic cluster

Memory in the hellenistic period; Herakles; Hippokratic medicine

20 May


Research student talks 2: Historical cluster

Sikh temples; soup kitchens; late medieval rich & poor areas in British towns 

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