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.

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

Seminar Programme 2014–15

Autumn Term
8 Oct.

Mr Fraser Brown (Oxford Archaeology)

Bracketing the Mesolithic in the Irish Sea zone: an Early Mesolithic house from the Isle of Man and a transitional Mesolithic/Neolithic settlement from Carlisle

15 Oct.

Dr Alice Samson (University of Cambridge)

Cavescapes of the Caribbean: Precolumbian archaeology of Mona Island, Puerto Rico

22 Oct.

Dr Hella Eckardt (University of Reading) [joint meeting with Leicestershire & Rutland Classical Association]

Immigrant soldiers at Hollow Banks Quarry, Horton? New work on crossbow brooches, burial rites, and isotopes

29 Oct.

Dr Alessandro Sebastiani (University of Sheffield) [joint meeting with Leicestershire & Rutland Classical Association]

Excavating along the Via Aurelia Vetus: five years of archaeological research among temples, villas, and industrial districts in Roman Etruria

5 Nov.

Dr Kevin Leahy (British Museum)

The Staffordshire Hoard, five years on

12 Nov.

Dr Ben Elliott (University of Leicester)
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19 Nov.

Dr Marcus Brittain (University of Oxford)

Five thousand years at Ham Hill: ‘the scene of idolatrous superstition and savage life’

26 Nov.

Dr Christopher Green (University of Oxford)

Plotting Long‐Term Change: the English Landscapes and Identities Project - Bennett Lecture Theatre 2

2 Dec.

Dr Miljana Radivojević (University College London) - Please note this is a Tuesday

How to cook your met(al): invention and reconstruction of the world’s earliest metallurgy - Ken Edwards Lecture Theatre 3

10 Dec.

Presentations of recent work by ULAS (University of Leicester Archaeological Services) - Charles Wilson Building, Park Side Lounge, 5th Floor

1.‘Reynard’s Kitchen – Caves, Coins and Climbing Ropes’. Andy Hyam
2. ‘Ditches Brew: Jazzin’ up the Iron Age at Kirby Muxloe’. John Thomas
3. ‘A pleasant burial beside the river: excavation of a Roman cemetery at 40-46 Western Road, Leicester’. Mathew Morris

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