EIAAS will be held at the University of Leicester on 6th and 7th of October 2012. The event is intended to bring together postgraduate students and early career researchers whose research primarily involves the study of material aspects of the European Iron Age.

The symposium is organised by postgraduate students from the School of Archaeology and Ancient History at the University in collaboration with the Portable Antiquities Scheme.

It will provide a friendly and supportive platform for discussion led by experts in various fields and a stimulating environment in which to share results, develop ideas and encourage debate about future directions in the field of Iron Age studies within an inter-disciplinary context.


Key Themes 

Key topics for discussion at the symposium will be:
- supply, exchange and circulation of raw materials
- artefacts production and supply
- artefacts use, exchange and deposition
- typologies
- the social role of objects and their long-term biographies
- material analysis technologies and methodologies
- dating methods and technologies
- theoretical and practical approaches
- conservation and display of ancient artefacts
- proposals for future research

Call for Papers

While the call for papers ran until the 31st July, there may still be scope to offer a poster - contact the programme organisers here: arch-eiaas@le.ac.uk



Conference registration is now open and is available at a special rate of £20.00 until 31/08/12 and £25.00 thereafter.

Tea, coffee and lunch will be provided on both days as part of the cost of registration. A wine reception will also be held in the foyer of the School on the evening of the 6th for all delegates and this will be followed by an optional meal at a local Indian restaurant for an additional £10.00. Be sure to select the meal option on the registration page if you would like to attend this.

To register please follow this link shop.le.ac.uk/browse/product.asp?catid=711&modid=1&compid=1


Conference programme


Saturday 6th October

9.30: Coffee and Registration

10.00: Introduction

10.15 – 12.30: 1st session – Artefact production and exchange (chair: Dr. Tom Moore, Durham University)

10.15 – 10.35: A. Quercia (University of Leicester): “Weaving ancient networks. Loomweights as cross cultural and craft indicators in the Iron Age and Archaic communities of Southern Italy”

10.35 - 10.55: L. Morandi (university of Reading): "The Early Iron Age Cemetery of Colle Baroncio. New Data on Villanovan Vetulonia".  

11.00-11.30 Coffee Break


11.30-11.50: A. LeFort (Université de Bourgogne): “Urville-Nacqueville as a port of trade”

11.50-12.10: H. Chittock (University of Southampton): “What are Weaving Combs? Interrogating the Weaving Assemblage at Glastonbury Lake Village”

12.10-12.30: Discussion


12.30-14.30 Lunch and poster sessions

(Provisional list of posters):

- Clémentine Barbau (Universitè Strasbourg) - "Roman artefacts in galli contexts: romanization of the everyday life"

14.30-17.00: 2nd session - Material culture and identity (chair: Adam Gwilt, National Museum Wales)

14.30-14.50: M. Edgar (University of Leicester): “Beyond typology: Late Iron Age and Early Roman Brooches in Northern France”

14.50-15.10: S. Scheffler (Independent Researcher): “Copies and display – Approaching the world of the Celts with the eyes of a child”


15.15-15.45 Coffee Break


15.45-16.05: T. Macenka (University of Leicester): “Chalk figurines: sacred or profane?”

16.05-16.25: J. Horn (Cardiff University): “Getting a handle on Iron Age Tankards”

16.25-16.45: Discussion


17.15 Wine Reception


19.00 Dinner

Sunday 7th October

10.00-10.10.30: Coffee


10.30-12.30: 3rd session – Artefact analysis, curation and display (chair: Dr. Julia Farley, British Museum)

10.30-10.50: J. Bayley (Institute of Archaeology, UCL and Historical Metallurgy Society): “Iron Age non-ferrous metalworking in Britain - a review of the evidence”

10.50-11.10: M. Bertini (University of Aberdeen): “The colour through the glass”


11.10-11.40: Coffee Break


11.40-12.00: Alexandre Disser, Sylvain Bauvais, Stephanie Leroy, Marion Berranger, Gaspard Pagès, Philippe Dillmann (CNRS, CEA/CNRS and Zentrum Archäometrie gGmbH, Mannheim): “Circulation of iron artefacts and semi-products during the Iron Age: chariot tyres and bipyramidal ingots in eastern France”

12.00-12.20:  S. Wear (Warwick Museum): “A Late Iron Age Bronze Miniature Shield from Warwickshire”

12.20-12.30: Discussion


12.30-14.30 Lunch

14.30-16.30: 4th session: Artefact deposition and distribution (Dr. Rachel Pope, The University of Liverpool)

14.30-14.50: E. Schech (University of Durham): “A Colourful Past: exploring the use of colour through glass beads”

14.50-15.10: M. Marshall (Museum of London Archaeology): “Objects, practice and identity: The wearing and wielding of swords in Iron Age Central Britain”


15.10-15.40: Coffee Break


15.40-16.00: L. Brown: “A coin in the grave: Charon’s obol?”

16.00-16.20: S. Adams (University of Leicester): “Middle Iron Age brooches: where can I get me one of them?”


16.30-17.30: Closing discussion


Information about travelling to Leicester and accommodation


Campus maps and advice about travelling to Leicester can be found at http://www2.le.ac.uk/maps/campus-map

The conference will be held in the Henry Wellcome building, which is located on Lancaster Road. Further directions will be included in the conference programme when it is published.


There are several hotels within walking distance of Leicester University and Leicester railway station, suitable for different budgets, including Ibis, Premier Inn and Mercure. 

We have arranged a special rate for conference delegates with the Leicester Ibis: for the 5th-6th October, a rate of £40 per room per night, with an optional extra of breakfast for £5 per person.  Please note that the rooms are doubles, and the rate is per room, so it is possible to double up!  To book, please call the hotel on 0116 248 7200, and give the name of the conference (EIAAS – European Iron Age Artefacts Symposium).  This hotel is very conveniently located for the conference, about five minutes’ walk from Leicester railway station and 15 minutes’ walk from Leicester University. 

Taxis are always available from the railway station if needed.  These will cost about £3-4.

Organising Committee

The Symposium Organising Committee are postgraduate students:
Anna Booth, Marta Fanello, Anna Lewis


If you require any further information or advice please don’t hesitate to get in touch with us at: arch-eiaas@le.ac.uk


In the meantime, find out about the current research project centred on the Iron Age hillfort at Burrough Hill in Leicestershire

 Burrough IA Hill fort

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