School Research Seminar Series


Please be advised that the Research Seminars due to take place on 28th February 2018, 7th March 2018 and 14th March 2018 have been cancelled in solidarity with industrial action being undertaken by academic staff over pension provision.

We look forward to seeing you upon the resumption of the Seminar Series.

Phil and Ruben  

SAAH Wednesday Seminar Series Organisers 2017-18


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 4.00pm, before moving to the venue as advertised just before 4.30pm 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.

Coordinators for 2017-18



  • 4.00pm refreshments in the Foyer, Archaeology and Ancient History Building
  • 4.30pm seminar in Bennett Building Lecture Theatre 2

Seminar Programme 2017–18

This listing is subject to change and will be updated throughout the year.

DateSpeaker & Title
Autumn Term
11 Oct. Peter Liddle, MBE Finding Roman Leicester through Community and Commercial Archaeology
18 Oct. Dr Ruth Young (University of Leicester) Heritage, Memory and Place: Historical Archaeology in Bat, Oman
25 Oct. Dr Graeme Hansford (University of Leicester) A Completely Non-Destructive X-ray Diffraction Method for the Analysis of Archaeological Objects
1 Nov. Prof Richard Sandell (University of Leicester) Heritage and the Art of Activism
8 Nov. Dr Sarah Scott (University of Leicester) ‘Gratefully dedicated to the subscribers’: The archaeological publishing projects and achievements of Charles Roach Smith
15 Nov. Dr Rick Peterson (University of Central Lancashire) Neolithic Burial Rites in Caves
22 Nov. Dr Jorge de Torres (British Museum) The Forgotten Horn: the Archaeology of Traders and Nomads in Somalia
29 Nov. Prof Owain Jones & Davina Kirkpatrick (Bath Spa University) Seeking Solace in Affective Landscape Registers. The Tides and the Poets (and us)
6 Dec. Dr Emma Dwyer The Enterprising Archaeologist
15 Dec. (University of Leicester Archaeological Services) i) Dr Gavin Speed Showcasing Stibbe's Secrets; ii) Matthew Morris What's Below the Brewery - Recent Excavations at Highcross Street; iii) John Thomas Christians and Pagans in Roman Leicester - Recent Work Within Ratae's Southern Cemetery
Spring Term
17 Jan. 2018 Dr Nikki Rollason (University of Leicester) Accessorising Holiness: Distinguishing Monastic Authority in Late Antiquity
24 Jan. Dr William Bowden (University of Nottingham) From Roman Town to Villa Regalis? Recent results from the Caistor Roman Town project
31 Jan. Dr Francesca Dell'Acqua (University of Birmingham) A New Sacred Topography at a Crossroads of Empires? The ninth-century church of Sant'Ambrogio alla Rienna in southern Langobardia (Italy)
7 Feb.

Dr Clare Canning (University of Leicester) – Doctoral Inaugural Lecture – 5.30pm George Davies Lecture Theatre 1 (Centre for Medicine) 15 Lancaster Road, University of Leicester, LE1 7HA

Register here.

14 Feb. Dr Javier Martínez Martínez (University of Cambridge) Aqueducts and Engineering in Late Antiquity (4th-8th c.)
21 Feb. Dr Helen Chittock (University of Oxford) 'Purposeful Things': Recent Research on Early Celtic Art
28 Feb. Dr Laura Van Broekhoven (Pitt Rivers Museum) Calibrated Relevance at the Pitt Rivers Museum Cancelled
7 Mar. Dr Michael Scott (University of Warwick) Finding your way in Greek Sacred Space Cancelled
14 Mar. Mr Alberto Marti (University of Nottingham) Cancelled
21 Mar. Dr Javier Andreu (University of Navarra) Local elite and municipal history in a Hispano-Roman community: unveiling Los Bañales (Uncastillo, Saragossa)
28 Mar. Dr Mark Knight (Cambridge Archaeological Unit, University of Cambridge) Must Farm Pile Dwelling Investigations
Summer Term
2 May PhD Researchers (School of Archaeology and Ancient History, University of Leicester) Various Topics
9 May Dr Rachel Crellin (University of Leicester) Becoming Metallic: Mapping the Emergence of Copper Alloy Axes in Britain and Ireland
16 May Dr Kelly Reed (University of Warwick) Trading exotics during the Iron Age to late Antiquity in Croatia
23 May Dr Jamie Wood (University of Lincoln) The Byzantines in Spain: historical and archaeological perspectives  
30 May Prof Andrew Meirion Jones (University of Southampton) Making a Mark: image and process in Neolithic Britain and Ireland
6 Jun. Dr Oliver Harris (University of Leicester) Assembling the Past: Neolithic Britain and the Challenge of Contemporary Theory
13 Jun. Dr Mark Gillings (University of Leicester) Living with Monuments: Excavations in the Avebury Landscape

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