Talks and lectures

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A captive audience: ceramic vessels/heads in glass cabinet (Cambridge Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology)


Keynote paper at the Shifting Grounds conference on the study of archaeological knowledge production at Rethymno, Crete, Oct 3rd-5th, 2019.

Lecture on object agency at the Critical Heritage Europe Summer School, Goteborg, Sweden, Friday 21st June 2019.


Keynote paper at the National Cultural Museum of Oslo, Norway, Annual Seminar on the theme of Interdisciplinarity, Interagency and the Anthropocene. November 19th

Seminar on 'Archaeology of the Anthropocene'.in course on archaeologies of the modern world at the Institute of Archaeolog, UCL, London, Oct 11th, 2018

University of Aberdeen, Workshop on 'Solid Fluids: new approaches to materials and meanings'. Paper on archaeological strata as solid fluids. August 27th-29th, 2018.

University of Vienna, Workshop on the 'Anthropocene Surge' project. Paper on the growth of the urban archaeosphere, with examples from London. March 1st, 2018.

Universität zu Köln, Cologne, Germany. Workshop on ‘Research methods for volatile lifeworlds in the hydrosocial Anthropocene’. Paper on ‘River Deltas in the Anthropocene’ Jan 17th - 19th, 2018.


Universidad Diego Portales, Santiago – Chile. Knowledge / Cultures / Ecologies Conference. Paper on ‘Stratigraphy of Concrete’. November 15th – 18th 2017.

Athens, Greece, ARKWORK workshop. Paper on 'Ethnographies of Archaeology', Nov 6th - 10th 2017.

University of York. 'Environing' Symposium,. Short paper on 'Material Flows and Resistancies' April 11th, 2017.

Centre for Advanced Studies, Oslo, Norway. Workshop on 'Affects of Things' . Paper on 'Ecological Effects/Affects of Archaeological Strata'. March 22-23, 2017.


Contemporary and Historical Archaeological Theory Conference, Kirkwall, Orkney, paper on 'Constructed Ruralities' November 2016.

McDonald Institute for Archaeological Research, University of Cambridge, seminar on 'Archaeological sites as flowscapes' Jan 26th, 2016


Second Anthropocene Working Group meeting, McDonald Institute for Archaeological Research, University of Cambridge, November 24th-25th, 2015 (Conference report).

University of Kent, Canterbury. Conference on 'Repositioning the social at the heart of the anthropocene' Oct 30th - Nov 1st 2015, paper on 'The ground for multidisciplinary collaboration'

University of Applied Arts, Vienna - roundtable on 'Landscapes in the Anthropocene'. May 12th-13th, 2015. Paper on  'The archaeosphere: beyond the surface of anthropocene landscapes''

State University of New York at Buffalo, USA, April 11th-12th 2015. IEMA Invited Scholars Conference on Water and Power in Past Societies, paper on 'Making visible the people who are part of river history'


The Historical Association (Bedford Branch) Bedford School Library, 7.30pm, 9th Dec, 2014. 'The Archaeology of the Rivers of Bedfordshire'

Haus der Kulturen der Welt, Berlin, 18th Oct, 2014  Practice Session on the Anthropocene, with Franck Leibovici (poet/visual artist), Elizabeth Povinelli (social anthropologist) and Jan Zalasiewicz (geologist)

Haus der Kulturen der Welt, Berlin, 18th Oct, 2014. Conversation with Chus Martinez on archaeology and aesthetics. Video here

Haus der Kulturen der Welt, Berlin, 17th Oct, 2014. 'The Archaeosphere and Earth's Critical Zone in a time-transgressive Anthropocene' (joint paper with Dan Richter).

Tempsford Museum, Tempsford. 30th May, 2014. "The Archaeology of Tempsford from the Ice Age to the Present Day".


Theoretical Archaeology Group (TAG) Conference, Bournemouth, Dec 2013. Talk entitled 'Excavating a Taskscape and Ceramiscene in the Black Country'.

Eltisley Local History Society, Cambridgeshire, 25th Sept, 2013 at 8pm. Talk entitled: 'Forts in Opposition: the archaeology of Viking Tempsford and West Saxon Bedford 915-917AD’

Archaeology in the Anthropocene. A session at the Chicago TAG Conference, May 9-11 2013


Oxford University Archaeology Society, May 28th 2012, 'Archaeology of rivers'

Nordic TAG, Oulu, Finland, April 25th-28th 2012. Paper on archaeological inference.

Yorkshire Geology Society, Feb 25th, 2012, meeting on The Anthropocene - Dawn of a new geological epoch? Paper on 'Archaeological perspectives on the Anthropocene'.

St Neots Local History Society, March 2nd 2012. 'Archaeology of Viking Tempsford and West Saxon Bedford'


TAG Conference, University of Birmingham, Dec 2011 (session on past mobilities). Paper on rivers and fords.


TAG Conference, University of Bristol, Dec 17th-19th, 2010 (session on Manifestos for Materials) 'The dark matter of landscapes'

Contemporary and Historical Archaeology in Theory Conference on 'Northern Worlds', University of Aberdeen, Nov 12th-14th, 2010. Paper on conceptions of the North in archaeological theory.

Bedfordshire and Hertfordshire Archaeological Review, Letchworth, Oct 16th, 2010. 'The Danes in Bedfordshire'

EAA Conference, Den Haag, Netherlands, September 2nd-4th, 2010 (session on Water Installations) 'Multiple uses of water in a town boundary ditch'


TAG Conference, University of Durham, Dec 17th-19th, 2009 (session on 'Theorising Early Medieval Towns') 'Challenging foundation myths'

Conference on Archaeology of Bridges, Regensburg, Germany, Nov 5th-8th, 2009. 'The archaeology of crossing-places'

Conference on Modern Materials, Keble College, Oxford, Oct 16th-18th, 2009 'The archaeology of contemporary scientific discovery'

North American TAG Conference, Stanford University, Palo Alto CA, USA. May 1st-3rd 2009 (session on Symmetry and Diversity in Archaeologies of the Recent Past') 'Towards an archaeology of the very large and the very small'.


TAG 2008 Southampton, Dec 15th-17th 2008 (session on 'Archaeological Ontologies') 'Balancing Artefacts'

Material Worlds Conference, Leicester, Dec 15th 2008 (session on 'Object/subject: interactions and Boundaries) 'Balancing Artefacts'

University of Leicester Seminar Series, Nov 19th 2008. 'Rivers and towns: towards an urban archaeology of water'

WAC-6 (World Archaeological Congress), Dublin, June 9th - July 4th 2008. (Session on 'Where the future of archaeological theory lies') 'Theoretical implications of ethnographies of archaeology'

CBA South Midlands Conference, Wallingford, April 26th, 2008. 'Between burhs: a Wallingford - Bedford case study'


TAG (Theoretical Archaeology Group) Conference, University of York, December 2007. 'Encountering material resistance'

Archaeology of Wednesbury Day, Wednesbury Museum, December 2007. 'Excavating in Wednesbury'

Saxon Study Day at Bedford Museum, Oct 2007 'Bedford’s river in the Anglo-Saxon period'

CBA West Midlands News from the Past Conference, Birmingham. March 2007 'Ware’s Wednesbury?'


TAG (Theoretical Archaeology Group) Conference, University of Exeter. December 2006. 'Testimony of the spade'

Contemporary and Historical Archaeology in Theory Conference, University of Bristol, 10-12 November 2006. 'Archaeology of the Last Scrape of the Trowel'

British Archaeological Jobs and Resources Conference, St William's College, University of York, 10th September 2006. 'Diggers - Their Role Still Unrecognized 16 Years On'

Archaeology of Destruction Conference, University of York, 27-28 May 2006. 'Preservation by destruction'


TAG (Theoretical Archaeology Group) Conference, University of Manchester, December 2005. 'Artifacts that fix perception and meaning'

Anthropological Archaeology Conference, McDonald Institute, University of Cambridge, May 2005. 'On the boundary'


WAC-5 (World Archaeological Congress), Washington DC, USA. June 2003. Co-organised session on Ethnography of Archaeology with Denise Gomes of Brazil.

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