University of Leicester wins bid to host major archaeological conference

Posted by mjs76 at Mar 03, 2010 01:45 PM |
Leicester has beaten Quebec and Mexico City to host one of the most prestigious archaeological conferences in North America. Yes, you read that right.

The Society for Historical Archaeology’s annual shindig is a major event held in a different city each year. Four years out of five the event takes place in the States but twice a decade the SHA ventures North, South or, in this case, across the Atlantic, in recognition of their more than 2,000 non-American members.

The University of Leicester’s School of Archaeology and Ancient History, together with Leicester Conferences (also part of the University) and Leicester Shire Promotions, the regional tourism body, put forward the bid. Visitors from the SHA travelled to Leicester twice to examine our conference facilities. Our Vice-Chancellor was also instrumental in the bid.

And now it has been announced: Leicester will host the SHA conference, only the second time that it has come to the UK after a bash in York in 2005. Although we have a bit of breathing space as these things are planned far ahead and the event won’t happen until 2013.