Events archive

Locating Sites of Music Pilgrimage in London

Tuesday 27 November 2018

On January 10th 2016, fans flocked to Tunstall Road, Brixton to leave flowers and offerings in front of a mural depicting Aladdin Sane, a character developed by David Bowie, who had died that day. Hilary Orange of the Ruhr Universität Bochum, Germany, and Paul Graves-Brown, Honorary Research Associate at York, will discuss the social, material and cultural forces which lead to certain London locations becoming sites of musical pilgrimage, and the acquisition and display of tribute materials that are now held within museum and archive collections. Please note the earlier start time of 17:00.

Constructing Stonehenge, Creating its Landscape c1860-1960.

Tuesday 20 November 2018

Martyn Barber, Senior Researcher with Historic England's Aerial Investigation & Mapping team, will examine the causes, aims and motivations behind some of the late 19th and early 20th century ‘restorations’ at Stonehenge. A narrative which views the transformation from a privately-owned and neglected ruin transformed, via essential maintenance and repair, into a unique expression of Neolithic beliefs and achievement overlooks the underlying complexities.

A list of luggage from the Indian Ocean world – towards a high-definition “archaeology” of text?

Monday 19 November 2018

Elizabeth Lambourn of De Montfort University uses the eleventh- and twelfth-century 'India Book' documents to highlight debates around the use of textual sources in archaeology and to address the lack of archaeological information available for the area around the Indian Ocean.

Foreground Activity, Background Architecture & Heritage

Tuesday 13 November 2018

Simon Baker uses his experience in founding architectural practice 'Group Ginger' to explore how the role of architects might be developed into that of concept managers or curators with on-going relationships to place-making, influencing policy, defining space, public use and participatory involvement.

The Expendables: Bioarchaeological Evidence for Child Labour during the Industrial Revolution in 18th-19th century England

Monday 12 November 2018

Dr Becky Gowland, of Durham University, will discuss structural inequalities on children during the industrial revolution based on bioarchaeological isotopic evidence from sites in the north of England.

Book Launch: Affective Geographies of Transformation, Exploration and Adventure

Friday 9 November 2018

York Alumni Hayley Saul and Emma Waterton host a discussion and wine reception to celebrate new publication

Between Avebury and Stonehenge. The Neolithic monuments of the Pewsey Vale

Friday 9 November 2018

Jim Leary presents the results of recent archaeological investigations in the Vale of Pewsey in Wiltshire. These excavations focus on Marden henge - the largest henge in the country - and other nearby monuments.

Looking Out, Looking In – Island Archaeology and Heritage in Jersey

Tuesday 6 November 2018

Jon Carter uses his work in Jersey to discuss issues of heritage management on small islands, including pressure on land use, contested versions of identity, and limited access to national and international support, and highlights the need to develop and strengthen partnerships.

Keeping St Denys acephalous, and other considerations in participative church conservation

Tuesday 30 October 2018

A pretentious title for a pragmatic talk on the challenges and opportunities of using participatory practice in conservation projects, based on the recently completed work at St Denys church, York.

Kingship and Society in Northern Pictland

Monday 22 October 2018

Since 2012 the University of Aberdeen has been conducting large-scale excavations on a series of power centres of Northern Pictland. This talk will showcase the results of these excavations and reflect on the emergence of kingship in northern Britain in the late Roman and early medieval periods.

Collecting Diversity for Heritage Futures

Tuesday 16 October 2018

Sefryn Penrose and Esther Breithoff introduce the concept of Diversity and its safeguarding within the context of biological, cultural, genetic, and linguistic ex situ conservation practices. Drawing on their work with the Heritage Futures project, they suggest that exploring diversity conservation comparatively has the potential to inform both practitioners and publics about the divergent and sometimes conflicting futures which each field of practice is engaged in producing on behalf of humanity.

Contrasts and contradictions: The materiality of resilience, change and intervention in the North East 1929-39

Monday 15 October 2018

Ronan O'Donnell and Kayt Armstrong present their work with David Petts on the 'Landscapes of the Great Depression' project. They will show how industrial landscapes changed over the interwar period, using case studies to highlight how the economic depression was tackled in different ways through schemes concerned with material features of industrial society, poverty or unemployment; such as housing, environment, land settlement and agriculture, and health.

LANDE: the Calais "Jungle" and Beyond

Tuesday 9 October 2018

Rachael Kiddey, Sarah Mallet, and Dan Hicks, from the School of Archaeology and the Pitt Rivers Museum at the University of Oxford, discuss their work on the forthcoming museum exhibition "Lande: the Calais "Jungle" and Beyond", dealing with topics including the impact of the refugee crisis of 2015 on European ethnological museums and contemporary archaeology and activism in the context of the Calais "Jungle" and beyond.

Transporting the Past into the Future: The Archaeology of the Lincoln Eastern Bypass

Monday 8 October 2018

Rupen Lopez will talk about some of the remarkable finds uncovered by Network Archaeology during their work on the Lincoln Eastern Bypass construction. What does the activity and occupation, spanning thousands of years, tell us about the place of the site in the movement of people and goods across and along the river and through the wider region?

Exhibition Launch: Making Art in the Magdalenian

Friday 5 October 2018

Featuring gorgeous Palaeolithic portable art from the engraved plaquettes at Montastruc, housed in the British Museum

Social networking before Facebook: people, places and things from the earliest hunters and gatherers to settled agriculturalists, and everything in between.

Monday 1 October 2018

Fiona Coward of Bournemouth University will discuss the dramatic changes in social interaction, organization and identity, both at the group and individual level, involved in the shift from a mobile hunting-and-gathering way of life to a more sedentary, village-based and ultimately agricultural lifestyle during the Epipalaeolithic and early Neolithic.

New Horizons in the Conservation of Wooden Built Heritage-IIWC 21st Symposium 2018, York, UK

Wednesday 12 September 2018

The 21st International Symposium of the ICOMOS International Wood Committee supported by ICOMOS-UK and York Archaeological Trust, and in association with the University of York, Historic England and York Minster. 12 – 15 September 2018, York, UK

A Taste of Ancient Sicily: Food, farming and family life

Saturday 16 June 2018

Join us for a taste of ancient Sicily

Artefact Geographies of the Viking Age

Friday 8 June 2018

Mariana Munoz Rodriguez explains how ZooMS analysis of Viking antler hair combs can contribute to the biogeographical questions of Viking age/early medieval archaeology across northern Europe.

A PhD journey to three market towns in Lincolnshire.

Friday 1 June 2018

Planning a research route between Presupposition and Conclusion.

Fish Tails: Case studies of fish identification using ZooMS

Friday 25 May 2018

Kristine Richter will explain the benefits and limitations of using ZooMS to identify fish in the archaeological record.

Playing with Ethics: Preliminary Results of a Study of Public Perceptions of Archaeological Representation in Games Media

Friday 18 May 2018

Meghan Dennis's talk concerns how archaeological ethics are (or are not) impacting the public through their representation in video-games.

Adventures in archaeogenetics

Friday 11 May 2018

Matthew Teasdale will discuss recent developments in the field of ancient DNA and explore some of the exciting new avenues of research now available.

How to get a job in archaeology

Wednesday 9 May 2018

Malin Holst talks about employability opportunities in archaeology

Progressing heritage protection without change in legislation

Friday 4 May 2018

Claire Price argues that while we’re unlikely to see legislative change for heritage protection in the next decade (or longer), there are still plenty of ways to progress practice.

Exhibition Opening: Palaeolithic Landscapes of Wadi Dabsa, Saudi Arabia

Thursday 3 May 2018

Join us for the exhibition opening of Dr Robyn Inglis' fieldwork photographs from the SURFACE Project.

Industrial strength calculus: Looking the Industrial Revolution in the mouth

Friday 27 April 2018

Lisa MacKenzie presents a preliminary presentation on the findings so far of her research into human dental calculus from the cloth manufacturing towns of Halifax and Manchester, featuring some of the highlights. Examples of food adulteration and environmental contamination will be shown which can potentially provide insight into urban industrial living conditions.

Cancelled due to strike action

Friday 16 March 2018

Cancelled due to strike action

Sustaining public agency in caring for heritage: Critical perspectives on participation through co-design

Friday 9 March 2018

How can heritage professionals and researchers facilitate and sustain public agency in caring for heritage in the UK during austerity without exploiting volunteers or devaluing professionals? I will present the multi-method qualitative approach I have applied to exploring this question and some of the results it has generated. This will include analysis of how heritage organisations attempt to increase and sustain voluntary public efforts to care for heritage places and reflections on my own co-design project with three community groups in Yorkshire.

POSTPONED Deposition interrupted – The Must Farm Pile dwellings

Wednesday 7 March 2018

This event is postponed.

CANCELLED - Constructing Stonehenge, Creating its Landscape c1860-1960.

Tuesday 6 March 2018

Martyn Barber, Senior Researcher with Historic England's Aerial Investigation & Mapping team, will examine the the causes, aims and motivations behind some of the late 19th and early 20th century interventions at Stonehenge. A narrative which views the transformation from a privately-owned and neglected ruin transformed, via essential maintenance and repair, into a unique expression of Neolithic beliefs and achievement overlooks the underlying complexities.

Diet and lifeways from three Medieval English sites: Findings from microdebris analysis of dental calculus and experimental archaeology

Friday 2 March 2018

Finds in dental calculus from three different types of medieval site provides direct evidence of diet, trade/travel, craft activities/occupations, respiratory health and the surrounding environment that these individuals were living in.

CANCELLED - Trust, mistrust and identity construction at the time of Brexit

Tuesday 27 February 2018

Chiara Bonacchi, Co-Investigator Researcher at UCL's Institute of Archaeology, will explore the interlinking concepts of trust - neutrally understood - expertise, heritage and contemporary sentiments about Brexit.

Cancelled due to strike action

Friday 23 February 2018

Cancelled due to strike action

Archaeology and Placeshaping - why it is time to re-evaluate what we mean by developer led archaeological mitigation

Wednesday 21 February 2018

Neil Redfern, Principal Inspector of Ancient Monuments at Historic England, will be sharing findings from the A1 project.

Selling Museums

Tuesday 20 February 2018

Dr Jamie Larkin examines commercial activity in the context of the museum; should it be resisted or embraced?

Mapping the Resilience of the York Historic Centre to Enhance the Community Local Flood Culture

Friday 16 February 2018

Historic built heritage is the tangible expression of the culture of a place. It represents the identity of a community in relation to its historical inheritance, aesthetic canons and system of beliefs. Natural disasters, such as flooding, constitute a violent interruption to the continuity of these tangible and intangible values. In this context of exceptional cultural emergency, community participation and the understanding of a local risk culture are considered key in the promotion of preventive measures and in reducing disaster vulnerability.

Digital Field Recording

Friday 16 February 2018

Digital Field Recording

Textile Conservation at the People's History Museum

Wednesday 14 February 2018

Jenny van Enckevort will be discussing conservation at the People's History Museum.

DIGIFACTS: Engaging with 3D Digital and Printed Replicas of Artefacts inside Museums

Tuesday 13 February 2018

Paola Di Giuseppantonio Di Franco presents the DIGIFACTS project, showing how new technologies affect museum practices and improve our understanding of how people perceive and interact with artefacts through different media, such as visual examination of original artefacts inside display cases, 3D digital replicas, and 3D prints.

On traces and reflexivity. Preliminary results for a comparative study of British approaches to excavation.

Friday 9 February 2018

In the last twenty years there has been a fruitful epistemic debate regarding field practice in Britain. Among the commonest topics are the interpretative nature of excavation and the standardization of recording forms. These polemics have been raised by three main factors: The emergence of commercial archaeology, the utter predominance of single-context recording and the professionalization of diggers, particularly since the PPG16 era.

Telling Time: Oscar Montelius and Britain

Wednesday 7 February 2018

Emilie Sibbesson, senior lecturer at Canterbury CC University, will share findings from the Telling Time project, which explores the history of archaeology and the influential legacy of Oscar Montelius.

The Duality of Heritage Epistemology: Understanding Time, Space and Heritagisation in Nigeria

Friday 2 February 2018

Until heritage is considered and understood based on the cosmological apprehension of time and space across cultures, achieving democratic inclusion in heritage management will remain an illusion

Cancelled - York Seminar Series 31st Jan

Wednesday 31 January 2018

Sadly the YSS talk is cancelled for 31st Jan, but please join us next week for some history of archaeology.


Tuesday 30 January 2018


Rare earth elements: An innovative tool for field archaeologists developed by the MATRIX project.

Friday 26 January 2018

Gianni Gallello explains how the MATRIX project has developed an effective tool to understand how natural and human activities are reflected in archaeological layers, using rare earth elements.

Hidden Manchester: excavating industrial workers’ housing in the Victorian Shock City

Wednesday 24 January 2018

Mike Nevell, Head of Archaeology at the University of Salford, will discuss excavations of workers' housing in Manchester and how archaeology can challenge our understanding of industrial Britain.

“It’s smaller than I thought”: Stonehenge in Virtual Reality

Tuesday 23 January 2018

Historic England's Head of Imaging, Paul Backhouse, examines how virtual reality can be used to present a prehistoric site to the public.

Virtual Reality and Storytelling for Viking Archaeology

Wednesday 17 January 2018

York's Gareth Beale will be discussing the potential of virtual reality in presenting archaeological findings.