Events archive

Workshop on the Co-Design of Digital Experiences in Archaeology

Monday 1 April 2019

Join us in York in April 2019 for a 2-day workshop exploring co-design for digital archaeology/heritage projects…

The Potential of Partners: The Mission to Find the Missing

Friday 8 March 2019

The USA Defense POW/MIA Accounting Agency works with local communities and conducts archaeological investigations to locate missing and dead soldiers

YAT Lunchtime Lecture: Malton Roman Fort, and what happened later

Wednesday 6 March 2019

AL Oswald gives a YAT lunchtime lecture on Malton Roman Fort

Reyahn King in Conversation with Sara Wajid

Tuesday 5 March 2019

Sara Wajid will host a special conversation with Reyahn King, Chief Executive of York Museums Trust, about access, diversity, representation and social change in the museums and heritage sector. Join us for this one-of-a-kind event!

Programmed for Affect: Thinking About Sensors and Senses in Heritage and Cultural Experiences

Tuesday 26 February 2019

Jess Hoare considers whether wearable technologies can further our understanding of the relationship between heritage and cultural spaces and their visitors.

Dismantling Ivory Towers: Archaeology, Conservation and Community Engagement in Turkey

Tuesday 19 February 2019

B. Nilgün Öz explores how community-focused projects take place during archaeological excavations in Turkey, identifying problems and opportunities for conservation, and discussing the impact of such projects on site conservation.

How to get a job in archaeology

Monday 18 February 2019

Malin Holst talks about how to get an archaeology job

Exhibiting the Icon of the Cold War: Approaches to Preserving and Communicating the Berlin Wall

Tuesday 12 February 2019

Axel Klausmeier, director of the Berlin Wall Foundation, discusses how the organization looks after the remains of the Berlin Wall, and how it functions as a site of tourism.

Cats, coffins and costumes: 100 years of scientific research at the British Museum

Monday 11 February 2019

Professor Carl Heron, the Director of Scientific Research at the British Museum, will give a talk on the work of laboratory research at the Museum, including the exploration of new approaches and how scientific research can be shared with public audiences.

The Staffordshire Hoard, 2009–2019: piecing together an Anglo-Saxon treasure

Monday 4 February 2019

The Staffordshire Hoard is an extraordinary assemblage of early Anglo-Saxon treasure, which was discovered in 2009 by metal-detection in the West Midlands. Find out about the five-year research programme on the Hoard which has led to major revisions in archaeological and historical understanding of the period.

YourDIG: Melting Pot Exhibition Launch

Thursday 31 January 2019

Steve Ashby's Melting Pot Project collaborated with A-level science students from York College to carry out some experimental archaeology to see if we could replicate how Vikings cooked

What has driven Mediterranean landscape change since the Neolithic: human or natural agencies?

Monday 28 January 2019

This talk will present the results of an inter-disciplinary project which has studied the Mediterranean during the Holocene and reconstructed socio-environmental changes in the landscape.

London Mithraeum: A New Light on London’s Roman Temple of Mithras

Tuesday 22 January 2019

Louise Fowler of MOLA discusses work conducted on the London Mithraeum Bloomberg SPACE, built around reconstructed remains of a Roman Temple of Mithras in London.

Telling the whole story: publishing sites in a developer-funded context

Monday 21 January 2019

This talk will highlight the challenges of reconstructing the past uncovered at archaeological sites for publication, and suggest potential ways to address these difficulties.

Re-Thinking Digital Heritage Research: Practices, Epistemologies and Ethics

Tuesday 15 January 2019

Chiara Bonacchi uses her experience in digital heritage - through both digital cultural engagement and data science applied to heritage research, to reflect on the transformations that digital heritage research is undergoing in a world of 'big data'.

Enrico Crema

Monday 14 January 2019


Exhibition Launch: Buildings that Fill My Eye - The Architectural Heritage of Yemen

Friday 11 January 2019

Public lecture by Emeritus Professor Trevor Marchand of the School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS), London: What Future for Yemen’s Architecture?

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.