The Prehistoric Society

The Society: what we do

The Prehistoric Society's interests are world-wide and extend from the earliest human origins to the emergence of written records. Founded in 1935, we currently have around 1500 members in over 40 countries. The Society is registered in England and Wales as a company limited by guarantee (no. 2532446) and is a registered charity (no. 1000567). Copies of our Articles of Association can be received by emailing .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) . The Society promotes prehistoric research; facilitates access to the results of this research; and recognises excellence, through its Awards and Grants. It also acts as an important advocate for prehistoric archaeology.

An active programme of events – lectures, study tours, day- and weekend conferences, and research weekends – allows members to participate fully in the Society and to meet other members and interested parties. The study excursions are lead by professionals and those conducting recent research in the area – they provide an opportunity to engage with the sites and their researchers. Day visits and short study tours are also a part of a wide and diverse programme.

The Society produces three publications: the annual peer-reviewed journal, the Proceedings of the Prehistoric Society (PPS); the topical newsletter, PAST, which is published in April, July and November; and the Research Papers monograph series. In addition, the Society publishes on-line book reviews.

Annual Research, Conference and Student Travel Awards are available to members to enable excavations, research, visits to conferences and travel abroad to sites and museums. A new Award, the Prehistoric Society Prize for the Best Undergraduate Dissertation on Prehistory, celebrates excellence in undergraduate research.

The Bagueley Award is presented annually for the best contribution to PPS.

In its advocacy role, the Society is regularly consulted to comment on issues pertaining to prehistory, or to support specific initiatives. The Conservation Co-Ordinator is responsible for dealing with this. For further details, see Advocacy.

The Prehistoric Society is committed to promoting equality, diversity and an inclusive and supportive environment for its membership, officers and guests. The Society will seek to ensure that people are treated equitably regardless of their gender, race or ethnicity, age, disability, socio-economic background, religion or belief (including non religion), marriage or civil partnership, family responsibilities, pregnancy and maternity, sexual orientation, gender reassignment or other distinction. The Society will promote diversity in its membership and officers by recognising the particular contributions to the furtherance of the Society that can be made by individuals with a wide range of backgrounds and experiences. The Society will also promote and maintain an inclusive and supportive environment in all its programmed activities, that affirms the rights of individuals to be treated fairly and with respect and affords access to all groups.

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