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Iron Age Lives: exploring social dynamics in later prehistoric Britain and Europe

Non-Society event
The COMMIOS project

This one-day conference presents the key results of the COMMIOS Project along with parallel projects in Europe. It will explore the social dynamics of Iron Age society, including new evidence for kin-group composition, mobility, regional identities and complex relationships between the living and the dead.


Palaeo-London. Thinking About The Ice Age Archaeology and Environments of the Capital

Annual joint lecture with LAMAS: online & in person
Dr Matt Pope (UCL)

From the first recorded discovery of a Palaeolithic tool through to the professional commercial excavations taking place in the city in recent years, we’ll consider how the London landscape was shaped by ice and water, and the early human populations who adapted, or not, to the dramatic cycles of climate change evidenced in the gravels and clays of the city’s deep past.

Image: Tabitha Paterson


The prehistory of a lost landscape beneath the North Sea: past, present and future

Annual joint lecture with FEAG & HIAG: in person
Dr James Walker (Bradford University)

This presentation will show how Doggerland was important to the birth of prehistoric archaeology, how it was, for a time, largely forgotten, and why there has been a resurgence of interest.


Prehistory in the Present

Prehistoric Society day school: online & in person

Prehistory in the Present is the second in this series of Day Schools on Prehistory: past, present and future. The day school will be online and in person.


Visual Palaeopsychology: Recent research into the Palaeolithic emergence and development of human visual culture

Annual joint lecture with CornwallAS
Prof Paul Pettitt (Durham University)

I present here a long-term model of Palaeolithic art, as well as the results of recent research conducted using current visual psychological methods aimed at elucidating how our brains contributed to this characteristically human phenomenon called ‘art’.’


Mesolithic catastrophe: the impact of the Storegga Slide tsunami on the Mesolithic population of Britain

Annual joint lecture with Soc. Ant. Scot.
Dr Clive Waddington (Archaeological Research Services Ltd)

This paper will explore these events and their impact on the Mesolithic population with specific reference to several sites, including Howick and Low Hauxley, as case studies. 



Vietnam’s Role in Understanding Social and Economic Change in Mainland Southeast Asia from c. 5000 – 3500 BP

Global Pasts lecture
Prof Philip Piper (Australian National University)

In this presentation I will discuss recent research on archaeological settlement sites in Vietnam that have provided important new insights into the emergence of what is commonly referred to as the ‘Neolithic’ in Vietnam.

*****Please email to book your place: zoom link will be emailed to you 3 days before the event.*****


An Island in Time: Taming the isle of Lismore (Argyll) through the millennia.

Annual joint lecture with CambridgeAS
Prof Simon Stoddart (University of Cambridge


The lecture will give an overview of the development of the isle of Lismore over the course of time from the Neolithic to the present day, employing excavation, survey, material culture (a little) animal and plant remains, pollen, radiocarbon, isotopes, aDNA and visual perception. The site of Tirefuir was excavated at the beginning of the millennium, but should be published within the next year.


Tracing culinary traditions in prehistoric East and Central Asia

Global Pasts lecture
Dr Shinya Shoda (University of York)

In this talk, Dr Shinya Shoda will present the regional aspects of diet and culinary traditions in prehistoric East and Central Asia that are becoming clearer, based on case studies of lipid residue analysis that have been carried out by Dr Shoda and colleagues.

*****Please email to book your place: zoom link will be emailed to you 3 days before the event.*****


Hillforts of Britain and Ireland - an overview of a monument type from the nineteenth to the twenty-first centuries.

Annual joint lecture with NNAS
Prof Gary Lock (University of Oxford) and Prof Ian Ralston (University of Edinburgh)

The compilation of an Atlas of the Hillforts of Britain and Ireland and of the underlying database, online since 2017, provided the opportunity to reassess these iconic and much-discussed sites at a scale not hitherto attempted in these islands.