Events archive

See below for a list of past Prehistoric Society events.

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‘A Very Special Place’: Exploring Prehistoric Landscapes in southeast India

Global Pasts lecture
Prof. Shanti Pappu (Sharma Centre for Heritage Education, Chennai, Tamil Nadu, India & SIAS, Krea University, Sri City, India)

The South Asian Palaeolithic record has a long history of research, with a rich body of information on site contexts and palaeoenvironments, yet marked by sparser information on chronological controls, technological variability and inferences on past behaviour.  We discuss recent debates in Palaeolithic studies in India focusing on nomenclatures and issues related to population migrations, technological convergence and debates on cultural evolutionary trajectories.

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Excavations at Star Carr 2004-15: New insight into an old site

Annual joint lecture with Cambridge Antiquarian Society
Dr Chantal Connellar (Newcastle University)

Star Carr has dominated our understanding of the British Mesolithic. Since its excavation by Grahame Clark between 1949 and 1951 it has been subject to extensive debate and reinterpretation. These led to new questions for the site that could only be addressed through excavation.

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Un-Erasing the Indigenous Paleolithic: Re-Writing the Ancient Past of the Western Hemisphere (the Americas)

Global Pasts lecture
Dr Paulette Steeves (Algoma University)

In the Americas, the deep Indigenous past prior to 12,000 years before the present has been aggressively denied by American anthropologists for over a century. Anthropologists’ denial of the deep Indigenous past of the Americas, has cleaved Indigenous people’s links to their homeland and created them as recent immigrants to the Americas, on a global scale of human history.

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Recent Advances in our understanding of the Neolithic in North-West and South-West England

Annual joint lecture with Yorkshire Archaeological and Historical Society
Dr Gill Hey (University of Oxford) and Dr Jodie Lewis (Bradford University)
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Early China and Prehistoric Silk Routes

Global Pasts lecture
Prof. Li Zhang, Zhengzhou University, China

The Silk Routes were one of the most marvellous phenomena in Eurasian history. Over them flowed a huge number and variety of artefacts and customs between China and various parts of the vast Eurasian continent. There has recently been a growing number of striking archaeological discoveries which have demonstrated the existence of such long-distance interactions stretching back several millennia, even to the prehistoric period.

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Conference

Sourcing prehistoric materials – new perspectives: the contribution and legacy of Joan Taylor

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Bronze Age Forum 2022

12-13th November 2022

Non-Society event, supported by the Prehistoric Society.

Details and timings TBC

The Bronze Age Forum is for everyone with an interest in the Bronze Age—university academics, commercial archaeologists, museum curators, postgraduate students, independent scholars, and the public. The Forum is a chance to showcase new finds and excavations, present survey results, discuss emerging research, try out different interpretations, and to meet others in the field. 

Conference

*CANCELLED* Neolithic and Early Bronze Age Research Student Symposium (NEBARSS)

11-12th November 2022

Non-Society event, supported by the Prehistoric Society.

Details and timings TBC

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Using visual psychology to interrogate early prehistoric art

Annual joint lecture with Norwich and Norfolk Archaeological Society
Dr Lisa-Elen Meyering (Durham University)

This talk will illuminate ways in which two very different disciplines, Archaeology and Psychology, can help us arrive at an unprecedented understanding of early art in Europe.

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Prehistoric communities and monuments on the Fenland Ouse

Christopher Evans, Emeritus Director / Director of Research of the Cambridge Archaeological Unit at the University of Cambridge

Non-Society event, supported by the Prehistoric Society.

Informed by the subject’s historiography, and arguing that our fieldwork needs to be imbued with a greater experimental ethos (i.e. ‘failing better’), the talk will address a number of themes arising from over 40 years of investigation along the River Great Ouse at its junction with the Fens.