News and events

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Upcoming LPFG events

Crafting Identities: making and using objects in the Bronze and Iron Ages

Saturday 26th October 2019 at National Museum of Scotland, Edinburgh

Craft and the transformation of raw materials into objects were integral aspects of prehistoric life. Making and using objects, sometimes within specific social contexts, contributed to the creation and expression of identities in a multitude of ways. The 2019 conference of the Later Prehistoric Finds Group aims to examine crafting processes in detail, and investigate the complex ways these processes and the resulting artefacts contributed to the identities of groups and individuals.

We invite contributions of 15 minute-long papers that consider the making and use of Bronze and Iron Age small finds, and the parallel making of identities.

To submit a paper, please send an abstract of up to 250 words to laterprehistoricfindsgroup@gmail.com before March 31st 2019.

Three student/unwaged travel bursaries are being kindly provided by The Prehistoric Society. Please specify if you would like to apply for a bursary.

Please feel free to download and share the call for papers flyer .

Check back here for more details and updates as they become available.

Other upcoming events

  • 22nd Iron Age Research Student Symposium at Cardiff University, 29th May – 1st June 2019. A call for papers and posters is open until 15 March 2019 For more detail see their website.
  • Hoarding and deposition in Europe from later prehistory to the medieval period finds in context is on 12–14 June 2019 at King’s College London, Strand, London, England. For more information see the Roman Finds Group website.

Past events and IARSS awards

  •  The 2018 LPFG annual conference was titled The Matter in Hand: New Research on Later Prehistoric FindsIt was held at the British Museum on Monday 29th October 2018, 9.30am to 4.30pm. Download the programme/poster here and see details of the papers below.
    • Keynote: Melanie Giles (University of Manchester)The Grave Goods Project
    • Sophie Adams (University of Glasgow) Feeling good? A critical evaluation of the tactile qualities of prehistoric finds
    • Jennifer Beamer (University of Leicester) Heavy Loomweights: Considering the Use of Flax in Iron Age Britain
    • Helen Chittock (AOC Archaeology Group) Beyond repair: Exploring technologies of mending and modification in Middle-Late Iron Age Britain
    • Mark Griffiths (Independent Researcher) The Pallasboy Project
    • Matthew Hitchcock (University of Manchester) The Art of Violence: Shields in the British Iron Age
    • Marta Innes (University of Glasgow) ‘Kneading to know’: Experimental Approaches and Engagement with the Materiality of Prehistoric Pottery
    • Matthew Knight (National Museum of Scotland) The Ecstasy of Gold: Interactions with Bronze Age gold in Britain’s auriferous regions
    • Meredith Laing (University of Leicester) Salt of the Earth: using fingerprint analysis to investigate the demographics of briquetage production
    • Tess Machling (Independent Researcher) and Roland Williamson (Independent Researcher) More bang for your buck: how sheet-work fools the eye
    • Brendan O’Connor (Independent Researcher) and Neil Wilkin (British Museum) New light on weighty matters: Putting the Hurstbourne Priors hoard in context
    • Anne Crone, Alex Wood, Dawn McLaren and Graeme Cavers (AOC Archaeology Group) Recent discoveries at the loch-side settlement at Black Loch of Myrton, Wigtownshire, Scotland
  • The 21st Iron Age Research Student Symposium (IARSS) was held at the University of Kent, 30th May – 2nd June 2018. LPFG awarded a prize for best finds paper to Meredith Laing for her paper: “Making an impression: using fingerprint analysis to investigate demographics of pottery production”