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Innovations and Interpretations:
New Methods and New Techniques in the Study of Later Prehistoric Finds
Friday 7th October 2022
This year’s Later Prehistoric Finds Group (LPFG) Online Symposium focuses on form and function, sensory approaches to object analysis, new technology and techniques for find study, and perceptions of objects in the ancient and modern worlds.
The Online Symposium will take place over Zoom. Please join us for what promises to be a fascinating day of research and discussion.
Sign-up and Donations
The symposium is free to attend, but this year we are providing the option for donations from anyone attending who feels able to make one. Although we are a free group, we do have some running costs and have been unable to generate any income during the pandemic. We recognise that everyone’s circumstances are different. We are not asking for a set or recommended amount, and no-one will be excluded on the basis of not making a donation. However, if you can make a small donation, please consider doing so, in order that we can continue to run the group, and keep it free for everyone. Thank you.
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10:00-10:15. Welcome and Introduction.
10:15-10:40. Jody Joy, On the fringe or an identity all its own? A new consideration of decorated Iron Age objects from Cambridgeshire.
10:40-11:05. Andrew Reynolds, How has archaeology made sense of object depositions: is there even a distinction between ‘ritual’ and ‘profane’ Bronze Age and Iron Age hoards in Wales and the Marches?
11:40-12:05. Matt Hitchcock, Back to Front: the two faces of the Iron Age shield.
12:05-12:30. Andrew Fitzpatrick, British Iron Age ‘horn caps’: a puzzle solved?
12:30-12:55. Tess Machling, When is a bracelet not a bracelet, and why could this matter? The Snettisham ‘bracelet’ re-examined.
13:10-14:10. LUNCH BREAK
14:10-14:15. Welcome back.
14:15-14:40. Reb Ellis, Marlborough Bucket: Photo-stacking and new findings.
14:40-15:05. Olivia Ballard, Innovations and Interpretations: New Methods and Techniques in the Study of Later Prehistoric Finds.
15:05-15:30. Mark Andrew Griffiths and Orla Peach Power, Carving with Light: Scanning and Re-Making the Ballachulich Goddess.
15:30-15:55. Edward Caswell, Collaboration on in context, continental axeheads: Early results from the excavation of a hoard of palstaves axeheads from Buckinghamshire.
15:55-16:10. Final Discussion.
Other upcoming events
We often advertise events that are relevant to our interests and would be of interest to our members here, so if you are organising one feel free to get in touch.
- The 2021 LPFG conference was titled Performing later prehistory: Recent work on Bronze Age and Iron Age Finds and was held online via Zoom on Friday 1st October 2021
- The 2020 LPFG conference was titled What’s new with Bronze Age and Iron Age finds? and was held online via Zoom on 6th November 2020
- The 2019 LPFG conference was titled Crafting Identities: making and using objects in the Bronze and Iron Ages It was held on Saturday 26th October at National Museum of Scotland, Edinburgh
- The 2018 LPFG conference was titled The Matter in Hand: New Research on Later Prehistoric Finds. It 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.
- The 2016 LPFG conference was titled From Every Object a Story and was held at the National Museum Wales Cardiff, Amgueddfa Cymru and in University of Bristol Department of archaeology and anthropology on 19th – 20th November
- The 2015 LPFG conference was held together with the Prehistoric Society and was titled Tales the River tells: Later prehistoric finds from in and around the Thames and was held at the British Museum and the Museum of London on Monday 20th April
- The 2014 LPFG meeting was held at the WISE centre in Hull and Hull Museum on Friday 24th October
- In 2013 the first LPFG meeting was held at the British Museum on Friday 11th October
Past IARSS prizes
- The 24th Iron Age Research Student Symposium (IARSS) was held as a Zoom forum on 2nd-4th June 2021. LPFG awarded a prize for best finds paper to Eleanor de Spretter Yates for her paper ‘Personal Appearance and Identity in Later Prehistory: Bronze Age and Iron Age Razor Blades’
- The 23rd Iron Age Research Student Symposium (IARSS) University of Manchester 3rd-4th June 2020. LPFG awarded a prize for best finds paper to Matthew Hitchcock, University of Manchester, for his paper “Re-Framing the Shield in Iron Age Britain”
- The 22nd Iron Age Research Student Symposium (IARSS) University of Cardiff 29th – 31st May 2019. LPFG awarded a prize for best finds paper to Tiffany Treadwell for her paper on “Analysis of Wetland Depositional Practices in Iron Age Wales and Scotland”
- The 21st Iron Age Research Student Symposium (IARSS) 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”