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Call for contributions

Performing later prehistory: Recent work on Bronze Age and Iron Age Finds

The Later Prehistoric Finds Group Online Symposium 2021

Friday 1st October 2021

This year’s Later Prehistoric Finds Group (LPFG) Online Symposium will focus on the performative aspects of making, using, depositing, and studying Bronze and Iron Age finds. We aim to explore the gestures and experiences associated with everyday practices and repetitive acts, as well as extraordinary events. The themes we would like to discuss include:

  • Technique and gesture in making objects;
  • Tactility and functionality;
  • Performing identities through creating, using and depositing objects;
  • The spectacle and experience of depositing objects;
  • Performances associated with the study and interpretation of later prehistoric finds.

The Online Symposium will take place over the course of one day via Zoom.

We invite submissions of proposals for live talks, pre-recorded videos, and live experimental demonstrations of either 10 minutes or 20 minutes in length.

We also invite submissions of proposals for films of performance-based art up to 5 minutes in length. These proposals should be formatted like abstracts, but you are welcome to include visual imagery/video samples as part of this submission.

To submit a proposal, please send an abstract of up to 250 words to laterprehistoricfindsgroup@gmail.com, specifying the type and length of your contribution. Please get in touch if you’d like to discuss an idea for a contribution – new and innovative formats will be very welcome.

The call for contributions will be open until July 30th 2021.

Please feel free to circulate details. You can download a poster/copy of the call by clicking this link.

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Past events

  • 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 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.
  • 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”