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The Later Prehistoric Finds Group Online Symposium 2021

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

Friday 1st October 2021

Symposium Information

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 Online Symposium will take place over Zoom. Please join us for what promises to be an exciting day of research and discussion.

Sign-up and Donations

The symposium is free to attend, but this year we are asking 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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You can download a pdf copy of the programme by clicking here.

10:00 – 10:15am. Welcome and Introduction.

10:15 – 10:50am. KEYNOTE. Trevor Creighton (Butser Ancient Farm), Ceci n’est pas une roundhouse? Experience and performance in experimental archaeology.

10:50-11:15. Tiffany Treadway, Reflections of connectivity and community in wetland object deposition (Wales and Scotland).

11:15-11:40am. Andrew Reynolds, West and east together: An investigation into the shared practice of repeated Late Bronze Age deposition in hoards of the Welsh Marches and Poland.

11:40-11:50. Discussion.

11:50-12:10. BREAK

12:10-12:35. Rebecca Ellis, Narrative and Performance in art: New interpretations of Iron Age buckets of England and Wales.

12:35-13:00. Tess Machling and Roland Williamson, ‘Less of a performance, more of a panic’ – The deposition of the Snettisham Grotesque torc.

13:00-13:10. Discussion.

13:10-14:10. LUNCH BREAK

14:10-14:15. Welcome back.

14:15-14:40. Jennifer Beamer, Knitting the heddles: An ethnographic approach? (Film).

14:40-15:05. Meredith Laing, The expression and performance of loss – child death in Bronze and Iron Age Britain

15:05-15:20. Clodagh Catherine O’Sullivan, Deposition in Iron Age Ireland – an investigation into the significance and function of the practice.

15:20-15:30. Discussion.

15:30-15:45. BREAK

15:45-16:10. Rachel Wilkinson, Broken, burnt, buried: Examination of Iron Age hoarding practice

16:10-16:25. Carli Jefferson and Clair Le Couteur, Broken Folk meets Broken Objects (Film).

16:25-16:50. Sophia Adams, Touching Stories from a Bronze Age hoard.

16:50-17:00. Final Discussion.

17:00. END.


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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”