Archaeology Conferences

8th March 2024 2024 RFG Spring Meeting: New Research at the University of Reading on Roman Finds and New Finds from the Region

Save the date for the next RFG conference, to be held on Friday 8th and Saturday 9th March 2024. This will be a joint event with Reading University, taking place on the Whiteknights campus and also streaming online. It will include a reception at the Archaeology Dept with an opportunity to view finds from Silchester. There will be 20 speakers over five sessions, looking at finds from the Reading area, further afield in Roman Britain, and from across the Empire.

Previous Events

27th July 2023 Zoom in on Roman Finds: 30 years of Roman Military Equipment

A RFG Member only seminar: Mike Bishop and John Coulson on the Past, Present and Future of Roman Military Equipment

21st April 2023 2023 RFG Spring Meeting: New Research on Finds from the Roman Midlands and Beyond

The RFG spring 2023 meeting is being held in held in association with the University of Nottingham and its Museum, and will take place at the Music Recital Hall, Lakeside Arts, University Park, Nottingham, NG7 2RD. There are five sessions of papers with twenty one illustrated talks, on various aspects of finds from recent work in the Roman Midlands and beyond. There is a wine reception and private viewing of the Museum on the friday, followed by the conference dinner. The RFG AGM will take place on day two before lunch.

5th April 2023 Zoom in on Roman Finds: East is East? Roman Finds from Slovenia

A RFG Member only evening seminar: Two talks on finds from Slovenia

7th October 2022 2022 Autumn Meeting: New Research on Finds from the Eastern Region of Hadrian's Wall

The 2022 Autumn Meeting will be held onlnie on the zoom platform. The title is New Research on Finds from the Eastern Region of Hadrian's Wall. 20 papers and four 'gallery tours' .

24th January 2022 Zoom in on Roman Finds: Presentations from Scotland. A pre Burns night seminar

A RFG Member only evening seminar: Three talks from RFG members from Scotland in a pre burns night special

18th October 2021 2021 RFG Autumn Meeting: Roman Finds from Infrastructure Projects: Rail, Roads and Sewers

The 2021 RFG Autumn Conference is held in association with King's College London and is entitled Roman Finds from Infrastructure Projects: Rail, Roads and Sewers. It is an open access meeting with four sessions and 14 illustrated talks. With particular thanks to King's College London for use of its Teams facility.

24th April 2020 Celebrating Roman West Cumbria: 30th Anniversary Conference - Senhouse Roman Museum

2020 is the 30th anniversary of the Senhouse Roman Museum opening to the public. A number of events and exhibitions are planned throughout the year to celebrate the Museum's continuing success and looking forward to the future. The conference is part of that celebration. The conference theme 'Celebrating Roman West Cumbria' brings together the research excavations from recent years covering the area from Ravenglass to Beckfoot.

22nd January 2019 Sounds of Roman Egypt

A free exhibition bringing to life the soundscape of Egypt during the Roman period.

14th July 2018 Archaeology in Hertfordshire: Recent Research

The Welwyn Archaeological Society and the Bishops Stortford Museum are pleased to announce the third Archaeology in Hertfordshire: Recent Research conference to be held at the Museum on July 14th 2018.

1st June 2018 Vagnari Roman Imperial Estate: The Settlement and its Material Culture

The workshop aims to present the archaeological research at Vagnari in its wider context and to discuss the impact of Roman expansion in south-east Italy on the culture and economy of the region. Speakers include Alastair Small who, together with Carola Small, discovered the site of Vagnari and conducted the first phase of fieldwork at the site from 2000, and Maureen Carroll, the director of excavations at Vagnari since 2012. A key and important part of the workshop is the presentation by the relevant project specialists of the artefacts and assemblages recovered in the Sheffield excavations. The workshop brings together these specialists to foster discussion of the artefacts themselves and their significance, and to engage participants at the event in this discussion.

10th March 2018 Remarkable Things: The Agency of Objecthood and The Power of Materiality

Apotropaic art, symbols or objects are those which have – or are reputed to have - the power of averting evil influence or ‘bad luck’. The very idea of an apotropaic object stands at the centre of theory seeking to concretise objecthood and materiary power.

4th November 2017 Restrospect and Prospect Sat 4 November 2017 10:00 - 18:00 GMT Senate House, London

This year's Roman Society Day Conference will celebrate 50 years of the journal Britannia. The conference will explore the highlights of the last 50 years of Romano-British archaeology, with an emphasis not just on excavation and discovery but also inscriptions and artefacts.

13th June 2017 Instrumentum International Meetings: Vehicles in Antiquity and Middle Ages 13th - 16th June 2017 Arles (F, Bouches-du-Rhône)

The theme will be modes of transport in Antiquity et the Middle Ages and will focus in particular on the equipment and maintenance of land, river and sea vehicles.

1st April 2017 Hadrian's Cavalry Exhibition April to September 2017 Various sites along Hadrian's Wall

Hadrian's Cavalry Exhibition is a dispersed exhibition taking in 10 of the Museums along Hadrian's Wall that will bring national, international and private collection loans together for the first time. The exhibition aims to tell the tale of Roman cavalry regiments and their key role in securing the Empire's frontiers, exhibiting a range of finely decorated objects.

28th March 2017 TRAC 2017

Durham University is hosting the Theoretical Roman Archaeology Conference (TRAC) 2017, one of the biggest gathering of Roman archaeologists and classical scholars in the world. Interdisciplinary and international, Durham TRAC will be bringing together academics to discuss all aspects of the Roman Empire (and beyond).

4th March 2017 An Introduction to Archaeological Illustration 4th - 5th March 2017, 9.30am – 4pm each day Roman Vindolanda – Hedley Centre

The course will look at general techniques and methods of accurately recording small finds including pottery illustration, metal objects, bone, and leatherwork. There will be a selection of objects from the excavations at Vindolanda to handle and draw over the duration of the course.

28th January 2017 Fibulae

Fibulae is a small exhibition about the clothing accessories that turn up most frequently in archaeologists’ finds: brooches known as fibulae. These brooches were used to fasten items of clothing, especially cloaks. Nearly four hundred fibulae are on view in the display cases.

30th January 2016 Making practice perfect: approaches to everyday life in Roman archaeology

The ‘Making practice perfect’ workshop will be a one-day event focused on ‘practice theories’ in Roman archaeology and beyond. The day will be organised into three sessions: ‘Structuration and related traditions’, ‘Practice theory and materiality’, and ‘Comparative perspectives’, the first two focusing on Roman case-studies, and the third aiming to develop dialogues between Romanists and archaeologists of other complex societies.

20th July 2015 Hellenic Society and Roman Society

Illustrated presentations by six world experts of their researches into how effective ancient armour was in practice. Issues will include production, wearability, enemy weapons and tactics, and changes and developments.

14th May 2015 The Rural Settlement of Roman England: from regional perspectives to national synthesis

Over the last three years the Department of Archaeology at the University of Reading and Cotswold Archaeology have been collaborating on a major project examining regional and chronological variation in Roman rural settlement through analysis of farm layouts, domestic architecture, agricultural practice and burial traditions.

27th March 2015 25th Theoretical Roman Archaeology Conference

Following on from the success of our session at RAC/TRAC last year, the RFG will be sponsoring a session this year at TRAC. The session is titled Interdisciplinary Approaches to Roman Artefacts (RFG session) and will be chaired by Ellen Swift, It will be on Saturday afternoon from 2 to 5.30pm (Session 2).

28th November 2014 Things That Travelled - Mediterranean Glass in the First Millennium AD

Places are still available for this conference with a fantastic line-up of glass specialists covering a multitude of historical, archaeological and scientific topics. £40 full price and £10 for students. See website for registration information and final programme.

18th November 2014 British Museum Touring Exhibition

Roman Empire: Power and People brings together over 160 stunning pieces from the British Museum to explore the story of one of the most powerful empires the world has ever seen.

13th November 2014 ALG Autumn 2014 Meeting Leeds 13-14th November 2014

The ALG Autumn 2014 meeting Leather in Warfare is being held at the Royal Armouries, Leeds and co-hosted by that august institution. We are most grateful to the Royal Armouries for their enthusiasm for the meeting and having them co-host the event has allowed us to significantly expand the programme and widen the subjects covered.

31st May 2014 Historical Metallurgy Society

For many centuries metal, especially precious metals, has been the dominant material used in the construction of jewellery and other items of personal adornment. The basic form of personal adornment varies with time, location and culture, which influence not only the style of the pieces but also affects their methods of manufacture and decoration.

10th May 2014 How Roman Was Roman Britain?

A Day Conference organised by the Roman Studies Group of Surrey Archaeological Society

4th May 2014 Hadrianic Society Conference 2014 4th - 9th April 2014

We run a dual meeting over 6 days; the first half is a ‘Reunion Weekend’ for members old and new, the Second half a conference proper titled THE ROMAN ARMY SCHOOL.

28th March 2014 28th-30th March 2014 RAC

The University of Reading is proud to host the Biennial International Roman Archaeology Conference in collaboration with the Roman Society The conference will take place on Friday 28 to Sunday 30 March 2014, returning to where it began 20 years ago in 1994.

30th November 2013 30th November 2013 Romano-British Towns Conference

One day conference at the University of Reading. Organised by the Roman Society in collaboration with the University of Reading, English Heritage and Cotswold Archaeology.

9th November 2013 9th November 2013 150 years of Roman Yorkshire

Conference marking 150 years of the Yorkshire Archaeological Society.

2nd November 2013 2nd November 2013 Health and Medicine in the Roman World British Museum

In collaboration with the Association for Roman Archaeology.

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Roman Rural Settlement Project - Feedback Needed and Meeting on 14th September 2016

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Fully funded AHRC Collaborative Doctoral Award PhD studentship between the University of Kent and English Heritage

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Grant to support the study of PAS finds from Cheshire

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RFG Membership of Council for British Archaeology

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Cheshire Archaeology Public Consultation

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Roman Society Working Party Questionnaire

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Portable Antiquities Website

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