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

18th October 2021

Roman Finds from Infrastructure Projects: Rail, Roads & Sewers

Monday 18th October 2021

The 2021 Autumn Roman Finds Group Conference held in association with King’s College London is entitled Roman Finds from Infrastructure Projects. Ongoing uncertainties about the pandemic have meant that it is, once again, more practical to hold the meeting online, this time using the Teams platform, supported by King’s College. The day will consist of illustrated papers presented in blended content (some pre-recorded and some live) on Monday 18th October. The Conference organisers are Jenny Hall, Denise Allen and Stephen Greep of RFG and Dr John Pearce of King’s College London.

How can I register?

To join the conference please book through the RFG web site (https://www.romanfindsgroup.org.uk/). The conference will be open access so there is no charge for joining although you must pre-book. The link to the meeting will be sent to all who have registered closer to the event.

How’s it all going to work?

The conference is split into four sessions, with most papers lasting twenty-five minutes. There will be a thirty minute ‘coffee break’ mid-morning and mid-afternoon, and a longer break for lunch. Some papers will be pre-recorded, but most are going to be live. 

The conference link will be sent to you about a week before it takes place. It is possible to join the conference by clicking on the link without downloading the Teams App. You will then be able to see and hear all the presentations, but you will not be able to access the chat function for asking questions. If you download the free Teams App you will be able to participate by typing questions, which will be read by the Chair. All participants will be asked to turn off their microphones and cameras whilst the sessions are in progress. Some presenters of pre-recorded papers will also be available to answer questions at the end of their papers. A final programme will be sent to all participants closer to the date of the conference, together with full guidance on how the Conference will be run.

You can dip in and out of sessions as often as you like, but the responsibility for joining and leaving will be yours. Due to the nature of the conference advertised timings will be approximate. Following the conference, we hope to make as many of the papers available on our web site as we can (copyright permitting).

Whether you join to listen to one paper, just one session or the whole thing there are no costs to you.

New to Teams?

If you are unfamiliar with Teams and would like to join a short trial meeting beforehand, there will be an opportunity to book this once you have booked the conference – details will be on your receipt. This is scheduled for Friday 15th October at 10.00 am.

Conference Programme

(please note due to the nature of the conference timings are approximate and liable to change – a final programme will be sent to all participants closer to the Conference)

Session 1

09.30   Welcome and Chair: Dr John Pearce (King's College London)

Rail – HS2.

09.40   Dr John Halsted (HS2) – Defining regional and cultural distinctiveness in late Iron Age and Romano-British settlement across the route of HS2 Phase 1: a summary of results to date. (Live)

Sewers - London’s Thames Tideway 

10.05      Mike Curnow (MOLA) – Tideway Site 4: Barn Elms- Going to Town on an Iron Age Oppidum?

10.35      Charlotte Burn (MOLA) – Barn Elms – A Late Iron Age ceramic assemblage from London.




Session 2 – Chair: Nicola Hembrey

Rail – London’s Thameslink.

11.30   Berni Seddon (Pre-Construct Archaeology) – A Roman bath-house in Southwark.

12.00   Dr James Gerrard (Newcastle University) – Seal boxes and other small things in Southwark: the Roman finds from Thameslink. (Live)

Roads & by-passes

12.20   Dr James Gerrard (Newcastle University) – LIA and Roman Finds from the A684  Bedale By-pass. (Live)




Session 3 – Chair: Frances McIntosh

13.45   Ed McSloy (Cotswold Archaeology) – Discovering the Missing Link: Finds from A417 Missing Link evaluation, Birdlip, Gloucestershire.Underground – London’s Crossrail

14.10   Francis Grew (Museum of London) − Planning a Roman display for the new Museum of London.

14.35   Michael Marshall (MOLA)Revisiting the finds from Crossrail Broadgate Tickethall: Placing a London extramural finds assemblage in context. (Live)




Session 4 - Chair: Edwin Wood (RFG and King's College London)

A14 Cambridge to Huntingdon 

15.30   Michael Marshall (MOLA Headland Infrastructure)A first look at the Late Iron Age and Roman small finds and glass from the A14 Huntingdon to Cambridge Excavations. (Live)

15.45   Jemma Moorhouse (Reading Masters Student) – Iron Age and Roman copper- alloys from the A14 excavations: integrating and assessing the use of p-XRF   analysis in a large infrastructure project. (Pre-recorded)

16.00   Lanah Hewson (Reading Masters Student) – How effective is purposive sampling, using the A14C2H project as a case study? (Live)

16.15   Adam Sutton (MOLA) Introducing the Lower Ouse Valley: Characterising a major new Early Roman pottery industry in southern Cambridgeshire.

16.40   Dr Ruth Shaffrey (Oxford Archaeology South) – ‘What a difference a road  makes’: How the querns and millstones from the A14 excavations enhance our understanding of cereal processing in central−southern Roman Britain.

17.00 Closing remarks and end - Dr Stephen Greep (Chairman RFG)



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