Posted by: lukelavan | February 13, 2009

LAAConference London Saturday 7th March

*Late Antique Archaeology 2009*
*Late Antique Finds: Excavation and Analysis*


The study of late antique artefacts is no longer limited to silver plate and pilgrim tokens. Yet on many sites, finds are still excavated without thought for the information that they ultimately provide. Rich destruction deposits are excavated to a ‘one size fits all’ method, and finds are often studied only when digs have finished. Sadly, specialists are often kept out of trenches, despite the insights they can provide from finds into deposits actually under excavation. So do we simply collect finds?, or is there information, particular to each object type, and to late antique deposits, that needs to be recorded in order to study them properly? This meeting will examine the methods appropriate to the recovery and analysis of late antique finds, focusing especially on problems specific to the period and on new discoveries.

A joint conference of the University of Kent and King’s College, London,
to be held at the Safra lecture theatre, KCL Strand Campus, The Strand, London, WC2R 2LS.

10.30 Welcome by Luke Lavan (Kent) and Tasssos Papacostas (KCL)

10.40-11.10 Steve Roskams (York) Animal Bones
11.10-11.40 John Pearce (KCL) Digging the Dead : Current and Future Approaches

11.50-12.20 Jerry Evans & Phil Mills (Leicester) Late Roman Pottery
12.20-12.50 Joanita Vroom (UEA) Early Medieval Pottery

2.00-2.30 Veerle Lawyers (KULeuven) Glass
2.30-3.00 Anthea Harris (Birmingham) Everyday Metals
3.00-3.30 John Casey (Kent) Coins

4.10-4.40 Stefan Groh (Vienna) The Archaeology of Waste in the Roman Fort and Vicus of Mautern-Favianis, Noricum (Austria)

4.40-5.10 Phil Mills (Leicester) Building Materials

5.10-5.40 James Gerrard (Pre-construct archaeology) Excavating and studying the hoard from Drapers’ Gardens, City of London

Entrance is free, though places are limited. To reserve a place please email Michael Mulryan on

Location details: Temple Tube station is closest. For flights try Cheap UK train tickets can be obtained in advance from Direct trains from Canterbury West on Saturday morning leave at 8.35 or 9.06 and arrive 10.00 and 10.36 respectively, at Charing Cross. The best direct train from Oxford leaves at 9.01, and arrives at 9.59 Paddington.

This conference has been generously sponsored by and

Dr Luke Lavan
Lecturer in Archaeology,
Classical and Archaeological Studies,
School of European Culture and Languages,
Cornwallis North West,
University of Kent,
Kent CT2 7NF

Telephone +441227823944


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