The Late Antique Archaeology conference series started in 2001 and have been organised by Dr Luke Lavan (University of Kent) with the assistance of various colleagues and post-graduate students..
The primary aim of the conference series has been to provide an international focus for late antique archaeology, where established academics and graduate students can meet to present new work on broad themes relating to late antique society.
The secondary aim of the series to provide cheap access for graduate students to high quality international speakers. For this reason admission charges are kept as low as possible.
Papers presented at the conferences form the core of our double peer-refereed international annual Late Antique Archaeology, published by Brill:
The title Late Antique Archaeology does not seek to exclude contributions by historians but only to identify with scholars interested in broad characterisations of society, more common in archaeology than history.
*Visualising Late Antiquity Workshop 1**Law Courts in Late Antiquity*

A one day workshop of the Universities of Kent and London (King’s College)

to be held at King’s College, London on Saturday 6th June.


11.00-11.30 Luke Lavan (Kent) Reconstructing Everyday Life in Late Antiquity: Potential and Problems

11.40-12.40 Luke Lavan (Kent) Visiting the Courts in Late Antiquity: an Overview

14.00-14.40 Sebastian Rascon (Madrid) A Law Court at Complutum: a Virtual Reality Approach

14.40-15.20 Caroline Lawrence A Law Court at Ostia: Acting a ‘Roman Mysteries’ scene for the BBC


16.00-16.30 Jon Conyard (Comitatus) Dressing for Court in Late Antiquity: Experiments in Replica Reconstruction

16.30-17.00 Caroline Humfress (Birkbeck) Respondant

17.00-17.30 Discussion 


*Late Antique Archaeology 2009: Sat 7th March 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 TBC Textiles

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) Waste
4.40-5.10 Phil Mills (Leicester) Building Materials

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


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