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Lunchtime seminars

  • 21 January 2019: Dr Richard Thomas (Archaeology and Ancient History, Leicester) - "Bradgate: a stable story."
    • Charles Wilson Building, Fourth Floor, Garendon
  • 4 February 2019: Dr Paul Stamper (English Local History, Leicester) "The Built Heritage of 20th-Century Conflict and Defence."
    • Charles Wilson Building, Fourth Floor, Garendon
  • 18 February 2019: Professor Marilyn Palmer (Archaeology and Ancient History, Leicester)
    • Charles Wilson Building, Fourth Floor, Garendon


Lunchtime seminars

  • 8 October 2018: Professor Tim Insoll (University of Exeter) - Becoming Muslim: The Archaeology of Islamisation and Trade in Eastern Ethiopia
    • Charles Wilson Building, Fourth Floor, SR 408 Woodhouse
  • 15 October 2018: Professor Martin Gibbs and Dr Richard Tuffin (University of New England) - Just measuring pain? Landscapes of production and punishment at an Australian convict station
    • Fielding Johnson Building, South Wing Basement, The Ogden Lewis Seminar Suite 1
  • 29 October 2018: Dr Deborah Toner (University of Leicester) - Origins, Traditions and Authenticities: Alcohol in Mexican History and Heritage 
    • Charles Wilson Building, Fourth Floor, SR 403 Rutland
  • 5 November 2018: Emma Brownlee (University of Cambridge) - From grave to community: A multi-scalar approach to the changing funeral rites of early medieval Europe
    • Charles Wilson Building, Fourth Floor, SR 409 Garendon
  • 19 November 2018
    • Charles Wilson Building, Fourth Floor, SR 409 Garendon
  • 3 December 2018: Rachel Small (University of Leicester) - Food, Identity and Humoral Theory in Early Modern England - A Case Study from Leicestershire
    • Charles Wilson Building, Fourth Floor, SR 409 Garendon


Medieval Pottery Research Group annual conference 2017

The CHA and the Medieval Pottery Research Group jointly hosted the MPRG annual conference on the ceramics of drink, on Friday 2 and Saturday 3 June 2017 at the University of Leicester.

‘Ceramics of drink’ form a significant part of archaeological assemblages in Europe and beyond throughout medieval and post-medieval periods. Ceramic containers were a preferred way of producing, storing, transforming and consuming liquid beverages. They are associated with a wide range of human activity from large scale transnational trade, to ceremonial consumption, to intimate daily rituals within the home. They materialised drinking and social practices, with some undergoing significant transformations, and others staying the same. This conference aimed to explore the important social and economic roles that ceramics of drink filled and how they can be effectively studied by specialist and non-specialist researchers.

The reception in Leicester Guildhall on Friday evening was kindly supported by Everards and Burleighs Leicester Dry Gin.

Lunchtime seminars

  • 8 May 2017: Philip Carstairs (Archaeology and Ancient History) - New life for old pots: Clearing up clearance assemblages
  • 15 March 2017: Extraordinary seminar, David Givens (Preservation Virginia) - World of Pocahontas Unearthed: A non-Eurocentric perspective of English America's first permanent English settlement in North America
  • 13 March 2017: Sara Farey (Archaeology and Ancient History) - The archaeology of Ghost signs in Leamington Spa
  • 27 February 2017: Dr Hilary Orange and Dr Paul Graves-Brown (UCL) - Celebrity veneration, the creation of spontaneous street shrines and tribute archives
  • 13 February 2017: Alison Fearn (Archaeology and Ancient History) - Historic graffiti at Donington le Heath manor house
  • 30 January 2017: Dr Richard Butler (Centre for Urban History) - Catholic power and city-centre redevelopment in post-war Ireland: the death of a prison


Society for Historical Archaeology: 46th Annual Conference

A major historical archaeology conference based in the heart of England, but looking at the world, its peoples and the changes they created in the recent past.

For only the second time in the history of the Society for Historical Archaeology, the annual SHA conference on Historical and Underwater Archaeology crossed the Atlantic to take place in Europe - in Leicester, from 9 to 12 January 2013.

Conference theme: Globalisation, immigration, transformation

Leicester is a multicultural city that has been transformed since the middle of the 20th century through its interaction with global networks, particularly immigration from south Asia, Africa and the Caribbean - a pattern of immigration that itself reflects the once-global nature of the former British Empire.

These issues of globalisation, immigration and the transformations brought about by those processes are central to historical and post-medieval archaeology, whether they entail such issues as the global spread of European capitalism alongside the expansion of European colonialism, the willing or forced migration of millions of individuals from their original continents to new homelands, and the local, regional, and national transformations (both within Europe and across the world) brought about by all these processes.

Further information about the conference, its themes and the sessions and speakers can be found on the Society for Historical Archaeology's 2013 conference page.

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