About our Society

Find out more about the Prehistoric Society - an international community that promotes research into prehistory.


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The Prehistoric Society offers grants and awards to its members for research into prehistoric archaeology.

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Events and Activities

Next event

Hunting and Gathering Time

Annual joint lecture with Cornwall Archaeological Society
Prof Chantal Conneller (Newcastle University)

The Mesolithic has often been treated as a period without history, where the only significant change is from an early Mesolithic characterised by highly mobile big game hunters to more sedentary marine-focused late Mesolithic. This presentation presents the results of a new British Academy funded project which has aimed, by contrast. to understand temporal change over this period on a centennial scale and produce an historical narrative of the Mesolithic inhabitation of Britain.

Next event

Prehistory in the Past and the Past of Prehistory (hybrid event)

The Prehistory: Past, Present and Future conference series

Welcome to our new series of hybrid Day Schools. The theme examines the discipline of prehistory, from how it has been studied in the past to how we may approach the subject in the future. Our first event will look at the past, then in 2024 we move onto the present and in 2025 we look to the future.

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Horse domestication as a two-stage process: the latest archaeological and palaeogenomic evidence

Annual joint lecture with Devon Archaeological Society
Prof Alan Outram (University of Exeter)

The earliest evidence for horse husbandry comes from the Eneolithic period in Central Asia some 5,500 years ago, yet the widespread use horses for equestrianism across Eurasia spreads rapidly only after 4,000 BP, in the middle Bronze Age. This talk outlines the evidence for the archaeological and palaeogenomic sequence in Central Asia and the Pontic-Caspian steppe leading up to this horizon.

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Human evolution research in South Africa: the role of HERI in shaking up our family tree

Global Pasts lecture
Prof Rebecca Ackermann and Dr Robyn Pickering (University of Cape Town)

News and social media

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New Prehistoric Society website launched!

Monday, 11th October 2021
We are thrilled that you are visiting us on our new website, and hope you like our new look.

Proceedings of the Prehistoric Society collections

Wednesday, 6th October 2021
The Proceedings of the Prehistoric Society is our flagship publication – an international academic journal that has been published since 1935.