Events archive

See below for a list of past Prehistoric Society events.

Filter events

Visual Palaeopsychology: Recent research into the Palaeolithic emergence and development of human visual culture

Annual joint lecture with CornwallAS
Prof Paul Pettitt (Durham University)

I present here a long-term model of Palaeolithic art, as well as the results of recent research conducted using current visual psychological methods aimed at elucidating how our brains contributed to this characteristically human phenomenon called ‘art’.’


Mesolithic catastrophe: the impact of the Storegga Slide tsunami on the Mesolithic population of Britain

Annual joint lecture with Soc. Ant. Scot.
Dr Clive Waddington (Archaeological Research Services Ltd)

This paper will explore these events and their impact on the Mesolithic population with specific reference to several sites, including Howick and Low Hauxley, as case studies. 



Vietnam’s Role in Understanding Social and Economic Change in Mainland Southeast Asia from c. 5000 – 3500 BP

Global Pasts lecture
Prof Philip Piper (Australian National University)

In this presentation I will discuss recent research on archaeological settlement sites in Vietnam that have provided important new insights into the emergence of what is commonly referred to as the ‘Neolithic’ in Vietnam.

*****Please email to book your place: zoom link will be emailed to you 3 days before the event.*****


An Island in Time: Taming the isle of Lismore (Argyll) through the millennia.

Annual joint lecture with CambridgeAS
Prof Simon Stoddart (University of Cambridge


The lecture will give an overview of the development of the isle of Lismore over the course of time from the Neolithic to the present day, employing excavation, survey, material culture (a little) animal and plant remains, pollen, radiocarbon, isotopes, aDNA and visual perception. The site of Tirefuir was excavated at the beginning of the millennium, but should be published within the next year.


Tracing culinary traditions in prehistoric East and Central Asia

Global Pasts lecture
Dr Shinya Shoda (University of York)

In this talk, Dr Shinya Shoda will present the regional aspects of diet and culinary traditions in prehistoric East and Central Asia that are becoming clearer, based on case studies of lipid residue analysis that have been carried out by Dr Shoda and colleagues.

*****Please email to book your place: zoom link will be emailed to you 3 days before the event.*****


Hillforts of Britain and Ireland - an overview of a monument type from the nineteenth to the twenty-first centuries.

Annual joint lecture with NNAS
Prof Gary Lock (University of Oxford) and Prof Ian Ralston (University of Edinburgh)

The compilation of an Atlas of the Hillforts of Britain and Ireland and of the underlying database, online since 2017, provided the opportunity to reassess these iconic and much-discussed sites at a scale not hitherto attempted in these islands.


7th Pitt Rivers lecture: The Science of early farming in Europe

Non-Society event
Amy Bogaard (University of Oxford)

Can archaeology reveal the ‘science’ of early farming from the perspective of its practitioners? How can prehistoric understandings of agriculture inform our view of wider landscapes and monuments? And in an age of ecological crisis, what principles can we glean from the long-term story of farming across Europe’s varied environments?


Mortuary Practices in the Iron Age of Southwest Britain

The 22nd Sara Champion memorial lecture & Awards evening
Dr Adelle Bricking, Amgueddfa Cymru - National Museum Cardiff

This study conducts a comprehensive exploration of the enigmatic burial practices during the Iron Age in Southwest Britain (c.800 BC-AD 43). Despite the region's intriguing range of burial variations, it has not received significant attention in past research.

Awards presentation at 4.30pm, lecture follows at 5pm.


Repeopling La Mancheland: Landscape Perspectives on the Neanderthal Archaeology of La Cotte de St Brelade.

Annual joint lecture with WAS
Dr Matt Pope (UCL)

What role did the Channel Islands and coasts of Britain and France play in the lives of ancient humans populations and how can the record preserved at La Cotte and other terrestrial sites in the region help us to understand and research what now lies under the sea.


Prehistoric Henges in Yorkshire and beyond: recent research

Annual joint lecture with YAHS
Dr Alex Gibson

With the Thornborough Henges now being taken into public ownership, and with recent research and excavation in Wharfedale, this talk will be a journey from Orkney to Wessex.