Events archive

See below for a list of past Prehistoric Society events.

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Visit to the Ashmolean exhibition 'Labyrinth: Knossos, Myth and Reality'

A members only, out of hours, visit to 'Labyrinth: Knossos, Myth and Reality', led by Dr Andrew Shapland (Sir Arthur Evans Curator of Bronze Age and Classical Greece)


Peopling the Past: Reflecting on Prehistoric Europe

Europa conference 2023: 2nd-4th June 2023

The Prehistoric Society Europa Conference 2023: Peopling the Past: Reflecting on Prehistoric Europe will be held at the University of Cambridge from 2-4th June 2023. This year the conference honours the achievements of Prof Marie Louise Stig Sørensen, University of Cambridge, in the field of European Prehistory. 



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)

A lecture about the various local and continental capacity building schemes Human Evolution Research Institute (HERI) is leading to change the who of human evolution.


Excavation of a Roman Cemetery, hoard and prehistoric and post medieval remains at Principal Place London

Annual joint lecture with LAMAS
Andy Daykin, MOLA

The lecture will present the results of excavations carried out at Principal Place between 2011 and 2016. The site lies in the upper valley of the Walbrook stream and within an area of the northern extramural cemetery of Roman London.


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.


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.


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.


‘A Very Special Place’: Exploring Prehistoric Landscapes in southeast India

Global Pasts lecture
Prof. Shanti Pappu (Sharma Centre for Heritage Education, Chennai, Tamil Nadu, India & SIAS, Krea University, Sri City, India)

The South Asian Palaeolithic record has a long history of research, with a rich body of information on site contexts and palaeoenvironments, yet marked by sparser information on chronological controls, technological variability and inferences on past behaviour.  We discuss recent debates in Palaeolithic studies in India focusing on nomenclatures and issues related to population migrations, technological convergence and debates on cultural evolutionary trajectories.


Excavations at Star Carr 2004-15: New insight into an old site

Annual joint lecture with Cambridge Antiquarian Society
Dr Chantal Connellar (Newcastle University)

Star Carr has dominated our understanding of the British Mesolithic. Since its excavation by Grahame Clark between 1949 and 1951 it has been subject to extensive debate and reinterpretation. These led to new questions for the site that could only be addressed through excavation.


Un-Erasing the Indigenous Paleolithic: Re-Writing the Ancient Past of the Western Hemisphere (the Americas)

Global Pasts lecture
Dr Paulette Steeves (Algoma University)

In the Americas, the deep Indigenous past prior to 12,000 years before the present has been aggressively denied by American anthropologists for over a century. Anthropologists’ denial of the deep Indigenous past of the Americas, has cleaved Indigenous people’s links to their homeland and created them as recent immigrants to the Americas, on a global scale of human history.