Events archive

See below for a list of past Prehistoric Society events.

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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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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.

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‘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.

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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.

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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.

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Recent Advances in our understanding of the Neolithic in North-West and South-West England

Annual joint lecture with Yorkshire Archaeological and Historical Society
Dr Gill Hey (University of Oxford) and Dr Jodie Lewis (Bradford University)
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Early China and Prehistoric Silk Routes

Global Pasts lecture
Prof. Li Zhang, Zhengzhou University, China

The Silk Routes were one of the most marvellous phenomena in Eurasian history. Over them flowed a huge number and variety of artefacts and customs between China and various parts of the vast Eurasian continent. There has recently been a growing number of striking archaeological discoveries which have demonstrated the existence of such long-distance interactions stretching back several millennia, even to the prehistoric period.

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Sourcing prehistoric materials – new perspectives: the contribution and legacy of Joan Taylor

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Bronze Age Forum 2022

12-13th November 2022

Non-Society event, supported by the Prehistoric Society.

Details and timings TBC

The Bronze Age Forum is for everyone with an interest in the Bronze Age—university academics, commercial archaeologists, museum curators, postgraduate students, independent scholars, and the public. The Forum is a chance to showcase new finds and excavations, present survey results, discuss emerging research, try out different interpretations, and to meet others in the field. 

Conference

*CANCELLED* Neolithic and Early Bronze Age Research Student Symposium (NEBARSS)

11-12th November 2022

Non-Society event, supported by the Prehistoric Society.

Details and timings TBC