Events archive

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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)

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.

Booking coming soon


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


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. 


*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


Using visual psychology to interrogate early prehistoric art

Annual joint lecture with Norwich and Norfolk Archaeological Society
Dr Lisa-Elen Meyering (Durham University)

This talk will illuminate ways in which two very different disciplines, Archaeology and Psychology, can help us arrive at an unprecedented understanding of early art in Europe.


Prehistoric communities and monuments on the Fenland Ouse

Christopher Evans, Emeritus Director / Director of Research of the Cambridge Archaeological Unit at the University of Cambridge

Non-Society event, supported by the Prehistoric Society.

Informed by the subject’s historiography, and arguing that our fieldwork needs to be imbued with a greater experimental ethos (i.e. ‘failing better’), the talk will address a number of themes arising from over 40 years of investigation along the River Great Ouse at its junction with the Fens.


‘I see the hands of the generations’ - perceiving the past through later prehistoric artefacts

The 22nd Sara Champion memorial Lecture
Dr Sophia Adams (British Museum)

This event will be in person and live streamed on our YouTube channel :

4.30pm Presentation President’s Awards and the Student Dissertation Prizes.

5-5.45pm: Lecture

5.45-6.45pm: Wine reception.

Free to attend and no need to book for in person or online: just turn up.


Staging the World of Stonehenge: reflections on the British Museum exhibition

Annual joint lecture with Welwyn Archaeological Society
Dr Neil Wilkin (British Museum)

The Painted Forest: Amazonian cosmovision journeys in San José de Guaviare, Colombia

29th August - 2nd September 2022

Non-Society event, supported by the Prehistoric Society.

Rock art offers a glimpse into the earliest artistic expressions of humans around the world. Art gives a voice to people, a voice that can endure over time. Around the world, the genesis of artistic expression is recorded in rock art, providing a gateway to how early humans sought to navigate and understand their place in the world. These images record the voices that shaped and influenced burgeoning cosmologies, social norms and relationships with nature, laying the cultural foundations for generations to come.