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Late Antique Archaeology 2009: Late Antique Finds: Excavation and Analysis

February 17, 2009

London – Sat 7th March 2009

The study of late antique artefacts is no longer limited to silver plate

and pilgrim tokens. Yet on many sites, finds are still excavated without

thought for the information that they ultimately provide. Rich
destruction deposits are excavated to a ‘one size fits all’ method, and
finds are often studied only when digs have finished. Sadly, specialists

are often kept out of trenches, despite the insights they can provide
from finds into deposits actually under excavation. So do we simply
collect finds?, or is there information, particular to each object type,

and to late antique deposits, that needs to be recorded in order to
study them properly? This meeting will examine the methods appropriate
to the recovery and analysis of late antique finds, focusing especially
on problems specific to the period and on new discoveries.

A joint conference of the University of Kent and King’s College, London,
to be held at the Safra lecture theatre, KCL Strand Campus, The Strand,
London, WC2R 2LS.

10.30 Welcome by Luke Lavan (Kent) and Tasssos Papacostas (KCL)

10.40-11.10 Steve Roskams (York) Animal Bones
11.10-11.40 TBC Textiles

11.50-12.20 Jerry Evans & Phil Mills (Leicester) Late Roman Pottery
12.20-12.50 Joanita Vroom (UEA) Early Medieval Pottery

2.00-2.30 Veerle Lawyers (KULeuven) Glass
2.30-3.00 Anthea Harris (Birmingham) Everyday Metals
3.00-3.30 John Casey (Kent) Coins

4.10-4.40 Stephan Gros (Vienna) Waste
4.40-5.10 Phil Mills (Leicester) Building Materials

5.10-5.40 James Gerrard (Pre-construct archaeology) Excavating and
studying the domestic hoard from Drapers’ Gardens, City of London

Entrance is free, though places are limited. To reserve a place please
email Michael Mulryan on

Location details:
Temple Tube station is closest. For flights try
Cheap UK train tickets can be obtained in advance from Direct trains from Canterbury West on Saturday
morning leave at 8.35 or 9.06 and arrive 10.00 and 10.36 respectively,
at Charing Cross. The best direct train from Oxford leaves at 9.01, and
arrives at 9.59 Paddington.

Dr Luke Lavan
Lecturer in Archaeology,
Classical and Archaeological Studies,
School of European Culture and Languages,
Cornwallis North West,
University of Kent,
Kent CT2 7NF

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