The Past in the Past – Heirlooms and Curated Material in Past Societies

The conference will be hosted by the Archaeology Department in the Dawson Building, in Birley Room D210. For more information, see the location and travel directions.


8:30 – 9:00 Registration (Archaeology Department Common Room)
9:00 – 9:10 Opening Remarks (Birley Room D210)
9:10 – 10:35

Session 1: Spatiality and the Past: Reuse within the Landscape (Birley Room D210)

Chair: Indra Werthmann

‘The power of relics: curating human bone in the British Bronze Age’

Dr. Joanna Brück (University of Bristol)

‘Preserving Places: Places of meaning in early Anglo-Saxon Sussex’

Adam Goodfellow (Durham University)

10:35 – 10:55 Coffee Break (Archaeology Dept. Common Room)
10:55 – 12:50

Session 2: Something Old, Something New: Recycling and Curation Practices in Changing Cultural Landscapes (Birley Room D210)

Chair: Adam Goodfellow

‘Reused artefacts in the late-to-post-Roman transition period in Britain?’

Dr. Ellen Swift (University of Kent)

‘Portable landscapes? The selective use of recycled iron in early Anglo-Saxon England’

Andrew J. Welton (University of Florida)

‘Making kingdoms and remaking silver: recycling and curation in early medieval Scotland’

Alice Blackwell & Dr. Martin Goldberg (Scottish History & Archaeology National Museums Scotland)

12:50 – 13:50 Lunch Break (Archaeology Dept. Common Room)
13:50 – 15:45

Session 3: Reusing Antiquities: Roman Objects in Early Medieval Societies (Birley Room D210)

Chair: Andrew J. Welton

‘Flies in the unguent pot: Roman objects in the Fifth Century’

Dr. James Gerrard (Newcastle University)

‘New Approaches to the Examination of Roman Objects in early Anglo-Saxon Graves: summary and results to date’

Jessica Dunham (University of Oxford)

‘Antiquity and Affiliation: Roman objects and identity in Anglo- Saxon and Merovingian graves’

Indra Werthmann (Durham University)

15:45 – 16:15 Discussion (Birley Room D210)
16:15 – 16:25 Closing Remarks (Birley Room D210)