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New Lecture Season

Cardiff Archaeological Society traditionally holds its lectures fortnightly on Thursdays between October and March. These lectures take place in Room 0.13, Wallace Lecture Theatre (unless where stated) in the Main Building of Cardiff University, Main Building, Park Place, Cardiff CF10 3AT. Details on how to find the lecture theatre can be seen below.

However, with the COVID-19 pandemic continuing, we will be holding our 2021-22 season via Zoom. Members who have registered with email addresses will be contacted with the links.  If you are interested in joining us please use our Contact  form to register and receive the information. All lectures start at 7.15pm with registration from 7pm


Full details of the location and the University Buildings can be found here

Here are the dates for your diaries for the 21-22 lecture season:




7th October
Professor Emeritus Martin Carver.
Department of Archaeology, University of York.
The Sutton Hoo Mound 1 Ship - its character, contexts and a new reality.
Since the publication of research at Sutton Hoo up to 2005, work at the site has continued under the direction of its owners, the National Trust. Off site, the most ambitious new project is the building of a full sized reconstruction of the ship excavated in Mound 1. This is being carried out across the River Deben in Woodbridge on the site of the former Whisttocks Boatyard by a Charitable Trust entitled The Ship’s Company and a large cadre of volunteers. Martin Carver, director of the Sutton Hoo Research Project and now chair of the Ship’s Company, explains the national and international role of the ship, how travel is likely to have happened and what questions the reconstructed ship and its trials are intended to address.


21st October
Prof. Tom Higham.
Department of Evolutionary Anthropology, University of Vienna.
The World Before Us: When humans met Neanderthals (and Denisovans).
50,000 years ago there were several different types of human on Earth, including Denisovans and Neanderthals. Genetics tells us that interbreeding occurred when our human ancestors moved out of Africa and into Eurasia. In this talk Prof. Higham will review some of the latest archaeological and scientific evidence and consider more about how this unfolded, and why it is that we are the only species left.


4th November
Dr. Martin Goldberg.
Curator: Medieval Archaeology and History, National Museums Scotland.
The Galloway Hoard.
Buried around AD900, the Galloway Hoard is Scotland's earliest Viking-age hoard. As well as the silver bullion common to such hoards, it also contains an unparalleled range of materials (gold, copper-alloy, glass, minerals and organic preservation) and objects of diverse cultural origins. This lecture will provide an overview and an update of recent work through the AHRC funded 'Unwrapping the Galloway Hoard' project in partnership with the University of Glasgow.

18th November
Dr. James Fraser.
Curator: Ancient Levant and Anatolia, supported by HENI, Middle East Department, The British Museum.
The Archaeology of Olive Oil.
Jordan was one of the first places in the world to domesticate the olive, and olive oil would play a key role in the development of civilisations that followed. But what does the archaeology of olive oil production look like? In this talk, Dr Fraser discusses The British Museum’s excavations of an ancient olive oil factory at Khirbet Ghozlan in the Wadi Rayyan in north Jordan, c.2500 BCE. This small, rural site is important because it dates to a period of urban collapse, during which the region’s earliest cities were abandoned. By investigating olive oil production at Khirbet Ghozlan, we understand the resilience of Jordan’s ancient olive oil industry in times of recession, and its role as a springboard on which Bronze Age cities would eventually recover in the 2nd millennium BCE.

2nd December

Dr. Wendy Morrison, FSA.
Project Manager, Beacons of the Past, Hillforts in the Chilterns Landscape, Chilterns Conservation Board.
Beacons of the Past – Investigating the Chilterns Landscape.
Dr. Morrison currently works for the Chilterns Conservation Board as Project Manager of the NLHF funded Beacons of the Past Hillforts project. She also is Senior Associate Tutor for Archaeology at the Oxford University Dept. for Continuing Education. Her research areas are Prehistoric European Archaeology and Landscape Archaeology, and she has over a decade’s excavation experience in Southern Britain, the Channel Islands, and India. Beacons of the Past is a project which seeks to engage and inspire communities to discover, conserve, and enjoy the Chilterns' Iron Age hillforts and their chalk landscapes. Now in its fourth and final year, Dr. Morrison will present some of the results of the UK’s largest bespoke archaeological LiDAR survey, the project’s outreach programmes, and will indicate what shape the final 12 months will take.


13th January
Dr Emily Holt.
Marie Sklodowska Curie Fellow, SHARE, Cardiff University.
Social Inequality and Climate Change in the Nuragic Culture of Bronze Age Sardinia.
Water had important ritual significance in the later Nuragic period, resulting in the construction of dramatic and impressive water temples. But how did water become so central to the Nuragic culture? In this talk, Dr. Holt will discuss her ongoing research documenting evidence for small-scale water management at early Nuragic sites on the Siddi Plateau in south-central Sardinia and explore the possible relationships between water management, social inequality, and climate change during the Nuragic cultural trajectory

27th January
We have a change to the lecture originally advertised for this session  It will now be led by Ellora Bennett

Arming the Weak: Considering Juvenile and Female Weapon Burials in Early Medieval England.

For over two centuries communities of early medieval England buried their dead with grave goods.  Most graves followed strict 'rules' based on gender and age: adult men were buried with weapons, whilst adult women were buried with dress items.  This talk addresses instances wherein these rules were broken - specifically when women and children were buried with the tools of war.  These exceptional burials suggest that weapons conveyed messages beyond the battlefield and held a broader relevance within society than had previously been acknowledged.

10th February
Dr Louise Loe.
Head of Heritage Burial Services, Oxford Archaeology.
The Patients' Story: New insights into 18th/19th century surgery, anatomisation and medical teaching at the Radcliffe Infirmary, Oxford.
This lecture will consider new evidence recovered during Oxford Archaeology's 2013-2014 excavations at the old Radcliffe hospital burial ground. The work focusses on 336 burials dating between 1770 and 1855 and will be discussed with reference to the voluntary hospital movement, early hospital burial grounds, medical teaching and the 1832 Anatomy Act

24th February

Dr Matt Pope.
Principal Research Fellow in Palaeolithic Archaeology, Senior Geoarchaeologist University College London.
The Boxgrove People and the Early Occupation of Northern Europe.
Boxgrove provides one of the clearest records of early humans activity in Europe from a time when Britain was permanently joined to the continent. Its importance lies not in its antiquity, but rather in the patterns of complex behaviour preserved within silts, sands and clays across 26km of landscape. In this talk, Dr Pope explores what this record can tell us about the lives of the Boxgrove people and how their cultures allowed adaptation to the challenges of British peninsula life.

10th March AGM

Further details regarding the AGM will be forwarded to members nearer the time

 Talks will continue on Zoom and we will be able to confirm details later in the year when we have more information.