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45th Annual Archaeology Forum

Date: Saturday 3 March 2018 Time: 09.55-16.30


Archaeology Fourm is going ahead as planned in the Biology Lecture Theatre (marked LEC on new campus maps). The area around the venue & campus as a whole will be busy due to the Applicant Visit Days taking place. However, there has been some storm damage on campus, so to ensure your safety please note the following:

Edward Roberts Court is currently closed. This is where a number of shops and eateries are located, including Spar, the Post Office, Ketchap, the Sultan, Go Burrito, Wok Inn and the charity shop. It is still possible to buy food and drinks on campus, and guidance will be provided on where is open, but you might like to bring a flask and packed lunch if you have not booked in for lunch and want to avoid walking too far in the prevailing weather conditions.

Recommended routes for accessing the venue:

From Library Avenue (nearest parking) – follow the footpath on the left, turn left in front of the Life Sciences & Environment Laboratories building.  This is an accessible route and takes you to the rear entrance of the Biology Lecture Theatre.

From Farrer Avenue – take the steps down on the right hand side and follow the black hoarding past the bike store. This brings you out into Engineering Square.  Follow the spine to the left to reach LEC.

From Grizedale Avenue & Pendle Avenue – these bring you out into the quad by Charles Carter.  Turn left and follow the spine up to LEC.

From Alexandra Square (the central location, where WH Smith, Greggs, Costa and Juicafe are situated; Subway is nearby) – head towards the main entrance, walking alongside the Library towards the Ruskin Library. Turn left onto the perimeter road, then left into Library Avenue. This will bring you to the rear entrance of the Biology Lecture Theatre.

Campus Maps are available online at:


Please note new venue this year: Biology Lecture Theatre , Lancaster University

The Annual Archaeology Forum, hosted by the Regional Heritage Centre, has been established as a key event in the archaeological calendar of the North of England for many years. We are delighted to bring together a range of familiar names and new voices to report on the range of work being undertaken in professional and community settings.

We are pleased to acknowledge the financial support of the Society for the Promotion of Roman Studies for this event.

9.30 - 9.55 am ASSEMBLE in Biology Lecture Theatre (tea/coffee is not served at beginning of the day – but is available to purchase on campus)

9.55 - 10.00          Welcome and opening remarks

10.00 - 11.30        St Michael's Church, Workington: An early medieval ecclesiastical site? – Adam Parsons,
                             Oxford Archaeology North;

                             Spinning a yarn - excavating and recording the cotton mill: 20 years of research in Greater
                             Manchester – Dr Michael Nevell, University of Salford + Questions for session

11.30 - 12.00     COFFEE/TEA

12.00 - 1.00          Vindolanda and the frontier in transition – Dr Andrew Birley, Vindolanda Trust + Questions

1.00 - 2.00           LUNCH (optional buffet lunch available to book)*

2.00 - 3.15            What do we know, what do we want to know, and how can we find out more? The dynamic
                            update to t
he North West Regional Research Framework – Dr Sue Stallibrass, Historic England;

                             Warton Crag: An Iron Age Hill Fort - Or Is It? – Kevin Grice, Community Archaeologist,
                             Morecambe Bay Partnership + Questions for session

3.15 - 3.45           TEA/COFFEE

3.45 - 4.30             The Roman amphitheatre site at Chester: the prehistoric and Roman archaeology –
                               Tony Wilmott, Historic England + Questions

4.30 pm               Close of Forum

Fee for this event: £29/£26.10 for Friends and Patrons of the Centre (fee includes coffee/tea & biscuits)

To book: Bookings for this event have now closed. If you wish to enquire about late availability please contact us.

Lunch: * An optional buffet lunch is available at £16.50 per head: MENU: poached fillet of salmon on a bed of rocket leaves with lemon creme fraiche/platter of sliced ham/Italian vegetable terrine/bread rolls/hot buttered new potatoes/assorted salads/fresh fruit basket/selection of cheese and biscuits/tea, coffee, orange juice.

Alternatively, sandwiches/coffee/tea can be bought on the University campus (either at SPAR supermarket or Gregg's).  Hot and cold snacks and drinks are also available at Café Republic – or you are welcome to bring your own lunch.

Getting here: the University campus is well-served by public transport, especially from Lancaster City Centre. Free parking is avaliable on campus on Saturdays. You can find information on travel and parking here.

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Our events are extremely popular and we strongly recommend that you book early to avoid disappointment.  If you do have to cancel your booking please give us five full working days’ notice and we will happily send you a refund.  Please note that these refunds can now only be made via electronic means because the University no longer issues cheques.  Should you require a refund we will need a note of your account name, account number and sort-code.  Payments originally made by credit card can be reimbursed via the same card details.


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