School of History, Classics & Archaeology

Archaeology seminars

The Archaeology seminars provide an opportunity for discussion of current research developments on a range of archaeological themes from diverse chronological and geographical areas. The seminars are open to all.

Seminar description

The Archaeology seminars provide an opportunity for discussion of current research developments on a range of archaeological themes from diverse chronological and geographical areas.

The talks are open to all. 

Time and location

The Archaeology Seminar Series 2022/2023 will be centred on three main themes which form current research foci by staff: Heritage, European and World Archaeology, and Archaeology Sciences. All seminars will take place on Thursdays at 6pm. All in-person events will take place in LG11, 40 George Square (unless otherwise stated). Online events require registration using the link beside the separate sessions.

Event schedule

Semester 2 2022/23

Date Speaker Title Notes
Thu 2 Feb

Lea Rees (Freie Universität Berlin)

"Populating a sacred landscape. A social topography of Dahshur, Egypt"

Thu 9 Feb

Sophia Labadi  - CANCELLED                         

'Rethinking heritage for sustainable development'    
Thu 16 Feb Tina Paphitis (University of Oslo) - CANCELLED

'DIGIFOLK: Digital folklore as critical and participatory heritage in contemporary Norway'

Thu 23 Feb Beatriz Marín Aguilera (University of Liverpool) - CANCELLED

'Coloniality, practices of unknowing, and archaeological dilemmas'     Online                        

Thu 9 Mar Gordon Noble (University of Aberdeen)

'Discovering the Northern Picts'                

Thu 16 Mar

Erika de Vivo (University of Torino) - CANCELLED

'Márkomeannu: celebrating Márka-Sámi identity between past(s) and future'

Thu 23 Mar

Georgia Holly (University of Edinburgh)

'Integrating culture and nature in the ocean: the roles and challenges of protecting cultural heritage in a natural heritage world’

LG.06, 40 George Square
Thu 30 Mar Ian Ralston (University of Edinburgh )

'Early Neolithic timber halls in Scotland: Brian Hope-Taylor, Yeavering and 50 years of confusion or worse'

Thu 6 Apr

Tertia Barnett (University of Edinburgh)

'Something old, something new: Fresh perspectives on Scotland's prehistoric rock carvings'


Semester 1 2022/23

Date Speaker Title Notes
Thu 29 Sep

Dr Jon Henderson (University of Edinburgh)

'Pavlopetri: recording a submerged Bronze Age town'  
Thu 06 Oct

David Fontijn (University of Leiden)

Munro Lecture

CANCELLED 'The Bronze Age "destructive economy"'

Thu 13 Oct

Dr Paige West (Barnard College and Columbia University)

Munro Lecture

'Stepping up, mobilizing resources, and stepping back: An anthropology of anthropological collaboration?'

Lecture Theatre G.03, 50 George Square
Thu 20 Oct Dr Beatriz Marín Aguilera (University of Liverpool) CANCELLED 'Coloniality, Practices of Unknowing, and Archaeological Dilemmas'  
Thu 27 Oct Dr Crystal Safadi (University of Southampton) 'Challenges and opportunities for the digital documentation of maritime heritage in the MENA region (MarEA Project)' Register
Thu 03 Nov Dr Jamie Forde (University of Edinburgh) 'Mesoamerican Spolia: Churches, Households, and Broken Sculpture in Colonial Mexico' Hybrid - Register
Thu 10 Nov Dr Sam Hardy (Head of illicit trade research for the Heritage Management Organization) '"Ukrainian looters are Russian nationalists." The activities, ideologies and arguments of cultural property criminals during Russia's war on Ukraine' Register
Thu 17 Nov Professor Mark Altaweel (University College of London) 'Data Science, Blockchain, and Heritage Science Challenges' Register
Thu 24 Nov Dr Rui Coelho (Durham University) - POSTPONED 'How Can Archaeologists Work to Decolonize Europe?' Hybrid - Register
Thu 01 Dec Dr Beatrijs de Groot (University of Edinburgh) 'Mass production and the spread of ceramic workshops in Iron Age Iberia: an archaeometric perspective' Hybrid - Register
Thu 08 Dec Dr Patrick Roberts (isoTROPIC Research Group, Max Planck Institute for Geoanthropology & Department of Archaeology, Max Planck Institute for Geoanthropology, Jena, Germany)

'Isotopic approaches to palaeodiet, palaeoenvironmemt and palaeomobility: problems and potentials'

Hybrid - Screening Room, 50 George Square


Further information

If you have any questions or would like further information, please contact the coordinators Dr Arturo Rey da Silva or Dr Chiara Bonacchi. You can also follow Edinburgh Archaeology on Twitter. and Instagram

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