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Durham University

Department of Archaeology

Antiquarianism and the History of Archaeology

One day meeting on 21 May 2011

Venue: Birley room (room #205 in the Archaeology Department) (#13 in map of Durham University).
Date: 21 May 2011, from 10 am to 5.30 pm.
A nominal fee is needed to cover costs for teas/coffee and lunch (£10). Please send a check payable to University of Durham to Margarita Díaz-Andreu; History of Archaeology Research Grouping; Department of Archaeology; Durham University; South Road; Durham DH1 3LE. An email confirming receipt will be sent once the cheque is received. Note - if you are planning to attend but bring your own lunch only a £2 fee will be charged to be paid on the day. BUT let us know before hand ( so that we can calculate the right number of biscuits, coffee and tea!

Organised by: the History of Archaeology Research Grouping (Department of Archaeology, Durham University). The Department of Archaeology supports an active and varied range of staff with innovative research projects on the history of archaeology.


10.00 am Introduction
10.10 am Matthew D Eddy (Dept Philosphy, Durham University) "Artefacts of Time: The Evidentiary Basis of Human History during the Scottish Enlightenment"
10.35 pm Darrell Rohl (Dept of Archaeology, Durham University) - "Eighteenth Century Scottish Antiquaries and the Chorographic Tradition".
11.00 am Pam Graves and Peter Rowley-Conwy (Dept of Archaeology, Durham University) "Thomas Wright (1711-1786), Louthiana, and the Gothick Revival in England."


11.50 pm Colin Wallace (School of Archaeology, Classics & Egyptology, University of Liverpool) "Sir Walter Scott (1771-1832) and Celtic archaeology"
12.15 pm Peter Rowley Conwy (Dept of Archaeology, Durham University) - "Sir Walter Scott and Scandinavian archaeology"

12.50 pm LUNCH BREAK

1.45 pm Melanie Giles (The University of Manchester) " 'That scoundrel Mortimer has been spreading caluminous reports': the antiquarian John Mortimer (1825-1911) and the excavation of the Danes Graves"
2.10 pm Pam Graves (Dept of Archaeology, Durham University) - "The Later Medieval Antiquarian Interest of Canon Greenwell (1820-1918)"
2.35 pm Debi Harlan (University of Sheffield) "Thomas Bateman (1821-1861) and Crania Britannica"


2.55 pm Sira Dooley-Fairchild (Dept of Archaeology, Durham University) - "'A Careless Acquiescence': Victorian Perspectives on Anglo-Saxon Religious Syncretism"
3.20 pm David Clarke (Archaeology Department, National Museums of Scotland) - "Creating The Early Christian Monuments of Scotland"
3.45 pm Rob Young (English Heritage) - "Nineteenth and Twentieth Century 'Antiquarian' Research in the North Pennines, England: Place, Space, Theory and Data"
4.45 pm Discussion

All welcome.

British Archaeological Association excavating in Canterbury in 1844.