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Durham University

Department of Archaeology

Evidence. Accessing the Past: Evidence of Artefacts

Pligrim's Cross, 14th-15th Century. (© Bankhead 2013)

Friday 18 March – Saturday 19 March 2016

Palace Green Library, Palace Green, Durham University

The Artefacts Research Group, Archaeology Department, Durham University has organised a two-day conference within Institute of Advanced Study ‘Evidence’ theme. This conference draws together interdisciplinary approaches to uncover and explore evidence from artefacts from a wide variety of speakers. The presentations will be interspersed with mediated roundtables to debate the evidence obtained through different strategies, including technical analysis, aesthetic and intellectual analysis, and examine how such evidence can be evaluated and communicated.

The programme consists of short presentations arranged around the following themes:

  • Evidence Types: Analytical, Recovery Context, Cultural Associations
  • Evidence & the Biography of Artefacts ˗ Creation, Use & Abuse, Discarding & Recycling, Present Day Cultural Values
  • Evidence & Degradation: Making Meaning from Damage and Decay
  • Making and Communicating Meaning from Evidence.

The conference will open with the rare opportunity to inspect medieval manuscripts and see a demonstration of pigment analysis with Professor Andrew Beeby, Durham University (Chemistry) and Professor Richard Gameson, Durham University (History). Other speakers include:

  • Professor John Chapman, Durham University (Archaeology) - Towards an Integrated Theory of Fragmentation: the Fragmentation of Place
  • Dr Dinah Eastop, Consultant, Conservation and Material Culture - Concealed Garments and their Biographies
  • Dr Sarah Semple, Durham University (Archaeology) - Narratives in Stone: Reworked Roman Stone in Early Medieval Contexts
  • Deborah Cane, Birmingham Museums - The Staffordshire Hoard
  • Dr Stefano Cracolici, Durham University (School of Modern Languages & Cultures) - Travelling Canvases: Sacred Art from Rome to the British Isles in the Nineteenth Century
  • Dr Anna Leone, Durham University (Archaeology) - Spolia and Reuse of Materials
  • Dr Ben Roberts, Durham University (Archaeology) - Communicating Evidence: ‘The History of the World in 100 Objects’
  • Gary Bankhead, Durham University (Archaeology) - Analysing Evidence from the Bed of the River Wear
  • Dr Craig Barclay, Durham University (Oriental Museum) - Communicating Evidence in the Museum

The conference is open to academics and students from Durham and other universities and to members of the public.

Contact for more information about this event.

Call for Posters

Posters should address any of the four themes given above. Use the poster to attract your audience for discussion, not to present complex details of methods and results. There will time to look at the posters during the tea breaks so encouraged to be near your poster then.

The format should be as follows:

  • Maximum size A3 (420 mm x 594 mm)
  • Orientation may be landscape or portrait
  • The title of the poster and the names and contact details of all authors should appear at the top
  • Remember that people will typically be standing from three to six feet away from your poster and all lettering should be easily readable from that distance.