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4 May 2024 - 5 May 2024

9:00AM - 4:30PM

Durham University Department of Archaeology Dawson Building (D/D133 on the ground floor) South Road Durham DH1 3LE

  • Free to all attendees

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This workshop is for all early career and established researchers who are interested in using micromorphology and phytolith analysis to investigate daily activities in ancient societies.

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Poster for an event titled Trash and Floors: Microscopic Exploration of Prehistoric Daily Life.

This workshop includes keynote presentations by Dr. Wendy Matthews (Reading University) and Prof. Lisa-Marie Shillito (Newcastle University) and microscope sessions. Participants joining the microscope sessions are encouraged to bring along their relevant thin sections.

If you are interested in attending the keynote presentations or the microscope sessions, please register before 31st of March. To register or for any questions please contact Siyu Lin ( and Felicitas Ruschel (

For more information and updates please see our website.

Day 1:

9:00       Welcome and introduction

9:30       Keynote presentation by Wendy Matthews (Reading University)

10:45     Coffee/tea break

11:00     Microscope session

12:30     Lunch break

13:30     Microscope session

15:15     Coffee/tea break

15:30     Microscope session

16:30     Closing


Day 2:

9:00       Keynote presentation by Lisa-Marie Shillito (Newcastle University)

10:15     Coffee/tea break

10:30     Microscope session

12:30     Lunch break

13:30     Microscope session

15:30     Closing


Free to all attendees