The CBA Wessex 60th Anniversary Conference – with keynote speaker Prof. Alice Roberts

Dawn: New Light on our Earliest Ancestors to the Hunter-Gatherers of the Mesolithic

Date:Sat, 03 November 2018
Pricing:£45 for CBAW members, £55 non-members, £25 full-time students (limited numbers on student prices so please apply early!)
Time:Registration and coffee from 8:45am to 9.30am. Conference starts at 9.30am and ends at 5.45pm.
Contact:General enquiries to Andy Manning - OR simply book online below...





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We are delighted to receive support from The Prehistoric Society which has enabled us to offer a reduced ticket price to full-time students.




Professor Alice Roberts is giving our keynote lecture, ‘Tamed: Three Species that Changed our World‘, and is joined by a plethora of speakers considered to be Palaeolithic royalty.

Chris Stringer will describe current theories and evidence about human evolution, and Nick Ashton will present the amazing results from recent work at Barnham in Suffolk.  They are joined by Steve Mithen presenting evidence on late Pleistocene and early Holocene hunter-gatherers in western Scotland, and Vince Gaffney illustrating the stunning results from the Doggerland project.  Alistair Pike will provide an overview of the role of science in the study of the Palaeolithic, whilst Dr Beccy Scott will describe the fascinating research on the Neanderthals of the Channel Islands and Dr Louise Humphrey will introduce a more exotic flavour with research on Later Stone Age hunter gatherers from Morocco.  Dr Phil Harding joins us as session chair, together with Dr Helen Farr and our own Margaret Cox.

There will be relevant exhibitions, displays, book-sales and posters for you to browse during refreshment breaks, and the CBA Wessex AGM will take place during the lunch break.  Our  keynote speaker, Professor Alice Roberts, is hoping to be doing a lunchtime signing for her ‘Tamed’ book (click for details).

This year will also see the introduction of the CBA Wessex student poster competition, and we await their contributions with interest.  The artist Brian Graham will be showing some of his amazing work inspired by the emergence of ‘human-ness’ during the Palaeolithic.



You can download the full programme here.  *

You can download presenter and lecture details here.

Directions and parking available here.  (All parking shown is free on Saturdays).


*Please note whilst we endeavour to keep to the published programme, the programme may be subject to change due to factors beyond our control.



Each event can be booked online. Once we receive your initial booking we will check the available spaces and send you a confirmation email (this may take a day or two). Book online here

If you are unable to book online then you should contact our Events Secretary at , giving your name, contact telephone number and email address together with your choice of events you wish to book. It is important you let us know how many member and/or non-member places you require for each event.


Please do not pay until you have received a confirmation email from our Secretary. If you have access to internet banking then after you have made a booking and received your confirmation it is easiest to pay CBA Wessex by direct payment to Sort code 20-75-01 Account number 43040208. You MUST quote your surname and event date(s) in the payment reference field in order that we can match your payment to your booking(s).

If you are unable to pay through internet banking then you should make a cheque payable to CBA Wessex and send it to our Treasurer at 71 Codicote Road, Welwyn, Hertfordshire, AL6 9TY. Please accompany your cheque with a note to let our Treasurer know who you are and the date of the event(s) you are paying for, also whether you booked online or through our Events Secretary.

It is OK to make one payment for multiple bookings. We simply need to know what your payment is for in order that we can match it against your booking(s). Unfortunately your booking is not confirmed until payment has been received by CBA Wessex.