The CBA Wessex Annual Conference – From Bones to Drones: Science in Archaeology

From Bones to Drones: Science in Archaeology

Date:Sat, 04 November 2017
Pricing:£25 CBA Wessex members, £35 Non-members, £15 Students (£10 each for blocking bookings of 5 or more)/YAC parents
Time:Registration starts from 9 am and conference begins at 9.45 am
Contact:General enquiries to Andy Manning - or 03303 133406

In collaboration with the University of Winchester and Wessex Archaeology, this will be an informative and fun day with eminent speakers and stalls covering a range of talks on how archaeology is brought alive through remote sensing, drone and geoarchaeological survey and the uses of DNA, chemical and isotope analysis.  If you have ever wondered how difficult it is to fly a drone steady whilst taking photos or wondered what our ancestors were eating and drinking then this is your chance to find out.

We are also delighted to be hosting a regional wide Young Archaeologists Club event on the same day in the same building and are offering parents and guardians of YAC members a reduced £15 conference ticket rate so you can drop in at any time whilst on site.  Accompanied children under 16 have free entry to the conference.


Starting with ‘bones’, Professor Charlotte Roberts (University of Durham) and Dr Mary Lewis (University of Reading) will address very different aspects of the application of science to human skeletons including DNA and ancient diseases. Professor Richard Evershed (University of Bristol) will reveal some of the surprising facts that we can learn from the chemical analysis of pot residues and past diets. Dr Keith Wilkinson (University of Winchester) will show how new techniques in environmental geoarchaeology is being used to explore and understand past landscapes and Paul Cheetham (Bournemouth University) will discuss his recent geophysical survey work and how remote sensing is playing a key role in the identification of new sites in the Wessex region. Being true to our title, Adam Stanford (Aerial-Cam) will illustrate how drones are contributing to the recording, presentation and understanding of archaeological sites and monuments from Stonehenge to Easter Island.


09.00 Registration and coffee
09.45 Welcome Address
Session 1: The human story: some aspects – Chair: Julian Richards
10.00 Prof. Charlotte Roberts (University of Durham).

Ancient DNA and the origins and evolution of infectious disease.

10.45 Dr. Mary Lewis (University of Reading).

Little voices: the importance of child skeletal remains to our understanding of the past

11.30 Coffee break
Session 2: Understanding diet – Chair: Miles Russell (Bournemouth University)
12.00 Prof. Richard Evershed (University of Bristol).

Reconstructing Prehistoric Human Diet and Agriculture through Organic Residues in Archaeological Pottery

12.40 Young Archaeologists Club (YAC) and Julian Richards

Meeting the Ancestors: Face to Face

13.00 Lunch break including CBA WESSEX AGM
Session 3: Geoarchaeology – Chair: Prof Tony King (University of Winchester)
14.00 Dr. Keith Wilkinson (University of Winchester).

In search of Wessex’s hunter gatherers: the geoarchaeology of Wessex’s Pleistocene and Early Holocene

14.45 Paul Cheetham (Bournemouth University).

From Garden to Landscape, from Mirror to Bucket, from banjo to antenna – recent geophysical surveys in Wessex.

15.30 Coffee Break
Session 4: The view from above – Chair Julian Richards
16.00 Adam Stanford (Aerial-Cam).

Eyes in the sky-From Stonehenge to Easter Island via Wales – the use of Drones

16.45 Roundup and Closing Remarks
17.00 Finish


We have many exhibitors including Dr Katie Tucker’s (Visiting Fellow in Osteoarchaeology (MHARP) at the Department of Archaeology, University of Winchester) recent work on the leprosy cases from Magdalen Hill, Winchester.  The University of Winchester’s Archaeology Department will have displays illustrating their wide-ranging activities and expertise. See the latest from the Roman temple excavations at Meonstoke, Hampshire and other excavations at Boxford, West Berkshire.  Stalls from Wessex Archaeology will provide opportunities to look at recent examples of photogrammetry.  There will be a good number of other displays showcasing recent interesting work from around the Wessex region.


Retail Therapy

Books from Wessex Archaeology, Oxbow Books and Archaeology Plus; and for holidays Andante will be on hand to answer those burning questions of where to visit next.


The Stripe lecture theatre, University of Winchester, SO22 4NR.  Parking available on site and within walking distance of Winchester rail station.  Bus stops nearby.  See Map of the Campus (The Stripe is Building 18) and Parking at the University of Winchester for more information.  University parking will be available at The Dytche and at Medecroft, but the number of spaces are limited.

If you are not already member of CBA Wessex then why not consider joining?  Membership from just £10 a year – see our Membership Page – which will entitle you to the £25 ticket rate, – a saving of £10 on the non-members ticket rate of £35.

The ticket price includes light refreshments.  We suggest your bring your own packed lunch.

Please note that during the lunch break the CBA Wessex AGM will be held in the lecture theatre.  Non-members are welcome to stay but will not be able to vote.

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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 8 Newstead Court, 41 Newstead Road, Bournemouth BH6 3HL. 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.