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|
|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
|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.
|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|
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.
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.