Section Newsletter #7 February

February 2016

Welcome to the February 2016 edition of the IOA World Archaeology Section Newsletter.


‘Off the Record’ lunchtime seminars


Thank you to our recent Off the Record speakers. We’re looking forward to a busy March and April. Coming up first (Thursday 3rd March) is IOA PhD candidate Andy Brown who will be talking about Moai, Moa and More: a discussion of Polynesian archaeology. The following week Alastair Paterson will be Revisiting Batavia: Recent excavations in the Abrolhos Island, Western Australia. All sessions run from 1pm – 2pm in Room 401 unless otherwise stated. As ever, please feel free to bring your lunch to enjoy during the talk.

Call for more lunchtime ‘Off the Record’ discussants

We are currently seeking more individuals from the IOA World Arch section interested in leading a short lunchtime discussion for Off the Record. In particular we would welcome talks from:

  • New PhD students who could present research from their masters degrees or current doctorates.
  • Postdocs or visiting fellows.
  • Existing members of staff.

The sessions are informal and there is no set format. Thus, more than one person can present within the same session. Please email today if you are interested.

News & Announcements

World Archaeology Section social event

Sidecar in a Martini Glass garnished with lemon wedgeThe World Archaeology Section will be hosting an afternoon of short papers and subsequent cocktails on Tuesday 22nd March, with papers between 4-5:30pm and then the social event afterwards. All Institute staff and graduate students are invited to the social event.

Please get in touch with section co-head Andrew Reynolds regarding giving a short paper at this event.

New Events archive page on section website

We now have a page dedicated to past section affiliated / sponsored events on the section website. The first event to be added was the excellent Could Modern Civilisation Collapse? conference hosted last year. Please head on over to the site where you’re able to watch several videos produced from the event. If you have a past or future event that you would like adding to the archive then please get in touch.

Minutes from this month’s section meeting

You can access the minutes from this month’s section meeting by clicking the link below.

Spring Term meeting notes 2016


Click above to send in content for next month’s newsletter or to notify us of immediate announcements to be shared via the section website, email list and social media channels.

Section research


The First New Zealanders? An Alternative Interpretation of Stable Isotope Data from Wairau Bar, New Zealand

Brown AA, Thomas T (2015) The First New Zealanders? An Alternative Interpretation of Stable Isotope Data from Wairau Bar, New Zealand. PLoS ONE 10(10): e0135214. doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0135214

shawHinduism and the Sungas

Shaw, J. (2016). Hinduism and the Sungas. In Hiltebeitel, A. (Ed.), Oxford Bibliographies in Hinduism. Oxford: Oxford University Press.



parker_pearsonThe Dead of Stonehenge

Willis, C; Marshall, P; McKinley, J; Pitts, M; Pollard, J; Richards, C; Richards, J; Parker Pearson, M (2016) The dead of Stonehenge. Antiquity: a quarterly review of archaeology (In press).


KevinMacDonald_photo_greyscaleA Chacun son Bambara’, encore une fois: History, Archaeology and Bambara Origins

Macdonald, K.C. (2015). ‘A Chacun son Bambara’, encore une fois: History, Archaeology and Bambara Origins. In Richard, F., MacDonald, K.C. (Eds.), Ethnic Ambiguity and the African Past. (pp. 119-144). Walnut Creek, California: Left Coast Press.

Conferences, events and forums

African Peoples and Pasts

Ap&p-MUWONGE-2A reminder of THIS THURSDAY’S (3rd March) African Peoples and Pasts seminar.

We are delighted to welcome Herman Muwonge to present on his ongoing PhD research at Cambridge:

“Preliminary studies of the LSA hunter-gatherers of the Albertine Rift, Uganda”

6pm, Room 209, UCL Institute of Archaeology

As usual a wine reception will follow in the 6th floor common room


Medieval and Modern Manuscript Studies in the Digital Age (MMSDA)

2 – 6 May 2016, Cambridge and London

We are very pleased to announce the sixth year of this course, funded by the Digital Scholarly Editions Initial Training Network (DiXiT), and run by King’s College London with the University of Cambridge and the Warburg Institute. The course will run in two parallel strands: one on medieval and the other on modern manuscripts.

Argument: The Art of Persuasion

The third LAHP Annual Research Day, Wednesday 18 May 2016, 10.30-18.00 Macmillan Hall, Senate House, Malet Street, London WC1E 7HU

Argument: agreement and disagreement, debate and dissent are central to the ways in which knowledge in the Arts and Humanities is proposed and made, explored and understood, but what is argument and how are we persuaded?

Call for contributions:

LAHP warmly welcomes proposals from LAHP students and supervisors for panels or papers on any aspect of Argument: the Art of Persuasion. We are particularly interested in joint presentations from LAHP students and their supervisors discussing research-in-progress. Short proposals for 15-minute presentations should be emailed by 31 March 2016.

Scottish History Network Workshop: The state of the field

27th April 2016, University of Edinburgh

We invite postgraduate scholars, early career researchers, members of the heritage industry, established academics, and outside parties with an interest in Scottish History to share their current work within the field.

Proposal topics could include, but are certainly not restricted to:

  • Locating Scottish History – transnational/diaspora themes, Highland and Lowland history
  • Scottish History and the State – union, devolution, referendum
  • Remembering Scotland – heritage, commemoration, family histories, cultural memory
  • Margins of Scottish History – gender and diversity, immigration

Proposals should be no more than 300 words long and include a short biography.

Speakers will be notified regarding acceptance of their contribution after all submissions have been reviewed.

Please send proposals, and any enquiries to by 17:00 Monday 14th March 2016.

ASMI Postgraduate Summer School 2016

unnamedUniversity of Bristol, 23rd and 24th June 2016


We welcome proposals from postgraduate students and early career scholars for papers on any aspect of Modern Italian culture, history, politics and society from the eighteenth to the twenty-first century.

Papers can be in English or Italian and should be no more than 20 minutes in length. 

Please send an abstract (max 250 words) and a short biography (max 100 words) to the conference organisers at the email address provided below by Thursday 31st March 2016.

The Iron Age Research Student Symposium

The Iron Age Research Student Symposium is pleased to announce an extension of the Call for Papers for this year’s symposium. In order to complement the abstracts already received as a result of the initial round of the Call for Papers, we are now seeking authors with a research interest in the following themes: monumentality and social boundaries, terminologies (interpretation and development), archaeological landscapes, production and technologies (esp. metalworking), communities in transition and mortuary studies. The second round of the Call for Papers will remain open until midnight on the 29th February. All authors who wish to be considered for IARSS 2016 (May 19-22, 2016 at the University of Leicester) are invited to submit an abstract of now more than 300 words, including five keywords, to

Further details may be found at

UCL Women’s Day Events

UCL is marking International Women’s Day on 8 March with a range of events, lectures, drama, exhibitions and more.

UCL Arena is sponsoring UCL Inspiring Women on Tues 8 March, a celebration of female achievement. Introduced by UCL President and Provost, Prof Michael Arthur, high-profile speakers will be taking to the stage to offer their personal reflections on their career paths – and to prompt the audience to think about their own. The event will end with a whistle-stop tour of some ‘infamous’ UCL women alumni.

In addition, the UCL Institute for Women’s Health has organised a week-long programme of free activities, including an ‘in conversation’ session with Laura Bates, founder of the Everyday Sexism project, and an art exhibition exploring the presence and absence of women at UCL. The full programme can be found at

The UCL Women group is delighted to be hosting Dame Jocelyn Bell Burnell to deliver a flagship lecture on Thurs 10 March: ‘Women in STEM – at home and abroad’ to be followed by a drinks reception.

Finally, Lunch Hour Lectures continue the theme with two free talks on ‘Reproduction without sex’ (Tues 8 March) and ovarian cancer screening (Thurs 10 March) – no pre-booking is required.



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