World Archaeology Section Newsletter #1: November 2018

Welcome to the return of the World Archaeology Section Newsletter, brought to you by your new Graduate Section Reps, Dominic Pollard and Xosé Hermoso-Buxan! As we’ve just taken over the positions, we’ve decided to start things afresh, with a monthly newsletter of events, conferences, opportunities and general news relevant to members of the section. So, here’s World Archaeology Section Newsletter #1, for November 2018.


World Archaeology Section Research Exchange

On November 5th, the World Archaeology Section held a ‘research exchange’ afternoon, where staff from across the Section delivered short presentations on their past and current work. The event was intended to facilitate communication between members of the Section, stimulate discussion around a diverse range of topics, and offer opportunities for graduates and post-docs to identify possible mentors and sources of funding.
The event was a success, with a Section Meeting also held during the afternoon, where several important issues surrounding lecture recording, funding opportunities, and the structure of departmental seminar series were discussed. The possibility of a similar afternoon specifically for PhD students was raised, and is being looked into by the Section Reps.

Upcoming Talks and Events:

16/11/18 – Friends of the Petrie Museum Lectures:

All lectures are held in Institute of Archaeology Lecture Theatre G6 and followed by a wine reception in the Leventis Gallery.

16/11/2018  6.30 pm: Dr Kate Fulcher (British Museum), Painting Amara West: Colour in New Kingdom Nubia
The ancient Egyptian colour palette has been investigated extensively, but nearly always from royal, elite and funerary sources, typically based on objects in museums. The British Museum excavation of the ancient Egyptian town of Amara West in northern Sudan has enabled an examination of the use of colour by a very different section of the population, enhanced by the ability to export samples for laboratory analysis. The site retains evidence of painted walls in modest houses, paint in ceramic palettes, and raw pigments, as well as painted coffins in the cemeteries. Analysis has identified the pigments and organic constituents of the paints prepared and used at Amara West. The pigments mainly sit within the known Egyptian palette, but three unusual pigments were found: a green earth, a blue earth, and ground bitumen. The implications of the identification of the pigments will be considered; the situation of the site in Nubia provides the opportunity to consider the influence of a local non‐Egyptian population on Egyptian technology and cultural choices.

17/11/18 – Exploring Roman York: looking back, looking forward

This year’s conference, organised by the York Archaeological Forum and hosted by the City of York Council, will focus on Roman York. The talks will cover recent archaeological work on Roman sites in the city and its hinterland, reflecting a diverse range of new and significant discoveries, new survey techniques and analysis of human remains. The final papers of the day will reflect on the vast body of archaeological evidence now available for Roman York, issues of accessibility, publication and synthesis, as well as research questions and future directions. The conference will close with a broader discussion of these issues.
The speakers reflect the varied membership of the Forum with representatives of local archaeological contractors and specialists, the University of York, York Museums Trust, as well as the City of York Council archaeologist.
Programme and tickets (£15) available from
30 free student places available (tickets must be booked in advance).

23-24/11/18 – 5th Annual conference of the Neolithic and Early Bronze Age Research Student Symposium (NEBARSS)

University of Manchester
Hosting talks by postgraduate and early career researchers within a friendly and relaxed environment. A two-day event with keynote lectures by Dr Seren Griffiths, University of Central Lancaster and Catherine Rees, Co-Director of CR Archaeology. The conference extends a welcome to all those interested in the Neolithic and Early Bronze Age periods. To be held at the University of Manchester on the weekend of the 23rd and 24th November 2018.
Early Bird Rate £10, then £12. To book
Contact with any queries.

Calls for Papers and Submissions:

Call for Abstracts: Philosophy, Politics, Anthropology & Allied Disciplines

University of Amsterdam, 15-17 May 2019
Keynote: David Graeber (LSE) & David Wengrow (UCL), ‘The Myth of the Stupid Savage: Rousseau’s Ghost and the Future of Political Anthropology’
Call for abstracts: The basic premise of PPA+ is that the fields of philosophy, politics, anthropology, and other social sciences have much more in common than is typically acknowledged. Philosophical claims about human beings had to start somewhere and, indeed, they usually began as basic empirical generalisations about the nature of human societies. Anthropology began as an offshoot from the field philosophy in the early 19th century and it continues to carry the same fundamental set of theoretical building blocks with it into the present day. Politics and other social science disciplines have comparable origins, typically traceable to moral philosophy. As an interdisciplinary conference and scholarly society, PPA+ aims to articulate the theoretical principles, methodological orientations, and empirical data that form the basis of philosophy, politics, anthropology and allied disciplines as traditionally distinct fields. Through this collaboration, we hope to identify persistent shortcomings and biases in our thinking about the nature of human social life ways and to find better ways forward.
Predecessors of this conference were held in New Orleans for the last three years. This year’s conference will be hosted by the University of Amsterdam’s Departments of Anthropology and Political Science.
Deadline for abstract submission (2-300 words): 16 December 2018.
Decisions by21st December. Please send your abstract to

Call for Papers: 5th Islamic Archaeology Day at the Institute of Archaeology, University College London

Hosted by SOAS and UCL
11-6pm, Saturday 2 February, 2019
We would like to invite you to join us in London on Saturday, February 2nd 2019 for the 5th annual Islamic Archaeology Day jointly organized by SOAS and UCL and to announce the call for papers.
There are a small but increasing number of us working in Islamic archaeology in the UK. We are, however, scattered through a number of different institutions and we rarely have an opportunity to come together and discuss our work and other matters of mutual interest. The purpose of this day is to provide such an opportunity and to encourage collaboration across regional and period boundaries.
As in previous years, the 2019 meeting will feature around 12 papers of 20 minutes on recent work on the archaeology and heritage of the Islamic world (broadly construed) by established and early-career scholars. We are particularly keen to have papers that share the results of new research or fieldwork. Please send Corisande Fenwick ( a title if you would like to present a paper as soon as possible (n.b. given the popularity of the day, we will prioritise papers from those who did not speak in 2018).

The next meeting will take place in the ground-floor lecture theatre at the Institute of Archaeology, UCL in central London between 11-6pm on Saturday, February 2nd followed by a reception and an optional dinner at a local restaurant. There will be a small charge to cover food, tea and coffee and the reception. Registration details will be sent out when the programme is announced in late November. All are welcome!

UCL Doctoral School Research Images as Art Competition:

UCL Doctoral School is pleased to announce its annual cross-disciplinary competition/exhibition:
“Research Images as Art/Art Images as Research”
A competition for all current graduate students and academic staff whether arts or science based – a chance to display research images with an aesthetic appeal.
Entry now open
Deadline for entries: Sunday 3 March 2019
The ‘Best 100’ images will be displayed in the South Cloisters (Wilkins Building) in April 2019. All entries will feature in the online gallery on the Doctoral School website.
First Prize – £400
Six Runners-Up Prizes – £200
The People’s Choice Prize – £100 Waterstone’s Token
All details and registration instructions are available on our website:
We look forward to receiving your entries. Any questions, please contact

Opportunities and Vacancies:

Call for Volunteers: The London Postgraduate Conference For The Ancient Near East – Ancient Lives, New Stories: Current Research on the Ancient Near East

1st and 2nd December 2018 – The British Museum, London
We are looking for volunteers from among the Institute of Archaeology’s MA and PhD students to help at the forthcoming London Postgraduate Conference for the Ancient Near East, which will be held at the British Museum on Saturday 1st and Sunday 2nd December 2018.
MAIN TASKS: being at the Registration Desk, answering the delegates’ questions, helping with social media and generally helping out throughout the two days of the conference.
BENEFITS: you will be able to attend some of the presentations and keynote lectures, have free lunch and tea/coffee and free access to the Ashurbanipal exhibition throughout the conference
DEADLINE FOR SUBMISSION OF CVs: Wednesday, 14th November 2018

Job Vacancy: Assistant Director At The British School At Athens

Full-time, fixed term position (5 years)
The British School at Athens (BSA), an institute for advanced research in the Humanities and Social Sciences, seeks a full-time, fixed term (5 year) Assistant Director to take charge of its teaching programme and communications, conduct original research, contribute to its fundraising programme, and oversee the security and maintenance of its Athens premises. This is a 5-year, fixed-term, career development post intended to provide an opportunity to a person at an early stage in their academic career to develop their research activity and managerial skills in order to enhance their suitability for a permanent position in a university or related institution elsewhere. You will be capable of combining academic research and managerial tasks in a flexible manner, of facilitating the work of resident and non-resident scholars using the BSA’s facilities, and of officially representing the BSA. Residence in the School in Athens is a requirement. You will have completed a doctorate and have defined an original research project which can be completed while in post (and resident) in Athens. You will be able to communicate effectively in Greek, or to demonstrate how you will acquire this level of command before taking up the post.
The salary will be up to €25,000, with health insurance and rent-free housing provided. The position is available from 1st July 2019. A probationary period will apply.
Further details are available at: Informal enquiries about the post may be addressed to the BSA Director, Professor John Bennet (
The closing date for applications is Monday 17th December 2018. Interviews will be held in London on Monday 4th February 2019.


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