See below for an archive of events supported and or organised by members of the World Archaeology Section.

The Wonderful Things of Punt: Excavations at the 12th Dynasty Harbor of Saww, Modern Mersa/Wadi Gawasis, Egypt

March 2nd 2017

Lecture by Kathryn Bard, Professor of Archaeology, Boston University.


Archaeological investigations were conducted 2001 to 2011 at Mersa/Wadi Gawasis, Egypt, the site of the pharaonic harbor of Saww, by Boston University and the University of Naples “L’Orientale.” The harbor was mainly used in the 12th Dynasty by an estimated 10-15 seafaring expeditions to the southern Red Sea region. A large paleo-bay existed at the harbor ca. 6000-4000 BP, and the only substantial structures there were small stone monuments, rock-cut chambers and galleries, and possible slipways for ships. Most of the archaeological evidence consists of the remains of ephemeral activities, such as hearths for cooking; areas of cereal storage, processing and baking; fire-pits in a multi-purpose production area; and the waste from salvaged ship timbers. Abandoned artifacts include ceramics brought from the Nile Valley, cargo boxes, and ship timbers and riggings. There is also evidence (ceramic and raw materials) about where these expeditions were traveling, as well as texts that mention Punt and Bia-Punt.

Sponsored by: World Archaeology Section, Institute of Archaeology, University College London

Climate Change, Archaeology and History

A Multidisciplinary Approach from Archaeology, Climatology and History on Climate Change and the Possible Collapse of Civilization.

December 19th-20th 2016


The 3rd Neolithic and Early Bronze Age Research Student Symposium

November 18th-19th 2016


Dr Joanna Bruck‘s keynote lecture ‘Mortuary Practices and Social Evolution in Early Bronze Age Britain’ is available to listen to here.

Read a report on this conference here.

Could Modern Civilisation Collapse?

November 23rd 2015


Global Warming, Climate Crisis and Past. Discussing some links between Climate Change and Archaeology

The main objective of this presentation is to discuss the magnitude, rhythm and scale of current global warming and climate change considering the environmental processes that are taking place in the Arctic Region. What could be the importance of ecological factors on the development of human society during the current century: beyond the classical archaeological discussion between ecological determinism and social agency?

Peter Wadhams Professor of Ocean Physics and Head of the Polar Ocean Physics Group in the Department of Applied Mathematics and Theoretical Physics, University of Cambridge

Organizers: Miguel Fuentes (PhD Student – IoA -UCL) Jose Oliver (Reader in Latin American Archaeology – IoA -UCL)

Sponsored by: World Archaeology Section, Institute of Archaeology, University College London