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Interpreting Finds: innovative and multi disciplinary approaches in post ex...
Wed 17 May 2017, 09:30 – 16:30 BST
This is a one-day event where invited speakers will present recent and innovative approaches to the study of artefacts and ecofacts, highlighting their potential for contributing to an archaeological project.
By exploring themes around multi-disciplinary approaches to interpreting finds assemblages we hope to encourage dialogue between different branches of our profession. Discussions at recent conferences have highlighted the growing gap between field staff and finds specialists which we would like to close.
The session will also promote the advocacy role of the Finds Group in promoting best practice across all finds specialisms and within the wider professional community. The event will incorporate the Finds Group AGM.
10.00 Registration (Tea/Coffee available from 9.30am)
10.15 Shining new light on Roman London? Combining artefact research and public archaeology at the London Archaeological Archive. Michael Marshall, MOLA
10.35 Alistair Barclay, Wessex Archaeology tbc
10.55 "On time, On Budget" and Beyond: Challenging the Modus Operandi of Commercial Fieldwork. Guy Hunt, LP Archaeology
11.15 Identity and Change in South-West England: the role of specialist reports in creating a new approach to the reading of material culture and identity. Sian Thomas, Archaeology Wales Ltd
11. 35 Illustration of pottery – uses of colour in digital illustration. Laura Templeton Worcestershire Archive and Archaeology Service
12.00 CIfA Finds Group AGM (all invited, only Finds Group members can vote)
12.30 Lunch (Provided)
1.30 Bone Scoops (with handling collection). Paul Stokes, University of Durham
1.50 "Die Schüssel ist von Ert gemacht wann sie verbricht der Haefner lacht darum nempt sie in acht": Considering the life of pots through clearance assemblages (the text is an inscription from an eighteenth century Pennsylvania Dutch dish, saying "This dish is made of earth, when she breaks the potter laughs, so take care of her"). Philip Carstairs, University of Leicester
2.30 Artefact Studies and Methods of Recording. Background to the project. Duncan Brown, Historic England
3.00 Devising the assessment criteria, Louise Rayner, ASE archaeology
3.30 Presentation of assessment results, Alice Cattermole
The venue is Birmingham & Midland Institute, Margaret Street, Birmingham. It is located behind the Museum/Art Gallery, a 5 minute walk from Birmingham New St