Study Group for Roman Pottery 50th Anniversary Conference

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Welcome to the 50th anniversary conference of the Study Group for Roman Pottery!

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This year marks the 50th anniversary of the Study Group and we are very happy to be celebrating with a two-day conference. It will be the very first virtual SGRP conference via Zoom hosted by Newcastle University on the 2nd-3rd July 2021.

The conference is FREE and open to both members and non-members. Your booking will give you access to both days of the programme and the Zoom joining details will be emailed to you the day before the event. We welcome and encourage you to attend the whole event, however, you are also welcome to dip in and out of sessions as you wish. Due to the nature of the conference, all timings are approximate (BST - GMT+1 time).

You can book your place by clicking Register, where you can also make a donation to and/or join the SGRP. The annual membership fee is only £15 (£20 for EU and International) and it gives you a free copy of the Journal of Roman Pottery Studies, and if you join us here you will also get a free copy of the Research Strategy and Updated Agenda for the Study of Roman Pottery in Britain! We would like to raise money to create online training and information videos to help our members and young professionals.

Conference programme

(all timings are approximate and GMT+1 (BST), titles and speakers are subject to change)

Friday 2nd July 2021

Session 1: 50 Years of the SGRP

Session chair: Rob Perrin (SGRP President)

9:15-9:30 Registration Eniko Hudak (PCA) and James Gerrard (Newcastle University)

9:30-9:40 Welcome Rob Perrin (SGRP President)

9:45-10:15 Fifty years (or perhaps 49) of the Study Group for Roman pottery Christopher Young (heritage consultant)

10:20-10:50 Roman Pottery? Surely the men have done it all? Kayt Hawkins (UCL Archaeology South East)

Coffee Break

11:15-11:45 Article 3: Reflections on the past and considerations for the future Fiona Seeley (freelance)

11:50-12:10 Conference maketh a ready pottery specialist (not Francis Bacon): Reflections on SGRP weekends Louise Rayner (UCL Archaeology South East)

12:15-12:35 SGRP: the next 50 years Michael Fulford (University of Reading)

Lunch Break

Session 2: Early Career Researchers

Chair: Eniko Hudak (PCA)

14:00-14:30 How effective are different Roman pottery sampling strategies? The A14C2H case study Lanah Hewson (University of Reading)

14:35-15:05 Navigating the past in the Present - The successes and difficulties of entering Roman pottery studies in the 21st century Megan Tirpak (Newcastle University)

Coffee Break

15:30-16:00 Late Roman Pottery imports from Oxfordshire and the Nene Valley in Britain north of the Humber: Significance and Distribution Ben Lee (Newcastle University)

16:05-16:35 A review of the dating and distribution of a late Roman pottery fabric - Portchester D Katie Mountain (Newcastle University)

Discussions and end of day one

*Surprise Evening social*

Saturday 3rd July 2021

Session 3: Recent Research

Chair: Jane Evans (Worcestershire County Council)

9:30-10:00 Means to an end: some analysis of average sherd weights and rim percentages Edward Biddulph (Oxford Archaeology)

10:05-10:35 From Cradle to the Grave: Romano-British infant feeding cups Kayt Hawkins (UCL Archaeology South East)

Coffee break

11:00-11:30 A second century AD mortarium and colour-coated production site in the Newport suburb of Lincoln Ian Rowlandson (Ian Rowlandson Archaeological Consultancy)

11:35-12:05 A walk on the wild side? Bronze vessels and their ceramic cousins in Roman Britain James Gerrard (Newcastle University)

12:10-12:40 Flavian Pottery from Exeter and the South-West in northern Britain: Trade or the Movement of Personal Possessions? Paul Bidwell (retired researcher)

AGM (SGRP members only)

Lunch break

Session 4: Collaborative Projects

Chair: Professor Ian Haynes (Newcastle University)

14:15-14:45 The Medway Ceramics: new observations on assemblages under threat Jo Ahmet and Jane Clark (Portable Antiquities Scheme)

14:50-15:20 National Initiatives in Archaeological Archiving (please dispose of responsibly) Duncan Brown (English Heritage)

Coffee break

15:45-16:15 Meals for the Dead? Organic residue analysis of funerary vessels from two Romano-British cemeteries Julie Dunne (University of Bristol)

16:20-16:50 Introducing the Lower Ouse Valley industry: collaboratively characterising a major new early Roman pottery industry in southern Cambridgeshire Adam Sutton (MOLA Northampton)

Discussions and Conference close

If you have any questions or queries, email the organizers Eniko and James at (also check Spam/Junk folders for any emails from us!)

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