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Prestigious Archaeological Conference comes to Bradford

Published: Wed 15 Oct 2014

The University of Bradford is hosting this year's Royal Archaeological Institute's Annual Conference.

The conference which is being held Friday 17 – Sunday 19 October, coincides with the celebration of 40 years of Archaeological Sciences teaching at the University.

As part of the celebrations, the Lord Mayor and Lady Mayoress of Bradford will be visiting Archaeological Sciences staff and students on Friday. They will receive a tour of the facilities and engage with students and staff. In the afternoon a civic reception will be held for the members of the RAI at City Hall.

The University of Bradford has been at the forefront in promoting scientific techniques within archaeology and this year celebrates 40 years of teaching in Archaeological Sciences.

Dr Chris Gaffney, Head of Archaeological Sciences, University of Bradford said: “This is a fantastic opportunity to showcase the world class research that is part of Archaeological Sciences at the University of Bradford. We welcome the conference delegates and I’m sure that they will be inspired by the internationally renowned speakers who make up the programme.”

This year’s conference will take the form of a series of key-note lectures from leading archaeologists summarising the advances in their discipline over the last 40 years with specific reference to the roles that scientific techniques have played. These keynote lectures will be interspersed with shorter presentations from Bradford students and staff outlining relevant recent and current scientific researches within the discipline.

Keynote speakers include, Prof Vince Gaffney, University of Bradford, Prof Paul Pettitt, University of Durham and Prof Mike Parker Pearson from University College London.

Other Keynote speakers attending;

  • Prof Tim Champion (University of Southampton - Later Prehistory)
  • Prof Gordon Cook (SUERC - Absolute Dating)
  • Prof Ian Freestone (University College London - Materials Science)
  • Prof Charlotte Roberts (University of Durham - Human Remains)
  • Prof Terry O’Connor (University of York - Animal Remains)

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