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Archaeology for Everyone Conference

Archaeology for Everyone conference

Thursday 26th July 2018

This mini conference is ideal for people of all walks of life from the amateur to the academic interested in knowing more about Archaeology. It includes up to five talks mainly themed around local landscape from an archaeological point of view.

The total cost of the day is £25 per head which includes a light buffet lunch and teas/coffees.

Please contact Erik Grigg at if you have any enquiries.

Provisional Timetable

10-10.30 Intro/registration

10.30-11.15 Talk one

Cecily Spall

The bodies in the castle.

A forensic look at the Anglo-Saxon burials excavated in the Mason’s Yard, Lincoln Castle in 2014. Scientific studies of the skeletons have provided information in fascinating detail about life and death in Anglo-Saxon Lincoln.

Cecily Spall is a Director of FAS Heritage and was part of the team who undertook the archaeological work at the castle for the Lincoln Castle Revealed Project.

11.15-12 Talk two

John Miller

Life in the Ice Age

This is a look at the fascinating Fandon site but also a wider view of prehistoric migration routes, icons and cave paintings, weaponry, and known cultures here and in Europe. How Ice Age artefacts were traded across the North Sea to this region.

John Miller of FARI (Farndon Archaeological Research Investigations) was in the agricultural industry most of his life, but early retirement meant he could concentrate on archaeology.  He is a Trustee of Ice Age Insights, a Charity promoting Palaeolithic archaeology and geology in the East Midlands.

12-1 Lunch

1-1.45 Talk three

Tom Lane

The mineral from the marshes: Evidence for ancient saltmaking in Lincolnshire

From at least 1500BC through to 1600AD Lincolnshire was a major supplier of salt, made on the Lincolnshire coast using a variety of techniques. See where and how salt was made and the remains the industry left behind. Be amazed at the variety of uses of this mineral and its importance worldwide. Salt used to be the source of wealth for many nations and remains in remarkably widespread use in rituals and ceremonies. You will never look at salt the same way again.

Tom Lane was the Senior Archaeologist at Archaeological Project Services Tom Lane 's interest in salt was ignited during his work for English Heritage's Fenland Project. Supposedly retired he now spends his time completing a book on saltmaking in Lincolnshire, giving talks about a variety of Lincolnshire subjects from the county's landscapes to its folk songs and generally researching his many interests.

1.45-2.30 Talk four

Speaker tbc

A speaker from Heritage Lincolnshire will give a talk on the Layers of History project at Revesby.

2.30-3 Tea

3-3.45 Talk five

Ian George

Archaeology and development: a county council perspective

The talk will look at how archaeology can be protected through the planning process and how developer-funded archaeology has transformed our knowledge of the human history of the county.

Ian George is the Places Manager for Lincolnshire County Council. He spent seventeen years as an Inspector of Ancient Monuments for Historic England.

3.45-4 Closure

Thursday 26th July 2018 (10:00 - 16:00)

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