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Department of Archaeology


The Pitt-Rivers Archaeological Science Seminars are well-established as a relatively informal and highly dynamic meeting point for archaeological scientists of all kinds who share their research as it happens – often, before it has made it to publications. Our speakers include researchers based in or around Cambridge as well as visitors from around the world.


Future events will be announced here.


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Alette Blom
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Events In This Series For This Academic Year

Session Name Date Event speaker
Copper metallurgy at Kerma: Technological innovation in the Nile Valley Friday, 6 November, 2020 - 13:15 to 14:00 Dr. Frederik Rademakers (KU Leuven)
Early food production and human-animal relations: Isotopic insights into Neolithic social reconfiguration in the Near East Friday, 13 November, 2020 - 13:15 to 14:00 Prof. Cheryl Makarewicz (University of Kiel)
The mobility of Upper Palaeolithic prey in the Siberian Arctic Friday, 20 November, 2020 - 13:15 to 14:00 Wouter Bonhof (PhD student at the University of Exeter)
A short-lived but memorable style: Lapita Pottery in Vanuatu (NOTE: Unusual time) Friday, 27 November, 2020 - 11:00 to 11:45 Dr. Mathieu Leclerc (Australian National University)
Medieval medicine and leprosy: new insights from dental calculus analysis Friday, 4 December, 2020 - 13:15 to 14:00 Dr. Elena Fiorin (Sapienza University of Rome)
The Genomics of Megaliths: Hierarchy and Heterogeneity in Irish Neolithic Society Friday, 22 January, 2021 - 13:15 to 14:00 Dr. Lara Cassidy (Smurfit Institute of Genetics Trinity College Dublin)
Seeing the woods for the trees: a palaeoecological investigation of native woodlands to inform present and future woodland conservation management strategies in Northern Scotland Friday, 29 January, 2021 - 13:15 to 14:00 Dr. Jasmijn Sybenga (University of the Highlands and Islands)
Iron Age (1100-300BC) in Oman and the United Arab Emirates: a discussion on the ceramics and columned halls Friday, 5 February, 2021 - 13:15 to 14:00 Sam Botan (Leiden University)
Pressing Concerns: Urartian Wine Production Equipment Friday, 12 February, 2021 - 13:15 to 14:00 Victoria Newson (University of Sheffield)
Recipes for Success: Paleoethnobotanical Evidence for Women’s Wealth through Root Processing on the Canadian Plateau Friday, 26 February, 2021 - 13:15 to 14:00 Dr. Monica Ramsey (University of Cambridge)
Dung and desert copper - Evaluating 3rd millennium BCE desert subsistence at the macro- and microscales Friday, 5 March, 2021 - 13:15 to 14:00 Dr Zachary Dunseth (Brown University)
Understanding domestication in the genomic era Friday, 12 March, 2021 - 13:15 to 14:00 Dr. Laurent Frantz (1,2)