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The Roman Finds Group Autumn Meeting - 09-10/09/2016, Reading (England)






The conference comprises five sessions of papers with eighteen talks covering various aspects of finds from the town and country in southern Britain and is an excellent opportunity to hear about recent finds and research in this region. As well as sessions on Research at Reading, London and Urban and Rural Britain, a quick-fire session entitled ‘Small Finds, Short Papers’ including five ten minute talks will take place. Research posters covering a wide range of topics and an artefacts table with finds from the excavations at Silchester will also be displayed during all tea and coffee breaks. Registration will take place in the Archaeology Building’s atrium, so please confirm your attendance there first before making your way to the Ditchburn Theatre.


FECHA/DATE/DATA: 09-10/09/2016


LUGAR/LOCATION/LUOGO: Sorby Room, Wager Building, Whiteknights campus, University of Reading (Reading, England)


ORGANIZADOR/ORGANIZER/ORGANIZZATORE: Victoria Keitel, Adam Sutton, Matt Fittock, Owen Humphreys, Sara Wilson (University of Reading)


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Todo incluido para miembros del RFG/ fully paid up RFG members/ RFG membri tutto compreso: £40

Estudiantes/ students/ studenti:  £33

No miembros del RFG / non-members / non membri: £48 


£25 (por día/day rate/ tasso di giorno).

Cena / conference dinner / cena : 20£




12.30 Registration (with tea and coffee)  
13.00 Welcome

Session 1 – Research at the University of Reading
Chair Adam Sutton (PhD Student, University of Reading)  
13.10  Hella Eckardt (University of Reading), Writing power and identity: the material culture of literacy  
13.40 Tom Brindle (The Roman Rural Settlement Project, University of Reading), Country life: results from the Roman Rural Settlement Project  
14.10 Carolina Lima (PhD student, University of Reading), A girl’s best friend: the role of hairpins in defining female identity in Roman London  
14.40 John Ford (PhD student, University of Reading), Ringing the changes: the social significance of finger-rings in Roman Britain   

15.10  Tea, coffee and biscuits   

Session 2 – Finds from Urban Southern Britain  
Chair Sara Wilson (PhD student, University of Reading)  
15.40 Martin Pitts (University of Exeter), Funerary object-scapes in the Roman West  
16.10 Ruth Shaffrey (Oxford Archaeology), Understanding urban flour supply: the contribution of millstones and querns   
Keynote Presentation  
16.40 Nina Crummy (Freelance Small Finds Specialist/Silchester Town Life Project, University of Reading) and Matt Phelps (Institute of Archaeology, University College London), A hoard of military awards, jewellery and coins from Colchester   

17.40 Closing remarks 

Conference Dinner  
18.45 Bill’s Restaurant, Saint Marys Church House, Chain St, Reading, RG1 2HX 



8.30  Registration  
9.00  Welcome   

Session 3 – Finds from Roman London  
Chair Victoria Keitel (PhD Student, University of Reading)  
9.10  Mike Marshall (Museum of London Archaeology), A city of merchants and traders or a city of soldiers? The 1st century AD military equipment from Bloomberg London in context  
9.40  Ben Paites (PAS, Essex), Roman city limits: finds from the Thames foreshore at the Tower of London  
10.10 Glynn Davis (Colchester and Ipswich Museums), The tears of the Heliades: investigating amber from Roman London 

10.40 Tea, coffee and biscuits   

Session 4 – Finds from Rural Southern Britain  
Chair Matthew Fittock (PhD Student, University of Reading)  
11.10  Diana Briscoe (Archive of Roman Pottery Stamps (ARPS)), Stamped pottery in Roman Britain  
11.40 Stuart McKie (PhD Student, Open University), Embedded magic: the sensory experience of cursing at the Temple of Sulis Minerva at Bath  
12.10 Richard Hobbs (The British Museum), New insights into the Mildenhall treasure  
12.40 Sian Thomas (PhD Student, Cardiff University), Objects and their place in ritual performances at Nornour in the Isles of Scilly  

13.10 Lunch with tea, coffee and biscuits  

Session 5 – Small Finds, Short Papers  
Chair Carolina Lima (PhD Student, University of Reading)  
14.20 Rachel Cubit (Museum of London Archaeology), Spoons, symbolism and survival. A new find from Roman London  
14.30 Peter Warry (Independent Researcher), The evolution of roof tile in Southern Britain  
14.40 Victoria Keitel (PhD Student, University of Reading), Small finds from Rockbourne Roman villa  
14.50 Philip Smither (University of Reading Alumnus), Roman weighing instruments from Britain  
15.00 Edwin Wood (PAS, Sussex), Portable Antiquities Scheme finds from Roman London with a focus on the Swan Lane area  

Closing Talk  
15.20 Hilary Cool (Barbican Research Associates), Approaches to writing finds reports; notes from Dr Cool’s casebook  

16.20 Closing remarks and departure


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