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Friday, 15 June 2012

Portable Antiquities Scheme and Medieval Settlement Research Group Conference

Objects and Landscape: understanding the medieval period through finds recorded by
the Portable Antiquities Scheme

Portable Antiquities Scheme and Medieval Settlement Research Group Conference
Stevenson Lecture Theatre, British Museum

Monday 22nd October 2012
09.30 - 17.30

This conference aims to highlight how PAS data have been used to advance knowledge of material
culture, and outline the research potential of these data for understanding the medieval landscape.
In contrast to researchers interested in the Roman and Early Medieval periods (in particular)
medievalists have not made as much use of PAS data as they might. Although papers presented at
this conference will highlight advances in the studies of dress accessories, papal bullae, pilgrim’s
signs etc., and their distribution, it is apparent that many other artefact types desperately warrant
similar academic treatment. Less understood is any sense of the relevance of these artefacts for
interpreting the medieval landscape, and it is this which will be considered in the second part of the

Speakers include: Laura Burnett, Anni Byard, Teresa Gilmore, Dr Letty ten Harkel, Richard Kelleher,
Dr Kevin Leahy, Dr Michael Lewis, Martin Locker, Dr Tim Pestell, Dr Andrew Rogerson, Dr Eleanor
Standley and David Williams.

To book a place please send a cheque for £10 payable to ‘The British Museum’ to Claire Costin,
Department of Portable Antiquities & Treasure, British Museum, London, WC1B 3DG.
Tel: 020 7323 8618. Email: ccostin@thebritishmuseum.ac.uk

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