Tongariki, Rapa Nui (Easter Island)
Conferences & Lectures
6-7 April 2019. Archaeology of Hengistbury Head: Past, Present, and Future. Talbot Campus & Hengistbury Head. For further details and booking click here.
5-6 July 2019. Professional Zooarchaeology Group (PZG) Annual Meeting. Talbot Campus. For further details and booking click here.
October – November 2019. Breaking Ground. Female archaeologists at Avebury. Exhibition in the Atrium Gallery, Poole House.
4-5 October 2019. Computer Applications in Archaeology UK (Joined with the BFX festival in Media). Mark the date in your diary, details to follow.
29 October 2019. Third Pitt-Rivers Lecture. Fire: friend or Fiend in Human History? To be given by Professor Ruth Tringham (Professor of Anthropology, University of California at Berkeley). Talbot Campus. Displays and reception from 18:30; Lecture starts at 7:00. Mark the date in your diary. Further details and booking can be found here.
9 November 2019. CBA Wessex Conference: Sunrise Over the Stones: recent research into Neolithic and Chalcolithic Wessex. Talbot Campus. Mark the date in your diary, details to follow.
Research seminar series
Academic year 2018-19, Semester 2, on Tuesday afternoons in FG01 from 4:00.
29 January 2019. ‘Skyscapes in Archaeology: Current Problems, Digital Futures’. Dr Fabio Silva (Bournemouth University)
Archaeoastronomy has attempted to shed light on the cosmologies of past societies through the study of the orientation of their structures. Alignments to the sun, moon, stars and even some planets have been suggested, reported and claimed, with some even boasting significance through recourse to statistical considerations. However, the number of prehistoric European sites that have been convincingly interpreted as including celestial alignments are rather reduced in number. Furthermore, and despite the dozens of academic works published by archaeoastronomers yearly, only a small fraction of these is relevant enough to be embraced, debated or cited by other scholars. This has led some theorists to suggest that archaeoastronomy is “at an impasse” or that it has been “running around the same circles” for the past thirty years. To step out of its latent state the field needs to become relevant once more, something which can only happen when it (re)engages with the wider humanities and the latest theoretical and methodological trends. This talk will discuss the current state of the field, highlight key methodological problems that need to be overcome and showcase possible future directions using state-of-the-art digital and quantitative tools.
Fabio Silva is a Postdoctoral Researcher in Archaeology at Bournemouth University. His research interests focus on how humans conceive their environment and use that knowledge to time and adjust social and productive behaviours. This steered him, at large space and time scales, to the computational modelling and statistical analysis of culture-dependent dispersal dynamics, of human-environment relations and of palaeodemography; and at regional scales to landscape and skyscape archaeology of (mostly) late prehistoric monuments. He co-founded and co-edits the Journal of Skyscape Archaeology and is the Secretary of the European Society for Astronomy in Culture (SEAC).
5 February 2019. ‘Nautical Archaeology in a Battlefield Context: The U-boat War 1914-18 and the Battle of Jutland 1916′ Dr Innes McCartney (Bournemouth University)
Innes will describe how the distribution and actual identities of the lost ships and U-boats of WW1 represents a classic example of the conflicting interplay between archaeology and text. During his talk, he will describe how two decades of fieldwork were carried out and how its results have reshaped the history of two of WW1s great naval struggles.
Innes specialises in looking at assemblages of industrial-era shipwrecks. These come from battlefields, salvage works and the inevitable stream of peacetime accidents. His current research project, “Echoes from the deep: modern reflections on out maritime past” is funded by BU and the Leverhulme Trust and is examining the means by which large tranches of shipwrecks can be studied using geophysics.
12 February 2019. ‘Daily life at the settlement of Barnhouse: the potentials of use-wear analysis for understanding the significance of daily practices in Neolithic Orkney’ Dr Ben Chan (University of Southampton)
The site of Barnhouse represents one of Orkney’s best known sites, with many of the features that typify Orkney’s Neolithic settlements, including preserved walls, house floors and external occupation surfaces. The site contains both typical Neolithic houses and monumental buildings which incorporate architectural elements normally seen in chambered tombs. What types of activities took place within the settlement? Were individual houses self-sufficient? Were monumental buildings occupied in the same fashion as normal dwellings? This presentation presents the first attempt to address these questions through a comprehensive use-wear analysis of the site’s flint assemblage. The analysis seeks to explore the choreography of craft and subsistence practices that took place on the site, providing a re-evaluation of the role of both houses and monumental buildings, and therefore addressing the role that daily practice played in the social life of the settlement.
Dr Ben Chan is an alumnus of Bournemouth University and currently a Research Fellow within the Department of Archaeology at the University of Southampton. He specialises in the Neolithic archaeology of Britain, focusing on the macroscopic and microscopic analysis of stone tools, and the role of material practices in the social reproduction of prehistoric societies. Having been part of the first cohort of undergraduates at the then newly-formed Bournemouth University he is delighted to be returning to give this talk!
19 February 2019. Showcase of Undergraduate Student Placements: Rachel Robertson, Solveig Junglas, Megham French, and Fredericksburg Munch Danry. Introduced by Dr Mark Maltby
26 February 2019. ‘Human Henge: Therapeutic landscapes and mental health well-being’ Timothy Darvill, Vanessa Heaslip and Yvettte Staelens (Bournemouth University)
The seminar will review the development and execution of the Human Henge Project at Stonehenge and Avebury. Attention will be given to the idea of therapeutic landscapes, and connections made with archaeological sites dating from prehistoric through to medieval and later times. The immersive experiences forming the Human Henge programme will be examined, and the results of measuring their impact on the mental well-being of participants discussed.
The project has recently been showcased by the Heritage Lottery Fund, click here for details.
Timothy Darvill is Professor of Archaeology in the Department of Archaeology, Anthropology and Forensic Science at Bournemouth University. His research interests focus on the Neolithic of Northwest Europe, and archaeological resource management. He has excavated in England, Wales, Isle of Man, Germany, Malta, and Russia. In 2008 he directed excavations within the central stone settings at Stonehenge. He is leading the research team on the Human Henge project. Vanessa Heaslip is Principal Academic in the Faculty of Health and Social Science at Bournemouth University. She has extensive experience in nursing and nurse education. Her research interests lie in the field of vulnerability and vulnerable groups in society whose voices are not traditionally heard in academic and professional discourse. As part of the Human Henge project team she is monitoring the mental well-being of participants. Yvette Staelens is a visiting research fellow, a specialist in museum studies and working with marginalized communities. On the Human Henge Project she facilitated the immersive sessions in the Stonehenge and Avebury landscapes.
5 March 2019. ‘Rescuing HMS Invincible, excavation of a Georgian warship’. Dr Dan Pascoe (Bournemouth University)
The team from Bournemouth University are currently excavating the Royal Navy’s first HMS Invincible, wrecked in the eastern Solent in 1758. The site represents the best preserved mid-eighteenth century warship in the UK. However, shifting sands and high energy storm events are exposing the wreck, leaving vulnerable structures and artefacts at risk. The current excavations are rescuing a wealth of material and information that will greatly enhance our understanding of life onboard a Georgian warship. Dan will present the findings from two seasons of excavation and introduce the plans for the third and final season
12 March 2019. ‘The Hyksos Enigma: Researching the 15th Dynasty of Ancient Egypt’ Dr Chris Stantis (Bournemouth University)
The Hyksos formed the 15th Dynasty, ruling Egypt between c. 1650-1550 BCE. Their process of gaining power and historical impact is worthy of deeper investigation, as textural representation was largely destroyed with the ‘true’ Egyptians regained power in the region. With funding from the European Research Council, a collaborative multinational research programme has been established to investigate who these people were. This talk will explore the bioarchaeological research being pursued, focusing on the stable isotopes techniques.
Chris Stantis is a postdoctoral researcher here at Bournemouth University. Her love of travel and fear of commitment has led to published bioarchaeological research on Mississippian-era Native Americans, London Black Death victims, and late-prehistoric Polynesia. She is currently working on the research team at Bournemouth University investigating the Hyksos dynasty, let by Prof Holger Schutkowski.
19 March 2019. ‘Experiential archaeology in action, a pagan priestess of the Goddess’ interpretation of ancient Temple sites’. Katinka Soetens (Pagan Priestess of Rhiannon)
Katinka will be talking about the Goddess temples of the Mediterranean and how feeling the possible purpose and use of ancient sacred sites can be informed by modern pagan initiation rituals and seasonal ceremonials; symbolic and special resonance with the energies of place in relation to what they mean to us today and what they may have meant to our European ancestors from what we know to be Goddess based cultures.
Katinka Soetens is Pagan Priestess of Rhiannon: Goddess of Love and a Priestess of Avalon. Originally from the Netherlands, she lives in Glastonbury/Avalon and is a Goddess ceremonialist, course facilitator, healer, tantric initiatrix, teacher of the sacred mysteries and international workshop facilitator on empowerment through the Divine Feminine. Katinka facilitates Goddess Tours to explore experiential archaeology and to connect deeply to the ancestral spiritual ways of being, in various European ancient sites. She has great respect and love for the Neolithic temples of Crete, Sardinia and Malta particularly. She is co-organizer of the Goddess Conference in Glastonbury and is creative director of the Magdalene Mystery School and it’s teachings. Click here for her website and blog.
26 March 2019. ‘The Durotriges from Roman Civitas to Anglo-Saxon Shire’ Dr Bruce Eagles (Bournemouth University)
The seminar will focus on three themes at the heart of his recent book, From Roman Civitas to Anglo-Saxon Shire:
- Ethnicity – who was a Briton and who a Saxon in the turbulent years that followed the end of Roman government in Britain?
- The definition of the territorial extent of the civitates of the northern and southern Durotriges
- The contrast between eastern and western Wessex in the fifth and sixth centuries AD.
Dr Bruce Eagles is a Visiting Research Fellow at Bournemouth University. He was on the staff of the Salisbury field office of the Royal Commission on Historical Monuments from 1964 to 1988, and subsequently served in their National Monuments Record. His numerous papers and books include his most recent work, published last July by Oxbow Books, From Roman Civitas to Anglo-Saxon Shire. Topographical Studies on the Formation of Wessex. Click here for details.
2 April 2019. ‘Playing the swan bones – prehistoric flutes and ancient instruments’. Maxence Des Oiseaux
Max is a musician specializing in ancient flutes (flutes made of bone, horn, double and triple-flutes in ceramics, elder double-flutes, fujara etc). He contributes his art to building links and bridges between the memory of the ancestors and the life of a musician of his time. A self-taught musicologist, Max collaborated with the Human Henge project to create musical bridges as part of the sessions organized for participants with on-going mental health issues. The seminar will include demonstrations of the instruments being played. Click here for a taste of Max’s music.
30 April 2019. ‘Right Royal Remains: hunting and herding at Llangorse Crannog’. Dr Julia Best (University of Cardiff)
Llangorse Crannog is a gem in crown of Welsh archaeology. This royal site, associated with the kings of Brycheiniog, was in use between 890 and 916 AD before being burnt to the ground by some angry Anglo-Saxons. Excavation revealed a rich array of artefacts including the largest analysed bone assemblage in Wales of this date. The animal bone has given an incredible insight into hunting, herding and feasting in early medieval Wales. When analysed alongside the welsh lawbooks this site also provides a unique window into kingship and social hierarchy. There may even be the first royal corgi…!
Dr Julia Best will be known to many in the university having been a PDRA at Bournemouth from 2014 until early this year. She is currently a lecturer and REF ICS support officer at Cardiff University. She specialises in zooarchaeology, and has an interest in the Neolithic and Medieval archaeology of Britain. Julia also has an abiding love of avian archaeology and whilst at Bournemouth worked with Prof. Mark Maltby on the Cultural and scientific perceptions of human-chicken interactions project. She is pleased to be visiting Bournemouth University again to give this talk and catch up with everyone.
7 May 2019. ‘The trouble with trauma: The importance of placing evidence for violence in context’ Richard Mikulski (Bournemouth University),
This presentation attempts to explain the issues and obstacles influencing interpretations of physical trauma in archaeological populations, with specific focus on the contextualisation of human remains recovered from mass grave deposits dating to the crusader period at Sidon, Lebanon. Explanation of the methods used by bioarchaeologists to identify and classify trauma follow, along with a brief outline of the theoretical framework for the interpretation of perimortem trauma. Finally, Richard will use the results of his doctoral research to demonstrate how the interpretation of trauma and its patterning can be integrated with other lines of broader contextual evidence (including contemporary accounts, historical research and archaeological and environmental evidence). Results will be contrasted with key examples of conflict-related sites.
Richard has been involved with the on-going research excavations at College Site, Sidon, Lebanon for 15 years, working as principle field osteoarchaeologist during this time. Prior to commencing his doctoral research, Richard worked on the Wellcome-funded WORD project at the Museum of London’s Centre for Human Bioarchaeology for three years. His supervisors are Prof Holger Schutkowski, Dr Martin Smith and Dr Piers Mitchell. Richard has recently submitted this thesis for examination and is very sleep-deprived at the moment.
14 May 2019. ‘The genetics of prehistoric Britain: what it can and cannot tell us’. Dr Tom Booth (Frances Crick Institute and Natural History Museum)
Recent technological advances in the study of DNA extracted from ancient human remains has revolutionised our understanding of demographic change in the past. Palaeogenetic studies of human remains from prehistoric Britain have identified two major genetic turnovers at the beginning of the Neolithic (ca. 4000 BC) and Chalcolithic (ca. 2500 BC). But what do these results mean for our understanding of the archaeological record and the lives of people in the past? Is our picture of the British Chalcolithic now defined by visions of randy, rampaging horsemen from the Pontic steppe careering over the Channel? This talk will outline the results of recent palaeogenetic studies of prehistoric Britain and discuss what they can and cannot be used say about the past. While the primary conclusions of aDNA studies are fairly broad brush, specific results provide glimpses of how future syntheses of palaeogenetics and archaeology will produce richer understandings of the past.
Tom has a BSc in Archaeological Science, an MSc in Human Osteology and Funerary Archaeology, and a PhD in archaeology, all from the University of Sheffield. He has spent the last 4 years working as a post-doctoral researcher at the Natural History Museum on a project investigating the genetic history of Britain. Tom is now a Senior Research Scientist at the Francis Crick Institute where he is continuing to use ancient DNA from Britain to investigate demography and natural selection in the past.
Staff in the Centre for Archaeology and Anthropology deliver and manage a range of exciting undergraduate and postgraduate courses within the Department of Archaeology, Anthropology and Forensic Science:
BA Archaeology and Anthropology
BSc Archaeology, Anthropology and Forensic Science
BA Sociology and Anthropology
MSc Biological Anthropology
MSc Forensic Anthropology
MSc Forensic Archaeology
And if you are interested in working with us on an MPhil or PhD programme please contact a member of our academic staff or see the University’s Graduate School website for further details and information about grants and bursaries. Applicants might also be interested in the British Federation of Women’s Graduates Charitable Foundation’s Fund for Women Graduates which awards grants specifically for living expenses to women during their postgraduate studies with the aim of positively impacting their future career and our society as a whole.
Archive of past events:
Conferences and meetings:
23 March 2019. Fourth Annual Bournemouth Maritime Conference: The Maritime Archaeology of the Modern Era. Organized by Bournemouth University and MAST. Talbot Campus. Details and booking available at: https://www.facebook.com/events/621589001631441/
24 March 2019. Bournemouth University Maritime Archaeology Open Day. Hosted by Bournemouth University Maritime Archaeology and MAST. 10:00-16:00. Unit 19 Cowley Road, Poole, Dorset, BH17 0UJ. Details and booking at: https://www.facebook.com/events/327416164536827/
30 October 2018. Second Annual Pitt Rivers Lecture. Dr Alsion Sheridan (National Museums Scotland). 18:30-20:00. Fusion Building, Talbot Campus. In association with the Prehistoric Society. For further details and booking click here. Download a 2018 PRL Poster here.
22 September 2018. HMS Invinsible 1744 Open Day. 10:00-17:00. MAST Archaeological Centre, 19 Cowley Road, Poole, BH17 OUJ. For further details click here.
4 December 2018 ‘Life and death in the ancient Hurrian city of Urkesh (Northern Syria – Middle Bronze age) Arwa Kharobi (Bournemouth University)
27 November 2018 ‘Farmers, foragers and friction: Assessing regional trajectories of change in New Zealand’ Andrew Brown (Bournemouth University)
20 November 2018 ‘Matters of life and death: Demography and society in lower-middle Palaeolithic Europe’ Jenni French (UCL)
13 November 2018 ‘Archaeology and the media’ Julian Richards (Archaemedia)
23 October 2018. ‘Living on the edge: Excavations at Wytch Farm, Dorset, summer 2018’ Derek Pitman (Bournemouth University)
16 October 2018. ‘Geophysical and geochemical approaches to archaeological rockshelters’ Ian Moffat (Flinders University)
9 October 2018. Lineage, genealogy and landscape: A high-resolution archaeological model for the emergence of supra-local society from early medieval England’ Andrew Reynolds (UCL)
2 October 2018. ‘More than nutrition: Inferring disease ecology and population health from stable isotope data’ Ellen Kendall (Durham University)