Lithic Studies Society Annual Conference

Stone Circles: Collaboration, Collection and Community Archaeology in Lithic Studies
Sunday 2nd December 2018
Oxford Centre for Continuing Education

Collected from the beach, dragged up from a muddy field, or clawed out from the quarry face, lithic assemblages recovered by antiquarian collectors played a formative role in lithic studies. The subsequent rise of academic research and commercial archaeology has somewhat overshadowed the work of these amateurs. Nonetheless, dedicated individuals still spend their free time combing beaches, fields and quarries in search of evidence of ancient activity, while community groups gather on weekends to conduct surveys and excavations. What amateur collectors, community groups, commercial archaeologists, student and academic researchers share is a passion for exploring the past and extending the boundaries of our knowledge. As we head into a time where the future of funding for archaeological research is uncertain, we ask what role do amateur collectors and community archaeologists have to play in lithic studies and how can collaboration with professional archaeologists advance our understanding of the human past.

9.30 – 10.30
Session 1

10.30 – 10.40 Josie Mills Introduction and Welcome
10.40 – 11.05 Rachel Bynoe, Darren Nicholas, Jo Leonard, Tim Grimmer, Nick Ashton, Simon Lewis, Simon Parfitt and Peter Hoare From fossils and flints to submerged sites: the wonderful contribution of beach collectors at Happisburgh
11.05 – 11.30 Sophie Flynn Flint, FLOs & Finders: Fuelling co-operation between public and professionals; a PAS perspective.

Tea Break
11.30 – 11.55
Session 2

11.55 – 12.20 Josie Mills Historic and Modern Perspectives: The Role of Local Knowledge in the Discovery and Interpretation of La Cotte a La Chèvre Cave
12.20 – 13.00 Francis Wenban-Smith, Jeremy Cowell and Stephen Green Adrian’s orange triangles: beach-combing, fossil-hunting and cultural dating of the Western Solent terrace system

13.00 – 14.00
Session 3

14.00 – 14.25 Janet Eastment Lithics and landscape: Fieldwalking surveys with South Oxfordshire Archaeology Group (SOAG)
14.25 – 14.50 Daryl Garton with Nick Barton, Sue Cotton, John Miller and Ian Ross Ice Age Journeys, Farndon Fields, Nottinghamshire
14.50 – 15.15 Lawrence Billington Amateur research and the Upper Palaeolithic and Mesolithic in East Anglia: Past, present and future

15.15 – 15.40
Session 4

15.40 – 16.05 Rob Davis The Alan Saville Fund: a new LSS fund to support Community Archaeology

16.05 – 17.00 Lithics Committee and Speakers Structured Discussion Lithics, Bursaries and Events

17.15 We invite all speakers and attendees to join the committee at the Eagle and Child Pub.

Cost: £20 for LSS members, students and unwaged, £30 for non-members. A three course lunch at the Department for Continuing Education for is availble to book, priced at £15.50.

To register, please complete the registration form and return to Joshua Hogue (email hidden; JavaScript is required). Payment can be made by paypal (see below), bank transfer or cheque. See the registration form for details.

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