KAS Fieldwork Committee Conference 24-11-2018

Every Object Tells a Story
(if you know how to read it)

Using artefacts to explore life in Kent from the Bronze Age to AD 1100 

Saturday 24th November 2018

Rutherford College, University of Kent at Canterbury CT2 7NX

This autumn’s KAS Fieldwork Committee conference is themed around Finds. It aims to explore the meaning of artefacts and the stories they tell in a way that is interesting and accessible to a wide audience, with talks focussing principally on material from Kent.  Speakers have been asked to discuss the potential of artefacts for understanding society, rather than imparting detailed information on typologies, etc.

The KAS holds a large collection of artefacts, including significant assemblages from the Anglo-Saxon cemeteries at Bifrons, Lyminge and Sarre, while the Lees Court Estate, under current investigation by the KAS has produced several Bronze Age hoards. The Stowting ‘hoard’ (a partial Anglo-Saxon grave assemblage) has also recently been acquired by the Society. The conference will thus give the opportunity to discover more about objects in the Society’s longstanding collection as well as tying in with current fieldwork.

Our speakers: Keith Parfitt, David Holman, Dr Rose Broadley, Dana Goodburn-Brown, Edward Biddulph and Dr Andrew Richardson include fieldworkers and finds specialists, while a conservator’s eye view will unveil hidden secrets seen only under the microscope. The days themes will be brought together by Dr Ellen Swift, author of an important new study, Roman Artefacts and Society: Design, Behaviour, and Experience.

The organisers are very grateful for the continuing support of the Classical and Archaeological Studies Department of the University of Kent, which is once again hosting this event.

Venue: Rutherford College, University of Kent, Canterbury CT2 7NX.
The Canterbury campus is easily reached by both road and train.
Please see the Campus map and travel instructions

Visitor carparks are available but at the weekend it is also possible to park in the car park immediately adjacent to the college (see map). The building is accessible to wheelchair users.

Food and drink: coffee and tea are provided. There are a number of places to eat on campus, although not all are open at the weekend. Rutherford dining hall will be open but serves only brunch (aka breakfast). The Gulbenkian Theatre has a pleasant café while at the time of writing Hut 8 (Turing College), K Bar (Keynes College) and Origins (Darwin College) are open at weekends. The campus shop, Essentials, sells sandwiches etc.more information

A room adjacent to the lecture theatre will be available. If you would like to bring material to display, books to sell, etc., please contact Elizabeth Blanning

Please use the link on the right to download the detailed programme which includes a booking form



24 November 2018 | 10:00 for 10:30 to 17:00


Rutherford College, University of Kent at Canterbury CT2 7NX


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