Study Group for Roman Pottery Worcester Conference 2005

– Worcester Fri 8th July to Sun 10th July 2005

Call for Papers

This year’s conference is
being hosted by Laura Griffin, on behalf of Worcestershire Historic
Environment and Archaeology Service and is based at University College
Worcester. The conference theme is ‘Regional approaches to Roman
pottery studies’
. Papers offered so far include: an overview of
the West Midlands Region in the Roman period (Roger White) and
Roman Worcester (James Dinn); two papers on recent research on
sites in Herefordshire, with Colin Wallace speaking on the
Lyonshall project and Steve Willis on the pottery from the Iron
Age and Roman industrial site of Ariconium, now written up for
publication; pottery from the midlands/north-west border (Ruth
); an update on the gallo-belgic wares project (Jane Timby);
an XRF analysis of Severn Valley ware pottery and tile (Nigel
Cassidy and Jane Evans
); The Worcestershire on-line fabric series
(Victoria Bryant); and an overview of regional mortaria (Kay
). A session is being dedicated to new and younger members,
so that they can present their work; so far Jonathen Dicks has
offered a paper on his work at Rowlands Castle and other speakers in
this session include Martin Pitts and Edward Biddulph.
The committee have decided that it would be useful for the membership
if a slot was allocated for discussion of
the Group’s website and its potential future
role; accordingly members are encouraged to consider
constructive ways forward for this valuable resource, so that these
may be included in discussion during this session. The full
programme, when decided, will be published on the SGRP website.

For our conference outing,
Richard Reece will be taking us on a tour of Cirencester and we
shall also be visiting the museum there. There will also be an
opportunity to visit the offices of Cotswold Archaeology in order to
view some of their recently excavated assemblages.

Building on the success of previous years, the Annual Conference
is being held at a local Italian restaurant, following the
drinks reception on Saturday evening. This event is always popular, so
please ensure that you book your place in advance so that numbers can
be finalised with the venue.


conference will be held on campus at University College Worcester,
with accommodation in the University Halls. Booking forms are attached
– accommodation is limited due to a number of other events being
hosted by the College, so prompt booking is essential. Details, maps
and final programmes will be sent when booking forms and payment are
received. If there are assemblages from the region that you would
particularly like to see, or you have material that you would like to
display, please let us know.

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