SGRP Conference 2022: Leicester

Pottery from the Castle Street ‘delicatessen’ cesspit (c) Nick Cooper

This year’s Study Group for Roman Pottery conference will be held in Leicester on Saturday 18th June 9.30-4.30 at College Court Conference Centre, Knighton Rd, Leicester LE2 3UF

The conference is ‘hybrid’, with in-person and online options available. The cost to members for in-person attendance on the day is £35, including lunch and teas/coffees. The non-member rate is £45, and there is a student rate of £5. If attending in person, please complete the booking form and return with your fee by 31st May at the latest.

Click the link below to download the booking form:

To attend on-line via Zoom, the charge to members will be £10. The non-member rate is £15 and the student rate is £5. Online attendance will be booked through Eventbrite. Click here to book.

For those wishing to stay over at the conference centre on the Friday and/or Saturday night the preferential (association) rates for B&B per person per night are Standard room £45.00 + VAT and for an Executive room £60.00 + VAT. If you would like to book accommodation, then please contact the conference centre directly quoting the event number 73344.

Conference programme:

9.00 Registration (tea/coffee)
9.30 Welcome from president Rob Perrin
9.35 Recent Work in Roman Leicester(shire) Nick Cooper
10.00 Recent work on Leicester Forest kilns and supply to Leicester Liz Johnson/Nick Cooper TBC
10.25 How Nene was my Valley? Excavations of a late Roman colour-coated ware kiln site beside the River Witham at Lincoln in 2009 Ian Rowlandson and Hugh Fiske
10.50 Tea/Coffee Break
11.10 A Long Wave Goodbye: Pottery big data and economic cycles Jerry Evans and Phil Mills
11.35 Structured deposition in an early Roman well at Ewell, Surrey Eniko Hudak
12.00 AGM
13.00 Lunch
14.00 Pottery Viewing; Cadeby kiln group, Early Roman Leicester Groups etc (Roving reports with phone camera for on-line)
14.30 An update on Romano-British infant feeding cups: the military connection Kayt Hawkins
14.50 ‘Kaleidoscope: getting to grips with the late Iron Age/Roman transition in south-eastern Britain’ Isobel Thompson
15.10 ‘Wine Coolers and other RB ceramic strainer types: a functional analysis’ Scott Martin
15.30 Tea/Coffee
15.50 The Arch-I-Scan Project Pim Alison, University of Leicester
16.10 Exploring vessel morphologies in Late Iron Age and Early Roman funerary contexts using shape data from digital scans Alasdair Gilmour
16.30 Conference Ends

Mortarium project website now live!

We’re pleased to announce that a new online pottery resource is now live and available for use. The website of the Kay Hartley Mortarium Archive Project promises to be a hugely useful resource for those of us encountering stamped mortaria on a regular basis.

The first stage of the project makes available digital scans of the archive recording cards Kay uses and the digital data for potters working in the industries based at Verulamium with the related industry in London, at Mancetter-Hartshill and in Lincolnshire and scans of the best rubbings of the stamps of these potters. It is possible to search and filter the data via an online map interface, to download the rubbings, and to see distribution maps of each potter as well as download the datasets behind the website. More industries will be added to this website as the project progresses.

More information can be found on a flyer here, and the website itself found on the ADS website here.

The SGRP has been happy to fund part of this work and takes this opportunity to congratulate the project team on a wonderful achievement!

Roman finds from Infrastructure Projects: Rail, Roads & Sewers

The 2021 Autumn Roman Finds Group Conference held in association with King’s College London is entitled Roman Finds from Infrastructure Projects. The meeting will be held online using the Teams platform, supported by King’s College. The day will consist of illustrated papers presented in blended content (some pre-recorded and some live) on Monday 18th October.

To join the conference please book through the RFG website. The conference will be open access so there is no charge for joining although you must pre-book. The link to the meeting will be sent to all who have registered closer to the event.

For more information, click here.

Volunteers wanted to scan Roman pottery

The AHRC-funded Arch-I-Scan Project (School of Archaeology and Ancient History, University of Leicester) is in the process of developing a state-of-the-art image-recognition and machine-learning service which can identify Roman pottery vessels and sherds. The service will ‘learn’ from photos of ceramics in collections around England, including those from MOLA (Museum of London Archaeology).

The project is inviting volunteers aged 18 and over to assist with its Roman pottery scanning programme at Museum of London Archaeology this autumn. Volunteers will be handling and photographing pottery sherds from the MOLA collection, utilising camera phones provided by Arch-I-Scan.

For more information, click here.

Or download an application form here: Arch-I-Scan volunteer application form

SGRP50 Conference videos now online

SGRP You Tube channel front page

We are pleased to announce that the videos of talks from the recent SGRP50 conference are now online via the SGRP YouTube channel.

Click here to view papers presented at the conference that celebrated 50 years of the group, showcased new research and collaborative projects, and looked to the future with talks from early career pottery researchers about their work.

Download the conference programme here.

BAR Open Access in Archaeology Award 2021

BAR is celebrating the launch of its Open Access publishing programme with a new award worth up to £10,000 in value. The award winner, chosen by an independent panel of expert judges, will receive the free Open Access publication of their monograph.

Interested in this exciting opportunity? Or know somebody who might be?

For more information and how to enter, click here.

SGRP50 – Roman pottery conference booking now open

This year marks the 50th anniversary of the Study Group for Roman Pottery and
we are celebrating with a two-day conference. It will be the very first virtual SGRP
conference via Zoom hosted by Newcastle University on the 2nd-3rd July 2021.

The conference is FREE and open to both members and non-members. Your
booking will give you access to both days of the programme and the Zoom joining
details will be emailed to you the day before the event. We welcome and
encourage you to attend the whole event, but you can dip in and out of
sessions as you wish. Due to the nature of the conference, all timings are
approximate (BST – GMT+1 time) and subject to change.

Click here to view the conference programme

You can book your place at Eventbrite (see link below), where you can also make
a donation to and/or join the SGRP. The annual membership fee is only £15
(£20 for EU and International) and it gives you a free copy of the Journal of Roman Pottery Studies, and if you join us here you will also get a free copy of the
Research Strategy and Updated Agenda for the Study of Roman Pottery in
Britain! We would like to raise money to create online training and information
videos to help our members and young professionals.

CLICK TO BOOK NOW: Study Group for Roman Pottery 50th Anniversary Conference Tickets, Fri 2 Jul 2021 at 09:30 | Eventbrite
or search #SGRP50 at Eventbrite

Fiftieth anniversary pottery conference set for July 2021

This year’s annual pottery conference will be a special two-day event to celebrate 50 years of the Study Group for Roman Pottery. And for the first time, the annual conference will held online.

The conference, organised in collaboration with Newcastle University, will be held on Friday 2nd and Saturday 3rd July. The packed programme will celebrate 50 years of the group, showcase new research and collaborative projects, and, looking to the future, will hear from early career pottery researchers about their work.

Details of how to book will be released soon, so watch this space. In the meantime, click the link to download the programme.