Welcome to the Royal Archaeological Institute
The Royal Archaeological Institute (RAI) is a leading national archaeology society, with a history dating back to 1844. Its interests span all aspects of the archaeological, architectural and landscape history of the British Isles.
Through our annual publication of the Archaeological Journal and our programme of monthly lectures, we have a strong tradition of presenting archaeological research. We also give grants to enable research projects, host conferences and run specialist tours for our members to archaeological sites, historic buildings and landscapes.
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Dr Vicki Cummings, from the University of Central Lancashire, will be presenting her lecture 'Building the great dolmens: monumental construction in the early Neolithic of Britain and Ireland'.
3 p.m. Presentations by three postgraduate and postdoctoral fellows from the University of Oxford: Dr Ceridwen Boston, Andreas Duering and Dr Toby Martin
5 p.m. 'Digging in the dark: modern conflict archaeology beneath the Western Front' by Matt Leonard
This presentation will review the results of a six-year programme of archaeological research by the University of Reading unearthing Anglo-Saxon settlement archaeology which has lain dormant under the village of Lyminge in south-east Kent. These results will be used to chart Lyminge’s evolution as an Anglo-Saxon central place from its origins as pagan tribal centre in the later fifth century, through successive stages of royal appropriation, commencing with the construction of a Yeavering-style ‘great hall complex’, and culminating in its Christianisation as a royal double monastery.The lecture begins at 5 pm.
The visit to Ilkley Moor (Monday, 20th October) has been cancelled. Bookings for the Science in Archaeology Conference are still being taken but please contact Caroline Raison at csraison [at] gmail [dot] com if you are booking after the 7th October.
Members may be interested in a new publication by our previous president David Breeze, entitled Hadrian's Wall: A History of Archaeological Thought, published by the Cumberland and Westmorland Antiquarian and Archaeological Society. Download the flyer for more information and an order form.