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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Our next lecture will be given by Dr Sadie Watson, who will be telling us about some spectacular Roman discoveries made by MOLA (Museum of London Archaeology) along the Walbrook in London. You can read an abstract of her talk in our lecture programme. Prior to the lecture, at 3 pm, there will be presentations by three early career archaeologists (David Astbury, Nathan Blick and David Fell) working on developer-funded projects.
We've been running our successful annual regional conferences since 2009, covering varied subjects such as medieval castles, the impact of Rome on the countryside and archaeological science. We've created a new page with a list of our past conferences as an archive - we hope you find it useful!
The Spring Meeting will be based in Poole, Dorset and will be led by our President, Professor David Hinton. During the weekend, three distinct environments will be considered: the maritime, the mixed geology of the Purbeck peninsula, and the Wessex chalklands. Sites which we will visit include Poole Harbour, Wareham Museum and sites, Corfe Castle and Hod Hill Iron Age hillfort. For more information and to book your place, see the booking form and programme.
The programme for our Maritime Conference includes lectures on new research on HMS Victory, investigation of the 'lost' port of Dunwich, sea level changes, submerged landscapes in Northern Ireland, the Mary Rose, the Dover boat, the Must Farm log boats and more. Booking Deadline: 1 October. The programme and booking form are available to download HERE.
Dr John Crook will be speaking about the Deanery and the Canons’ Houses at St George’s College, Windsor, together with their two cloisters, which are undergoing major refurbishment. This has provided a unique opportunity to investigate the evolution of this important group of buildings, much of whose architecture dates from the 1350s. More primary fabric survives than was originally thought, together with interesting features from later periods.