From October to May, the Institute presents a series of lectures by visiting speakers on the latest archaeological research.
Lectures are held in the rooms of the Society of Antiquaries of London, Burlington House, Piccadilly, London at 5 p.m. preceded by tea at 4.30 p.m.
Members are welcome to bring a guest to lectures. Non members are welcome to attend lectures but should contact the administrator in advance.
Don't forget! Members of the RAI are invited to attend the lecture programme of the British Archaeological Association.
Our lectures are filmed in order to make them available online. Most are restricted to our Ordinary members, but the debates and lectures listed below are available to everyone. If you are a member and are logged into your account, you can watch all of the recorded lectures online.
8 March 2017, Rónán Swan, New Routes to the Past: discoveries by road and light rail scheme archaeology in Ireland
8 February 2017, Dr Antony Firth, The East Coast War Channels in the First World War
11 January 2017, Professor Colin Haselgrove, The rise and fall of the late Iron Age royal site at Stanwick, North Yorkshire
14 December 2016, Rachel Newman, Dacre, Cumbria, the early medieval monastery described by the Venerable Bede
12 October 2016, Jay Carver, Portals to the Past. Controlling risk and maximising benefit on the Crossrail Archaeology Programme
11 May 2016, Professor Timothy Champion, The making of the southern English landscape: a prehistorian's view
13 April 2016, Shaun Richardson, Wressle Castle, East Yorkshire: Beginning to End
13 April 2016 (Early Career Archaeologists) Lawrence Billington, 'Squeezing Blood from Stones': lithic scatters and landscape occupation in Mesolithic Eastern England
13 April 2016 (Early Career Archaeologists) Dr Marcus Brittain, The Mundane and the Macabre: A brief outline of the Ham Hill Archaeology project
9 March 2016, Dr Andy Jones, The Whitehorse Hill Cist and its Remarkable Contents
10 February 2016, Steffie Shileds, 'Moving Heaven & Earth' - celebrating Lancelot 'Capability' Brown (1716-1783) and his legacy
13 January 2016, Dr Frank Meddens, Ports, Limbs and other appendages; the archaeological signature of Cinque port confederation sites
9 December 2015, Dr Rebecca Jones, Roman Camps in Britain: known unknowns
8 April 2015, Sadie Watson, Excavations at Bloomberg London; New discoveries along the Walbrook
January 2014 Debate, Dr Alison Sheridan, Professor Julian Thomas and Professor Alasdair Whittle, How and why did Britain become Neolithic?
February 2013 Debate, Professor David Breeze and Professor Eberhard Sauer, The limits of imperial power: the function of military frontier walls