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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.

Find out more about what Royal Archaeological Institute membership offers and what options are available.
View our comprehensive lecture program, covering a variety of topics between October and May every year.
The Royal Archaeological Institute has research funds available each year - discover more about funds and eligibility criteria.
Learn more about our publications, including the Archaeological Journal, our newsletter and the summer meeting reports.

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Forthcoming events

10 APRIL Lectures: 3 pm and 5 pm
Wednesday 10th April 2019

3 pm Community and Volunteer Projects
'Hagg Farm - a Romano-British Settlement in the Northern Yorkshire Dales' by Philip Bastow
'The People’s Palace – Community Archaeology at Fulham Palace' by Alexis Haslam

5 pm 'Excavations at Street House, Loftus, North East Yorkshire: Neolithic – Anglo-Saxon'
by Dr Steve Sherlock

Excavations between 2004 and 2018 at Street House, Loftus, North East Yorkshire, have revealed evidence for a range of sites extending from Early Neolithic settlement, to an Anglo-Saxon cemetery of seventh century date. The earliest features comprise structural evidence for Neolithic settlement c. 3,700BC, that is contemporary with a Neolithic long cairn excavated between 1979 and 1981.The main focus of the excavations was on a Late Iron Age settlement, where salt was being manufactured by the evaporation of brine collected from the sea. This developed settlement formed an open village that extended into the Roman period when pottery, jet and salt were manufactured by AD 300. The Iron Age enclosure was to become the focus of a conversion period cemetery in the mid seventh century.

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