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10 MAY LECTURE by Lindsay Allason-Jones
Thursday 11th May 2023

My garden's part in Hitler's downfall

(The lecture will be in person at Burlington House and live streamed on the Institute's YouTube channel.)

12 APRIL LECTURE by Catherine Rees & Matthew Jones
Thursday 13th April 2023

Settling Down, Moving on and Coming Back – Prehistoric Discoveries at Llanfaethlu /
Ymgartrefu, Symud Ymlaen a Dod yn ôl - Darganfyddiadau Cynhanesiol yn Llanfaethlu

(In person at Burlington House and live streamed (and recorded) on the Institute's YouTube channel.)

8 MARCH LECTURE by Dr Gavin Simpson
Thursday 9th March 2023

'Building Westminster Hall: modelling the original roof structure'

8 FEBRUARY LECTURE by Dr Tanja Romankiewicz
Thursday 9th February 2023

(In person at Burlington House but not live streamed or recorded due to unpublished material.)

Circular building, circular economies and circular ecologies: Learning from Scottish prehistoric roundhouses

11 JANUARY LECTURE by Tony Wilmott
Thursday 12th January 2023

(In person at Burlington House but not live streamed. The lecture will be recorded and available on the Institute's YouTube channel.)

Recent excavations in the amphitheatre, fort and town of Richborough

14 DECEMBER LECTURE by Dr Matthew Pope
Wednesday 14th December 2022

The lecture will be ONLINE only and available on the Institute's YouTube channel.

'Return to the Neanderthal site at La Cotte de St Brelade'

9 NOVEMBER LECTURE by Dr Steven Brindle
Thursday 10th November 2022

The lecture will be ONLINE only and available on the Institute's YouTube channel.

'Reconstructing Bury St Edmunds Abbey'

12 OCTOBER LECTURE by Nathalie Cohen and Eliott Wragg
Thursday 13th October 2022

'Investigations at Smallhythe in Kent by the National Trust'

Tuesday 6th September 2022

The new lecture series will begin 12 October and will be posted on the website later in the summer.

11 May - Annual General Meeting and Lecture
Thursday 12th May 2022

4.45 pm: AGM

5 pm Lecture: 'A 'scandalous trough' and other tales of Romano-British sculpture' by Lindsay Allason-Jones

13 APRIL Lectures: 3 p.m. and 5 p.m.
Thursday 14th April 2022

3 p.m. Post-graduate speakers from Sheffield University

'From conquest to consumption: evidence for the sexualisation and subsequent trafficking of 'barbarian' women and children in the iconography of Roman conquest (1st c. B.C. - 2nd c. A.D.)' by Kelsey Madden

9 MARCH Lecture (5 pm) by Dr Anne Crone
Thursday 10th March 2022

The Life and Times of Black Loch of Myrton, an Iron Age Wetland Settlement in SW Scotland

9 FEBRUARY Lecture (5 pm) by Lisa Westcott Wilkins and Brendon Wilkins
Thursday 10th February 2022

The lecture will be held online only and the link will be sent to members in due course.

Lindisfarne: new research and new ways of working, the DigVentures model in action

12 JANUARY Lecture (5 pm) by Dr David Roberts
Thursday 13th January 2022

The lecture will be held online only and the link will be sent to members in due course.

A Roman shrine complex at Teffont, Wiltshire

8 DECEMBER Lecture (5 pm) by Dr Tessa Machling and Roland Williamson
Thursday 9th December 2021

Talking torcs: a craft perspective on Iron Age gold

10 NOVEMBER lecture by Dr James Wright
Thursday 11th November 2021

Tattershall Castle: The Newly Built Personality of Ralph Lord Cromwell

13 OCTOBER lecture by Dr Richard Nevell
Thursday 14th October 2021

Putting the Pieces back Together: what slighting can tell us about the past

SUMMER BREAK and UPDATE on The Archaeological Journal Volume 177 (2020)
Friday 1st October 2021

Wishing everyone a safe and enjoyable summer break. We hope that it will be possible to see everyone in-person for the 2021 - 2022 lecture series. The first lecture will be on 13th October. The website will be updated with the new lecture programme later in the summer.

22 June - Annual General Meeting and Lecture
Wednesday 23rd June 2021

4.15 pm: Annual General Meeting via Zoom (members only)

5 pm Lecture: The Staffordshire Hoard and the History of Seventh-Century England
by Professor Barbara Yorke (LIVE STREAM and RECORDED: The YouTube link will be sent to members in June.)

12 MAY LECTURE by Dr Jane Sidell
Thursday 13th May 2021

'The Archaeology of the Greenwich World Heritage Site'
(LIVE STREAM: Details will be sent to members closer to the date.)

14 APRIL LECTURES: 3 p.m. and 5 p.m.
Thursday 15th April 2021

3 p.m. Work by the Roman Roads Research Association: David Ratledge, Rob Entwistle and Mike Haken
(LIVE STREAM: Details will be sent to members in advance.)

5 p.m. ‘M.R. James’s East Anglia’ by Dr Richard Hoggett

10 MARCH Lecture by Professor David Breeze
Tuesday 16th March 2021

‘Roman Frontiers in their Landscape Settings'
(LIVE STREAM: Details will be sent to members closer to the date.)

Archaeological Journal Volume 177
Sunday 28th February 2021

Owing to the pandemic, the publication of the Archaeological Journal (Volume 177) has been extremely delayed. Our publisher hopes that it will be dispatched in February 2021.

10 FEBRUARY Lecture by Professor Gordon Noble
Thursday 11th February 2021

Fortifying Rulership: The Emergence and Development of Pictish Power Centres in Northeast Scotland, c. 300-1000 AD (LIVE STREAM: Details will be sent to members closer to the date.)

13 JANUARY Lecture by Dr Peter Halkon
Wednesday 13th January 2021

Petuaria Revisited: New light on Roman Brough-on-Humber (LIVE STREAM: Details will be sent to members closer to the date.)

9 DECEMBER Lecture by Neil Mahrer
Thursday 10th December 2020

‘Le Catillon II: investigating and conserving the world’s largest Iron Age hoard’ (LIVE STREAM or ZOOM and RECORDED: Details will be sent to members closer to the date.)

11 November Lectures: 3 PM and 5 PM
Thursday 12th November 2020

Members will be able to watch the live lectures with the Zoom details sent to them. The lectures will also be recorded and will be made available to the public on the RAI website.

Thursday 15th October 2020
14 October Lecture by Dr Rachel Swallow
Wednesday 14th October 2020

Legend, Lordship and Landscape: Understanding the Queen's Gate, Caernarfon Castle, North Wales

The lecture by Dr Rachel Swallow scheduled at 5 pm on Wednesday, 14 October will be a livestream event.

Festival of Archaeology: 11-19 July
Monday 20th July 2020

Join us to celebrate this year's Festival of Archaeology with our partners, the Council for British Archaeology.

11 MARCH LECTURE by Henrietta Quinnell
Wednesday 11th March 2020

A Distinctive Neolithic in Devon, Cornwall and Scilly? Recent work on ceramics, axes and other things

12 FEBRUARY LECTURE by Dr Mark Gardiner
Wednesday 12th February 2020

Anglo-Saxon timber buildings: archaeological evidence for the forms and the processes of construction

8 JANUARY LECTURE by Alison Telfer
Wednesday 8th January 2020

'From the Romans to the Saxons: results from the archaeological fieldwork at the site of St Martin-in-the-Fields Church, Trafalgar Square'

11 DECEMBER LECTURE by Dr Matthew Pope
Thursday 12th December 2019

'The Boxgrove Horse Butchery Site: Solving a Puzzle from the Deep Past'

13 NOVEMBER LECTURES: 3 pm and 5 pm
Wednesday 13th November 2019

3 p.m. Early Career Lectures from University of Leicester and University College Galway: (Abstracts at

  • 'Fantastic Beasts and a Bovine Resurrection’ by Dr Emily Banfield (University of Leicester)

9 October lecture by Maya Hoole
Wednesday 9th October 2019

'Re-Discovering Ava: the Achavanich Beaker Burial project' (TO BE RESCHEDULED FOR 2020 - 2021)

Summer Recess
Monday 30th September 2019

We wish all of our members a safe and enjoyable summer. The 2019 - 2020 lecture programme will be available online in August. In the meantime, this year's conference details and booking form for Romans in the North-East England: Recent Research are available at

8 MAY LECTURE by Blaise Vyner
Wednesday 8th May 2019

'Wade’s Causeway: A road to nowhere?'

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

13 MARCH LECTURE by Ken Murphy
Wednesday 13th March 2019

'St Patrick’s Chapel, Whitesands, Pembrokeshire: an Early Medieval Cemetery'

13 FEBRUARY lecture by Dr Richard Stein
Wednesday 13th February 2019

'The Roman Water Pump'

9 JANUARY lecture by Heather Knight
Wednesday 9th January 2019

'Raising the Curtain on London's First Theatreland - Excavations at The Stage, Shoreditch'

12 December Lecture by Beverley Ballin Smith
Wednesday 12th December 2018

'Bringing a large legacy project to publication - the Neolithic and Bronze Age Udal, North Uist'

14 NOVEMBER LECTURES: 3 p.m. and 5 p.m.
Wednesday 14th November 2018

3 p.m. Early Career Lectures from Hull and Newcastle Universities: Douglas Carr, Lesley Davidson and Zechariah Jinks-Fredrick

5 p.m. 'The excavation of a Middle Anglo-Saxon ‘King’s Enclosure’ at Conington, Cambridgeshire'
by Richard Mortimer

10 October lecture by Professor Grenville Astill
Wednesday 10th October 2018

5 p.m. 'Precinct and property: the archaeology of a later medieval monastery: Bordesley Abbey in the fifteenth and sixteenth centuries'

2018 - 2019 Lecture Programme
Saturday 1st September 2018

The 2018 - 2019 lecture programme is available at Non members are welcome to attend lectures, but please contact the Administrator in advance.

Nominations for Undergraduate Dissertation Prize- deadline 31.7.18
Tuesday 31st July 2018

The Council of the Royal Archaeological Institute invites nominations from UK universities and colleges for its Undergraduate Dissertation Prize (Tony Baggs Prize).

9th May: Annual General Meeting and the President's lecture
Wednesday 9th May 2018

The Annual General Meeting will begin at 4.45 pm followed by the President's lecture Archaeologists at war, 1914 - 18.

11 APRIL LECTURES: 3 p.m. and 5 p.m.
Wednesday 11th April 2018

3 p.m. Presentations by University of Kent post-graduates: Andrew Bates, Caroline Farquhar and Philip Smithers click here for abstracts

5 p.m. Reconsidering W.J. Varley’s Eddisbury: Results from recent excavations and historic archive research by Richard Mason and Dr Rachel Pope

14 MARCH lecture by Dr Stephen Sherlock: The Archaeology of Large Infrastructure Projects: Roads
Wednesday 14th March 2018

This presentation will provide some interim results from archaeological excavations on the A14 in Cambridgeshire. The excavations are being undertaken by Mola/Headland Infrastructure, who are currently employing over 200 archaeologists on the excavation of sites over a 20 mile road corridor between Huntingdon and Cambridge.

14 FEBRUARY lecture by Nathalie Cohen
Wednesday 14th February 2018

Knole Unlocked: uncovering the hidden history of a great country house

10 JANUARY lecture by Professor Oliver Creighton
Wednesday 10th January 2018

The Archaeology of Anarchy? Landscapes of War and Status in 12th-century England
This lecture will examine material evidence for the conflict of the mid-12th century popularly known as ‘the Anarchy’, during the turbulent reign of Stephen, King of England (1135–54).

13 DECEMBER lecture: 20 Years of Treasure by Dr Michael Lewis
Wednesday 13th December 2017

2017 marks the 20th anniversary of the implementation of the Treasure Act and also the formation of the Portable Antiquities Scheme (PAS).

8 November Lectures: 3 p.m. and 5 p.m.
Wednesday 8th November 2017

3 p.m. Presentations by early career archaeologists from Pre-Construct Archaeology:
Katie Anderson: 'Continental Potters? First-Century Roman Flagon Production at Duxford, Cambridgeshire';
Eniko Hudak: 'Pots and bodies in wells and shafts: Roman pottery from Ewell, Surrey'.

2017 - 2018 Lecture Programme
Tuesday 10th October 2017

The 2017 - 2018 lecture programme is now available. The first lecture will be on 11 October and presented by Dr Duncan Garrow on 'The Lewis lochs project: exploring the earliest crannogs in Britain'.

2017 Summer Meeting
Saturday 8th July 2017

The programme/booking form for this year's Summer Meeting in Cork is available below and on our meetings page.

2017 Summer Meeting programme/booking form (Cork)

10 May: Annual General Meeting and President's lecture
Wednesday 10th May 2017

The Annual General Meeting will begin at 4.30 pm followed by a lecture on 'A brief history of RAI Presidents' by the President, Professor Timothy Champion. Tea will be served from 4 pm.

12 April - 3 pm and 5 pm lectures
Wednesday 12th April 2017

3 p.m.

8 March lecture at 5 p.m. by Rónán Swan
Wednesday 8th March 2017

New Routes to the Past: discoveries by road and light rail scheme archaeology in Ireland

8 February Lecture by Dr Antony Firth
Wednesday 8th February 2017

'The East Coast War Channels in the First World War'

11 January lecture at 5 pm by Professor Colin Haselgrove
Wednesday 11th January 2017

The rise and fall of the late Iron Age royal site at Stanwick, North Yorkshire

14 December lecture at 5 pm by Rachel Newman
Wednesday 14th December 2016

Dacre, Cumbria, the early medieval monastery described by the Venerable Bede

9 November lectures: 3 pm and 5 pm
Wednesday 9th November 2016

3 pm lectures by early career archaeologists from the University of York: Dr Fabrizio Galeazzi, Dr Benjamin Elliott and Dr James Taylor.

2016 RAI Conference (21 - 23 October): The Neolithic of Northern England
Friday 21st October 2016

The Institute's 2016 Conference, The Neolithic of Northern England, based at Tullie House Museum, Carlisle is FULLY BOOKED.

12 October lecture at 5 pm by Jay Carver
Wednesday 12th October 2016

Portals to the Past. Controlling risk and maximising benefit on the Crossrail Archaeology Programme

Booking for Autumn Meeting (1 October); Knole House and Park
Saturday 1st October 2016

Bookings are being taken for the Autumn visit to Knole House and Park, 1st October.

Bookings still being taken for Summer Meeting (3-10 July): Wiltshire Revisited
Monday 13th June 2016

There are spaces available to attend the Summer Meeting in Wiltshire.

11 May Annual General Meeting and President's lecture
Wednesday 11th May 2016

The Annual General Meeting will begin at 4.45 p.m. followed by the 5 p.m. President's lecture, 'The making of the southern English landscape: a prehistorian's view'.

Booking deadline for Spring Meeting (13-15 May): Vale of Glamorgan
Saturday 30th April 2016

The booking deadline for the Spring Meeting to the Vale of Glamorgan is the 30 April.

13 April Lectures
Wednesday 13th April 2016
  • 3 p.m. Presentations by early career archaeologists: Sebastian Becker (University of Cambridge), Lawrence Billington (University of Manchester) and Dr Marcus Brittain (Cambridge Archaeological Unit).
  • 5 p.m. Shaun Richardson (Ed Dennison Archaeological Services Ltd), Wressle Castle, East Yorkshire: Beginning to End.
Booking Deadline for Summer Meeting (3-10 July): Wiltshire Revisited
Sunday 10th April 2016

The booking deadline for the Summer Meeting to Wiltshire is the 10 April.

The Whitehorse Cist burial (courtesy <a href="" target="_blank">Day of Archaeology</a>)
The Whithorse Hill Cist and its Remarkable Contents
Wednesday 9th March 2016

A lecture by Dr Andy M. Jones of the Cornwall Archaeological Unit detailing the discovery of artefacts and an intact burial within a cist at Whitehorse Hill, Dartmoor.

'Moving Heaven & Earth' - celebrating Lancelot 'Capability' Brown (1716-1783) and his legacy
Wednesday 10th February 2016

Steffie Shields will discuss the ingenuity of Brown. ‘Moving Heaven & Earth’ salutes a driven polymath, a man of science and an artist with the eye of faith who ranks alongside Constable and Turner in the national psyche. The lecture will begin at 5 p.m.

Ports, Limbs and other appendages: the archaeological signature of Cinque port confederation sites
Wednesday 13th January 2016

Dr Frank Meddens, Director of Pre-Construct Archaeology, will discuss the archaeology and documentary history of sites which belonged to the Confederation of the Cinque ports in Kent and Sussex.

2016 Research Grant Applications
Monday 11th January 2016

The deadline for our 2016 research grant application is the 11th January 2016.

Roman Camps in Britain: known and unknowns
Wednesday 9th December 2015

Dr Rebecca Jones from Historic Environment Scotland will discuss Roman Camps in Britain, which have been the bridesmaid in studies of the Roman army – "known unknowns" until relatively recently.

2015 - 16 Lecture Programme
Wednesday 14th October 2015

Our lecture programme for 2015-16 is now online. The first lecture will be given on the 14th October by Tony Wilmott on 'The Whitby Abbey Headland: 21 years of archaeological endeavour'.

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