Study Group for Roman Pottery

Worcester Conference 2005

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Conference - Worcester Fri 8th July to Sun 10th July 2005

Call for Papers

This year’s conference is being hosted by Laura Griffin, on behalf of Worcestershire Historic Environment and Archaeology Service and is based at University College Worcester. The conference theme is ‘Regional approaches to Roman pottery studies’. Papers offered so far include: an overview of the West Midlands Region in the Roman period (Roger White) and Roman Worcester (James Dinn); two papers on recent research on sites in Herefordshire, with Colin Wallace speaking on the Lyonshall project and Steve Willis on the pottery from the Iron Age and Roman industrial site of Ariconium, now written up for publication; pottery from the midlands/north-west border (Ruth Leary); an update on the gallo-belgic wares project (Jane Timby); an XRF analysis of Severn Valley ware pottery and tile (Nigel Cassidy and Jane Evans); The Worcestershire on-line fabric series (Victoria Bryant); and an overview of regional mortaria (Kay Hartley). A session is being dedicated to new and younger members, so that they can present their work; so far Jonathen Dicks has offered a paper on his work at Rowlands Castle and other speakers in this session include Martin Pitts and Edward Biddulph. The committee have decided that it would be useful for the membership if a slot was allocated for discussion of the Group's website and its potential future role; accordingly members are encouraged to consider constructive ways forward for this valuable resource, so that these may be included in discussion during this session. The full programme, when decided, will be published on the SGRP website.

For our conference outing, Richard Reece will be taking us on a tour of Cirencester and we shall also be visiting the museum there. There will also be an opportunity to visit the offices of Cotswold Archaeology in order to view some of their recently excavated assemblages.

Building on the success of previous years, the Annual Conference meal is being held at a local Italian restaurant, following the drinks reception on Saturday evening. This event is always popular, so please ensure that you book your place in advance so that numbers can be finalised with the venue.


The conference will be held on campus at University College Worcester, with accommodation in the University Halls. Booking forms are attached – accommodation is limited due to a number of other events being hosted by the College, so prompt booking is essential. Details, maps and final programmes will be sent when booking forms and payment are received. If there are assemblages from the region that you would particularly like to see, or you have material that you would like to display, please let us know.

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