Study Group for Roman Pottery

Cambridge Conference 2008

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Conference - Cambridge - Fri 4th - Sun 6th July 2008

The SGRP 2008 conference will take place on the weekend of July Fri 4th - Sun 6th in Cambridge. We will be staying at Clare College, a university hall of residence only 15 minutes walk from the McDonald Institute where we will hold the lectures. Both venues are within the centre of historic Cambridge. The conference will run from 2.30 pm on the Friday to 1pm on the Sunday.

The speakers represent the diverse nature of professional archaeology today and will present their recent research covering both within East Anglia and Europe. There will be a mixture of spoken papers, posters, handling and viewing sessions and a field trip.

This year we are very keen to have a good display of posters for the conference. If you would like to present your research using this format please contact Gwladys or Alice for guidelines and advice (see below for email).

The Friday night dinner will be a formal event within the beautiful Great Hall of Clare College, while Saturday’s evening meal will be in the relaxed atmosphere of the Castle Pub in Cambridge.

On Saturday the coach trip will first go to Car Dyke where Stephen Macaulay will give us a tour, we will then travel to Saffron Walden to visit the Museum. It will be followed by a guided tour of the Bartlow Hills barrow cemetery with Sarah Poppy.

CONFERENCE PROGRAMME (Revised 6th July 2008)

All talks are 20 minutes long, with five minutes for questions

Friday 4th July, Start of conference at the McDonald Institute

Chair: Roberta Tomber (SGRP President)
14.30 - 14.35: Welcome
14.35 - 15.00: Geoffrey Dannell (freelance): Roman potteries around Durobrivae
15.00 - 15.25: Mark Hinman (CAM ARC): The Topography of Roman Cambridgeshire
15.25 - 15.50: Grahame Appleby and Christopher Evans (CAU) Roman Fen-Edge Production and Supply Dynamics: Excavations at Earith & Somersham, 1996-2007
16.00 - 18.00: We will spilt into four groups and visit the Archaeology and Anthropology Museum (guided by Anne Taylor) for pottery handling and gallery. Tea and bicuits available.
18.00: Transfer back to Clare College.
18.30-1930: For residential members and those who have booked dinner on Friday night a wine and soft drinks reception will be held in the Scholar's Garden (if fine) or the Great Hall (if wet).
19.30: Dinner in Old Court Great Hall (smart/casual - no jeans).

Saturday 5th July

8.00: Breakfast at Old Buttery Court
8.45: Transfer to McDonald
Chair: Rob Perrin
9.00 - 9.05: Introduction
9.05 - 9.30: Steve Macaulay (CAM ARC): Car Dyke.
9.30 - 9.55: Jerry Evans (Freelance): Horningsea
9.55 - 10.20: Rachael Seager Smith and Kayt Brown (Wessex Archaeology) Recent Research on a large pottery assemblage from Springhead (Kent)
10.20 - 10.45: Tea
10.45 - 11.15: Pot Stop - several short papers
Beth Richardson, Some as yet unidentified industrial vessels from Basinghall St, London Chris Lydamore & Harlow Volunteers Group, towards an Haddam ware typology and local reference collection. Brief consideration of the "swastika" bowl from Colchester.
11.30 - 13.00 AGM (SGRP Members only)
13.00: Transfer to Old Court Buttery / Clare College
13.00: Cold buffet lunch at the Old Court Buttery.
14.00: Coach leaves for trip from the Memorial Court carpark, Clare College. We will travel to Car Dyke (tour by Steve Macaulay), Saffron Walden Museum where we will spilt into groups for a gallery visit and local tea shops if desired) and then to Bartlow Hills Barrow Cemetery (tour by Sarah Poppy)
19.00: Return to Cambridge
19.30: Hot buffet dinner at The Castle pub (near Shire Hall)

Sunday 6th July

8.00: Breakfast at Old Buttery Court
8.45: Transfer to McDonald
Chair: Jerry Evans
9.00 - 9.05: Introduction
9.05 - 9.30: Katie Anderson (CAU): Pottery Earith - the Camp Ground assemblage, function, trade and deposition
9.30 - 10.00: Andrew Peachy (AS): Pottery production & work-place rituals on an industrial site at East Winch, in the Nar Valley, Norfolk.
10.00 - 10.25: Pot stop - several short papers
Alex Croom, Horningsea Pottery from Hadrian's Wall
Grahame Appleby & Sam Lucy, Rescuing an archive: The Romano-British settlement at Mucking, Essex
Gladys Monteil, Felix Oswald Samian Project Update
Roberta Tomber, Introducing the on-line National Roman Fabric Reference Collection.
10.25 - 10.55: Tea
Chair: Roberta Tomber
10.55 - 11.25: Alice Lyons (CAM ARC): Early coarse wares in the Cambridgeshire region
11.25 - 11.50: Robin P Symonds (Institut National de Recherches et d’Archéologie Préventive): Poppy beakers in Alsace. Some points of interest in ceramics research in eastern and north-central France.
10.50 - 12.15: Louise Rayner (ASE) Town & Country in Roman Essex: dealing with archives and assemblages from Eastern England
12.15 - 1240: James Gerrard (PCA). Pottery from Drapers Gardens, the Wallbrook Valley, London
12.40 - 13.00: Questions and close of conference

Bedrooms in Clare College will be available from 2.00pm on Friday and need to be vacated on Sunday by 9.30am. A luggage room will be available in Clare College before 2.00pm on Friday.

There is limited parking at Clare College. These spaces need to be booked in advance and will be allocated on a first come first serve basis.

The fully inclusive price for the conference in a standard room is £175 (with a twin occupancy reduction of £10 per person). This includes conference fee, Friday night dinner (with wine), accommodation and breakfast for two nights, refreshments on all days, lunch on Saturday, a coach trip and a pub meal on Saturday. If you would prefer en suite accommodation the fully inclusive price is £225.

The daily rate for the conference is £23 to cover the conference fee and refreshments, £30 on Saturday to also include the coach trip. Lunch on Saturday will be an additional £9 and the conference dinner on Saturday £12.

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