Archaeology Conference

We arrange the Lake District Annual Archaeology Conference to showcase the research that takes place within this rich cultural landscape, which was inscribed as a World Heritage Site in July 2017.

Each year the conference provides an opportunity to learn about recent projects carried out in partnership with local communities and volunteers within the National Park. Many of these have been supported by the National Lottery Heritage Fund.

Archaeology Conference 2022

This year's conference will be on 8 October at Percival Lecture Hall, Ambleside campus, University Cumbria.

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10.00   Introduction Mark Kidd, Member, Lake District National Park Authority

10.05   Archaeology in the Lake District National Park 2021-22 Eleanor Kingston, Lake District National Park Authority

10.25   Questions and Discussion

10.30   The Archaeology of Riverlands Jamie Lund, National Trust

11.00   Questions and Discussion 

11:05   Coffee/Tea Break

11.30   Loaves & Fishes - the mills and fishponds of Shap Abbey Kevin Grice, Lake District Archaeology Volunteer Network

12.15   Questions and Discussion

12.20   Recent Survey Work at Shap and Bampton Common John Hinchliffe, Lake District Archaeology Volunteer Network

12.55   Questions and Discussion

1.00    Lunch

2.00     Assault on Ambleside: a Roman Iron Age battle rediscovered John Reid, Trimontium Trust and Professor Manuel Fernández-Götz, University of Edinburgh

2.50     Questions and Discussion

3.00    Coffee/Tea Break

3.20     I’ll Take the High Road: investigations of a Roman Road Martin Railton, Eden Heritage Ltd

3:55     Questions and Closing Remarks

4.00    Finish

Lunch has been arranged. If you would like to join us the cost will be an extra £7.50 and this can be purchased alongside tickets. Any dietary requirements can be added during the booking process.

Archaeology conference 2021

Our Speakers included:

Archaeology in the Lake District National Park 2019-21 Eleanor Kingston, Lake District National Park Authority

Archaeology in the time of a pandemic – an update on recent work by the National Trust Jamie Lund, National Trust

A new survey of the Carles stone circle, Castlerigg Al Oswald, University of York

‘Weird and atypical, even degenerate’…or then again, maybe not? Early Neolithic enclosures in the North Al Oswald, University of York

An Aerial Perspective of the High Street David Knight, Historic England

Recent fieldwork at Ravenglass and Muncaster Castle Kurt Hunter-Mann, Romans in Ravenglass

The origins of Dacre: What should an early medieval monastery look like? Rachel Newman, Oxford Archaeology North

A huge thank you to anyone who donated to the Lake District Archaeology Volunteer Network. We have purchased a new tablet to enable further archaeological survey work out in the field.