Architectural and Archaeological Society of Durham

Architectural and Archaeological Society of Durham

Our next lecture will be given by Professor Chris Scarre of Durham University entitled ‘Coasts, cairns and Carnac: the Neolithic archaeology of Brittany’ at 2.30pm on Saturday 8 February. Note that this lecture and the following one will be in the big lecture theatre on the ground floor of Elvet Riverside: ER140. Please display the attached poster if you can.

 Abstract:

Brittany occupies a crucial position both geographically and chronologically in studies of the Neolithic monuments of Western Europe. It has some of the oldest megalithic monuments, and some of the largest and most complex. Research over the past 20 years has demonstrated how large blocks of stone were quarried and re-used in a megalithic tradition that extended over more than 2000 years. The process will be illustrated by reviewing the evidence from a number of key sites, including those of the Carnac region in the South, and the coasts and islands of western and northern Brittany.

On 15th March, Audrey Horning will be lecturing on ‘Ireland in the Virginia Sea: comparative archaeologies of the early modern Atlantic World’. We are grateful to the Society for Post Medieval Archaeology for a grant  to pay for her travel from Belfast, so we are hoping for a good turnout for this special event.

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 DURHAM UNIVERSITY ARCHAEOLOGY DEPARTMENT

The great Hungarian archaeo-zoologist, Dr, Laszlo Bartosiewicz, is coming down from Edinburgh for a day on Thursday 20th February. He will give a seminar on the topic of “Killing me softly… Humane aspects of animal slaughtering and archaeology” at 2 – 3pm in the Birley Room, Dawson Building, Science Site

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