2020 Conference - Science in Archaeology

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The Nene Valley Archaeological Trust invites you to join us for our 2020 Conference which will take place at Castor, near Peterborough, on Saturday 28th March.

This year we concentrate on scientific and non-invasive techniques which are revolutionising archaeology. Six eminent speakers will explain how these techniques work - and how they are providing new windows on the past.

By attending this event you will be enabling NVAT to continue its activities, particularly the information we carry on our website, and the excavation programme at Durobrivae. We look forward to seeing you.

Why Attend?


The objective of the conference is to demystify the science used in archaeology.

Increasingly, we can "see" hidden archaeology without excavation; we can date ancient objects with precision; we can identify where individuals lived; we can identify the flora and fauna associated with a site.


The scientific techniques developed over recent decades are often presented on the television and in the media as "black-box" magic, without any explanation of how they work, how they can be applied, and importantly, the limits of what they can tell us.

Our speakers are all experts in their fields. The have been asked to concentrate on explaining their specialities in a way which will better inform the audience about what one sees and hears in archaeological programmes and exhibitions. The conference is targeted at an amateur audience, but our speakers will not shy away from the detail when required!

As usual we will offer time for questions - so here is your chance to get to grips with archaeology at the cutting edge.


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Speaker - Paul Buckland


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Speaker - Maura Griffith


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Speaker - Elizabeth Church


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Speaker - Martin Bridge

Aerial Survey
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Speaker - Simon Crutchley

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Speaker - Kris Lockyear

The Conference will begin at 2pm and close at 6pm.

Registration (with tea/coffee available) will take place at the Cedar Centre from 1pm.


The talks will typically last for 25 with 5 minutes for questions and discussion.

Afternoon tea will be provided.



Castor CE Primary School
Stocks Hill




Castor is close to the A47, 5 miles west of Peterborough.

Nearest railway station - Peterborough.



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Conference Fee: £25

Students: £15

These prices include afternoon tea

Speaker Profiles


Prof Paul Buckland

Paul graduated in geological sciences and archaeology from the University of Birmingham, where he subsequently completed a doctorate in quaternary entomology. He has taught in the universities of Birmingham, Sheffield, Bristol and Bournemouth, and is currently a self-employed technician specialising in work with fossil insects.

Maura Griffith

A doctoral student at UCL specialising in bioarchaeology and forensic anthropology. Recent research has included a new technique to identify the sex of subadult skeletal remains.

Elizabeth Church

A doctoral student at UCL specialising forensic Anthropology. With a background in biology and museum studies Elizabeth also has field experience ranging from palaeontology excavation in Western Canada to exhumation/identification of individuals in Cyprus. 

Dr Martin Bridge

Martin is a lecturer in dendrochronology having received his doctorate in the subject in the 1980s. His wide practical experience includes a long-term study on the timbers of the Tudor warship Mary Rose.

Simon Crutchley

Simon works at Historic England in the Research Department. Simon is an archaeologist with a special interest in airborne remote sensing and does research in Cultural History, Geography and Cartography. He is currently working on a revision of "The Light Fantastic" guidance for the use of airborne lidar for archaeological survey.

Dr Kris Lockyear

Kris is a senior lecturer at UCL specialising in geophysical surveying. Research includes Iron age and Roman archaeology and numismatics, particularly in the UK and Romania. Kris has been working with community groups undertaking geophysical surveys in Hertfordshire including a major new survey of the Roman city of Verulamium.

A Romano-Celtic temple at Durobrivae revealed using different geophysical techniques

(and with comparison to a reconstruction based on a similar structure at Caerwent)

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