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The Yorkshire Archaeological & Historical Society

Since 1863

For everyone interested in Yorkshire's past

"Lost Villages Found"

An online conference to be held on Saturday 23rd October 2021, 2.00 to 5.30 pm

Wharram Percy 1984Argam

Aerial photos L to R:  Wharram Percy (1984) Argam (1976) and Cowlam (1977)  All Copyright Tony Pacitto Collection, YAHS   

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During 2020, the Society had hoped that it might be possible to arrange a conference to mark the one hundredth anniversary of the birth of archaeologist and historian and long-standing YAS member and supporter, and Past President, Professor Maurice Beresford (1920-2005). Unfortunately the coronavirus pandemic intervened.  The conference has now been arranged as an online event in the afternoon of Saturday 23rd October 2021, from 2.00 to 5.30 pm, and will be facilitated by Zoom.

It will celebrate Professor Beresford's work on what were once called deserted medieval villages and highlight some aspects of more recent study of medieval rural settlements under the title 'Lost Villages Found'.

There will be a charge of £10 (or £5 for YAHS Medieval Section members) and all conference participants will receive a copy of a special edition of the journal of the Society's Medieval Section 'Medieval Yorkshire' with a focus on Professor Beresford including reprints of some of his ground-breaking articles, with additional contributions by Dr Brian Barber and by Dr Helen Fenwick.


Please register as soon as possible to ensure your place.  

You can do so online by sending an email, in which case our computer will send you an invoice for you to pay online, and then a link to join the conference.

Alternatively you can register by writing to the Society's office, including your name and postal address plus a cheque for either £5 (Medieval Section members) or £10.   You must also include an e-mail address so we can send you a link to enable you to join the conference on Zoom.

'Lost Villages Conference',  Yorkshire Archaeological and Historical Society,  Stringer House,  34 Lupton Street,  LEEDS  LS10 2QW


2.00 pm - Welcome: Dr Axel Muller, Chair of YAHS Medieval Studies Section

2.10 pm - Introduction: Maurice Beresford's 'Journey' to Wharram Percy, Professor David Stocker

2.30 pm - Wharram Percy 1950 to date, Dr Paul Stamper

3.00 pm - Maurice Beresford and the Medieval Village Group Archive: listing deserted medieval villages, Dr Helen Fenwick

3.30 pm – Opportunity for questions, followed by comfort break

4.00 pm – The Material Culture of English Rural Households c1250–1600, Dr Ben Jervis

4.30 pm – Straight from their mouth: Insights into food consumption and living environments at Wharram Percy from calcified dental plaque, Sarah Delaney

5.00 pm – Opportunity for questions

5.20 pm - Concluding remarks