Programme 2019: Key events

Saturday, 21st September 2019

  • 2pm - Thoresby Room, Leeds Civic Museum
  • YAHS: Prehistory Research Section & The Prehistoric Society Joint Open Meeting
  • Dr Tom Booth of the Crick Institute: “Who were Britain’s First Farmers? The Genetics of the British Neolithic”

"Advances in techniques of extracting, sequencing and analysing DNA extracted from ancient human remains over the last 10 years have revolutionised our understanding of the demographic history of prehistoric Europe. These techniques have identified several major large-scale population changes, suggesting that ancient migrations had a significant influence on the demographic and cultural prehistory of Europe. A persistent point of contention in British archaeology is the extent to which the development of Neolithic farming practices in Britain around 4000 BC was driven by migrations of established farmers from continental Europe. Here I will discuss how recent studies of ancient human DNA contribute to the debate about the origins of British Neolithic, as well as the nature of the first farming societies in Britain and Yorkshire specifically."

  • This meeting is free and non-members are welcome.  
  • Please book your place for this event before 19th Sept, via Eventbrite - click here
  • NB: Free Refreshments will be available after the talk

Saturday, 7th December 2019

  • At Swarthmore - members and non-members welcome
  • 11am - Yorkshire Quern Survey AGM & talk -  Lindsay Banfield, University of Reading: "Making flour the German Way: the story so far: Recent research on lava querns"
  • 2pm - Xmas Meeting - Dr Steve Sherlock: "Street House Neolithic Structure and other Early Prehistoric Sites in the Tees Valley"
  • 3pm - Christmas Tea - bring along your contributions
  • 3.30pm - Another speaker (TBA)

Saturday, 21nd March 2020

  • At Swarthmore - members and non-members welcome
  • 11am - Members morning - 2 talks TBA (Have you got a 20 minute presentation on your own research? If so, please contact Hon. Sec. John Cruse)
  • 2pm - Spring Meeting - Speaker TBA
  • 3pm - Tea
  • 3.30pm - PRS AGM - Members only

Possible Archaeological Events for Your 2019 Diary.


10th Aug: PRS field visit to sites on the Ingleborough Massif (see Visits & Field Trips page)

12th-15th Sept: Univ of Copenhagen conference: Ground Stone Tools and Past Foodways

5th Oct: CBA East Midlands conference: East Midlands HER Framework: Sheffield 

12th–13th Oct: Conference: Northern Prehistory: Connected Communities: Tullie House, Carlisle

19th Oct: Leeds Phil & Lit Society: Bicentenary Conference: Leeds City Museum

26th Oct: Prehistoric Finds Research Group Conference: Crafting Identities: Nat Museum of Scotland.

4th Nov: Neolithic Studies Group: After ‘Gathering Time’: Causewayed Enclosures: British Museum

8-10th Nov: 2019 Bronze Age Forum: Durham University

9th Nov: CBA Wessex Annual Conference:  ‘Sunrise over the Stones: Recent research into Neolithic and Chalcolithic Wessex: Bournemouth University.

9th-10th Nov: UISPP conference: Where are you going? Reconsidering Migrations in the Metal Ages, University of Edinburgh

11th Nov: RFG Autumn Conference: Finds from Roman Colchester: Colchester Castle Museum

16th Nov: ARA conference: Roman Temples in Britain & Gaul: British Museum

23rd Nov: CBA Yorkshire: Autumn Showcase day-school: The Workstation, Sheffield

29th Nov: RAI/Roman Society conference: Romans in North-East England: Senate House: London Univ

Guest Lectures (open to all)  

At Bradford University 5.15pm in the Richmond Building.

  • Info TBA

At Kings Manor, York 1pm in F133

  • Info TBA


Please note - Your E-Mail Address:

The majority of members now receive their notices and newsflashes electronically. If your contact details have changed, please let me know, so that our address list remains up-to-date. If you wish to change the way you receive your section information, please drop me a line - either by email, or by post :  John Cruse,  3 Ellicott Court,  Park Road,  Menston,  LS29 6PA

Above programme updated 11 August 2019