Lost Frontiers and Drowned Landscapes in Britain and Beyond

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Lost Frontiers and Drowned Landscapes in Britain and Beyond

May 6 @ 9:30 am - 5:00 pm

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One event on May 7, 2021 at 9:30 am


Organised by Prof Geoff Bailey FSA and Prof Vincent Gaffney FSA

This conference may take place online only. 

The exploration of the inundated prehistoric landscapes on our coastal shelves is one of the great challenges remaining to archaeology. In Britain and North West Europe over the last two decades, the results of dedicated research projects, commercial work carried out in preparation for marine infrastructure and community archaeology programmes have transformed our understanding. In May 2021, the Society of Antiquaries and the ERC research project “Europe’s Lost Frontiers” are co-hosting a two-day event to bring researchers together to present the results of new research. Day 1 ( 6 May) will be dedicated to the results of the Europe’s Lost Frontiers project. Day 2 (7 May) will bring together other researchers, focussing on the British Isles and the North Sea but including new research elsewhere.

Day 1: 6 May – The ERC Europe’s Lost Frontiers Project

9:45–10:00 Vince Gaffney, University of Bradford. Europe’s Lost Frontiers: The Challenges of Exploring the Prehistoric Landscapes beneath the Southern North Sea

10:00–10:30 James Walker, Simon Fitch and Vincent Gaffney, University of Bradford. The History and Archaeology of the Southern North Sea

10:30–11:00 Simon Fitch, Richard Bates and Andrew Fraser, University of Bradford, University of St Andrews. Mapping Doggerland

11:30–12:00 Rachel Harding, Simon Fitch, Richard Bates and Martin Bates. University of Bradford, University of St Andrews, University of Wales Trinity St. David. Exploring the Submerged Landscapes of Cardigan Bay and the Irish Sea

12:00–12:30 Tine Missiaen, Vlaams Instituut voor de Zee, Belgium. Beneath the Brown Bank: Submerged Landscapes and the Search for Archaeological Settlement

12.30–13:00 Martin Bates, University of Wales Trinity St. David. An Integrated Investigation of a Lost Valley in Doggerland: Geomorphology and Landscape History

13:00–14:00 Lunch

14:00–14:20 Tim Kinnaird and Derek Hamilton, University of St. Andrews, SUERC. Doggerland Chronologies

14.20–14.40 Sam Harris and Catherine Batt, University of Bradford. An attractive field: palaeomagnetic potential of sediments collected through Europe’s Lost Frontiers

14:40–15:00 Alex Finlay and Mohammed ben Sharada, Chemostrat, Ltd, University of Bradford. Using Geochemistry to Shed Light on Europe’s Lost Frontiers

15.30–16:00 Tom Hill, Natural History Museum. Diatoms as a Tool for Reconstructing Doggerland’s Palaeoenvironments

16:00–16.30 Ben Gearey, University College Cork. Palaeoenvironmental Studies of Doggerland

16:30–17:00 Robin Allaby, Roselyn Ware, Becky Cribdon and Rosie Everett, University of Warwick. Revealing the Hidden Landscapes of Doggerland with SedaDNA

17:00–17:30 Phil Murgatroyd, Micheál Butler, Eugene Ch’ng and Tabitha Kabora, University of Bradford, University of Nottingham, Ningbo, China. Computational Models of Doggerland.

Day 2: 7 May: Britain and Beyond

9:30–10:00 Geoff Bailey, University of York and Flinders University, Australia. Drowned Landscapes in their Global Context: Themes and Challenges

10:00–10:30 Carol Cotteril, Columbia University, New York, USA. Submerged Landscapes as Archives of Past Sea Level

10:30–11:00 Rachel Bynoe, University of Southampton. Palaeolithic Archaeology Offshore of East Anglia

11:00–11:30 Coffee break

11:30–12:00 Louise Tizzard, Wessex Archaeology. Offshore Development and Industrial Collaboration

12:00–12:30 Garry Momber, Maritime Archaeology Trust, Southampton. Bouldnor Cliff, the Underwater Cultural Heritage and Public Outreach

12:30–13:00 Caroline Barrie-Smith, Museum of London Archaeology. CITiZAN Science: Re-invigorating Climate Resilience

13:00–14:00 Lunch

14:00–14:30 Nicky Milner, University of York. Star Carr and the North Sea

14:30–15:00 Caroline Wickham-Jones, Martin Bates, Richard Bates, University of Aberdeen, University of Wales Trinity St. David, University of St. Andrews. Submerged Landscapes in Northern Britain: Preservation and Potential

15:00–15:30 Tea break

15:30–16:00 Helen Farr, University of Southampton. Submerged Palaeolandscapes and the Peopling of Sahul

16:00–16:30 Jonathan Benjamin, Flinders University, Australia. The Deep History of Sea Country: A Perspective from Australia

16:30–17:00 Nicholas Flemming, National Oceanography Centre. Retrospect and Prospect

Please note that due to COVID 19 restrictions this event may be online only. We are only taking bookings for online attendance at the moment but will notify anyone who has booked if attendance in person becomes available. 

Attendance by Live Stream:

  • Registration is essential.
  • Open to anyone to join, Fellows and Non-Fellows.
  • Once you have registered we will be in touch regarding how you can join via Zoom video-calling.
  • The event will also be live-streamed to YouTube here, so you can watch along if you prefer
  • Places through zoom will be allocated on a first-come, first-served basis.
  • These event will begin at 9.30am GMT.
  • You will receive an email with the link to join the seminar the Friday before.
  • Attendees’ cameras and microphones will be off throughout.

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