Lost Frontiers and Drowned Landscapes in Britain and Beyond

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Lost Frontiers and Drowned Landscapes in Britain and Beyond

May 6, 2021 @ 9:30 am - 5:00 pm


Organised by Prof Geoff Bailey FSA and Prof Vincent Gaffney FSA

This conference may take place online only. 

BOOKING IS NOW CLOSED! You can join us on YouTube on Thursday here and Friday here.

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

9:30 Welcome by the General Secretary of the Society of Antiquaries, Mr John Lewis FSA

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

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

10:30–11:00 Martin Bates, University of Wales Trinity St. David. An Integrated Investigation of a Lost Valley in Doggerland: Geomorphology and Landscape History

11:00–11:30 Break

11:30–12:00 Ben Gearey, University College Cork. Palaeoenvironmental Studies of Doggerland

12:00–12:30 Tom Hill, Natural History Museum. Diatoms as a Tool for Reconstructing Doggerland’s Palaeoenvironments

12.30–13:00 Robin Allaby, Roselyn Ware, Becky Cribdon and Rosie Everett, University of Warwick. Revealing the Hidden Landscapes of Doggerland with SedaDNA

13:00–14:00 Lunch

14:00–14:20 Tim Kinnaird and Derek Hamilton FSA, University of St. Andrews, University of Glasgow. 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 

15.00–15.30 Break

15.30–16:00 Phil Murgatroyd, Micheál Butler, Eugene Ch’ng and Tabitha Kabora, University of Bradford, University of Nottingham, Ningbo, China. Computational Models of Doggerland.

16:00–16.30 Rachel Harding, Simon Fitch, Richard Bates, Martin Bates, Sarah Boyd and James Bonsall. University of Bradford, University of St Andrews, University of Wales Trinity St. David, and Institute of Technology Sligo, Ireland. Exploring the Submerged Landscapes of Cardigan Bay and the Irish Sea

16:30–17:00 Ruth Plets, Tine Missiaen and Rachel Harding. Flanders Marine Institute, Belgium, and University of Bradford.  The Brown Bank (Southern North Sea): A Geo-archaeological Investigation

17:00–17:30 James Walker, Simon Fitch and Vincent Gaffney, University of Bradford. The Archaeology of the Southern North Sea

Day 2: 7 May: Britain and Beyond

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

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

10:30–11:00 Helen Farr FSA, University of Southampton. Submerged Palaeolandscapes and the Peopling of Sahul  

11:00–11:30 Break

11:30–12:00 Jonathan Benjamin, Flinders University, Australia. The Deep History of Sea Country: A Perspective from Australia

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  Caroline Wickham-Jones FSA, Martin Bates, University of Aberdeen, University of Wales Trinity St. David; Richard Bates, University of St. Andrews. Submerged Landscapes in Northern Britain: Preservation and Potential

14:30–15:00 Nicky Milner FSA, University of York. Star Carr and the North Sea

15:00–15:30 Break

15:30–16:00 Rachel Bynoe, University of Southampton. Palaeolithic Archaeology Offshore of East Anglia

16:00–16:30 Louise Tizzard, Wessex Archaeology. Offshore Development and Industrial Collaboration

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

17:00–17:30 Bryony Coles, University of Exeter. Reflections on Doggerland


Conference Programme with abstracts and biographies. [.pdf]

Please note that due to COVID 19 restrictions this event will be online only. 

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.
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BOOKING IS NOW CLOSED! You can join us on YouTube on Thursday here and Friday here.

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May 6, 2021
9:30 am - 5:00 pm