This full-day conference was organised by Fellows Matthew Pope & Clive Gamble.
It is now almost 20 years since John Wymer (1999) completed The English Rivers Palaeolithic Survey (TERPS) and the English Palaeolithic was reviewed (Gamble and Lawson 1996). The intervening period saw great advances in Palaeolithic archaeology and Quaternary Science and huge headway was made in getting adequate protection and mitigation of threats to the resource through local planning provision and developer-funded archaeology. These developments were consolidated and directed by two Palaeolithic research frameworks and underpinned by high quality field research in both academic and commercial spheres. But progress made in the first decade of the 21st century is now under threat in the current climate of austerity. Planning provision and expertise within local authorities are being dramatically eroded by cutbacks, research funding from traditional routes such as UK grant awarding bodies and Historic England are increasingly restricted. Within our own discipline the established pathways for career progression and the development of effective expertise are increasingly limited.
This meeting seeks to address these urgent challenges as well as developing a new and radical approach to Palaeolithic research. Central to the meeting will be how we can optimise the resources available to us to deliver a new, deeper understanding about our deep past while maintaining effective and consistent protection of the resource.
9.00-10.00: Registration (with tea and coffee provided)
10.00-10.15: Welcome, followed by Challenging Times in Development-Led Archaeology by John Lewis, General Secretary of Society of Antiquaries of London
SESSION 1: New Horizons in the British Palaeolithic (chaired by Prof Danielle Schreve, FSA)
10.15-10.30: The British Palaeolithic Record: New Timescales and New Contexts, by Dr Nick Ashton, FSA, Simon Parfitt, Dr Simon Lewis.
10.30-10.45: The Records of the English Rivers: Contextualising the Resource, by Dr Robert Hosfield, FSA.
10.45-11.00: The Palaeolithic Record of the Plateau: a Trans-Manche Perspective, by Dr Beccy Scott.
11.00-11.40: Panel Discussion: How well do we understand our record?
11.40-12.00: Short break with tea and coffee.
SESSION 2: Developing Methods and Practice (chaired by Dr Martin Bates)
12.00-12.15: Palaeolithic Archaeology and the British Planning Framework, by Dr Francis Wenban-Smith, FSA.
12.15-12.30: The Success of Preventative Palaeolithic Archaeology in North East France, by Dr Jean-Luc Locht, Dr David Herrison, Dr Emilie Goval.
12.30-13.00: Panel Discussion: How can we develop our methodoligies and approaches?
13.00-14.00: Lunch (provided)
SESSION 3: Contexts of Concern and Opportunity (chaired by Dr Robert Hosfield, FSA)
14:00-14.15: Flint Scatters: Methodological Lessons from the Late Glacial and Early Holocene, by Dr Martin Bates, Dr Ed Blinkhorn, Dr Chantal Conneller, Dr Matthew Pope, FSA, Lynden Cooper, Mike Donnelley and Lawrence Billington.
14.15-14.30: Coastal and Intertidal Palaeolithic Record of North West Europe, by Anne-Lyse Ravon and Dr Andy Shaw.
14.30-14.45: The Off-Shore Record: Challenges and Future Directions, by Dr Rachel Bynoe.
14.45-15.15: Panel Discussion: What should our new priorities be?
15.15-15.30: Short break.
SESSION 4: New Strategies for the British Palaeolithic (chaired by Dr Hannah Fluck)
15.30-15.45: Lost Landscapes of Britain: Legacies of the ALSF, by Prof Mark White, FSA.
15.45-16.00: Heritage 2020: Effective Frameworks for the Palaeolithic, by Jonathan Last.
16.00-16.30: Panel Discussion: What are the strategies for change?
16.30-17.00: Plenary: Palaeolithic 2020, by Prof Clive Gamble, FSA.
17:00-19.00: Launch for Lost Landscapes volume and reception with wine and nibbles (provided)