The conference in full swing at The Manchester Museum.
Dr Isobel Thompson's presentation on the Middle Iron
in Hertfordshire is being introduced by the session
Dr Elaine Morris.
Conference delegates relaxing between sessions.
One of the hands-on sessions in progress. Dr Bryan Sitch,
Curator at The Manchester Museum, showing some of the
pottery from the prehistoric collections in the museum.
Prehistoric Ceramics Research
joint conference of the Prehistoric Ceramics Research
Group and Prehistoric Society was held at the The Manchester
on 29-31 October 2010.
The Prehistoric Ceramics Research Group & The Prehistoric
Society joint conference entitled ‘The Present
and Future of British Prehistoric Pottery: Finds, Methods
and Interpretations’ took place at The Manchester
Museum between October 29th and 31st 2010.
Almost 60 delegates with research interests in British
and Irish prehistoric pottery came together to hear
about new finds and interpretations and to exchange
information about all matters pottery-related. The audience
included a wide range of archaeologists from ‘amateur’
enthusiasts through contracting archaeologists to those
working in the management of the historic environment
and academics. As such, the conference demonstrated
the great benefits that can be reaped by cross-sectional
discussions and information exchange. O.N. Book from
Sheffield set up their bookstall during Saturday and
Sunday and delegates made good use of this opportunity.
Proceedings kicked off on Friday with a well-attended
wine reception at the museum. On Saturday, a guest lecture
by Professor Julian Thomas on the landscape of Stonehenge
before Stonehenge started the first day of conference
papers on Neolithic, Bronze Age and Iron Age pottery.
Talks were interspersed with more hands-on sessions
of pottery from North Wales and collections held at
The Manchester Museum. The day was rounded off by an
excellent dinner at a nearby Chinese restaurant. A presentation
by Frances Healy on the exciting project dating causewayed
enclosures and its implications for the dating of earlier
Neolithic pottery marked the beginning of our Sunday
session that was devoted to more technological aspects
(ancient and modern) of pottery production and analysis.
The conference was concluded by spirited discussion
of the present and future of prehistoric ceramic research
in Britain. The discussion explored the themes and processes
considered in the conference papers. In particular the
challenges presented by the large numbers of sites producing
prehistoric ceramics which have been, and continue to
be, investigated during fieldwork arising from the planning
process were discussed.
This conference showcased the great strengths of the
PCRG, in that it facilitates dialogue and interaction
between prehistoric pottery practitioners from all sections
of the archaeological spectrum. As such, the PCRG represents
a very useful resource for all those working with prehistoric
ceramics and has a role to play in disseminating individual
and collective knowledge of its members and the profession
as a whole. More importantly, the final discussion indicated
the need for s provision of visual training material
to help with cross-regional comparisons and support
the training of a new generation of pottery specialists.
This is an issue which fits well within the remit of
the PCRG and which it should take a lead in addressing..
You can still download
the timetable and abstracts below.