2023 – Durham

Society for Medieval Archaeology Student Colloquium

Durham University

24-26th November 2023

The Society, in association with the Department of Archaeology, Durham University, is delighted to announce the annual Student Colloquium. The colloquium will will include visits to medieval sites in Durham and to recently excavated sites in the North Pennines.

If you have any queries about the conference and field trips please contact Perry john.p.gardner@durham.ac.uk


Open for Registration

Members: Free

Non Members: £25.00

Join the Society here.




Friday 24th November 2023

Pre conference visits to Durham Cathedral and World Heritage site (Dr Pam Graves and Dr David Petts)

Saturday 25th November 2023

Keynotes, posters, paper presentations and workshops

keynote: Eugene Costello, University College Cork Radical Humanities Lab and Department of History. Author: The Colonisation of the uplands in Medieval Britain and Ireland: Climate, Agriculture and Environmental Adaptation (Medieval Archaeology 65:1, 2021).

Sunday 26th November 2023

Field trip to recent collaborative research and community excavations in Upper Teesdale, County Durham (weather permitting):

Hunderthwaite/Romaldkirk Domesday Settlements and Gueswick Hills excavations (2019 and ongoing)

Holwick Well Head, Deserted Medieval Settlement (excavated 2017-2019)

Simy Folds, early medieval upland type site excavated by Coggins, Fairless and Batey 1976-1981.


Online attendance available for Saturday 25th. Further details: Perry Gardner john.p.gardner@durham.ac.uk


SMA Student Representative

Each year the Society for Medieval Archaeology invites a student member to take on the role of Student Representative. Student Reps provide a voice for our growing student membership on SMA Council and also help organise our annual SMA Student Colloquium and career workshops. Other roles include the maintenance of our social media platforms and representing the Society at conferences.

If you are interested in taking on the role of Student Representative, please see the detail on our Student Representative Page.


SMA Student Colloquium 2016

SMA Student Colloquium 2016


Previous Colloquia

2022 –

2021 – University of Hull organised by Ryan Prescott

2020 – Online symposium hosted by Vanessa Reid, Durham University

2019 – University of Exeter organised by Ellie March

2018 – University of Reading organised by Beatrice Widell

2017 – Newcastle University organised by Emma Hook (University of Sheffield)

2016 – Vrije Universiteit Brussel organised by Marit Van Cant

2015 – University of Sheffield organised by Emma Green

2014 – Queen’s University Belfast organised by Sarah Kerr

2013 – University of Aberdeen organised by Patrycja Kupiec