AGM and Winter Symposium

Society of Medieval Archaeology AGM and Winter Symposium

Each year the Society hosts its Annual General Meeting followed by the Winter Symposium. The latter includes three lectures highlighting new and emerging topics of interest to our members at a free event, either online or in person.

After the Symposium, the lectures are available online in our Members’ Area. To watch these videos, and avail of other SMA Member benefits, join here.

The 2023 AGM will take place online on Monday, December 4, 2023m 12.00-12.30, followed by the Winter Symposium at 12.30.

Please see the agenda and details for joining the AGM here and the programme and details for joining the Winter Symposium here.



Previous Events

The 2021 AGM and Winter Symposium was held on online at 12:00 on Monday, 6th December. The AGM Agenda and Winter Symposium full programme are here: SMA AGM and Winter Symposium 2021.

The three lectures on recent archaeological discoveries were:

Prof. Duncan Sayer (University of Central Lancashire): New ancient DNA from multiple early Anglo-Saxon cemeteries

Dr. Dawn McLaren (AOC Archaeology): Recent discoveries at the Bon Accord site in Aberdeen

Prof. Gordon Noble (University of Aberdeen): The CITADEL Project: Rescue- and Research-led Investigations at a Pictish Elite Centre

Watch the lectures here.

The 2020 Annual General Meeting of the Society was held on 7th December, online at midday rather than at the Institute of Archaeology, University College London. Please find the Agenda and symposium abstracts here.

The AGM was followed by the Winter Symposium, also online. There were three lectures on recent archaeological discoveries:

Ben Jervis (Cardiff University) and Lizzy Craig-Atkins (University of Sheffield):  The dietary impact of the Norman Conquest: a multiproxy archaeological investigation of Oxford

Duncan Wright (Newcastle University): Laughton-en-le-Morthen, Yorkshire: an archaeology of elite residence

Fiona Beglane (Institute of Technology Sligo): Forests, chases and rights of free warren in medieval Ireland,1169–c. 1399


The 2019 Annual General Meeting of the Society was held in the Sorby Room, Wager Building, University of Reading. See the Agenda here: Society for Medieval Archaeology AGM 2019. The AGM was followed by the Society for Medieval Archaeology’s Winter Symposium with three lectures on recent archaeological discoveries:

Prof. Michelle Brown, University of London: Letters from the Past: the inscriptions from Tintagel and what they tell us of its early medieval inhabitants

James Fairclough, Museum of London Archaeology: Great Ryburgh: The excavation of rare Anglo-Saxon coffins and a Saxon Church

Nathan Wales, University of York: DNA from archaeological seeds illuminates medieval grapevine production


The 2018 Annual General Meeting of the Society was held at 18:00 on Monday 3 December 2018 in the Philip Rahtz Lecture Theatre (K/133), The King’s Manor, University of York, YO1 7EP.

The AGM Agenda can be downloaded here.

The AGM was followed by three lectures on recent archaeological discoveries:

Dr Sarah Croix: Revisiting a ‘Northern Emporium’ – about recent excavations in Viking-Age Ribe

Dr Adrian Maldonado: Reassembling Iona

Dr Gabor Thomas: Building early medieval identities: Lyminge and the agency of post-Roman elite centres