SMA Student Colloquium 24-26th November 2023

Posted On: September 25th, 2023

Society for Medieval Archaeology Student Colloquium

Durham University

24-26th November 2023


Call for Papers

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

Please submit paper and poster abstracts (150-200 words) to Perry Gardner at by October 31st, together with a 100-150 word biography.

The organisers welcome papers and posters from final year undergraduate students, Masters and PhD researchers. Papers and posters should cover aspects of UK and international archaeology from the C5th-C16th. They may present planned research as well as work in progress.

We encourage presentations which are interdisciplinary and those which demonstrate collaboration across the community of practice, including work with volunteers and with community groups.

Papers should be 20 minutes long. Posters should be A1 size. Please print them out in advance. Poster presenters will have the opportunity to give a 3 minute introduction about their research to the conference attendees.

If you have any queries about the conference and field trips please contact Perry.


Open for Registration

Members: Free

Non Members: £25.00

Join the Society here.


Draft Programme

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

Confirmed 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.


Further details: Perry Gardner

Full conference programme available after 31st October.

Online attendance available for Saturday 25th.