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The symposium venue is room 2.01 in the Humanities Building. Tea and coffee, and buffet lunch will be provided in room 4.45 in the Humanities Building.

Shortly after the final paper on Thursday May 17th delegates will be picked up at the rear entrance of the Humanities Building for the field trip and reception at Cosmeston Medieval Village (15 minutes outside of Cardiff). The field trip includes a short talk on the 'Cosmeston Community Archaeology Project' by Cardiff University Community Archaeologist Jane Stewart, followed by a guided tour of the village. After the guided tour a 'cawl and drinks' reception sponsored by the Society for Medieval Archaeology will take place in a reconstructed medieval barn. Transport will then be provided back to Cardiff, where the debate can continue in the pub.

Day one

Enrolment from 9:00

Venue: Room 2.01, Humanities Building, Colum Road.

9:40 - 10:00 Welcome and Introduction: A few things I want to say about Early Medieval Archaeology, Andy Seaman (Cardiff University)

Session One

10:00 - 10:30 A Saxon Fairy Tale, Sue Content (University of Exeter)

10:30 - 11:00 Digging Perspectives at Medieval Wicken, Herdis Holleland (ULC) and Joseph Reeves (Cardiff University)

11:00 - 11:30 Coffee break (Room 4.45)

Session Two - The Archaeology of Late Antiquity

11:30 - 12:00 The Utility of Late Antiquity, Rob Collins (Portable Antiquates Scheme)

12:00 - 12:30 Taking the Fifth: Methodological approaches and the latest Romano-British pottery, Dr James Gerrard (Pre-Construct Archaeology)

12:30 - 1:00 Ending with a Bang or a Whimper? Coin use in 5th-century Britain, Nick Wells (Cardiff University)

1:00 - 1:45 Lunch (Room 4.45)

Session three - Death and Burial in Early Medieval Britain

1:45 - 2:15 A bio-cultural approach to Middle Anglo-Saxon cemeteries in northern England, Lizzy Craig (University of Sheffield)

2:15 - 2:45 Pictish Burials in the Landscape, Adrian Maldonado (University of Glasgow)

2:45 - 3:15 Burial, Ritual, Religion and Identity in Early Medieval South-west Britain, Kirsten Jarrett (Sheffield University)

3:15 - 3:30 Discussion

3:30 - 7:00 Field trip and reception - Cosmeston Medieval Village

7:00 Bus back to Cardiff

Day Two

9:30 - 10:00 Conference meeting

Session Four - Open Session

10:00 - 10:30 Can we really use Liber Landavensis to reconstruct pre-Norman estate boundaries? Timothy E. Jones (University of Wales Newport)

10:30 - 11:00 Never trust a text: Rediscovering "De oratorio" in Hisperica Famina, Oliver Reuss (University College Dublin)

11:00 - 11:30 Coffee break (Room 4.45)

11:30 - 12:00 About the House: A social and spatial archaeology of Norse houses in Ireland and Western Britain, A.D. 800 - 1100, Rebecca Boyd (University College Dublin)

12:00 - 12:30 Across the Great Divide: Inter-connections between ecclesiastical and secular site-types in Early Medieval Ireland, Gill Boazman (University College Cork)

12:30 - 1:00 The City of Lincoln and its 'Hinterland' Lindsey in the tenth century AD - a town in its context, Letty Ten Harkel (University of Sheffield)

1:00 - 1:45 Lunch (Room 4.45)

1:45 - 2:15 Borders as Concepts in Early Medieval Britain and France, Andrew Ferrero (Exeter College Oxford)

2:15 - 2:45 Pottery and Identity in Late Saxon Sussex, Ben Jervis (Southampton University)

2:45 - 3:15 Power and Possession: Ideologies of dress and adornment in the Early Medieval societies of northern Britain and Ireland, Hilary Paterson (University of York)

3:15 - 3:45 Stable Isotope Analysis of Archaeological Human and Animal Remains from Early Anglo-Saxon England: Implications for agriculture, social differentiation and diet, Bradley D. Hull, Helena Hamerow and Robert E.M. Hedges (Oxford University)

3:45 - 4:15 Final discussions

4:30 - Depart