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Public lecture series

Our public lectures are free events that attract a diverse audience including the public, secondary school pupils and professionals. The series aims to open up areas of interest in the Earth and environmental sciences and present new research in this area to the public.

Understanding ancient worlds: how can geosciences and environmental sciences influence archaeology?

There is no doubt that our understanding of the importance of archaeological finds is linked to the development and wider application of scientific methodology.

As part of this year's series of public lectures, we welcome fascinating speakers and investigate the use of some geoscientific and environmental techniques to improve our understanding of past history and environments, both here in South Wales and around the world.

These presentations will investigate how evidence of sediments and rocks, geochemistry, the dating of human remains and artefacts, climatic and forensic data and the landscape and vegetation can help build a clear picture of our shared history, including Roman and Colonial and more recent contexts, and also influence our views on conservation and heritage strategies.

The 2023/24 monthly Lecture Series will be held in the Wallace Lecture Theatre (Room 0.13), Main Building. Lectures begin at 18:30.

You do not need to book a ticket for the events.

DateGuest speakerTopic
14 May 2024Dr Angela Middleton (Historic England)Excavation finished! Now what? The role of investigative conservation in Archaeology
9 April 2024Professor Derek Hamilton (University of Glasgow)The dating game: building better chronologies for better archaeological narratives
12 March 2024Dr Paul Breeze (Kings College London)Palaeoclimate and hominin dispersals through the deserts of Africa, Arabia and SW Asia
13 February 2024Dr Rachel Crellin (University of Leicester)Gold hidden in stone: finding an early Bronze Age goldworking tool kit
9 January  2024Dr Richard Madgwick (Cardiff University)Bones don't lie: isotope approaches to diet, health, and mobility in past societies
12 December 2023Professor Nicki  Whitehouse (University of Glasgow)Why is archaeology important to our contemporary environmental challenges?
14  November 2023Dr Tim Young (Cardiff University)Clearing the smoke: science and early ironmaking
10 October 2023Dr Mélanie Roffet-Salque (University of Bristol)Advancing the application of lipids in archaeological and palaeoenvironmental reconstruction
12 September 2023Professor Martin Bell (Reading University)The Geoarchaeology of the Severn Estuary - the John Allen legacy.


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We do however acknowledge that is not always possible, and that some visitors will need to travel to campus using motorised vehicles.

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Contact us

If you have any questions about this event, please contact Professor Dianne Edwards at

Should you require the Q&A sessions to be in Welsh, please email at least two weeks before the event.