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Monday, 20 September 2010

2010 European Archaeological Association Conference, The Hague, Holland

These photographs are of a fantastic display of ceramics, glass and other artefacts from recent excavations in The Hague, Holland. They were on display in the Town Hall as part of the opening ceremony of this years EAA conference. They include fine examples of Maiolicas, Stonewares and Weser and Werra wares. The MPRG delegates present, Derek Hall, George Haggarty, Maureen Mellor and Duncan Brown could only find one label to disagree with!

Click here for PDF with images.

Thursday, 1 July 2010

Douai International Symposium

Click here for the provisional programme for the Early Medieval Pottery Workshops conference to be held in Douai in early October.


The 1st International Congress on Ceramic Studies

Tribute to Mercedes Vegas will be held in Cadiz from 1st-5th November 2010.

The event is aimed to anyone who is interested in ceramic studies,The congress will be a forum to analyze and synthesise recent advances in the techniques of cermaic analyisis, including methodology, morphological and typological classifications, graphical representations, new technologies in data processing, experimental studies, and scientific techniques.

Proposals for papers or posters are welcome. For more information, click here.


Medieval Domestic Cultures Conference

To be held at Rewley House, Oxford, 24th-26th September 2010.

The Society For Medieval Archaeology's autumn conference will examine the evidence for the interiors of late medieval domestic buildings. It is jointly organized with the Vernacular Architecture Group and brings together for the first time in recent years, scholars from all the relevant archaeology, history and architectural history to review the latest work in this field in England, Scotland and Wales.

Click here for more information.


Thursday, 6 May 2010

Launch of Festschrift for Frans Verhaege

Some photos from the launch of Festschrift for Prof Frans Verhaege (a very old friend of the Medieval Pottery Research Group) that took place in Bruges, Belgium, on Thursday 29th April 2010.

Click here to download a pdf of the images.


Thursday, 29 April 2010

Ceramic views of Scotland and northern England from the Neolithic to the 20th century: issues of method, practice and theory

An inter-disciplinary meeting, Glasgow, July 1-2, 2010

Please see the link below for further details:

You can also download the poster for the event here

Thursday, 1 April 2010

LAUNCHED - Wiki page for Revised Research Strategy and Agenda Project

Wiki page now launched for the Revised Research Strategy and Agenda Project. For further information and details see the following article: MPRG Research Strategy and Agenda: Regional Framework Project (pdf 36.5KB) or click here to view the website.

Wednesday, 17 March 2010

SEM2010 - SEM & Microanalysis in the study of historical technology, materials and conservation, 9th-10th September 2010

The British Museum will be hosting a conference on SEM and Microanalysis in the study of historical technology, materials and conservation on Thursday 9th and Friday 10th September 2010. For more information visit or click here for the event flyer.

Early Medieval Finds from the British Isles - A day conference on theoretical and practical approaches to material culture Saturday, May 29th 2010

A one-day conference is being held at the University of Oxford entitled: Early Medieval Finds from the British Isles: A day conference on theoretical and practical approaches to material culture, to be held on Saturday, May 29th 2010. The aim of this conference is to allow researchers and post-graduate students engage with current approaches to early medieval material culture.

We would like to invite proposals from current post-graduates for the poster session at this conference, with the possibility of papers being published in a resulting monograph.

The conference is free to attend, but space is strictly limited. Registration forms can be sent to either or

Click here for the conference programme.

SEMPER Meeting "Aspects of Pottery". 17th April 2010

The South East Midlands Pottery Research Group SEMPER (incorporating the East Anglian Pottery Group) will be holding a meeting entitled Aspects of Pottery on Saturday, 17 April 2010, to be held at Harlow Museum. This meeting is being held to discuss subjects that were close to the heart of Wally Davey, who died recently. As usual, there will be plenty of opportunity to view pottery, including examples of wasters, so please bring along your problems (ceramic only, please!) as well as any interesting (or not so interesting!) sherds – not necessarily linked to the themes of the day.

Booking form and location maps can be downloaded here.

North and south: tobacco pipe studies in the western Mediterranean and their north-western European connections. 4th-7th November 2010

The 26th conference of the Académie Internationale de la Pipe will be held in Grasse, Alpes-Maritimes, France from the 4th to the 7th of November 2010 at the Bibliothèque Municipale. It will focus on the magnificent collection of European pipes of all types made in the late 19th and early 20th centuries by Alice Baroness Rothschild, which was donated to the library after her death in 1922. The collection will be made accessible for detailed study by members of the conference and a number of background papers will be presented about it. There will also be a series of presentations of new archaeological evidence for pipe production and consumption in southern France, northern Italy, Spain and further afield. Anyone interested in giving a paper or attending the meeting, please contact Dr Susie White

Monday, 1 March 2010

Opinions sought on unidentified vessel...

A pottery vessel recovered from a middle Iron Age enclosure at Beckford, Worcestershire, remains unidentified and undated despite a great deal of study. The authors are hoping that one last attempt at circulating information about the vessel might result in a firmer identification. Because of the nature of the recovery there are no associated finds and the vessel cannot be assumed to be contemporary with the enclosure. If you can provide any parallels, or information on the date of this vessel we would be very pleased to hear from you. Please send your thoughts to the MPRG webmaster who will pass them on.

Click here for more information about the vessel or click here to contact the webmaster.


Tuesday, 9 February 2010



The Southern regional group are holding a meeting on the subject of early medieval pottery (6th-12th centuries) in the region. This will take place at Hampshire Museums Service in Winchester on 20th March 2010, starting at 10.30. Places are limited so please let us know you are coming, but there is no charge as refreshments have kindly been provided. We are planning on having lunch in a nearby pub.

The speakers will be Ben Jervis, Beth Ricketts, Phil Jones, John Cotter, Katherine Barclay and Lorraine Mepham. The day will cover pottery from West Sussex, Surrey, Wiltshire, Hampshire and Dorset. There will also be an opportunity to view pottery from the region. Please feel free to bring sherds along!

For more information or to book a place please contact Ben Jervis (

Click here for the programme of events

Thursday, 7 January 2010

Call for Papers - Potters' workshops in the early Middle Ages (Vth -XIIth century)

An international conference to be held in in Douai (Northern France) in October 2010.

Please reply by 31st January 2010, click here for information or click here for longer version of information.

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