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Monday, 27 March 2017

MPRG Conference 2017 Leicester 2nd-3rd June

This year’s conference, the ‘Ceramics of Drink’, will be held in Leicester in collaboration with the Centre for Historical Archaeology (CHA) on 2nd-3rd June 2017. We have not abandoned the pattern of a one-day conference alternating with a three-day but we thought the subject and collaboration with CHA may attract more papers and people than could be accommodated in one day. The AGM will be held on Saturday 3rd June and there will be a day rate for those who wish to attend for just one day. 

‘Ceramics of drink’ form a significant part of archaeological assemblages in Europe and beyond throughout the medieval and post-medieval periods. Pottery containers were a preferred way of producing, storing, transforming, and consuming liquid beverages. They are associated with a wide range of human activity from large-scale transnational trade, to ceremonial consumption, to intimate daily rituals within the home. They materialized drinking and social practices, with some undergoing significant transformations, and others staying the same.

This conference aims to explore the important social and economic roles that ceramics of drink filled and how they can be effectively studied by specialist and non-specialist researchers.

There is still room in the programme for papers please contact Meetings Secretary Lorraine Mepham ( as soon as possible.

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