The CBA Wessex Annual Conference – From Bones to Drones: Science in Archaeology

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Saturday 4 November
The Stripe lecture theatre, King Alfred Campus, University of Winchester, Sparkford Road, Winchester, Hampshire SO22 4NR

In collaboration with the University of Winchester and Wessex Archaeology, this will be an informative and fun day with eminent speakers and stalls covering a range of talks on how archaeology is brought alive through remote sensing, drone and geoarchaeological survey and the uses of DNA, chemical and isotope analysis. If you have ever wondered how difficult it is to fly a drone steady whilst taking photos or wondered what our ancestors were eating and drinking then this is your chance to find out.

We are also delighted to be hosting a regional wide Young Archaeologists Club event on the same day in the same building and are offering parents and guardians of YAC members a reduced £15 conference ticket rate so you can drop in at any time whilst on site. Accompanied children under 16 have free entry to the conference.


Starting with ‘bones’, Professor Charlotte Roberts (University of Durham) and Dr Mary Lewis (University of Reading) will address very different aspects of the application of science to human skeletons including DNA and ancient diseases.

Professor Richard Evershed (University of Bristol) will reveal some of the surprising facts that we can learn from the chemical analysis of pot residues and past diets. Dr Keith Wilkinson (University of Winchester) will show how new techniques in environmental geoarchaeology is being used to explore and understand past landscapes and Paul Cheetham (Bournemouth University) will discuss his recent geophysical survey work and how remote sensing is playing a key role in the identification of new sites in the Wessex region.

Being true to our title, Adam Stanford (Aerial-Cam) will illustrate how drones are contributing to the recording, presentation and understanding of archaeological sites and monuments.

Posters and Exhibitions

This will include Dr Katy Tucker’s (Deutsches Archäologisches Institut Berlin/ University of Winchester) recent work on the leprosy cases from Magdalen Hill, Winchester. Lawrence Shaw (New Forest National Park Authority) on the wonders of LiDAR surveying in the New Forest and The University of Winchester’s Archaeology Department will have displays illustrating their wide-ranging activities and expertise. Stalls from Wessex Archaeology will provide opportunities to look at recent examples of photogrammetry and Andante Travel will be on hand to answer those burning questions of where to visit next.​

Pricing: £25 CBA Wessex members, £35 non-members, £15 students/YAC parents & guardians, accompanied children under 16 free

Contact: General enquiries to Andy Manning - or 03303 133406

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