Experimental Archaeology Student Symposium 2020 (EAStS)

Takes place 28th February - 1st March at The University of Sheffield

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To register for the symposium

Buy standard tickets (£20)

To register for the conference meal, email Yvette Marks


Experimental Archaeology Student Symposium 2020 (EAStS)

Sheffield University' Archaeology Department is holding the next Experimental Archaeology Student Symposium (EAStS) on the 28th February - 1st March. The symposium will consist of three paper sessions and a panel discussion on Saturday, followed by an experimental practical on the Sunday.

After the success the first EAStS conference in Newcastle, the second EAStS conference will be held in Sheffield in spring 2020.

Friday 28th February: Pre-conference drinks in the evening.

Saturday 29th February: Conference and conference dinner.

Sunday 1st March: Experimental practical session: copper smelting & bronze casting.

Keynote speakers

Friday 28 February

Welcome Drinks, The Red Deer

18 Pitt Street, Sheffield, S1 4DD

Saturday 29 February

Symposium Programme

09:00: Registration and refreshments

10:00: Conference Introduction (Yvette A. Marks)

10:15: Session 1: Re-constructing Iron Age production: chaired by Matt Lester 

10:20: Paper 1: Experimental iron smelting in a bowl hearth 
Nicholas S. Baillie, Mark J. Brownett, Emma Charity-Kirk ,Mallory P. Goodine, Amy-Eva I. Nuttall,  Isidora Perez Miranda, Fang-Yi Su, Annlin Wu, Ashley Tuck, Dexuan Liu, Lenore Thompson, Yvette A. Marks (The University of Sheffield): 

10:40: Paper 2: Unwinding the Beads: Experiments in Iron Age Bead Production and Use
Ele Montanari (Newcastle University)

11:00: Making Prehistoric Cloth: Experimental Archaeology and Experiential Results
Paper 3: Jennifer Beamer (University of Leicester) 

11:20: Refreshments – a selection of hot and cold drinks and biscuits provided by our sponsors O.N. books, the pop-up bookshop by O.N books will be open during the break. 

11:45: Session 2: An appetite for Experimental Archaeology – chaired by Nicholas Groat 

11:50: Paper 1:The Brew Must Go On: Comparative analysis of the efficiencies and weaknesses of blower stoves developed by Allied prisoners of war in Europe during the Second World War
Stacey Astill (Liverpool University)

12:10: Paper 2: Experiment on aceramic boiling
Jessica Cousen (The University of York)

12:30: Paper 3: Building bridges: mixed methodologies in experimental archaeology
Lara Comis (University College Dublin)

12:50: Lunch – a cold buffet of sandwiches/wraps, fruit and cake. Hot and cold drinks. The pop-up bookshop by O.N. books will be open during the lunch break.

13:55: Session 3: Reconstructing Ancient Technologies of materials – chaired by Lenore Thompson

14:00: Paper 1: Why Recycle Glass? The Answer is Clear!: Experimental glass recycling in a wood-fired glassworking furnace
Victoria A L Lucas (Newcastle University).

14:20: Paper 2: Assessing the Recipe Traditions of Bronze Age Mould Production in China
Bangcheng Tang, Yvette A. Marks, Dr Roger Doonan (The University of Sheffield).

14:40: Paper 3: Clay-mixing in the Production of Ceramics: An Ethnographic, Experimental and Archaeological Investigation
Wing-in Ho (University of Oxford), Patrick Quinn (University College London)

15:00: Afternoon refreshment break - a selection of hot and cold drinks and biscuits provided by our sponsors O.N. books, the pop-up bookshop by O.N books will be open during the break. 

15:30: Discussion Panel: Experimental archaeology in the 2020s: New directions, challenges, and opportunities.

Panel chair and introduction: Nicholas Groat 

Panel members; Dr Aimée Little, University of York; Yvette A. Marks, The University of Sheffield; Jason Hall, The University of Liverpool; TBC, TBC.

17:00: Vote for next host of EAStS 2022

17:30: Wine reception 

19:00: Conference Meal,
The Forum, 127-129 Devonshire Street, Sheffield, S3 7SB

Places for the conference meal need to be booked separately to the symposium attendance, the cost of the meal is not included in the registration fee and will be payable on the night. To book a place, please email Yvette Marks.

Sunday 1 March

10:00-15:00: Experimental open day
Ecclesall Woods Sawmill, Abbey Lane, Sheffield, South Yorkshire S7 2QZ.
Sponsored by The Hunter Archaeological Society

Places on the experimental open day need to be booked separately to the symposium attendance, there is no additional fee for this event, but places are limited, please email Yvette Marks to book a place (places first come basis). 

Experimental copper smelting in a reconstructed Bronze Age bowl hearth and Bronze casting of artefacts in different types of moulds. Participants will help to pump the bellows, crush ore, load the hearth with fuel, make moulds, finish artefacts (file and polish) and observe the smelt and casting process


Registration deadline is 14th February

For accommodation and travel information, email Yvette Marks.

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