The CIA Conference 2017

Sunday, October 22nd, Swadlingcote

The Sharpes Pottery Museum

The Sharpes Pottery Museum

The 2017 CIA conference will be held in the Sharpes Pottery Museum, Swadlincote, Derbyshire DE11 9DG.

Members may remember that the Pottery Museum was also the venue for our 2011 conference, as it is the home territory of Keith Foster, our Secretary, who is also a Trustee of the Museum.

The museum proved to be a splendid meeting place – click here for details of the former meeting.

A lively programme has already been arranged but there are still some slots available – contact Keith Foster for further details.

Preliminary programme is as follows:

a)     Monks, murder and myths: An archaeological journey through Mercia from Repton to Peakirk by Dr Avril Lumley Prior
b)     Industrial Archaeology of Sharpes Museum and the Potteries of South Derbyshire by Philip Heath
c)     The Mk 2 Resistivity Meter, and future developments by Bob Randall
d)     Troy House, Monmouth by Dr Ann Benson, FSA
e)     Air Photography by John Sorrell
f)      Kevin Barton on Lidar in Ireland


Conference fee: (Includes lunch and all refreshments) : £20

Applications to: Keith Foster, 2 The Watermeadows, Swarkestone, Derby, DE73 7TX,

tel: 01332 704148, email:@skfoster@btinternet.com

For a full report on the 2016 conference, click here.

The Council for Independent Archaeology was formed in 1985 to champion the interests of independent archaeology, that is archaeology carried out independently of government funding. It promotes the interests of local societies and amateur archaeologists and historians and those who seek to explore our history without using government funding.

The main activity of the Council is holding an annual meeting, usually in the autumn. For long, meetings were held at universities, but these have proved too expensive, and recent meetings have been held in village halls, sponsored by local societies. In 2011 the meeting was held at Swadlingcote  in Derbyshire, in 2012 at Hackleton in Northamptonshire, in 2013 at Shipham in Somerset, and the 2014 conference was held at Wallingford. Offers and suggestions for future meeting places are welcome.

The council also promotes the production of a Resistivity Meter  for archaeological prospection, and played a major role in the concerns over the Valletta Convention of the Council of Europe, which sought to restrict or abolish the activities of amateur archaeologists

For further information please contact Keith Foster   the Hon Treasurer, Kevan Fadden, the Hon Acting Secretary, or Andrew Selkirk, the Chairman and Webmaster.

 Andrew Selkirk,

 Chairman and Webmaster


21 September 2016 

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