The CIA Conference 2015

AllendaleHse4The 2015 conference of the Council for Independent Archaeology was held at Wimborne Minster, Dorset on Saturday 19 September 2015. The conference was in association with the East Dorset Antiquarian Society at the East Dorset Heritage Trust’s centre at Allendale House

Following the conference there was a free reception in the evening at the Priest’s House Museum. For delegates to the conference who stayed  in the area overnight, there was a free tour on Sunday morning of the Druce Farm Roman villa excavation being carried out by Lillian Ladle.

The programme for the conference included the following speakers:

Lillian Ladle: Druce Farm Roman Villa
Katherine Barker: Dorset County Boundary survey
Prof Tim Darvill: Planning and Local Communities
Hayley Roberts: Relationship between Professionals and Societies
The Cranborne Chase archaeology project
Bob Randall will give an update about the new Mark II TR/CIA Resistivity Meter.
Steve Clarke. The Lost Lake of Monmouth

The AGM of the Council was also held

For a full report on the conference, click here.

For further details contact Keith Foster: SKFoster@BTInternet.com



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, and in 2013 at Shipham in Somerset. 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


26th September 2015

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