The CIA Conference 2016

Launch of the TR/CIA resistivity meter

24th/ 25th of September, Toddington

Bob displays tablet DSC_1632The highlight of the 2016 conference will be the launch of the Mark 2 TR/CIA resistivity meter which will be demonstrated at the conference.

The conference will be held on Saturday, 26 September  2016 with an optional second day for visits to local sites and hands-on demonstration of the new meter. The conference will be held at the Poplar’s Garden Centre near Toddington (Dunstable) which is just off junction 12 of the M1 motorway. It will be held in conjunction with the Ampthill and District Archaeological and Local History Society.

The programme for the conference will feature:

Steve Upex on the excavations at the Water Newton fort and the re-dating of  Durobrivae
Mike Turner and Kevin Fadden on the excavations at Ampthill Castle
Adrian Farnsworth on Lidar:  how to obtain it and what you can get from it
Roy Friendship Taylor on some Samian Ware copies from the Piddington Roman Villa
Andrew Selkirk on Barbarism and Civilisation: why our views of the Romans are so horribly screwed up
Bob Randall on the launch of the new resistivity meter with a short demonstration.

On the Sunday we are having a working demonstration of the new resistivity meter in Ampthill Park. Full details of the specifications,  cost and expected delivery time will be given at the conference and he will be possible to order with a special discount for members of the CIA

The cost will be £17: to book your place, please email Keith Forster at SKFoster@BTInternet.com


For a full report on the 2015 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, 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


2nd August 2016 

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