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Leading international archaeology conference makes history as it heads to the North East for the first time

7th February 2018

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As a region steeped in Roman and Anglo-Saxon archaeology – from Hadrian’s Wall to the monasteries of Lindisfarne, Monkwearmouth and Jarrow – the North East is set to be a fitting host for a leading international archaeology conference when it heads to the region for the first time later this year.

Hadrian's Wall

Organised jointly by the McCord Centre for Landscape at Newcastle University and Durham University, the 5th International Landscape Archaeology Conference (LAC) will take place from 17-20 September 2018 with sessions taking place across Newcastle and Durham and conference dinner planned at The Boiler Shop – the historic home of the industrialised North and birthplace of the ground-breaking Stephenson’s Rocket.

Paul Szomoru, Head of Business Events at NewcastleGateshead Convention Bureau, said: “North East England is rich in archaeology and historical interest making it a fantastic location for this prestigious conference. This is the first time LAC has been to the UK, so I’m delighted that we are working together with Newcastle and Durham Universities and the International Association of Landscape Archaeology to ensure the 2018 conference is a huge success.”

LAC is a biennial series of conferences run by the International Association of Landscape Archaeology (IALA) and around 300 participants are expected to attend from over 35 countries. Renowned worldwide, the founding conference took place in Amsterdam in 2010 and since then it has been held in Berlin, Rome and Uppsala. Both Newcastle and Durham Universities have long traditions of archaeological research and training, bringing invaluable expertise to the table in planning and delivering the event.

The McCord Centre for Landscape exists to stimulate new and interdisciplinary approaches to landscapes, with research focusing on people and places in the past and present. Its mission is to create positive social, cultural and economic results by promoting the value of landscapes, now and for the future.

Sam Turner, Director of the McCord Centre for Landscape at Newcastle University, said: “I am delighted to be able to host the next Landscape Archaeology Conference along with our colleagues at Durham University. This conference is an exciting opportunity to bring together hundreds of delegates from around the world who share our enthusiasm for landscape archaeology, and will provide a unique opportunity to explore landscape through a variety of different lenses.

“The North East of England is rich in prehistoric remains and is the best known of the Roman imperial frontiers, making it the perfect backdrop for what is set to be a truly inspiring conference.”

The conference will cover topics across the archaeological spectrum, from long-established approaches to innovative new ideas. Confirmed keynote speakers include Meggen Gondek, Head of History and Archaeology at University of Chester, Alfredo Gonzalez-Ruibal, Archaeologist at CSIC (Spanish National Research Council), Dr Elif Koparal a prehistoric archaeologist at Hititte University in Turkey and Nicki Whitehouse, Associate Professor in Physical Geography at Plymouth University.

An interesting diversity of scientific sessions has been assembled for the conference and the conference will soon be inviting detailed contributions.

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