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The CBA’s new online lecture series will bring you a range of speakers from across archaeology and heritage. The lectures will be exploring a wide range of themes and ideas around the question, what is archaeology?

Speakers will draw on their own experiences, a range of sites, excavations, techniques, scientific approaches, and museum practice to bring you the latest in archaeological thinking and research.  

Collectively the lecture series will sit alongside existing CBA activity such as the Festival of Archaeology and the Archaeological Achievement Awards and contribute to a wider debate on the very nature of archaeology and how we can draw in new audiences and perceptions.

Upcoming Lectures

The Treasonous Sands – fiction and fatality in the narratives of Robert Erskine Childers and Mary Spring Rice

Join artist Mhairi Sutherland for an exploration of the work of Erskine Childers and Mary Spring Rice.  Drawing on travels to the German East Friesian Islands, archive material and historical narratives Mhairi's work explores Irish-British cultural identities and the context and impact of Childers The Riddle of the Sands and Spring Rice's logbook written whilst aboard the Asgard in 1914.  

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Archaeology, memory & our contested pasts 

Paul’s presentation will look at how archaeology, memory and intangible heritage can play an important role to help underpin a more plural and democratic society.

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Previous Lectures

Many of the lectures from the This Is Archaeology series are recorded and available to watch again via the members area of the CBA website. 

Bog Bodies - face to face with the past

In this talk, Dr Melanie Giles shared the latest thinking about the phenomenon of bog bodies.

Journeys - Of people, objects, ideas and the dead, in Britain and Ireland, 4300-1500

In this talk, Dr Alison Sheridan looked at what was moving into, out of, and around Britain and Ireland between 4300 BC and 1500 BC, how, and why.

Excavating the map? Landscape archaeologies of the Ordnance Survey

In this lecture, Professor Keith Lilley talked to us about landscapes and the associated field-monuments that played a vital role in mapping our nations. 

What drives national identity? An online talk with Mike Pitts

Journeys have become a huge topic in British archaeology and how we imagine our islands’ long history. In this talk, Mike Pitts looks at what happened in the past and how that affects our concepts of national identity?

This event was part of the CBA's 2022 Festival of Archaeology.  

The Made in Migration Collective: A collaborative archaeology of contemporary forced displacement in Europe

The Made in Migration Collective is a fluid group of displaced and non-displaced individuals originally from eight different countries. Rachael Kiddey and the Made in Migration Collective will share how they use established archaeological and cultural heritage methods to co-document personal belongings and places significant to lived experiences of contemporary forced displacement in Europe. 

This event was part of the CBA's 2022 Festival of Archaeology.

Cuilcagh to Cleenish: Unlocking rural heritage for positive community development

Heritage activities can have social implications for communities and are as much about building growth and confidence as they are about uncovering the past. Learn more about community development with Barney Devine. 

The Scottish Crannog Centre 2018-2022

Join Rachel Backshall and Rich Hiden of the Scottish Crannog Centre and hear the story of an organisation going through transition facing Covid pandemic-devastating fires, frogs and locusts. 

Roman Britain's Pirate King

A talk by Dr Simon Elliott, archaeologist, author and CBA Trustee, on this great untold story of British history.