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Since 1990, a series of major conferences and publications have investigated aspects of death and burial in medieval societies in Europe and beyond. Some have delivered state-of-the-art research on early medieval and medieval funerary rites; others have profiled new advances in scientific research. Throughout all, spatial consideration has emerged as a connecting research strand.

From understanding the distribution patterns of grave types and the use of antecedent landscape features for burial, to charting the rise of commemorative markers in stone, and the arrival of monastic and churchyard burial traditions; from exploring political signalling and polity formation through burial display, to identifying patterns of diseases and health in medieval populations and their mobility, the location of the grave has become a rich stepping off point, stimulating and facilitating new research directions.

This conference, sponsored by the Society for Medieval Archaeology and the Leverhulme-funded Durham Project People and Place: Creating the Kingdom of Northumbria, brings together established and early career researchers working on aspects of death, dying and burial from AD 300-1500 in Britain, Ireland and further afield.

The conference will take place at Durham University and opens on the evening of Friday the 13 th of July at Durham Cathedral, with a keynote lecture by Professor Bonnie Effros (University of Liverpool). A free private view of the new Open Treasure exhibition at the Cathedral will be available to full ticket attendees and a drinks reception the evening of the lecture. On the 14 th and 15 th of July, speakers from Britain and Europe will present new work and findings on death and burial in medieval society at the Calman Centre on the Science Site at Durham University, and a second keynote will be given on Saturday evening by Professor Roberta Gilchrist (University of Reading), followed by an evening reception and poster exhibition. The conference will close on Sunday the 15 th of July with a final keynote by Dr Duncan Sayer (University of Central Lancashire).

Speakers include: Mary Lewis (University of Reading), John Hines (Cardiff University), Jean Soulat (LandArc Laboratory and CNRS Research Unit UMR 6273 from CRAHAM), Adrian Maldonado (University of Glasgow), Ann Sølvia Jacobsen (Durham University), James Graham Campbell (UCL), Dries Tys (Free University of Brussels), Jure Šućur (University of Zadar), Anouk Busset (University of Glasgow) and Catriona McKenzie (University of Exeter).

We can also take online payments and payments by international bank transfer, please indicate when registering if you need to pay by either of these methods and we will provide you with the account details by email. For all queries please contact us at grave.concerns@durham.ac.uk (phone on 0191 334 1115).

We are delighted to offer full attendance at the entire conference to all members of the Society for Medieval Archaeology for a basic rate of £30. This includes access to the full programme and all keynote lectures, a free private view of Open Treasure, attendance at both evening receptions, lunch on the Saturday and all refreshments at the conference on Saturday and Sunday.

The late Mick Aston was a skilled photographer and a talented draughtsman. Mick’s camera was never from his side and he took every opportunity to record archaeological sites whenever the opportunity arose. Over a career spanning more than 40 years he built up a unique collection of images which charted the development of medieval archaeology throughout Britain. In honour of his contribution to the discipline and his role in public engagement, the Society for Medieval Archaeology announces an annual photographic competition for Society members in Mick’s honour.

Each year entries will be requested on a particular theme related to medieval archaeology. The choice of images is wide and might include excavations, aerial photographs, objects or buildings in Britain and Ireland. Creative images are not excluded either in black and white or in colour but must sent to the Society at medieval.archaeology@googlemail.com to arrive by 31st July each year. We invite members to send digital images and high resolution .jpg and .tiff files as email attachments. A maximum of two entries will be accepted per member and the photo must have been taken by the person entering within the past 12 months.

The annual theme will be announced in January each year on the Society’s website and will be judged by a panel of Council members for relevance, composition and overall quality. The SMA reserves the right to use any entry in publications, its website and promotional materials. The winning entry will receive £200.

The Society for Medieval Archaeology is delighted that 2018 is the European Year of Cultural Heritage. Throughout the year diverse cultural heritage will be celebrated meaning thousands of activities will take place across Europe, encouraging us to experience, appreciate, and enjoy cultural heritage. Inspired by the exciting year ahead, the Mick Aston Photographic Competition theme for 2018 is ‘ the past meets the future’ and welcomes photographs captured anywhere in Europe. #EuropeforCulture