Special Events

The conference will take place from Friday the 28th May 2021 to Sunday the 30th May. To see our preliminary programme click here.

Attendees will be emailed links and passwords to videos and live sessions in advance of each days events. To book access to the conference click here.

Friday 28th May

Keynote Session

Challenges For Post-Medieval / Historical Archaeology in a Post-COVID World

Panellists:  Sanna Lipkin (University of Oulu), Laura Hampden (Greater London Archaeological Advisory Service), and Lewis C. Jones (Gettysburg College)

Join us Friday from 5-7 PM as panellists from Great Britain, continental Europe, and North America – representing a range of career stages and backgrounds – present their thoughts on future challenges for post-medieval / historical archaeology in a post-pandemic world.

Panellist presentations will be followed by an audience question and answer session chaired by SPMA president Alasdair Brooks.

Laura Hampden (Greater London Archaeological Advisory Service)

Laura Hampden is a curatorial archaeologist currently working in the Greater London Archaeological Advisory Service, Historic England. Her research interests revolve around the archaeology of the Trans-Atlantic Slave Trade and the impact of colonial cultural encounters on the historic environment in the post-medieval to modern period (in the U.K and Caribbean colonies). Laura’s archaeological interests intersect with current conversations in the wider sector around Diversity, Equality, Equity, Accessibility and Inclusion, Decolonisation, and the call for the significant cultural change needed to address structural inequality, and discrimination in the profession. She is a founding member of the European Society for Black and Allied Archaeologists and currently sits on the committee of Museum Detox. Through time working with communities, and time working with underrepresented and/marginalised heritage professionals Laura has developed an interest in implementing archaeology through a transformative practice lens; specifically where we collectively seek to understand the colonial roots of our profession, and remedy behaviours that perpetuate colonial inheritance and transference.

Lewis C. Jones (Gettysburg College)

Lewis C. Jones received his B.A. in History with a Minor in Anthropology, his B.S. in Secondary Education from Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis in 2006, and M.A in Anthropology from Indiana University, Bloomington in 2013.  Jones teaches as an Adjunct Professor of Anthropology at Gettysburg College, Gettysburg, Pennsylvania and also teaches Anthropology Classes for Harrisburg Area Community College. He currently serves as the Chair of the Society for Historical Archaeology’s Gender and Minority Affairs Committee.  His research interests include the history, archaeology and anthropology of the African Diaspora; the archaeology and anthropology of slavery; gender formation with the African Diaspora; consumption within the African-American Diaspora; antiracism and decoupling racism and racist practices from the field of anthropology; discourses on poverty at the colour line; and memorialization, race, and reconfiguring of the Past.

Publications include:

‘Consuming Lines of Difference: The Politics of Wealth and Poverty along the Color Line’.  Paul R. Mullins, Modupe Labode, Lewis C. Jones, et al. Historical Archaeology 45(3): 140-150 (thematic issue on Archaeologies of Poverty, Suzanne M. Spencer-Wood and Christopher Matthews, eds), 2011

‘Race, Displacement, and 20th Century University Landscapes: An Archaeology of Urban Renewal and Urban Universities’, with Paul R. Mullins in The Materiality of Freedom: Archaeologies of Post Emancipation Life (Jodi A. Barnes, ed), University of South Carolina Press, 2011.

Sanna Lipkin (University of Oulu)

Dr. Sanna Lipkin is Academy Research Fellow at the University of Oulu in Finland. Her current research projects (funded by the Academy of Finland) concentrate on post-medieval childhood. Her personal research interests focus on understanding the emotions related to child death and children in northern Finland. She is interested in social bonds between people, and how emotions affect those bonds’ evolvement. She also studies the post-medieval religious meanings related to death and afterlife, the preservation and decay processes of mummified remains, as well as past interference, comprehension, and attitudes towards these processes.

Dr Lipkin is president of the Archaeological Society of Finland and in this capacity works actively for equality and equity among archaeologists. 


Saturday 29th May

Saturday Evening Special Event

Book Launch: The Colonial Landscape of the British Caribbean

Edited by Roger Leech and Pamela Leech

Session introduced by Roger Leech (University of Southampton); session discussant Theresa A. Singleton (Syracuse University).

Join us Saturday evening as co-editor Prof. Roger Leech (University of Southampton) and three contributors to the volume outline some of the research included in this new SPMA monograph.  The volume brings together new research on the archaeology of the colonial landscape of the Caribbean. It focusses on the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries and on the British Caribbean: notably Bermuda, Jamaica, Florida, Barbados, Antigua, and especially St. Kitts and Nevis. Chapters cover a wide range of landscapes – domestic, military and industrial – and interests, including the archaeology and architecture of African-Caribbean slavery and emancipation, European settlements, sugar production, burial grounds, cartography, fortifications and trade.

Dr. Theresa Singleton (Syracuse University), one of North America’s leading experts on the archaeology of African Americans, the African Diaspora, and slavery in the United States and the Caribbean, and recipient of the Society for Historical Archaeology’s prestigious J.C. Harrington Medal, will serve as the book launch session discussant, and chair a question and answer session with the audience.

For more information on the new monograph click here


Sunday 30th May

Sunday Afternoon Special Event: 13.30 pm – 16.00pm

European Society of Black and Allied Archaeologists Workshop

In Conversation: Breaking the Racialised Walls in Archaeology

Panel discussion led by the European Society of Black and Allied Archaeologists (ESBAA)

Join us on Sunday afternoon as our colleagues from ESBAA lead us in a conversation on ‘breaking the racialised walls in archaeology’.

The panel duration will be 2.5 hours (including a 15-minute comfort break after the first hour). The 1st hour will introduce the audience to challenges faced by the panel through a roundtable, and the 2nd hour will be an interactive session with the audience.

What are the barriers that people of colour deal with in the discipline of archaeology? What are the issues of career retention and inclusivity that organisations face while pursuing ‘diversity’, and how do we, as professionals in the sector, actualise mentorship and allyship? This workshop is a conversation between the European Society of Black and Allied Archaeologists (ESBAA) and the audience about the challenges that we collectively face as we move towards enacting the structures that can create equity in our discipline. Beginning with a roundtable, ESBAA will discuss their professional and lived experiences followed by an open forum, to reflect on multifaceted topics, including:

● Barriers and Gatekeeping;
● Access and Recruitment;
● Retention;
● Mentorship and Allyship.

The workshop will be a space to think about the ways in which we, as people from different cultural and social backgrounds, experience the work we do and how our experiences shape one another. More broadly, this workshop will provide a space to create ethical solutions and promote inclusivity in our own sites of work.