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Society for Landscape Studies Conference 2018

From Tees to Tweed: new perspectives on landscape history and archaeology

Date/Time: 22 September 2018

Venue: Newcastle University

The Society for Landscape Studies will hold its annual autumn conference at Newcastle University, sponsored by the McCord Centre for Landscape in association with the Society of Antiquaries of Newcastle upon Tyne.

A wealth of new work led by researchers from community groups, Universities and commercial archaeologists has begun to show the history of north-east England’s landscape in a new light. At this meeting eight papers will consider the region’s changing landscapes from prehistory to the twentieth century. 

Registration costs £24 (£20 for members of the Society for Landscape Studies, the Society of Antiquaries of Newcastle upon Tyne, and Newcastle University). Registration includes tea, coffee and lunch.

To register for the Society for Landscape Studies annual conference please use this link:


9.30  Arrival and registration - Tea, coffee, biscuits 

10.00  David Astbury (Newcastle University) - A statistical analysis approach to studying the orientation of settlements and boundaries in Northumberland

10.30  Rob Collins (Newcastle University) - Hadrian's Wall - Monumentalising a community archaeology landscape

11.00  Morning break - Tea, coffee, juice, pastries

11.30  Rob Young - 'Prehistoric landscape of the North East' (final title to be confirmed)

12.00  Sam Turner (Newcastle University) - Landscape and social change in middle-Saxon Northumbria

12.30  Buffet lunch

13.30  Colm O’Brien and Max Adams (Bernician Studies Group) - A hypothesis on woodland in mid Northumberland

14.00  Richard Carlton (The Archaeological Practice Ltd) - The landscape of Lindisfarne

14.30  Afternoon break - Tea, coffee, cake

15.00  Caron Newman (Newcastle University) - Understanding the evolution of a designed landscape at Rothley Lakes, Wallington, Northumberland

15.30  Ronan O’Donnell (Durham University) - Introducing the landscape of the great depression in the North East

16.00  Summary and close


Participants may be interested to know that the fifth biennial IALA Landscape Archaeology Conference will take place at Newcastle University the previous week, from 18-20 September. More information about the LAC conference can be found here: