Roman Finds Group  30th Anniversary Meeting

Friday 20th - Saturday 21st October 2017 at Salisbury Museum

New Research on Finds from South and South-Western  Britain

This year the Roman Finds Group is 30 years old. To celebrate, we’ve organised our 2017 Autumn Meeting in Salisbury, where there will be a special reception. It will be a two-day conference from lunchtime on Friday 20th October until late afternoon on Saturday 21st October and is to be held in the Lecture Theatre, Salisbury Museum ( The meeting is being organised jointly by Stephen Greep and Jörn Schuster. RFG are grateful for the support given to arrangements for the meeting by Salisbury Museum.

There are five sessions of papers, with nineteen illustrated talks, on various aspects of finds from British sites concentrating on recent work in south and south-western Britain. There will be one session concentrating on brooches, led by Justine Bayley, in memory of Sarnia Butcher.
Please note that numbers will be restricted so you are advised to book early. This is particularly important for the reserved accommodation (see below) which will be allocated on a first come first served basis! The cost of the meeting is the same as for both the York and Reading meetings last year: £40 for fully paid up RFG members, £30 for students, £48 non-members and a £25 day rate (students £20).
What’s included?

  •  Access to all conference sessions, finds and poster viewings. 
  • Teas and coffees as in the programme. 
  • Free access to the Museum. 
  • Private viewing of the Wessex Gallery and the Terry Pratchett Exhibition on the Friday evening after the Museum has closed to the public.
  • RFG 30th Anniversary drinks reception held at Sarum College.
  • Subsidised pre-conference guided tour to Salisbury Cathedral.

Finds Viewing/poster displays/book sales There is space adjacent to the lecture room for finds display and discussion during tea/coffee breaks. If you wish to bring along finds and/or a poster display please indicate on the application form or contact Stephen Greep separately. There will also be space for the sale of books etc.

Getting to Salisbury Museum It’s a 10 minute walk from the railway station to the Museum (The Kings House, 65 The Close, Salisbury SP1 2EN). Please note that there is no parking at the Museum. There are two trains an hour from London Waterloo. Parking in the Close is £6 per day but spaces are limited. There are NCP car parks a 10 minute walk away in New Street and Crane Street. The closest carparks apart from the Cathedral’s are Brown St and Millstream. There are four park and rides: For those staying at Sarum College there are some directions for parking on their website. There should be parking available at the College in the evening for anyone staying but not a lot of spaces for extras
Pre-conference guided tour of Salisbury Cathedral We have arranged a RFG only guided tour around Salisbury Cathedral immediately prior to the start of the meeting. This will take place from 11.00 and will last approximately one hour. There is a small (subsidised) cost of £5, and the tour will operate subject to demand. If you wish to attend please indicate on booking form. Access to galleries and roof through narrow spiral staircases with some uneven steps requires a certain level of fitness!
Roman Finds Group 30th Anniversary Reception, Friday evening 6-7pm Following the private viewing at the Salisbury Museum there will be a special reception to celebrate our 30th Anniversary. Taking place at Sarum College, there will be wine and soft drinks and some cake, together with a short presentation on RFG, past, present and future. There is no charge for this special event, but you must indicate on your application form that you are going to attend so we get the catering right!
Friday evening Conference Meal, 8pm We have arranged a meal at Prezzo, which is just a short walk from the Museum (52 High St, Salisbury SP1 2PF). We have reserved seats and there should be room for everyone. You will have to pre-order (via RFG) but pay on the night. The cost is £20, which includes a three-course meal, some wine and a small gratuity. You will be required to pre-order, but there will be something for everyone!
Accommodation We have reserved a number of rooms at Sarum College ( are £69 per night B@B. Sarum College is very close to Salisbury Museum. These rooms are available on a first come basis – please indicate on your meeting application form. You pay locally, please don’t send any money for your room with the application form.
Questions and further Information Any questions about the meeting should be made to Stephen Greep ( or Jörn Schuster (

New Research on Finds from South and South Western Britain Autumn 2017 Meeting Programme and Timetable 

Day One: Friday 20th October 2017

12.30   Registration. Welcome tea/coffee

13.00   Welcome and Introduction, Dr Stephen Greep, Meetings Co-ordinator, RFG
Session One

Chair: Dr Stephen Greep, RFG

13.05   Alyson Tanner, Portable Antiquities Scheme volunteer, Salisbury: Finds from three local sites in the Pitt Rivers Collection at Salisbury Museum

13.35   Sophie Hawke, Researcher, Bradford on Avon Museum: What a Relief: an assessment of the Romano-British relief fragment found in Bradford on Avon, Wiltshire

14.05   Dr Eleanor Ghey, Project Curator: Romano-British Collections, British Museum: Recent Research on Coin Hoards from the South-West
14.35   Tea/Coffee – viewing of finds and posters
Session Two: Papers based on brooch research in the south-west: A Tribute to Sarnia Butcher

Chair:  Jenny Hall, RFG

15.15   Dr Justine Bayley, Chairman, Roman Finds Group: Sarnia Butcher: Brooches

15.30   Anna Tyacke, Cornwall FLO, Royal Institution of Cornwall, Truro: A Cornish Brooch type

16.00   Sally Worrell, Prehistoric & Roman National Finds Adviser, University College London: Mapping Polden Hill brooches: new evidence from the PAS brooches recorded in the South-west

16.30   Dr Justine Bayley, Chairman, Roman Finds Group: The Brooches from Nor'Nour
16.45   Louise Tunnard, The Salisbury Museum: How the Wessex Gallery was won
Special Museum Viewing
17.00   Private Viewing of the Wessex Gallery, Salisbury Museum     AND   An opportunity to join the exhibition curator Richard Henry on a tour of Terry Pratchett: His World. An exclusive major exhibition based on the extraordinary life of Sir Terry Pratchett, the creative genius behind the Discworld series
Reception at Sarum College
18.00   To celebrate thirty years of RFG there will be a drinks reception at Sarum College.  Justine Bayley, Chairman, RFG will give a short presentation on RFG past, present and future
Evening Social

20.00   For those who have booked, a meal at Prezzo’s, 52 High St, Salisbury SP1 2PF a short stroll away from the Museum.

Roman Finds Group Meeting Autumn 2017
Day Two : Saturday 21st October 2017

Please note there is no access to the Museum or the Lecture Theatre until 10.00
Session Three
Chair: Dr Jörn Schuster, RFG

10.15   Dr Bruce Eagles, Research Fellow, Bournemouth University, Salisbury: Penannular brooches in post-Roman Wessex

10.45   Rachael Seager-Smith, Finds Manager, Wessex Archaeology, Salisbury: Finds from the Roman Cemeteries at Amesbury Down

11.15   Dr Stephen Greep, RFG:  More Regionality? Weapon Terminal ‘spoons’ from Frocester Court, Gloucestershire and Needle Cases from Lankhills, Winchester, Hampshire.
11.25   Tea/Coffee – viewing of finds and posters
Session Four Chair: Dr Angela Wardle, RFG
11.50   Dr David Roberts, Archaeologist, Historic England: The Roman Villa in the Deverills

12.20   The Pewsey hoard of late Roman vessels: wrapping, contents and time of deposition Richard Henry, Wiltshire FLO, Salisbury and South Wilts Museum: The hoard’s discovery and archaeology   Dr Ruth Pelling, Senior Archaeobotanist, Historic England, Fort Cumberland: The hoard’s macro remains   Dr Michael Grant, Enterprise Fellow in Marine Archaeology, Southampton University: The hoard’s pollen evidence
13.10   Lunch
Session Five
Chair: Dr Justine Bayley, RFG

14.30   Dr Mike Bishop, Writer, Publisher and Archaeologist, Pewsey:  Lance, javelin, and spear: untangling the weaponry of Roman auxiliary cavalry

15.00   Owen Humphries, Department of Archaeology, University of Reading: Artefacts at work: The Tools from Roman London

15.30   Dr Miles Russell, Senior Lecturer in Prehistoric and Roman archaeology, Bournemouth University: The ‘Face’ of Roman Britain: establishing identity and context for Romano-British portrait sculpture

16.00   Tatiana Ivleva, Department of Archaeology, University of Newcastle. Glass adornments event horizon?: In search for the origins of Roman-period glass bangles in southern Britain
16.30   Dr Justine Bayley, Chairman, Roman Finds Group. Summary and Closing remarks

16.40 End

Download the programme and booking form here.

Download the abstracts here. (updated 29/09/2017)


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