The Roman Finds Group Autumn Conference -  Finds for the dead in Roman London and beyond

in association with

The Museum of London

October 15th 2018
Museum of London Docklands

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The 2018 RFG Autumn Meeting is based at Museum of London Docklands and will be a one-day conference on Monday 15th October. It is being organised jointly with the Museum of London and MOLA. It will take place in the Wilberforce Theatre, Museum of London Docklands, No.1 Warehouse, West India Quay, London E14 4AL. We would like to thank, in particular, Jackie Keily of the Museum of London and Mike Marshall of MOLA for all their hard work in organising the event; thanks to the Museum of London for free provision of the room, MOLA (Museum of London Archaeology) for a grant towards running the event and Aaron Stennett, Marketing and PR officer from the Museum of London for his assistance in advertising the meeting.

The conference comprises three sessions of papers with twelve talks covering various aspects of Roman funerary archaeology and finds, primarily in London. We are getting more and more people to our meetings and this meeting will also be widely advertised by the Museum of London and MOLA marketing teams so early booking is strongly advised. The cost of the meeting is £18 for fully paid up RFG members, £15 for students and £22 for non-members. Attendance applications can be made by filling out the form below and returning it with the required payment to the address stated.

What’s included?

  • Access to all conference sessions and poster viewings.
  • Tea, coffee, and biscuits as per the conference programme.
  • Visit to the ‘The Roman Dead’ Exhibition during the lunch break.

Book Sales/Poster Displays

There will be space for posters, and discussion during all breaks. There will also be space for the sale of books should anyone wish to do so. If so, please contact Stephen Greep at in advance. MOLA will be offering Roman cemetery excavation reports for sale at a discount and PCA (Pre-construct Archaeology) will be selling discounted copies of their Roman Burials in Southwark and other reports

Getting to the Museum of The London Docklands

The closest tube station is West India Quay - the museum entrance is two minutes’ walk. To find more information about getting to the museum please visit their website:   and

Questions and Further Information

More details about the exhibition Museum of London Docklands Roman Dead are available at Questions about the RFG meeting should be emailed to Stephen Greep at: We look forward to seeing you.


Finds for the dead in Roman London and beyond
Conference Schedule

10.00           Registration (with tea, coffee and biscuits)

10.30           Welcome: Jackie Keily, Senior Curator, Prehistory and Roman, Museum of London

Session one:

Chair:         Mike Marshall, MOLA

10.40           Alison Telfer, MOLA – A watery grave: funerary activity in the upper Walbrook valley

11.05           Angela Wardle, Roman Finds Group – Grave goods from high status Roman burials at Spitalfields

11.30           Victoria Ridgeway, PCA –  Something fishy going on in Southwark: diet, mobility and burial practices in Londinium's Southern Cemetery

11.55           Jackie Keily and Meriel Jeater, Museum of London – Designing the ‘Roman Dead’

12.20           Lunch and The Roman Dead Exhibition Viewing

Session Two 

Chair:         Stephen Greep, Roman Finds Group

13.50           Julian Bowsher, MOLA – Roman coins from cemeteries in London

14.15           Rebecca Redfern, Museum of London – Jane/John Doe: identifying Roman mobility using bioarchaeology

14.40           Kevin Hayward, PCA – Commemoration and Internment of the Roman dead in London: The use of stone

15.05           John Pearce, Kings College London – Marking the dead in Roman London: text, sculpture, monument

15.30          Coffee, Tea and biscuits – viewing of posters

Session Three

Chair:         Jackie Keily, Museum of London

16.00           Stephen Greep, Roman Finds Group – Scroll Holders and the Funerary Pyre: an example from Roman London

16.15           Owen Humphreys, University of Reading – Tombs of the unknown craftsmen? Carpenter burials in Roman Britain and Europe

16.30           Adam Parker, York Museum Trust – Mystery Solved: A Gold Plaque in the Collections of the Yorkshire Museum

16.45           Glynn Davis, Colchester Museums – Colchester’s Roman Dead: Collections, Cremations and Coffins          

17.00           Closing remarks: Jenny Hall, Roman Finds Group


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