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11 December 2023 - 11 December 2023

9:30AM - 5:00PM

Durham University Department of Archaeology Dawson Building South Road Durham DH1 3LE

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Following on from the recent annual meeting of the Roman Finds Group, this one-day workshop brings together scholars and professionals in the field of Roman material culture studies in the UK to share knowledge about current approaches to artefacts and small finds as a particular aspect of material culture. This workshop is sponsored by The Centre for the Study of the Ancient Mediterranean and Near East, Durham University.

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Front and back views of a bronze decoration object of a Roman cart from the ancient city of Diocaesarea (Uzuncaburç, Mersin, TR).

Aspects for consideration in this workshop include:

  • methods of recording and data capture on and/or off site
  • best-practice in small finds reports
  • site and museological cataloguing conventions in the 21st century
  • current thinking on displaying, presenting and engaging people with small finds
  • methods of analysis and theoretical angles employed in interpretation
  • ethical frameworks impacting all of the above.

This is a primarily in-person event, with capacity limited to 40 people. Refreshments and lunch will be served. Please register using this form, notifying us of any dietary requirements and access needs.

If you cannot attend in person, and wish to audit online, please register your interest using this Remote Access Interest form.


  • Handegül Canlı, Tübitak Visiting Researcher, Department of Archaeology, Durham University
  • Benjamin Westwood, Durham Finds Liaison Officer, Portable Antiquity Scheme
  • Cathie Draycott, Associate Professor, Department of Archaeology, Durham University 
9:30     Welcome coffee and pastries served, Dawson Building Common Room
10 Introduction, Lecture Room D110
10:15 James Gerrard, Newcastle, Old Collections, new discoveries: interpreting antiquarian discoveries in a digital age
10:40 Handegül Canlı, Kahramanmaras/Durham, Tracing Cilicia’s shine: exploring metal finds at the ancient city of Diocaesarea (Uzuncaburç)
11 Alison Pollard, Oxford, Similar but different: interpreting objects of local production at Binchester Roman fort
11:25 COFFEE BREAK – Common Room
11:45 Michael Lewis, PAS, British Museum, Reporting to Recording: opportunities provided by digital technology and citizen science in the processing of public finds
12:10 Benjamin Westwood, PAS FLO Durham, Darlington and Teesside, PAS data & Regional Research Frameworks: finding a focus
12:35 Antony Lee, Treasure Trove Unit, National Museums of Scotland, Finds from the far north: Roman objects and Scottish Treasure Trove 
13-14 LUNCH – Common Room
14:00 (remote) Daniël Paul van Helden, Leicester, Photographing for future technology. The development of the Arch-I-Scan data gathering procedure
14:25 Gemma Lewis, Durham Museums, Unlocking knowledge: Decoding and interpretating the Lanchester Diploma for visitor and school engagement with the Museum of Archaeology
14:50 Rob Collins, Newcastle, Roman finds from the frontiers: an international perspective on how artefacts are catalogued, displayed, and interpreted
15:15 Anna Leone, Durham, Machine learning and fighting illicit artefact trafficking (working title)
15:35 Mince pies and other snacks – Common Room


Free to all attendees