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Experimental Archaeology Student Symposium (EAStS)

Organised by
University of Sheffield (UK)
United Kingdom

After the success of last year's EAStS in Newcastle, the 2nd Annual EAStS conference takes place in Sheffield.
For travel & accommodation info, see the attachments below. 
The registration for EAStS 2020 is now live! Click here to register


Friday 28th February
18:00-21:00: welcome drinks, The Red Deer, 18 Pitt St, Sheffield S1 4DD.

Saturday 29th February 
09:00-18:30: Symposium, Humanities Research Institute (HRI), Upper Hanover St, Sheffield S3 7QY.
09:00: Registration and refreshments
10:00: Conference Introduction (Yvette A. Marks)

10:15: Session 1: Re-constructing Iron Age production – chaired by Matt Lester
10:20: Paper 1: Nicholas S. Baillie, Mark J. Brownett, Emma Charity-Kirk ,Mallory P. Goodine, Amy-Eva I. Nuttall,  Isidora Perez Miranda, Fang-Yi Su, Annlin Wu, Ashley Tuck, Dexuan Liu, Lenore Thompson, Yvette A. Marks (The University of Sheffield): Experimental iron smelting in a bowl hearth
10:40: Paper 2: Ele Montanari (Newcastle University): Unwinding the Beads: Experiments in Iron Age Bead Production and Use
11:00: Paper 3: Jennifer Beamer (University of Leicester): Making Prehistoric Cloth: Experimental Archaeology and Experiential Results

11:20: morning refreshment break – a selection of hot and cold drinks and biscuits provided by our sponsors O.N. books, the pop-up bookshop by O.N books will be open during the break.

11:45: Session 2: An appetite for Experimental Archaeology – chaired by Nicholas Groat 
11:50: Paper 1: Stacey Astill (Liverpool University): The Brew Must Go On: Comparative analysis of the efficiencies and weaknesses of blower stoves developed by Allied prisoners of war in Europe during the Second World War
12:10: Paper 2: Jessica Cousen (The University of York): Experiment on aceramic boiling
12:30: Paper 3: Lara Comis (University College Dublin): Building bridges: mixed methodologies in experimental archaeology

12:50: Lunch – a cold buffet of sandwiches/wraps, fruit and cake. Hot and cold drinks. The pop-up bookshop by O.N. books will be open during the lunch break.

13:55: Session 3: Reconstructing Ancient Technologies of materials – chaired by Lenore Thompson
14:00: Paper 1: Victoria A L Lucas (Newcastle University): Why Recycle Glass? The Answer is Clear!: Experimental glass recycling in a wood-fired glassworking furnace
14:20: Paper 2: Bangcheng Tang, Yvette A. Marks, Dr Roger Doonan (The University of Sheffield): Assessing the Recipe Traditions of Bronze Age Mould Production in China
14:40: Paper 3: Wing-in Ho (University of Oxford), Patrick Quinn (University College London): Clay-mixing in the Production of Ceramics: An Ethnographic, Experimental and Archaeological Investigation

15:00: Afternoon refreshment break - a selection of hot and cold drinks and biscuits provided by our sponsors O.N. books, the pop-up bookshop by O.N books will be open during the break.

15:30: Discussion Panel: Experimental archaeology in the 2020s: New directions, challenges, and opportunities. Panel chair and introduction: Nicholas Groat. Panel members; Dr Aimée Little, University of York; Yvette A. Marks, The University of Sheffield; Jason Hall, The University of Liverpool; TBC, TBC.

17:00: vote for next host for EAStS 2022

17:30: Wine reception

19:00: Conference Meal, The Forum, 127-129 Devonshire Street, Sheffield, S3 7SB. Places for the conference meal need to be booked separately to the symposium attendance, the cost of the meal is not included in the registration fee and will be payable on the night. To book a place, please email

Sunday 1st March
10:00-15:00: Experimental open day, Ecclesall Woods Sawmill, Abbey Lane, Sheffield, South Yorkshire S7 2QZ. Sponsored by The Hunter Archaeological Society. Places on the experimental open day need to be booked separately to the symposium attendance, there is no additional fee for this event, but places are limited, please email to book a place (places first come basis).

Experimental copper smelting in a reconstructed Bronze Age bowl hearth and Bronze casting of artefacts in different types of moulds. Participants will help to pump the bellows, crush ore, load the hearth with fuel, make moulds, finish artefacts (file and polish) and observe the smelt and casting process.