Conference: The Archaeology of Post-Medieval Religion

12th-14th September 2008
The Maids Head Hotel, Tombland, Norwich

The Society for Post-Medieval Archaeology and the Society for Church Archaeology are pleased to announce a forthcoming joint conference on the archaeology of religion in Britain and Europe from 1580 to 1900.

The joint SPMA/SMA (2001) conference The Archaeology of Reformation, 1480-1580 demonstrated the huge potential for the study of archaeological evidence for understanding complex religious change. The 2008 joint conference, which will be held from the 12th-14th September in Norwich, seeks to extend these insights to explore the development of religious ideologies and practices in the post-medieval world. The seventeenth, eighteenth and nineteenth centuries were a period of profound religious and cultural change; of sustained theological debate and violent religious conflict. The conference brings together archaeologists and historians from a wide range of fields, all of whom share an interest in the changing spatial and material context of religious belief and identity in this period.

Themes covered include the ongoing impact of religious and political conflict in post-Reformation Britain and Europe, the archaeology of immigrant groups in the early modern world, nonconformist buildings and landscapes in the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries, and post-medieval funerary practices.

The conference venue is located in the heart of Norwich, a city with a long history of religious diversity, and many fine survivals of post-medieval religious architecture. The conference is timed to coincide with the Heritage Open Day weekend (11th-14th September), providing an unparalleled opportunity to explore many aspects of this unique heritage, including many churches, chapels and other religious buildings not usually open to the general public.

For further information and booking forms go to:

Or contact the conference organiser: Dr Chris King
School of Archaeology and Ancient History, University of Leicester, University Road, Leicester, LE1 7RH
Tel: 0116 252 2175; e-mail

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