There was the usual very good mix of papers, opportunities to mix with colleagues – blinking in the unaccustomed light having been freed from the pot shed for a few days, and some nice excursions. Overall it was a very well run conference an we all owe Alice Lyons a lot of thanks for that!
The Friday afternoon mainly concentrated on Roman Norfolk, and Eastern Britain, which is of interest, and indeed I have been involved in over the years. There was quite an interesting example of what looked like a canteen for a servile workforce shown by Andrew Peachy, which reflect structures that Jerry Evans has described on the North West Kings Street – where servile populations seem to be working for private suppliers of commodities ( Iron, salt, leather, tile etc) for the Military. This perhaps parallels with the settlements from 5th century Antioch hinterland I reported on a few years ago.
Saturday saw two sessions: one on Urban projects, including a paper aiming to push forward the publication of the important Mancetter Hartshill Kiln excavations by Jane Evans and Laura Griffin.
The third session was jointly held with the Prehistoric ceramics research Group ( which I am also a member of and gave us up dates on the joint Prehistoric/ Roman/ Medieval pottery guidance project ( which will be very timely) the Reference resources project and the upcoming pottery residues guidance document – which is potentially very useful.
The afternoon saw us decamping to Caistor St Edmunds to view the site of the roman town, and then Burgh which had some impressive standing remains, and nice tile courses, although why there was a cavalry unity posted at such wet environs was an interesting question.
And now back to the cavern of the pot shed for another year…