Organised jointly by the McCord Centre for Landscape at Newcastle University and Durham University, the International Landscape Archaeology Conference (LAC) will take place in Newcastle and Durham with a conference dinner planned at The Boiler Shop – the historic home of the industrialised North and birthplace of the ground-breaking Stephenson’s Rocket.
The conference will cover topics across the archaeological spectrum, from long-established approaches to innovative new ideas. Confirmed keynote speakers include Meggen Gondek, head of History and Archaeology at University of Chester, Alfredo Gonzalez-Ruibal, archaeologist at Spanish National Research Council (CSIC), Dr Elif Koparal a prehistoric archaeologist at Hititte University in Turkey and Nicki Whitehouse, associate professor in Physical Geography at Plymouth University.
"North East England is rich in archaeology and historical interest making it a fantastic location for this prestigious conference. This is the first time LAC has been to the UK, so I’m delighted that we are working together with Newcastle and Durham Universities and the International Association of Landscape Archaeology to ensure the 2018 conference is a huge success," said Paul Szomoru, head of business events at NewcastleGateshead Convention Bureau.
"I am delighted to be able to host the next Landscape Archaeology Conference along with our colleagues at Durham University. This conference is an exciting opportunity to bring together hundreds of delegates from around the world who share our enthusiasm for landscape archaeology, and will provide a unique opportunity to explore landscape through a variety of different lenses.
"The North East of England is rich in prehistoric remains and is the best known of the Roman imperial frontiers, making it the perfect backdrop for what is set to be a truly inspiring conference," added Sam Turner, director of the McCord Centre for Landscape at Newcastle University.
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