The Society for Post-Medieval Archaeology

The Society for Post-Medieval Archaeology is Europe’s leading society for the study and promotion of historical archaeology. The SPMA was founded in 1966 with the aim of promoting the archaeology of late medieval to industrial society in Britain, Europe and those countries influenced by European colonialism. The Society now covers the archaeology of the period up to the present day. To achieve this aim the Society publishes the triannual journal Post-Medieval Archaeology, and a twice yearly newsletter, as well as regular monographs, and holds conferences and meetings.

About the Society

News

New Community Engagement Award

Saturday 20 December 2014

We are pleased to announce a new Community Engagement Award, designed to support individuals, groups and societies in developing new public-facing initiatives, whether one-off events, programmes of activities, digital archaeology or other creative outputs.

Events

Annual Conference 2015

20 November — 22 November 2015

Publications

Exploring Atlantic Transitions: Archaeologies of Transience and Permanence in New Found Lands

Exploring Atlantic Transitions: Archaeologies of Transience and Permanence in New Found Lands

Edited by Peter Pope and Shannon Lewis-Simpson

Can we approach European expansion to the Americas and elsewhere without colonial triumphalism? A research strategy which automatically treats early establishments overseas as embryonic colonies produces predictable results: in retrospect, some were, some were not. Post-Medieval archaeology has much to contribute to our understanding of the gradual drift of ordinary people - the cast of thousands, anonymous or almost-forgotten behind the famous names of history.

The Post-Medieval Archaeology Journal

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