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.
Friday 23 January 2015
IPMAG’s annual conference, on the theme of ‘Bridging the gap’ - considering the post-medieval archaeology of transport, travel and war, takes place next weekend in Kinsale, Co. Cork
Saturday 20 December 2014
Monday 1 December 2014
21 November — 22 November 2015
14 December 2015
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.