The Society for Post-Medieval Archaeology

Living Legacy: archaeology and the early modern town

22 February — 25 February 2013

A joint conference of the Irish Post-Medieval Archaeology Group and the Society for Post-Medieval Archaeology, on the archaeology of early modern towns.

The year 2013 sees the City of Derry-Londonderry marking its status as the UK City of Culture. As part of the celebrations, the Society for Post-Medieval Archaeology and the Irish Post-Medieval Archaeology Group are hosting a joint conference at the Verbal Arts Centre within the historic walls of the City. The conference is intended to situate the 1613 granting of the City’s town charter within its broader historical context, while also considering the ways in which the early modern urban fabric continues to shape contemporary lives. The conference will feature a series of public workshops, a guided tour of the City walls, field trips to nearby archaeological sites, and an academic paper programme. We are currently seeking paper proposals on aspects of the evolution, character, and continuing legacy of sixteenth- through eighteenth-century urbanisation within and well beyond Ireland and Britain.

If you are interested in presenting a paper, please send a 100 word abstract before 31 October to Audrey Horning at or Laura McAtackney at

The conference will be held at:
The Verbal Arts Centre
Stable Lane and Mall Wall
Bishop Street Within
Northern Ireland BT48 6PU