SHERF 17: Structured Deposits and Ritual Offerings

Saturday, 18 November, 2017 - 10:00 to 17:00

SHERF 2017

The Conference

This Autumn conference, held once again with the support of the SCC Heritage Conservation Team, continues the Research Framework process. Following the 2001 Conference Archaeology in Surrey in the 21st century and the subsequent publication of Aspects of Archaeology and History in Surrey in 2004, the Surrey Research Framework was launched in 2006. Since then, it has been used as a basis for the development of further research into many topics and is to be updated as the Surrey Historic Environment Research Framework in due course.istoric EnviornHistori

This year’s conference looks at the subject of ‘structured deposits’, especially in the light of several recent discoveries on Roman sites in the county. Other talks will open up the discussion to consideration of how much similar activities were common throughout time. The audience will also be encouraged to decide for themselves whether or not certain finds can be interpreted as part of ritual activity. Did they have had more prosaic origins?

A booking form is available on the website: and will be inserted in the October Bulletin.

Structured deposits and ritual offerings: conference programme

10.00 Chair: David Rudling

10.05 David Bird: Introduction

10.30 Coffee

11.00 Emma Corke: 'Stones and bones: placed deposits at Cocks Farm Abinger'

11.25 David Graham: ‘Pot’, pots and potters: Roman ritual deposits on the Surrey-Hampshire border

11.50 David Calow: Ritual deposits, casual losses or something else? Some examples from Flexford

12.15 Discussion

12.25 Lunch

13.25 Introduction to the afternoon

13.30 Nikki Cowlard: Pits and shafts: deposition and ritual in Roman Ewell

14.00 Richard Savage: Pigs in a pit: reflections on mid Saxon practices

14.20 Discussion

14.30 Tea

15.05 Matthew Alexander: 'Witch bottles and old boots': structured deposits in post-medieval and modern Surrey

15.35 Discussion

15.45 Close

16.00 SAS AGM

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