Structured Deposits: definitions, developments and debates

Saturday, 10 November, 2018 - 10:00 to 17:00

CBA South East, in conjunction with Surrey Archaeological Society, will be holding its annual conference in Chertsey this year. The programme is being developed to bring the topics discussed at SHERF 2017 into the broader regional and national context.

urrey Aological Society

                                             CBA South-East 2018 AGM and Annual Conference:

Structured Deposits: definitions, developments and debates


Chertsey Hall, Surrey: Saturday 10th November 2018


Since its origins some thirty odd years ago, our understanding of the concept of ‘structured deposition’ has developed substantially – debates surround not only terminology and definitions, but applications in its use, resulting in a perceived tendency for over-utilization and ‘ritual’ interpretations in analysis. With recognition of such deposits ever-growing through the work of commercial units and the PAS, the contributions of critical and systematic academic attention are increasingly apparent. This day conference brings together research from the prehistoric to the medieval period, revealing new discoveries being made in southern England – and beyond – and the fascinating insights emerging from projects focussed on the processes of deposition.

9.15   Arrival, registration and coffee

10.oo CBA SE Vice-Chair, Anne Sassin: Welcome and introduction

10.10  Jon Cotton (SyAS): The Archaeology of Ritual and Magic

10.40  Catriona Gibson (University of Reading): Graves as Structured Deposits? Revisiting Early Bronze Age Burial Practices in Southern Britain

11.10   Questions

11.20   Coffee

11.40   Rachel Wilkinson (British Museum): Hiding in Plain Sight? Iron Age hoards in the South East

12.10   Alex Davies (Oxford Archaeology): Unusual Deposition on Bronze Age and Iron Age Settlements and Hillforts in the Thames Valley

12.40  Questions

12.50   Lunch

13.30   CBA South East AGM

14.00   Michael Fulford (University of Reading): Ritual Behaviour in Roman Britain

14.30   Sam Moorhead (British Museum): The Frome Hoard and other Coin Finds - Money for the Gods?

15.00   Questions

15.10    Coffee and Posters

15.40   Clifford Sofield (University of Oxford): Abandoned buildings, doorways, and boundaries: Anglo-Saxon placed deposits in context

16.10    Eleanor Standley (University of Oxford): Hoards and Emotions in Later Medieval England

16.40    Questions

17.00    Close



£20.00 for CBA South-East and SyAS members (and students); £25.00 for non-members

For further details (including on student bursaries) and booking information, please visit our website at

or email the organiser, Anne Sassin,


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Postal Address: 
Chertsey Hall
Heriot Road
KT16 9DR