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SCA Conference 2019
Silent Witnesses: The Archaeology of Burial, Churchards and their Contexts

St Albans Cathedral, photo by David Iliff. License: CC BY-SA 3.0

The 2019 Conference will be held at St Albans Cathedral, on 27-29 September, 2019. The conference will address the theme of burials in churchyards through a variety of lectures, considering material dating from the end of the Roman period to the 19th century. We are excited to bring the SCA's annual meeting to St Albans, where recent excavatiosn at the Cathedral have uncovered the lost grave of Abbot Wheathmapstead, as well as evidence of Norman and post-medieval burials.

On Friday September 27th, Prof Martin Biddle will give a keynote lecture entitled 'Christianity at Verulamium and the Origins of St Albans Abbey', followed by a recpetion.


On Saturday September 28th, the conference will begin with a full programme of lectures on a range of topics relevant to churchyards and burials, followed by a tour of St Albans Cathedral and the conference dinner.


On Sunday September 29th, we will undertake a coach tour to a number of Hertfordshire's finest church sites.


Conference programme and booking information
Download the full programme and booking form

This year we are again offering a small number of student bursaries, which will cover the conference fee, including lunch, for Saturday. To apply, send a short statement to oldfield.norma@gmail.com which describes your research and why this conference is relevant (deadline Friday August 23rd, 2019). Preference will be given to those students whose current research has a focus relevant to the conference theme, or who are intending to embark upon such research.

Online payment

If you would like to pay for the conference online, rather than by cheque, you may do so through the Society for Church Archaeology's PayPal account (churcharchaeology@gmail.com). Please return the conference booking form as usual by post or email (to oldfield.norma@gmail.com), and note on it that you will be paying online. In PayPal, choose "pay for goods and services" and enter the Society's email address. Use the reference "SCA Conference" plus your name in the "notes for seller" box, so that we can match the payment with your booking form.

***In order to cover PayPal's processing fees, choosing to pay online will incur a £1.50 surcharge (please simply add it on to your total of conference fees.) If you have any questions about paying online, please email Aleks McClain at aleksm42@gmail.com.***

More information about St Albans, accommodation, etc.
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Visit Hertfordshire
St Albans Cathedral
St Albans and Hertfordshire Architectural and Archaeological Society