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Graduate Archaeology at Oxford (GAO) refers to the graduate community of archaeologists at the University of Oxford. We are made up of MSt, MSc, MPhil, and DPhil students from the archaeology sciences, classical, and archaeology cohorts. All incoming graduate students are immediately members of the GAO and are represented by the GAO Committee. Our students come from around the world and study a diverse range of topics, creating a dynamic and exciting environment in which to undertake studies. This webpage is managed by the GAO committee to provide updates, useful information, and contacts for the committee.

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Week 8 Events

Wednesday 8 March: Tea & Cakes @ 11.00 in Institute Common Room
Thursday 10 March: End of Term Drinks @ 20.00 (TBC)
Friday 11 March: Weekly Pub Trip @ 17.30 The Cape of Good Hope


social term card hilary term

Monday 6 March

Bioarchaeology 12-1pm 1 SPR LR & Teams
Alexandra Morton-Hayward, DPhil Student, University of Oxford
“Suspicious minds: preservation of the central nervous system in the archaeological record”
Teams link for all sessions: https://teams.microsoft.com/l/meetup-join/19%3a4890e8bbbb9e4dbd88981685c... info or subscribe to mailing list please contact Doris Vidas (doris.vidas@arch.ox.ac.uk) or Mica Jones (mica.jones@arch.ox.ac.uk)
Medieval Archaeology 3-4pm Institute Lecture Room
Convenors J Kershaw & H Hamerow
Eurasian Archaeology 4-5pm Institute Seminar Room
Gao Xuyang (Oxford)
Zisha tea ware production (preliminary title)
For any questions, please contact Michael Leadbetter (michael.leadbetter@arch.ox.ac.uk) or Dr Anke Hein (anke.hein@arch.ox.ac.uk)
AMESS - Archaeology of the Middle East 5-6pm On Zoom & Institute Seminar Room
Christoph Bachuber, University of Oxford & Aris Anagnostopoulos, University of Kent; HERITAGE, Athens
Digital Landscapes and the Visual Assemblage of Archaeology in Western Asia
Link https://us06web.zoom.us/j/87395419011 Meeting ID: 873 9541 9011
For more information or to be added to the mailing list please email: Jade Whitlam (jade.whitlam@arch.ox.ac.uk) or Bill Finlayson (bill.finlayson@arch.ox.ac.uk)
Classical Archaeology 5pm In person Classics Centre =+Master!E6
Professor Jon Albers (Ruhr-University, Bochum)
The city of Selinunte within the system of western Greek ports. New excavations in an ancient harbour zone
Harbours, Maritime Networks & Infrastructures in ancient Mediterranean from Late Bronze Age to Hellenistic period.  Sponsored by The classics Faculty, School of Archaeology, Merton Colle, Universite libre de Bruxelles, Foundation Wiener-Anspach.  Online Find your local number: https://zoom.us/u/aelYxMUuQ1.   Meeting ID: 958 9922 7597 Passcode: 306649
OAS - Oxford Archaeological Society Dorfman Center, New Inn Hall St, Oxford OX1 2DL
Please review www.oxfordarchaeologicalsociety.com for information.
To attend these events, you may need to be a Member, please find all details by emailing Admin@oxfordarchaeologicalsociety.com.   More info available from https://www.oxfordarchaeologicalsociety.com 
Tuesday 7 March 2023 Time Location
ADG - Archaeobotany Discussion Group 1-2pm via Teams & Institute Lecture Room
Carolyne Douche, University of Oxford
Early Neolithic societies and plant management in the Levant: an archaeobotanical overview from Dja’de el-Mughara, Tell Aswad and Kharaysin
Seminars will take place in the Lecture Theatre, 36 Beaumont Street, and can also be joined via the ADG Teams channel or use https://teams.microsoft.com/l/channel/19%3a4a695d96765044f3ad36ed7402da8... email md.rahman@hertford.ox.ac.uk or muge.ergun@arch.ox.ac.uk with any questions or concerns.
Americanist Archaeology 4-5pm Review box below as location changes each week.
Professor David W. Mixter (Binghamton University)
Community Resilience and Urban Planning at the Maya City of Actuncan, Belize
Week 8 location - Teams.  Meeting ID: 390 155 893 052 Passcode: XYm4TT https://teams.microsoft.com/l/meetup-join/19%3a2b35263c2c30415fa5574f9dd...
For any questions please contact Guopeng Chen (guopeng.chen@arch.ox.ac.uk) or Dr Alexander Geurds (alexander.geurds@arch.ox.ac.uk)
Ancient North Africa: Histories, Cities & Landscapes 4pm Ioannou Centre 66 St Giles
Sailakshmi Ramgopal (Columbia University)
The Business of Being Roman: Power, Citizenship, and Provincial Administration in North Africa
In person at the Ioannou Centre for Classical and Byzantine Studies, 66 St Giles.   All very welcome.   Drinks to follow.  Organisers: Jo Quinn, Niccolo Mugnai, Monica Hellstrom, Tim Smith

Wednesday 8 March 2023

Time Location
Understanding Authenticity in China's Cultural Heritage Review box below as time changes each week Zoom
Sofia Bollo (University of Zurich)
To receive the Zoom link, please register by sending an email to Drs Chris Foster & Anke Hein at: understandingauthenticity@gmail.com
Further events may be announced later in the term. Please check https://authenticitychina.web.ox.ac.uk/events for updates.
Roman Discussion Forum 1pm Institute Lecture Room
Prof. Veli Köse, Ankara University
The Aqueducts of Aspendos
Organisers Andrew Wilson, Kelly McClinton & Marie Wittmann with the support of the Faculty of Classics, the School of Archaeology, and All Souls College.  In person, followed by discussion and light refreshments.  
GAO - Graduate Skills Review box below as time changes each week Review box below as location changes each week.
No seminar this week
Ancient Medicine 5.30pm Zoom
Professor Robert Arnott, Green Templeton College 
What without texts? Discovering healing and medicine in the Harappan Civilisation of South Asia, 2600-1900 BCE
These seminars will continue to be held remotely until further notice.  There is no registration, just log on to attend using Zoom is https://us02web.zoom.us/j/83752251729.   For further details and to be added to the mailing list, please contact robert.arnott@gtc.ox.ac.uk 
Late Antique & Byzantine 5pm Ioannou Centre 66 St Giles & online
Zachary Chitwood (Univ. of Mainz)
‘A Cloister for the (Grand) Komnenoi: Dynastic Rivalry and Memoria at the Foundation of Dionysiou Monastery on Mount Athos’
In person event, Ioannou Centre for Classical & Byzantine Studies, 66 St Giles & online via https://teams.microsoft.com/l/meetup-join/19%3ameeting_ZDAwYzE3OGUtMTZjZ... Marc Lauxtermann, Ine Jacobs, Ida Toth
Thursday  2023 Time Location
RLAHA Martin Aitken - Research Lab for Archaeology & the History of Art 12-1pm 1 SPR LR & Teams
Tunde Babalola (British Museum)
Debating invention in sub-saharan African: Glass in Southern Nigeria, AD 1000 - 1400
1 South Parks Road & on Teams – link https://teams.microsoft.com/l/channel/19%3a65821d8ca1b64c51a0c12b9189984... Do join us for lunch at the University club with the Speaker after the seminar.  We look forward to seeing you there.   Amy Styring & Greger Larson
Climate and Chronology 12-1pm Changes to venue in Hilary Term, see box below for location
Monty Ochocki, University of Oxford
Topic TBC
The Climate and Chronology group brings together like-minded individuals in an informal setting. We want to produce stimulating discussions, disseminate high quality data, and learn more about current research. We welcome anyone who is interested in climate and/or chronology.   Any queries contact Sophie Vineberg: sophie.vineberg@st-annes.ox.ac.uk
GAG/PEGGS - Greek Archaeology Group & Prehistoric & Early Greece Graduate Seminar 1-2pm Institute Seminar Room
Prof. Rubina Raja (Aarhus University)
Palmyre, cité grecque? Greek imports and other influences in Roman Palmyra
Location: Institute's Seminar Room on ground floor.  Everyone welcome.  Meetings are followed by tea, coffee, and cake.
Archaeomaterials  3-4pm Review box below as location changes each week.
No Term Card available at present, therefore no details can be shared.  Lectures take place at Lecture Theatre, 1 South Parks Rd or virtually by using the link below, adding in the primary speakers surname: bit.ly/Archaeomaterials_<Authors Surname>.  To join the maillist email: archaeomaterials_seminars-subscribe@maillist.ox.ac.uk.  Convenors Dr Victoria Sainsbury & Yun Zhang
PalQuat - Palaeolithic & Quaternary 5-6pm Institute Lecture Room
TBC, contact organisers
In person only.  Convenors: Svenja Arlt & Dylan Gaffney
Friday  2023 Time Location
AADG - Ancient Architecture Discussion Group 4-5pm Lincoln College Lower Lecture Room & Teams
Ms. Catherine Teitz (PhD Candidate, Classical Archaeology, Stanford University)
The Best Laid Plans: Using Everyday Urbanism to Make Space on the Fron􀆟er
In person.  Organisers : Allia Benner & Corso Dominici.  Twitter: @oxfordAADG

TRAJ Call for Submissions

The Theoretical Roman Archaeology Journal (TRAJ) is now accepting article submissions on a rolling basis. We are looking for original and innovative research articles related to the field of Roman archaeology with a focus on theoretical perspectives. We particularly welcome submissions from postgraduates and early career researchers (ECRs). Our aim is to provide a platform for emerging scholars to showcase their work and engage with the wider academic community.

29th EAA Annual Meeting in Belfast, Northern Ireland,
30 August - 2 September 2023


The Annual Meeting themes, as defined by the Scientific Committee, incorporate the diversity of EAA and the multidimensionality of archaeological practice, including archaeological interpretation, heritage management and politics of the past and present.
1. Artefacts, Buildings and Ecofacts
2. Net Zero Archaeologies – Sustainability in the Past, Present & Future
3. Heritage Narratives & Representations
4. People of the Present – Peopling the Past
5. (Extreme) Environments – Islands, Coasts, Margins, Centres
6. Contested Pasts & Presents


GAO Elections:

Hi everyone! 


Thank you to everyone who applied and voted in the GAO election, and congratulations to our new committee members who will be starting in Michaelmas:


Treasurer: Akari Goda-Maurezzutt

Secretary: Katie Slaughter

Environment and Ethics Rep: Thandi Wilson

Lab Rep: Doris Vidas

Conference Co-Organiser: Yuxin Fu


We've still got quite a few positions to fill so do get in touch with Molly or Cathy about roles and opportunities!


UCU Strike Action:



When are the strikes?