The Institute of Archaeology will celebrate its 75th anniversary in 2012 and a number of events and activities are being planned in the lead up to this milestone. It is hoped that the entire Institute of Archaeology community, current and former staff and students, will come together to celebrate the Institute’s achievements.

Re-launch of Archaeology International

The first issue of the ‘new-look’ Archaeology International, edited by James Graham-Campbell and Andrew Reynolds is a double issue devoted to the Institute’s 75th anniversary and includes a full programme of events for the celebrations. You can read it online here.

Forthcoming Events

75th Anniversary Lecture

The Institute’s Annual Lecture, inaugurated as the Institute of Archaeology 75th Anniversary Lecture in 2012, will be given at UCL on 19th January 2012 by Professor Daniel Lord Smail (Harvard University). The lecture, “History and the Pre: Perspectives on the Structure of Deep Historical Arguments”, will commence at 6pm in the UCL Darwin Lecture Theatre and will be followed by a drinks reception in the Wilkins North Cloisters.

Further details are available here.

75th Anniversary Inaugural Lecture Series

This series of Inaugural Lectures by recently-appointed Professors at the Institute will focus on a series of themes that have been central to the development of the Institute of Archaeology or in which the Institute has taken a world-leading role. Each lecture, introduced by Stephen Smith, Dean of the Faculty of Social & Historical Sciences, will commence at 6.15pm in the Archaeology Lecture Theatre G6 followed by a drinks reception in the A.G. Leventis Gallery.

9th January 2012: Cyprian Broodbank
16th January 2012: Elizabeth Pye
23th January 2012: Stephen Quirke
30th January 2012: Arlene Rosen
6th February 2012: Andrew Reynolds
8th May 2012: Sue Hamilton

Further details are available here.

75th Anniversary Debates

A series of ‘Question Time’ style debates will be held, where key public and professional figures will consider a series of major themes relating to the role of archaeology in the modern world. Each debate, will commence at 6.15pm in the Archaeology Lecture Theatre G6 followed by a drinks reception. Further details of panel members to follow.

20th February 2012: Archaeology and the Media
27th February 2012: Archaeology and Politics
5th March 2012: Presenting the Past
12th March 2012: Archaeology and Contemporary Society
19th March 2012: Archaeology into the 3rd Millennium

75th Anniversary Exhibitions

Exhibitions will be developed and displayed, both within the Institute and in UCL, on the history of the Institute of Archaeology and its agenda-setting research and teaching activities, making full use of the Institute of Archaeology Collections.

Gordon Square 75th Anniversary Events

The Institute’s 75th anniversary celebrations will also include two days of activities in Gordon Square gardens, immediately in front of the Institute of Archaeology on 8th & 9th June 2012.
Day 1: Events will be organised to bring together current Institute of Archaeology students and alumni and will coincide with the announcement of results for undergraduate finalists and the Society of Archaeological Students’ Summer Party.
Day 2: An event to bring together staff of archaeological and related organisations who have an association with the Institute and will include a mini ‘Prim Tech’ at which a number of experimental techniques will be displayed.

For more information, please visit the Anniversary website. Enquiries about any of the 75th anniversary events may be directed to organisers Andrew Reynolds or Gabriel Moshenska.