A conference is being  held at Bristol University on the 27th June, seeking to explore the relationship and difficult ethical questions that arise between the event of the recent upsurge in Pagan thinking and the forces that it brings to bear upon the archaeological world.

Both contemporary Paganism and Archaeology share common origins in the Enlightenment re-engagement with physical traces of the prehistoric past. Despite these shared roots, the relationship between archaeologists and Pagans has often been portrayed as one of limited mutual comprehension and conflict, which may be seen to mimic wider societal tensions in the West between religion and science.  The aim of this conference is to see how mutually beneficial opportunities for collaboration and co-operation can be taken forward.

Among the topics covered will be the current controversy surrounding calls for the reburial of prehistoric human remains (with many Pagans opposed to reburial), the place of Pagan values in the management of ancient landscapes and heritage, and the role of alternative archaeologies. 

* Ronald Hutton (University of Bristol)
Orthodox and Alternative Archaeology: The Early Years
* Joshua Pollard (University of Bristol)
Whither Archaeology?
* Martin Smith (Bournemouth University)
Balancing interests: making decisions regarding prehistoric human remains.
* Will Rathouse (University of Lampeter)
Stormy Heritage: interactions between the contemporary Pagan community and
the Heritage industry/Archaeological community
* Tiffany Jenkins (University of Kent at Canterbury)
Cultivating Claims: the significant role of the museum sector
* Yvonne Aburrow (Pagans for Archaeology)
Our silent ancestors: an exploration of responses to human remains and their
* Robert Wallis (Richmond University) & Jenny Blain (Sheffield Hallam
Stepping stones to common ground: negotiating paganism, archaeology and ‘sacred’ sites
* Graham Harvey (Open University)
Animist Pagans and the present dead
* Andy Letcher (Freelance writer)
Fertile Imaginings: Challenging Popular Conceptions of ‘the Pagan’

 £25 / £20 (students/unwaged)

To book a place, please email ailsa.laxton@bristol.ac.uk
Further information can be found here……