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Icon Archaeology Group and Metals Group Conference (24 February 2020)

Call for presentations: Post-X Metals Conference

The Icon Archaeology and Metals groups invite contributions to a one-day conference on the storage, long-term care and investigation of archaeological metal objects.

The conference will take place at Museum of London, Mortimer Wheeler House, 46 Eagle Wharf Rd, Hoxton, London N1 7ED.

The day will focus on the post-excavation treatment, storage and investigation of metal objects, with a focus on Cardiff University research into the use of desiccated microclimates to store archaeological iron and copper alloys. The conference will include guided tours of the Museum of London Archaeological Archive. Presentations of 20 minutes will be followed by questions at the end of each session.

All submissions are welcome. Preference will be given to abstracts covering:

  • Post-excavation treatments for archaeological metals and their effectiveness
  • Storage and long-term care of archaeological metal objects
  • The use of X-radiography to investigate metal objects
  • Guidelines and Health and Safety considerations when using X-radiography

Abstracts (max 300 words) must be sent via email by 16 January 2020 to Luisa Duarte ( A maximum of two figures may be included in the abstract.

Important dates:

16 January 2020: deadline for abstracts

20 January 2020: notification of acceptance

23 January 2020: registration opens

21 February 2020: registration closes


Recent events

Icon Archaeology Group 2019 AGM Event

AGM and exhibition visit (8 August 2019, Ashmolean Museum, Oxford)

The 2019 Archaeology Group AGM took place in Oxford at the Ashmolean Museum.   Attendees had the opportunity to visit the excellent Last Supper in Pompeii exhibition and the Ashmolean's well-appointed conservation studio to discuss the conservation work that had been carried out on objects from Pompeii.  Prior to the AGM, delegates were treated to further presentations by members of the Ashmolean objects conservation team.  The event was reviewed in Icon News (85)


Icon Archaeology Group 2018 Conference

Whose find is it anyway? Revisited (6 December 2018, Birmingham)

Every year thousands of objects are discovered by metal-detector users, field-walkers, people walking, gardening or just going about their daily work. These finds are often acquired and displayed by local and national museums with the support of conservators. The Icon Archaeology Group held a one-day conference focusing on the discovery, conservation and study of such finds, including coin hoards. Themes included working with volunteers and aspects of public engagement. After a day of fascinating talks the afternoon included a tour of the Birmingham Museum Collection Centre (MCC) or a tour of the Staffordshire Hoard.

A PDF of the abstracts is available.

The conference was reviewed by Kimberly Roche, Conservator, MSDS Marine.


Icon Archaeology Group 2017 AGM Event

AGM and Forum (16 June 2017, Museum of London Docklands)

This year the Archaeology Group AGM took place in London at the Museum of London Docklands and was combined with a seminar discussing Archaeology on Display. Talks covered topics such as the redisplays at Jorvik, Hadrian’s Wall and the Mary Rose, exhibitions containing human remains at Bristol’s M Shed and the public display of conservation in museums.

Talks were followed by a chance to see the exciting new exhibition Tunnel: The Archaeology of Crossrail​ which displayed the range of archaeological objects unearthed by Crossrail, Europe’s largest infrastructure project. The artefacts helped to explore 8,000 years of human history, revealing the stories of Londoners, ranging from Mesolithic tool-makers and inhabitants of Roman Londinium to those affected by the Great Plague of 1665.


Icon Archaeology Group 2015 AGM Event

Archaeological Archival Storage: Problems, Potentials and Solutions (16 June 2015, Fishbourne Roman Palace, West Sussex)

This event reviewed the current status of archaeological archives in the UK and presented case studies showing how this material might be managed, made accessible and its value realised, through effective storage, documentation and public engagement. 

PDFs of presentations are listed in the Documents section below, which also includes a summary of the discussions that followed the presentations and a review of the event.