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20th Iron Age Research Student Symposium 2017

20th Iron Age Research Student Symposium 2017

Location: University of Bradford

Date and Time:
Wed 31 May 2017

Duration: Four days

The University of Bradford is proud to host the 20th Iron Age Student Research Symposium (IARSS). The symposium will be held between the 31st of May and the 2nd of June, with papers, posters and presentations, followed by a guided visit to the Hull Museum on the 3rd of June.

IARSS is a research student focussed conference, providing an opportunity for students to share their work, network and collaborate with others. This event is open for contributions from postgraduate research students and new researchers, however, Master students are also welcome to submit and participate in the conference.

Although IARSS is promoted as an Iron Age conference, contributions from colleagues studying or working within related periods, such as the Late Bronze Age and Roman Iron Age are also welcome. IARSS has traditionally focussed on Iron Age Britain, however we welcome contributions from those colleagues examining the Iron Age elsewhere in the world, including, but not limited to, Ireland, the European continent and the Near East.

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Call for papers

For colleagues interested in participating, please submit an abstract between c.250-300 words and five keywords related to your research. Presentations should be 15-20 minutes long and in English. Posters may be bilingual but they must be understandable to English speakers and an abstract in English must be provided. 

Student prizes

The Leeds Bradford Materials Engineering Society is offering a £100 student prize for the best archaeological science paper submitted to the conference. In order to apply you must send your paper abstract to with the subject Science and Archaeology abstract. Papers may include, but are not limited to, isotopes, organic residue analysis, scientific dating techniques, osteology, genetics and materials science.

The Later Prehistoric Finds Group is offering a £150 student prize for the best finds paper submitted to the conference. In order to apply you must send your IARSS 2017 paper abstract to the email with the subject Finds and Archaeology abstract. Papers should include any type of artefact studies from any period between Late Bronze Age and Late Iron Age sites.

The deadline for this competition is 17:00 Friday 19 May 2017.


Wed 31 May Keynote lecture University of Bradford Free
Thu 1 - Fri 2 June Presentations University of Bradford £20 students
£25 general
Thu 1 June IARSS pub quiz Bradford Free
Fri 2 June Conference dinner Omar Khan's, Bradford £15 (excluding drinks)
Sat 3 June Field trip Hull and East Riding Museum, Hull Free (train ticket not included)


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Useful information


The following hotels are located within a 15 minute walk of the University.

Premier Inn Bradford Central
Vicar Lane
0871 527 9306

Jurys Inn Bradford
2 Thornton Road
01274 848500

The Midland Hotel
Forster Square
01274 735735

Express by Holiday Inn
Leisure Exchange
Vicar Lane
0870 400 9022

The Bradford Hotel
Hall Ings
01274 734734

Couch Surfing

If you would like to stay with a Bradford postgraduate in his/her home, contact us by email with the subject: Couch surfing. We cannot reassure that we will have vacancies for everyone interested so please let us know as soon as possible.

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