Postgraduate Research Archaeology Symposium

PGRAS 2015

May 13, 2015
by Katherine Crawford

Dear All,
We are pleased to invite you to attend this year’s Post-Graduate Research in Archaeology Symposium at the University of Southampton, on Wednesday 20th and Thursday 21st of May, in Building 65, Lecture Theatre B.
This year PGRAS is showcasing 50 PhD presentations featuring new research from across the discipline. For many students their contribution to the discipline of archaeology and their first taste of live discourse starts with PGRAS and so we warmly invite you to be a part of that discourse.
Here you can find the PGRAS15program of the symposium including the schedule, maps, and all the abstracts in PDF form for your convenience. In the interests of saving paper and at the request of students we have endeavoured to go paper-free this year, although if you require a hard copy there will be a small amount of printed programmes available on the day.
We look forward to seeing you at PGRAS, and if you have any questions or concerns please don’t hesitate to contact us.
Sincerely Yours,
The PGRAS 2015 Committee

Photo Competition

May 5, 2015
by Katherine Crawford

We Know you took a selfie with that trench section! We won’t judge your for it..too harshly.


Send your favorite archaeology photos to by May 10th! All photos will go on display during PGRAS 20-21 May, putting you in the running to win a once-in-a-low-budget-annual-symposium prize! The categories are open to your own interpretation – the only limits are your creativity.

Categories include:

  • That Belongs in a Museum!
  • Archaeology’s Next Top Model
  • Dig Life

The competition is open to all students and staff.


Book Sale and Cake Sale

May 5, 2015
by Katherine Crawford

Do you have books gathering dust at home? Give them a new home! Consider donating your old books to this year’s charity book sale, taking place during the symposium May 20-21. You can find donation boxes in the Archaeology coffee room or near the reception desk at Avenue Campus, building 65.

If you like baking and love showing off your creations consider baking a cake for the PGRAS bake sale! If you would like to make something email us at, just so we don’t end up with 10 different types of banana bread.

All profits from the book and bake sale go to supporting the local refugee support service Southampton and Winchester Visitors Group.

Logo Competition

February 18, 2015
by Katherine Crawford

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Do you like shoving bits of cocoa-flavoured goodness in your mouth? Maybe you like to share, maybe you don’t – we won’t judge! The only thing we will judge you on is whether you’ve earned said chocolatey delights, by creating the most eye-catching,memorable and cheaply reproducible logo for this years Postgraduate Research Archaeology Symposium!

Don’t like chocolate? No worries! You can just use your logo-inspired influence upon us to give you the most convenient scheduling for your presentation! We like to think that we can all be winners at PGRAS! Except those who don’t win.

Send your entry to by March 9th as a jpeg file, to ensure you don’t miss out on this fantastic career-making opportunity!

Seriously though, we expect about 2 entries so there’s a good change you’ll score the munchies. Better get cracking!

Looking forward to receiving your creative genius,

Your PGRAS Committee

Call for Papers 2015

February 17, 2015
by Katherine Crawford

The call for papers for the Postgraduate Research Archaeology Symposium 2015 (20th-21st May) is now open. It is compulsory for all full time 1st, 2nd and 3rd year PhD students to give a presentation (part-time students are required to present every other year).

Presentations are in the form of a talk of no more than 15 minutes (questions will be asked in the form of panel discussions involving 4-5 students each).

The deadline for the submission of abstracts (no more than 250 words) is 15th April 2015. Please fill out this form with your details and abstract and save it as LASTNAME_2015. Please then email the form to

We encourage you to send your abstracts as soon as possible  – the more promptly we receive them, the better we will be able to organise them into coherent and stimulating sessions.

We look forward to reading about your research!

Many thanks,

The PGRAS 2015 Committee.