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Due to unpredictability of COVID-19, this conference will be delayed. The final date is not yet set, due to the ongoing uncertainty, but predicted to be early 2021. We will still be accepting abstracts, with a closing date to be determined when conference date is set. For any further questions, please don't hesistate to email.

EMBERS2020 and HMS Research in Progress Meeting


The European Research Council funded project FLAME's final conference, EMBERS2020 will take place this year alongside the Historical Metallurgy Society’s annual Research in Progress Meeting. EMBERS2020 seeks to dicuss not just Bronze Age metal but the wider context of space and time, human behaviour and creativity, and considerations of ‘value’. We encourage submissions from a wide variety of contributors, from historical and archaeological metallurgists to excavators, historians and economists.

HMS Research in Progress meeting will take place on Wednesday (September 2nd Date TBC), recent/ current research, including archaeological, experimental and theoretical approaches to historical metallurgy. EMBERS2020 will take place across the following two days (September 3rd-5thTBC), and will focus on concepts of a metal using world. These days will be structured as a chronological narrative through metallurgy and its impact on or from other technologies, innovations, and societies.

Participants can attend just one, or both conferences. For submission of abstracts, please indicate whether you wish to be considered for the Research in Progress meeting or the EMBERS2020 conference, or indicate if you have no preference and are happy to be considered for either based on topic. A small number of student bursaries and a prize for best student work at the HMS Research in Progress day will be offered.

On the day following (September 5th Date TBC), there will be a public outreach day at the Pitt Rivers museum.

Further Information

Ethos of EMBERS2020 More About FLAMEMore about HMS

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Call for Papers

EMBERS2020+HMS invites all papers on on the the wider framework of Eurasian metal and craft innovation, in the fields of metallurgy, other technologies, human behaviour and environmental change. We wish to create a narrative weaving the archaeological story from the beginning of metallurgical activity onwards, with our collaboration with HMS allowing complementary studies from later time periods and different aspects of metallurgy to contribute to, and influence our narrative, together with wider archaeometallurgical debates. As such, we invite papers from a wide variety of contributors.

Papers should be a maximum of 20 minutes in length, with some suggested topics as follows:

♦ Cross-craft interaction.
♦ The use of different materials in metal technology or vice versa.
♦ Experimental or recent approaches toward metallurgy.
♦ Reflections on periods of innovation.
♦ The effect of metal in ritual, burial, agricultural, and domestic contexts.
♦ The effect of mining or metallurgical activity on the landscape.

Those interested in presenting a paper or submitting a poster should submit an abstract of no more than 350 words by Monday, 4th May 2020 September 2020. To do this, or for further information regarding registration, prices, travel arrangements, etc please visit The Historical Metallurgy Society are offering a prize for the best student presentation.

On the Saturday we will be hosting a public engagement day in Oxford, everyone is welcome to attend, but if you would have any interest in sharing your knowledge or contributing to the event, please contact us. Similarly, please email with any questions or problems you have about the conference.

We look forward to welcoming you to Oxford.

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Venue and Travel

Wolfson College

Founded in 1966, Wolfson College is one of the younger colleges of Oxford, but is dedicated to graduate students, and has a long history of support both students and fellows in Archaeology. It lies to the North of Oxford, backing onto the Cherwell River.

Wolfson College is an accessible venue. If you have any further questions about the venue, or if we can help make your attendance easier, please don't hesitate to contact us. Depending on interest, we may be able to offer childcare support during this conference. If this would enable you to attend the conference, please contact us.


Getting to Oxford

By Air
✈ Gatwick/Heathrow Airports: The Airline coach service runs 24 hours between Heathrow/Gatwick and Oxford. Trains also operate, with changes in London (Heathrow) or Reading (Gatwick)
✈ Stansted/Luton Airports: The National Express coach service services these airports.
✈ Birmingham International: Direct trains operate between Birmingham Airport and Oxford station from 6:14 to 22:15.

By Rail
Direct services run from London Paddington (serving Oxford station) and London Marylebone (serving Oxford and Oxford Parkway stations). Other services operate from the north via Birmingham New Street; from the south via Reading; and from the west via Didcot or Reading.

By Coach
The Oxford Tube coach runs 24 hours between London Victoria to Oxford. The central coach station is called ‘Gloucester Green’- This is pronounced GLOSS-TER.



Getting to Wolfson College

Wolfson College is 40 minutes’ walk from Oxford Train Station, or approximately 10 to 15 minutes by taxi (between £6-10).

It is 30 minutes’ walk from Gloucester Green Bus Station, or approximately 8 to 12 minutes by taxi (between £5-10).There are also frequent buses that run from central Oxford to St Margaret’s Road East, after which it is a further 7 minutes’ walk to the college.



Oxford is full of accommodation options. Please note, Wolfson is to the North of the city, please take this into consideration when considering where to book.

For those wishing to stay in a college, please see:
Conference Oxford.
There are several hotels very nearby. A small range organised by ascending price includes:
Linton Lodge Hotel

Parklands B&B
St Margaret’s Hotel
Cotswold Hotel Lodge

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