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Silver and Other Economies in the Viking World

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Viking silver arm ring

A two-day conference on Silver and Other Economies in the Viking World, organised by Jane Kershaw, will be held at the Institute in April.

Institute researchers assess storm damage at Neanderthal site

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La Cotte de St Brelade, Jersey

Institute researchers are part of a collaborative team commissioned to assess the effects of recent storms on the Neanderthal site of La Cotte de St Brelade, Jersey.

CCHH MA student achievement

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Sichuan CURA

Congratulations to CCHH MA student Flavia Cruciani on securing a two-month volunteer placement with Chinese environmental NGO CURA (Chengdu Urban Rivers Association 成都城市河流研究会).

Job Vacancy: Lecturer in Geoarchaeology

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Wheat spikelet phytolith from the Late Natufian site of Raqefet Cave, Israel (Image courtesy of Arlene Rosen)

The Institute of Archaeology currently has a vacancy for a Lecturer in Geoarchaeology (Ref.:1404912). The deadline for applications is 27 March 2014.

Videos of SPP Policy and Practice Seminar Series

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Jonathan Powell - 'Talking to Terrorists - How to end armed conflicts'

Jonathan Powell talked about his new book, 'Talking to Terrorists How to end armed conflicts', to be published next year. The thesis of the book is that governments say they will never negotiate with terrorists but nearly always end up doing so and when they eventually come to do so they have usually forgotten the lessons learned from their last encounter and have to start from scratch. The book looks at the moral and practical question of whether it is right to talk to terrorists and then looks at past successes in South Africa, El Salvador, Colombia, Mozambique, Northern Ireland and Spain as well as those cases where talks have failed, like Sri Lanka. The book also looks at historical experiences with Lloyd George and the IRA in 1919 to 1921 and the French in Algeria. It concludes that it is always right to talk to terrorists but it may not always be the right moment to enter into negotiations. Powell argues that no group should be beyond the pale, and that we should be ready to talks to Hamas, the Taliban and even Al Qaeda.

Jeremy Tanner interviewed on BBC Radio London

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Jeremy Tanner

Jeremy Tanner was interviewed on BBC Radio London 94.9 recently about comments made in the media regarding the Elgin marbles.

Institute of Archaeology Conference Competition 2013/14

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Institute of Archaeology building, 2010

The Institute's annual call for applications to its conference competition is now open with a deadline for submissions of 28 March 2014.

Meg Russell's new book on the House of Lords has been shortlisted for Practical Politics Book of the Year

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Russell book

Meg Russell's book 'The Contemporary House of Lords: Westminster Bicameralism Revived' has been shortlisted in the Practical Politics Book of the Year category at the Political Book Awards 2014.

Archaeology of African Plant Use

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Archaeology of African Plant Use bookcover

A new volume edited by Chris Stevens, Sam Nixon, Mary Anne Murray and Dorian Fuller which covers a wide range of botanically related studies within African archaeology is now available.

Green Archaeology

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Thermal image of part of the south elevation of the Institute building

The Institute of Archaeology's award-winning Green Team continues to improve its green credentials, encouraging envronmental sustainability.

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