Institute of Archaeology


Conference: Trial by Fire

9:00 am, 17 May 2019 to 1:00 pm, 18 May 2019

Trail by Fire

An interdisciplinary conference Trial by Fire, concerned with the transformative power of fire, will be held at the UCL Institute of Archaeology from 17-18 May.

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Trialbyfire Event Team


Institute of Archaeology
31-34 Gordon Square

Whether your interest lies in archaeomaterials, burned bone, pyrotechnology, or
accidental burning, fire always leaves its mark and a wealth of information behind.

This conference aims to explore these events by bringing together ideas from across
archaeological and anthropological sub-disciplines and aims to answer the following questions:

  • Can fire be considered an artefact?
  • How have people engaged with fire over the course of history?
  • What can the aesthetics of a thermally altered object tell us about the burning event?
  • How has the study of fire evolved within the literature? How can fire be harnessed as an experimental tool moving forward?

Abstract submission is open with a deadline of 15 February 2019. Registration is also open until 15 February 2019. Anyone with an interest in archaeomaterials, burned bone, pyrotechnology, and other related subfields is encouraged to participate. 

Keynote speakers include Tim Thompson (Teeside University) and Miljana Radivojevic (UCL). The event is being organised with support from Oxbow Books