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Please note: All face-to-face UAS activities are postponed until COVID-19 restrictions have been lifted following government advice. Our statement is here - 



2021 Lecture Programme

Monthly lectures are held at Queen's University Belfast and cover a wide range of archaeological and related topics. All lectures are held at 7.30pm. Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, we are holding lectures online. Members will be sent a link to the Zoom meeting, the public can watch live on YouTube. Recordings will be available on YouTube. You can access our YouTube channel here.

Admission is free and all are welcome.


Monday 25 January           

How Mike Baillie was right: resolving the links between volcanoes, ice cores, tree-rings and societal responses

Dr Gill Plunkett

Monday 22 February


Monday 29 March

Rethinking Early Medieval Whithorn and the Conversion to Christianity in Scotland

Dr Adrián Maldonado
National Museums Scotland

Monday 26 April

The Life and Times of Takabuti in Ancient Egypt and in Belfast

Professor Eileen Murphy

Monday 31 May      

Take me to church. A look at two Early Medieval enclosed settlements in County Armagh and their associations with early church sites

Gavin Donaghy
Northern Archaeological Consultancy Ltd

Monday 28 June

An update on the findings of the 2018-19 Downpatrick Cathedral Hill excavations

Brian Sloan

Monday 27 September

Movements and connections between Ireland and Scotland (and beyond!), from around 4000 BC to around 1500 BC

Dr Alison Sheridan
National Museums Scotland

Monday 25 October

The transitory character of society in Gaelic Ulster

Dr Katharine Simms
Trinity College Dublin

Saturday 7 November

Annual Conference Discovery 2021!

Monday 6 December

Reconstructing Ireland’s Castles: An Archaeological Interpretation of the Environs of the Irish Tower-House

Dr Michael O’Mahony
Queen’s University Belfast