Apr 06 2016 Posted: 09:31 IST

NUI Galway will host the seventh Conference of Italian Archaeology between on 16-18 April, attracting almost 200 participants from across Europe, North America, South America, North Africa, and Australia.

Over the three days, 150 presentations will reveal the newest discoveries in the archaeological heritage of Italy from prehistory through to the modern period, with a particular focus on funerary archaeology.

The highlight of the conference will be a special session of papers to honour two of the UK’s leading scholars in Italian archaeology, Ruth Whitehouse and John Wilkins, who run the Accordia Research Institute in University College London, the premier research organisation for the study of early Italy in Britain.

The conference is organised by NUI Galway’s discipline of Classics, with support from Fáilte Ireland, Galway University Foundation, NUI Galway’s College of Arts, Social Sciences, and Celtic Studies, the School of Languages, Literatures, and Cultures, the Moore Institute, and the discipline of Archaeology.

Dr Edward Herring, Dean of NUI Galway’s College of Arts, Social Sciences, and Celtic Studies, said: “NUI Galway is delighted to be hosting the Seventh Conference of Italian Archaeology this Apil and to join the select band of universities that have been home to this prestigious event, following Lancaster, Sheffield, Cambridge, London, Oxford and Groningen. This conference gives us the chance to showcase our work in Classics and Archaeology and to welcome international scholars to our beautiful campus and world-class facilities. For me, personally, bringing the conference to Galway is a particular pleasure as Italian Archaeology is my own research field and I previously helped organise the conference when it was held in London in 1990.”

The Conference of Italian Archaeology series began in Lancaster in 1977 and has been subsequently hosted by several universities in the UK and the Netherlands.

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