SMA Student Colloquium – Last Call for Papers

The SMA Student Colloquium will be held in Brussels on Nov.3rd – 5th, 2016, and the organisers welcome papers and posters that address the medieval period (5th-16th centuries) from all geographical areas. Papers and posters with no direct link to archaeology, but with a broader medieval significance will also be considered.

Topics that will be covered are:

  • Cross-sea interactions and connections
  • The archaeology of medieval landscapes
  • New methods and approaches in medieval archaeology
  • Urban fabric and identity
  • Commemoration in the Middle Ages
  • Artefacts, crafts and society

We are pleased to announce that the keynote lecture on Thursday 3rd November will be presented by Dr Anton Ervynck (Flanders Heritage Agency – Brussels), and is entitled ‘The food that mattered’ on changing food consumption patterns in the medieval Low Countries.

Our local host, Prof. dr. Dries Tys (professor Medieval Archaeology, Free University of Brussels), will guide us through archaeological Brussels on Wednesday evening 2nd November (for those who have arrived).

Optional activities on Saturday 5th November include an archaeological tour in Bruges by Raakvlak (Intermunicipal Service for Archaeology) and an excursion  to the medieval fishing village ‘Walraversijde’.

And most importantly: do not leave Belgium without having tasted our famous beers! (and that’s why we will organise a Belgian beer reception on Thursday evening to help everyone out with this!)

Abstracts of max. 150 words may be sent to:
Please include ‘Student Colloquium Abstract’ in the subject line. Please add up to 5 keywords with paper abstracts. Papers will be 20 minutes in length, and there will be room for discussion at the end of each paper session.


We will notify you if your abstract has been successful within two weeks from the deadline. For more information: please contact:, or see our website.

Registration fee:

Registration is free for members of the Society, and £20 for non members (whether students or not). However, we would like to encourage membership with the Society as the student rate will be the same. For more information on how to join, please visit:

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