The Society for Medieval Archaeology exists to further the study of the period from the 5th to the 16th century A.D. by publishing a journal of international standing dealing primarily with the archaeological evidence, and by other means such as by holding regular meetings and arranging conferences.
While maintaining a special concern for the medieval archaeology of Britain and Ireland, the society seeks to support and advance the international study of this period (as broadly defined above) in Europe. It also aims to serve as a medium for co-ordinating the work of archaeologists with that of historians and scholars in any other discipline relevant to this field.
Members receive Medieval Archaeology, the Society’s journal (published annually), together with a twice-yearly newsletter.
Major residential conferences are held every other year, alternating with a one-day conference, usually held in London.
The Annual General Meeting, also held in London, in early December, is followed by the Annual Lecture, given by medieval archaeologists of international stature.
The Society administers a series of funds which award grants and bursaries to society members.