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Introducing the Neolithic Studies Group

The Neolithic Studies Group is a loose-knit collectivity of archaeologists, mainly from Britain and the Atlantic seaboard countries of the European Union, with an interest in the Neolithic period. It was formed in the Spring of 1984, the first meeting being held in Cheltenham, Gloucestershire, UK. Since then, the Group has met at least twice a year: Spring and Autumn. The Autumn meetings are held in London and address a topical theme. Spring meetings are held outside London to examine at first hand the Neolithic remains of specific area and consider recent research relevant to the region. To date spring field meetings have included: Western Ireland, Southeast Scotland, Eastern Scotland, North Wales, North Yorkshire, Northumberland, Wessex, and the Channel Islands. Membership of the Neolithic Studies Group is open to anyone active in studying any aspect of the Neolithic period in Europe. There is no application procedure or subscription to join the Group: members are simply those currently on the mailing list. Any individual can ask to be added to the mailing list at any time, the only rule of the Group is that names are deleted from the list if the individual concerned misses four meetings in a row (ie. two years) and has not contacted the Group Co-ordinators asking to be kept on the list during that time.

The present membership list, which stands at about 250 individuals, includes: academic staff, researchers and students from universities and colleges in several European countries; museum curators and museum-based research and field staff; and field archaeologists from national and local government institutions, and from archaeological trusts and units. The Neolithic Studies Group relies on its members to organize meetings so that this responsibility is shared round. There are two co-ordinators who look after the mailing list and finances, and who juggle offers to arrange meetings so that there is a fair spread of venues and themes. The proceedings and papers from Neolithic Studies Group meetings are published from time to time.

The current co-ordinators of the Neolithic Studies Group are:

Timothy Darvill.
School of Conservation Sciences,
Bournemouth University,
Fern Barrow, Poole,
Dorset. UK,
BH12 5BB.
Tel. (+)1202 595536. Fax. (+)1202 595478. email


Gordon Barclay.
Historic Scotland,
Longmore House,
Salisbury Place,
Edinburgh. UK,
EH9 1SH.
Tel. (+)131 6688600. Fax. (+)131 6688765 email

If you would like to be added to the mailing list please contact Gordon Barclay at the above address.

If you would like to organize a meeting in your area (or one you know well) or a thematic meeting in London please contact one of the co-ordinators. We look forward to hearing from you and to seeing you at one of our future meeting.

Neolithic Studies Group Newsletter No. 10

Neolithic Studies Group Newsletter No. 9

Future Meetings of the Neolithic Studies Group

Papers which address issues connected with contacts across the English channel and North Sea between the British Isles and the continental mainland in the period 4000-2000 BC are now invited for presentation at this meeting. Please contact the organisers Timothy Darvill and Heather Sabire

Publications by the Neolithic Studies Group

The following publications result from meetings and conferences of the Neolithic Studies Group:

Some Ancient History of the NSG

Links to Related Online Publications: