Places of Worship in Britain and Ireland: Prehistoric and Roman

Course details

From £138.00

Fri 31 Jan 2020 - Sun 02 Feb 2020
6.30pm Friday - 1.00pm Sunday

Places of Worship in Britain and Ireland: Prehistoric and Roman


What can we know of religious sites, who built them, how they may have been understood and used, and for what kinds of rites they were intended?

During this weekend we will examine the evidence for prehistoric and pre-Christian Roman places of worship and answer questions in relation to religions and societies for which we have no evidence apart from the monuments themselves.

This weekend complements the long-running chronological series of weekends on Places of Worship in Britain and Ireland but prior attendance is not required.

Programme details

Friday 31 January 2020

6.15pm          Registration (for those who have booked meals and/or accommodation)

6.30pm         Dinner

7.45pm          Registration (for those who have booked as non-residential without meals)

8.00pm         Rethinking religion in the prehistoric and Roman periods

                      CHRIS GOSDEN

9.15pm          Day comes to a close


Saturday 1 February 2020

8.00am         Breakfast (residents only)

9.00am         Magical rings: stone and timber circles as ceremonial places

                      TIM DARVILL

10.00am        Henges: at the interfact of earth and sky         

                      JOHN GRIGSBY

11.00am        Coffee / tea

11.30am        Great temples of the ancestors? Britain’s early Neolithic cursus monuments

                      KENNETH BROPHY

12.30pm        Break

1.00pm          Lunch

2.00pm         Reconsidering chambered cairns: death, passage and skyscape

                      FABIO SILVA

3.00pm         Late Neolithic and early Bronze Age burial in Britain: people, practices and places

                      SEREN GRIFFITHS

4.00pm         Coffee/tea

4.30pm         Midden sites of the Vale of Pewsey

                     ANDREW VALDEZ-TULLET

5.30pm         Break

6.30pm         Dinner

8.00pm         Significant places and special things: approaching Iron Age ritual places in northern Britain

                     FRASER HUNTER

9.15pm          Day comes to a close


Sunday 2 February 2020

8.00am         Breakfast (residents only)

9.00am         Romano-Celtic temples and shrines in Britain

                     TONY KING

10.00am       VSLM: writing, praying and building in the sanctuaries of Roman Britain

                     JOHN PEARCE

11.00am       Coffee / tea

11.30am       Secret space and places of mystery in Roman Britain

                     MARTIN HENIG

12.30pm       Discussion

12.45pm       Break

1.00pm         Lunch and course disperses



Description Costs
Tuition (includes coffee/tea) £138.00
Baguette Saturday £5.00
Baguette Sunday £5.00
Dinner Friday Evening £25.00
Dinner Saturday Evening £25.00
Hot Lunch Saturday £15.00
Hot Lunch Sunday £15.00
Single Room B&B Friday & Saturday Nights £165.00
Twin/Double Room B&B Friday & Saturday Nights £234.00


If you are in receipt of a state benefit you may be eligible for a reduction of 50% of tuition fees.

If you do not qualify for the concessionary fee but are experiencing financial hardship, you may still be eligible for financial assistance.

Concessionary fees for short courses




Dr Kenneth Brophy


Senior Lecturer in Archaeology, University of Glasgow

Dr Seren Griffiths


Lecturer in Archaeology, University of Central Lancashire

Dr John Grigsby


Independent lecturer/researcher

Professor Chris Gosden


Professor of European Archaeology, University of Oxford

Dr Fraser Hunter


Principal Curator of Prehistoric & Roman Archaeology, National Museums Scotland

Professor Anthony King


Professor of Roman Archaeology, University of Winchester

Dr John Pearce


Senior Lecturer in Archaeology, King’s College London

Dr Fabio Silva


Postodoctoral Researcher in Archaeology, University of Bournemouth

Dr Andrew Valdez-Tullett


Senior Research Officer, Wessex Archaeology

Dr Paul Barnwell

Director of Studies

Dr Paul Barnwell is Director of Studies in the Historic Environment and Co-Director of Courses and Workshops in the Historic Environment at OUDCE.

Professor Timothy Darvill

Director of Studies and Speaker

Professor of Archaeology, Bournemouth University

Revd. Dr Martin Henig

Director of Studies and Speaker

Vice president, British Archaeological Association


Please use the 'Book' or 'Apply' button on this page. Alternatively, please contact us to obtain an application form.


Accommodation for this weekend is at Rewley House for Friday and Saturday nights only.

Depending on availability it may also be possible to extend your stay, please enquire at the time of booking for availability and prices.

All bedrooms are modern, comfortably furnished and each room has tea and coffee making facilities, Freeview television, and Free WiFi and private bath or shower rooms.