Life At The Cutting Edge:

Celebrating 40 years of

the Lithic Studies Society

In celebration of our 40th anniversary, the Lithic Studies Society is holding a two-day conference to reflect on the trajectory of lithic studies over the past four decades and consider potential future directions and new developments moving forward.

About The Conference

25th - 26th October 2019

National Civil War Centre, Newark

For 40 years, the Lithic Studies Society has promoted the advancement of knowledge, education and research in lithic studies. It has drawn together academics, professionals and independent researchers with a shared passion for lithics wherever they occur, and whatever period they date to.

Research supported and published by the Society has touched on many key developments in our understanding of stone tools as evidence of human technology, behaviour, society and evolution. We can look forward to exciting times as new technologies augment traditional methods of analysis, and as the resolution of chronological and environmental frameworks is improved.

Friday's talks will address the trajectory of lithic studies over the past four decades and consider potential future directions and developments. Saturday focuses on the significant contribution to Palaeolithic archaeology made by long-term Lithic Studies Society member, Terry Hardaker, over his three decades of research in Britain, sub-Saharan Africa and Arabia.


Register Now

Registration for the conference has now opened. Get your ticket now to celebrate our 40th anniversary with us.

Conference Programme

The event is organised into two standalone days of talks on Friday 25th and Saturday 26th October. We hope you can join us for the full conference over both days, but you can also book tickets for a single one.

Day Themes

Friday 25th October

The first day of talks will be structured around a series of Keynote speakers (soon to be announced!) who will address key areas and time periods in the study of stone tools over the history of the Lithic Studies Society.

As well as the programme of talks, there will be a poster session and a display of Farndon Fields artefacts from the Ice Age Journeys team.

Friday's talks will be followed by a wine reception where delegates will have full access to explore the museum and galleries of the National Civil War Centre.

Saturday 26th October

The second day will focus on themes relating to the work of Terry Hardaker, a long-term member who has made a significant contribution to the Society and Palaeolithic archaeology over the past three decades.

The morning’s talks will reflect his work in the UK, particularly focusing on the archaeology and environments of the Thames and Bytham rivers, with the afternoon moving south to the arid environments of sub-Saharan Africa and Arabia.

Read Terry's full bio

How to Get There


The venue itself is just over an hour from London by train and around two hours from Manchester. It is well connected to motorways and the A1 and A46. The venue is just a 10 minute walk from Newark Northgate train station.

There is no parking at the National Civil War Centre however it is close to 2 large car parks. Appletongate Car Park (NG24 1JR) is just across the road from the museum and London Road Car Park (NG24 1TN) is a 4 minute walk away.

Address for Satnav:

National Civil War Centre,

14 Appletongate,



NG24 1JY

For more detailed travel information, check out the National Civil War Centre's website:

Civil War Centre Directions


The National Civil War Centre is fully accessible facility for wheelchair users and has accessible toilets. If specific information is required please get in touch with us at or you can contact the National Civil War Centre directly. The centre recommends parking at Appletongate Car Park as it is the most accessible.

The society have hired an additional room in the conference centre that will house posters and an object handling area. This area will be a quiet space that can be visited at any point during the conference.

The Tudor Hall is equipped with hearing loops.

The Lithic Studies Society are committed to providing a harassment-free conference.

The society will be live-tweeting the event using the hashtag #LSS40.

Food & Drink

Tea, coffee, and a light lunch will be served on both conference days. Dietary requirements can be added to the conference registration form. A wine reception will be held on Friday night where delegates will have full access to explore the museum and galleries.

As the conference venue is located centrally in Newark there are lots of different food and drink venues to try:

Where To Stay

TripAdvisor provide a list of hotels that are close to the conference venue and have good reviews:


There are also a wide range of Airbnb’s available:


Or if you fancy making a trip of it, Newark is close to Sherwood Forest Center Parcs!