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Friday, 27 March 2015

If you are keen to sponsor any aspect of the CIfA conference......

I have ranted about this before (Towergate and the archaeological old boys' club), but this little email exchange does strike me as a little unfair from an organization (the CIfA) which advises its members to  “act with impartiality and integrity in devising and implementing the procurement of archaeological services in a fair, open and transparent manner.” 

However, if I were the CIfA I too would probably do the same and if I were Towergate, well........again, I would probably do the same.  So, I get it!

Cheapest isn’t always best of course, but benchmarking cover and price are the best ways to ensure that you are paying the right price for the cover which you require – and that is only possible where there is more than one supplier - which there is if you know where to look!

From: xxxxx xxxxx [] 
Sent: 27 March 2015 12:07
To: John Mitchell
Cc: xxx xxxxxx xxxxxxxx
Subject: RE: Exhibiting at CIfA conference

Hi John
Unfortunately our principal sponsor for the conference is Towergate insurance and, as such, we would not be able to offer an exhibition space to you this year.
Many thanks for your interest in the conference.

Best wishes


Chartered Institute for Archaeologists    t 0118 378 xxxx
Miller Building, University of Reading, Reading, RG6 6AB. 

What is the future of your profession? Booking is now open for our 2015 annual conference and training event. The conference will take place in Cardiff, 15 - 17 April, and this year we will be discussing the future of the archaeological profession. For details about how to book and for more information about the conference please go to

From: John Mitchell []
Sent: 27 March 2015 11:40
To: Xxxxxx Xxxxxx
Subject: Exhibiting at CIfA conference
Importance: High

I am interested in an exhibition stand at this year’s CIfA conference.  Is there still space available?

Kind regards

Dr John Mitchell
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Monday, 23 March 2015

Skilled migrants enter Europe from Near East 8,000 years ago....shock!

For those of you slightly out of touch with recent developments, this is a fascinating article (and not a shock at all really!). 

What happened to the indigenous hunter gatherer population of Europe when migrants out-competed them with the new agricultural techniques 8,000 years ago?

From where did the Indo-European language family originate 4,500 years ago? 

by Alan Cooper And Wolfgang Haak, The Conversation
Europe is famously tesselated, with different cultural and language groups clustering in different regions. But how did they all get there? And how are they related?

One way of answering these questions comes from digging up relics of the past.   Europe has a rich archaeological record, ranging from periods well before the famous metal ages (i.e. copper, bronze and iron) to the recent adventures of the Romans, Vandals, Huns and Vikings.

Distinctive types of pottery and cultural practices associated with burials and settlements have been used to group the ancient populations into individual "archaeological cultures". However, it hasn't been clear whether there is a genetic basis for these group boundaries or whether they're just cultural.

Another line of evidence to illuminate how various groups are related comes from their languages. There is the well known Indo-European language tree – ranging from Hindi to Russian to Spanish. But it's also quite unclear how the languages spread to their present regions.

Now we have another layer of information to help us reveal the history of European peoples: DNA sequencing.  Follow this link to read more

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