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The Royal Archaeological Institute (RAI) is a leading national archaeology society, with a history dating back to 1844. Its interests span all aspects of the archaeological, architectural and landscape history of the British Isles.

Through our annual publication of the Archaeological Journal and our programme of monthly lectures, we have a strong tradition of presenting archaeological research. We also give grants to enable research projects, host conferences and run specialist tours for our members to archaeological sites, historic buildings and landscapes.

Find out more about what Royal Archaeological Institute membership offers and what options are available.
View our comprehensive lecture program, covering a variety of topics between October and May every year.
The Royal Archaeological Institute has research funds available each year - discover more about funds and eligibility criteria.
Learn more about our publications, including the Archaeological Journal, our newsletter and the summer meeting reports.

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Forthcoming events

12 April - 3 pm and 5 pm lectures
Wednesday 12th April 2017

3 p.m. Early career archaeologists from Archaeology South-East, University College London (Institute of Archaeology) and University of York: The origins and symbolism of the Great Gatehouse at Battle Abbey by Dr Michael Shapland; Online catalogue of Ostrogothic coinage by Dr Elena Baldi and An Object Biography of Engraved Limestone Plaquettes from the Magdalenian Site of Montastruc, southern France by Andy Needham.

5 p.m. The Lost 12th-Century Choir of York Minster Reconstructed by Dr Stuart Harrison
For many years the lost 12th-century choir of York Minster has been seen a possible key building in the development of Early Gothic in the north of England. Recently a new study of the evidence from excavations, the standing fabric and detached architectural fragments has enabled a better understanding of this complex building. The plan of the choir has been established for the first time and can be shown to derive from that of the abbey of St Bertin in St Omer. The crypt and main elevations have now been reconstructed and show that the choir incorporated some of the latest Gothic detailing deriving from north west France and Flanders. Its use of Purbeck Marble for shafts and piers and the design of the high vaulting with quadripartite and sexpartite designs parallels that of Canterbury some twenty years later. It was clearly one of the earliest buildings in England to use Gothic design and detailing.

2017 Spring and Summer Meetings
Monday 1st May 2017

The programmes/booking forms for this year's Spring Meeting to Whitby and Summer Meeting to Cork are available below as well as our meetings page.

2017 Spring Meeting programme/booking form (Whitby)
2017 Summer Meeting programme/booking form (Cork)

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