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.

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9th May: Annual General Meeting and the President's lecture
Wednesday 9th May 2018

The Annual General Meeting will begin at 4.45 pm followed by the President's lecture Archaeologists at war, 1914 - 18.

The archaeological profession was still in its infancy in 1914 at the start of WW1, though better developed in Germany than in Britain. Many archaeologists had worked in Greece, Egypt and the Middle East, and with their specialist knowledge went on to work for the intelligence services. Responses to archaeological evidence disturbed during military operations varied: German archaeologists excavated sites on the Western Front, while in Greece, France planned a research programme and Britain attempted to preserve the antiquities revealed. Many of the activities prefigured the more formal arrangements of WW2; Germany, concerned at accusations of barbarism, established a commission to protect historic monuments in the war zone.

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