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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.

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View our comprehensive lecture program, covering a variety of topics between October and May every year.
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Forthcoming events

9 FEBRUARY Lecture (5 pm) by Lisa Westcott Wilkins and Brendon Wilkins
Thursday 10th February 2022

The lecture will be held online only and the link will be sent to members in due course.

Lindisfarne: new research and new ways of working, the DigVentures model in action
In 2021 the DigVentures team is running its sixth season of excavation on the significant early monastic site in collaboration with Dr David Petts of Durham University. The results of this work are fascinating in themselves, but we will also explore the new way of working developed by DigVentures. The excavation has been entirely crowd-funded, £0.25m so far, and all of the data recorded so far are available to study online. Working in this way on this and other projects has resulted in the growth of a large community of engaged followers both on site and on-line, and we believe that this model has both widened and deepened public engagement in archaeological research.

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