North and south: tobacco pipe studies in the western Mediterranean and their north-western European connections. 4th-7th November 2010

The 26th conference of the Académie Internationale de la Pipe will be held in Grasse, Alpes-Maritimes, France from the 4th to the 7th of November 2010 at the Bibliothèque Municipale. It will focus on the magnificent collection of European pipes of all types made in the late 19th and early 20th centuries by Alice Baroness Rothschild, which was donated to the library after her death in 1922. The collection will be made accessible for detailed study by members of the conference and a number of background papers will be presented about it. There will also be a series of presentations of new archaeological evidence for pipe production and consumption in southern France, northern Italy, Spain and further afield. Anyone interested in giving a paper or attending the meeting, please contact Dr Susie White

Opinions sought on unidentified vessel…

A pottery vessel recovered from a middle Iron Age enclosure at Beckford, Worcestershire, remains unidentified and undated despite a great deal of study. The authors are hoping that one last attempt at circulating information about the vessel might result in a firmer identification. Because of the nature of the recovery there are no associated finds and the vessel cannot be assumed to be contemporary with the enclosure. If you can provide any parallels, or information on the date of this vessel we would be very pleased to hear from you. Please send your thoughts to the MPRG webmaster who will pass them on.

Click here for more information about the vessel or click here to contact the webmaster.




The Southern regional group are holding a meeting on the subject of early medieval pottery (6th-12th centuries) in the region. This will take place at Hampshire Museums Service in Winchester on 20th March 2010, starting at 10.30. Places are limited so please let us know you are coming, but there is no charge as refreshments have kindly been provided. We are planning on having lunch in a nearby pub.

The speakers will be Ben Jervis, Beth Ricketts, Phil Jones, John Cotter, Katherine Barclay and Lorraine Mepham. The day will cover pottery from West Sussex, Surrey, Wiltshire, Hampshire and Dorset. There will also be an opportunity to view pottery from the region. Please feel free to bring sherds along!

For more information or to book a place please contact Ben Jervis (

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