Spring Field Meeting

The East Midlands, 31st May to the 2nd June 2024

Call for expressions of interest

The spring field meeting is back after an interregnum decisively caused by the COVID-19 years!

On this occasion, we will focus on an area we haven’t visited before: the Charnwood Forest in Leicestershire, home to the expected source of rock Group XX axes.

We will base the meeting in Mountsorrel.

The meeting will include:

  • A business meeting and the opportunity to hear what everyone has been working on.
  • At least a day looking at raw material sources and outcrops
  • The field trip will:
    • Focus on Bradgate Park and Beacon Hill, near Leicester, where all the geological strata are present.
    • Visit the site of the levelled Aston Cursus, a nearby contemporary monument.

If you are interested in attending, please contact us here:

Welcome From The Chair!

Dr Alison Sheridan, Emeritus Curator of Early Prehistory in the Department of Scottish History & Archaeology, National Museum of Scotland (NMS). Dr Sheidan is pictured looking at some axeheads on display in an exhibition at the NMS in 2016: Stone Age Jade from the Alps (Photo by and Phil Wilkinson ©2016 NMS & courtesy of the NMS).

Welcome to the new look Implement Petrology Group website, created, maintained and curated for the IPG by Lithoscapes. Here you can find out about who we are, what we do, and the history of our group. You can also check out our publications and resources.

Implement petrology has a long history in the British Isles, extending back to the 1930s. Today, working alongside our colleagues in the South-Western Implement Petrology Group. We are a subject-specialist network of archaeologists, petrologists and geologists, lithicists, and Museum Curators aiming to understand the chaînes opératoires of Neolithic, and the Chalcolithic, to Bronze Age lithic raw material use and stone implements in the British Isles.

The IPG is a voluntary organisation with a long and illustrious past and a future in which we shall strive to share our enthusiasm and knowledge with all who are interested.

Dr Alison Sheridan FBA FRSE FSA Scot FSA ACIfA

Chair of IPG