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Final-year University of Chester Archaeology students will be presenting a free academic conference, to share their interim research, exploring the ethics, politics and public engagements with treasure-finds, displays and popular culture receptions. Discussions will also include the representation of ‘treasure’ in video games and films, the illicit plundering and trade in antiquities worldwide, and the museum repatriation of cultural treasures.

Two expert guest speakers – Dr Adam Daubney, freelance finds specialist, and Gail Boyle, Senior Curator (Archaeology and World Cultures), for Bristol Culture, will also deliver talks. Peter Reavill, the Finds Liaison Officer for Shropshire and Herefordshire, will wrap up the day conference.

Then, extending the debate online, on Saturday, February 1, eight Twitter presentations will take place using the hashtag #blingarch from 09.30 GMT.

The Public Archaeology of Treasure event takes place this Friday, January 31, from 9.30am to 4pm. It is free to attend and fully open to members of the public, students and staff, with no prior registration required.

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