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In this post, Prof. Susan Whitfield introduces us to the 7th annual meeting of IASSRT which was held in the UK for the first time in October 2023. This conference provided an opportunity to extend the group’s horizons to the northwest edges of the Silk Roads.

Before the arrival of Christianity, with its assimilation of previous beliefs and festivals, the period we now call Christmas, around the mid-winter solstice, was also an important annual event for people of many cultures and times. We can see from archaeology how deep this marking of the close of one year and beginning of the next goes back into the past.