African Archaeological Research Days (AARD)  is a wide ranging meeting for the presentation and discussion of recent research in African archaeology. It deals with multiple periods and aspects of African archaeology from the Early Stone Age through to the Iron Age, as well as more recent and heritage issues. Verbal and poster presentations at previous AARD meetings have covered linguistics, genetics, environmental analyses, as well as new excavations and more traditional archaeological analyses and theoretical approaches. Depending on the papers received, the sessions are usually themed according to period, or sometimes if there are enough on a particular subject, something more specific. The meeting has become quite large in recent years with up to 120 participants. This year, we are delighted to host AARD at the University of Southampton with support from the Department of Archaeology and Palaeoenvironmental Laboratories, University of Southampton (PLUS), Geography.