English Heritage Thornton le Street Workshop and Lecture – 11/10/2014

Workshop: Lidar Technology –  A new archaeological resource

English Heritage will give the second of a series of workshops on archaeological techniques at Thornton le Street Village Hall between Thirsk and Northallerton on Saturday 11th October from 9.00 am to 1.00 pm. The series is intended to stimulate research into the archaeology of the county and provide researchers with the skills necessary to work in a professional manner. The workshop will be conducted by Matthew Oakey, Senior Investigator, and Dave Knight, Investigator, of the Aerial Investigation and Mapping Section based at York.

LIDAR (Light Detection and Ranging) was originally conceived in the 1960’s for submarine detection, but it is now used extensively for archaeological survey. It involves remote sensing by aerial surveillance using laser beams which can quickly and accurately record the ground surface in 3D. In some circumstances it can even identify features obscured by ground cover. It has been used extensively by the Environment Agency for land surveying associated with flood risk alleviation schemes and this material is now readily available to the general public. These schemes have generated a considerable archive of the county, especially of lowland areas, but coverage is by no means complete.

This technique has been used as a standard tool for mapping and recording archaeological landscapes by English Heritage for a number of years and the instructors have considerable experience in this field. Its use, alongside other sources of data such as aerial photographs, has greatly enhanced understanding of certain landscapes. The workshop will aim to equip participants with a basic knowledge of the technique including its benefits and limitations sufficient to conduct their own research.

The workshop will be a mix of theory and practice. Numbers will be limited so places must be booked in advance for each workshop along with payment at £20 per person. Payment should be in favour of English Heritage and posted to John Sheehan at 4 Arden Mews, Northallerton, North Yorkshire DL6 1EN. Lunch is not provided. An additional charge of £2 will be made on the day to cover accommodation and refreshment costs. Enquiries to John Sheehan by telephone 01609 771878, or email jgsheehan@btinternet.com

Lecture: The Roman Roads of North Yorkshire – From Warburton to LIDAR

Hugh Toller will give the second of a series of talks on The Roman Roads of North Yorkshire at Thornton le Street Village Hall between Thirsk and Northallerton on Saturday 11th October at 2.00 pm. Admission will be £2 at the door. This series is intended to stimulate research into the routes of Roman roads in the county and ensure that it is adequately recorded.

The speaker has a BA in Roman Archaeology from the Institute of Archaeology, London University, and is an experienced Field Archaeologist currently undertaking independent research into the routes of Roman roads, particularly in upland areas. He has specialised in the archaeology of Roman roads over the past thirty years, during which time he has made extensive use of antiquarian records of Roman roads and sites. He recently co-authored a report on an update of the known remains of Roman roads in Wales for the Welsh Royal Commission. And he is currently working on Yorkshire sites with the Roman Antiquities Section of the Yorkshire Archaeological Society using LIDAR technology.

LIDAR (Light Detection and Ranging) was originally conceived in the 1960’s for submarine detection, but it is now used extensively for archaeological survey. It involves remote sensing by aerial surveillance using laser beams which are able to penetrate ground cover and reveal hidden landscape features. It has been used extensively by the Environment Agency for land surveying associated with flood risk alleviation schemes and this material is now readily available to the general public. Hugh has used the technique successfully in recent years to identify the course of Roman roads and he will describe his recent work in the county, in particular at Ainley Top near Harrogate and from Bainbridge in the direction of Barnard Castle.

John Warburton was a distinguished mapmaker of national renown during the first half of the 18C. His map of Yorkshire was published by subscription in 1720 after exhaustive field work. For the first time in the history of mapmaking roads were shown in great detail. He was an avid student of Roman Military History and identified Roman roads on his maps, although in these cases his approach was stylistic, rather than strictly accurate. He shows a Roman road between Thornton le Street and Catterick Bridge, but to date no evidence of this has been found on the ground. Although born in Bury, Lancashire, Warburton would know the local area well as he was an exciseman and then supervisor at Bedale in 1718-19, before being appointed to the office of Somerset Herald at the College of Arms in London. Hugh will describe Warburton’s achievements and their importance today in the interpretation of the routes of Roman roads.

Further details can be obtained from John Sheehan: Telephone 01609 771878 or email jgsheehan@btinternet.com

 

 

 

Dippie Dixon Lectures 2014

Coquetdale Community Archaeology

 

Sunday 19 October 2.30pm

Jubilee Hall Rothbury

 

Dippie Dixon Lectures 2014

Dr Clive Waddington

 

Rescued from the Sea

Two lectures about the dig at Low Hauxley 2013

 

Discovery and Excavationon the Northumberland Coast

 

Break for refreshments

 

Implications for Prehistoryand Community Archaeology

 

ALL WELCOME

Heart of Teesdale – Traditional Farm Buildings Survey Project

Heart of Teesdale – Traditional Farm Buildings Survey Project

Seeking volunteers to record historically significant buildings. No previous experience required, all training provided.

Information Days:

Tuesday 7 October 10.00am-1.00pm, St Mary’s Parish Hall, Barnard Castle

Saturday 11 October 10.00am-1.00pm The Witham, Barnard Castle

Training Days:

Saturday 25 October 9.30am-4.00pm Reading Rooms, Romaldkirk

Saturday 25 October 9.30am-4.00pm Reading Rooms, Romaldkirk

To book, please contact Honia.Devlin@durham.gov.uk or 03000 260830

Flodden 1513 – Excavations at Ellemford, 4-14 October

Flodden 1513 – Excavations at Ellemford, 4-14 October

Interested in the Archaeology of the Scottish Army of 1513?

Come and join us to dig on the site of the Border muster of August 1513. We will be excavating features identified through geophysical survey on the northern shore of Whiteadder Water at Ellemford Bridge.

No previous experience is needed, on site training will be provided. Experienced excavators are also welcome.

Join us for half a day, or as many of the 10 days as you would like.

Contact Chris Burgess by email at Flodden500@gmail.com to book your place.

(Places limited to 15 people per day, so early booking recommended)

Hadrian’s Wall Archaeology Forum 2014

Hadrian’s Wall Archaeology Forum 2014

Saturday November 22nd at The Queens Hall, Hexham.  9.50am – 4.30pm

Reservations & Tickets – Queens Hall box office,  Tel: 01434 652477,  Email:  boxoffice@queenshall.co.uk

Price £12.00 per person REDUCED THIS YEAR FROM £18.00.  Price includes tea/coffee/orange juice and biscuits mid-morning and mid-afternoon.

Vindolanda: An update on the Frontiers in Transition Project

Dr Andrew Birley, Vindolanda Trust.

 The Temples Project, Maryport.

Tony Wilmott, English Heritage.

 The Vicus Project, Maryport

John Zant, Oxford Archaeology North.

 Excavation and survey at Ravenglass fort and vicus.

Kurt Hunter-Mann, York Archaeological Trust

 Binchester excavations, season 6, 2014: revealing the best-preserved Roman building in Britain

Dr David Mason, Durham County Council

 The discovery of the Roman baths at Wallsend and other results from the WallQuest community archaeology project.

Dr Nick Hodgson, Tyne & Wear Archaeology

Save Binchester Roman Fort

Message from Dr David Petts (Durham University):

Dear All
 
As many of you know, the Roman fort at Binchester, site of our fieldschool, has been put up for sale by its owners, the Church Commissioners. Worryingly, the site has been divided into separate lots. They owners are selling 10 lots of land (remains of the Bishop Auckland Estate) to the North and East of the town. These include Toft Hill Farm, Binchester Hall Farm, and the Bishop Auckland Golf Course (the old High Park). Two lots, Binchester Hall and Binchester Hall Farm bisect the Roman town more-or-less along the alignment of Dere Street. One lot includes Binchester Hall, the visitor car park, centre, and bath house. The other lot includes the remainder of the fort and is associated with the adjacent farm.
 
Worryingly, Binchester Hall has planning permission for development, which could affect public access to the Roman site. Additionally, if both lots fall to separate owners, any future access to the site, and research, would be at jeopardy. 
 
Auckland Castle Trust have raised substantial funds to help save the fort for the nation, and work with Durham University and Durham County Council to alleviate the risk of development. However, we need for the offer to be accepted by the Church Commissioners. To help emphasise the level of local, regional and national support for this initiative, it would be great if you could raise your concerns with the Church Commissioners through our change.org petition, and helping us circulate this call via email and social media:
 
 
An assessment of the issues at stake can be read on this blog post, and in the media: 
 
 
Information on the recent excavations led by Durham University, which are jeopardised by the proposed sale, can be found here: 
 
 
 
thanks
David
 

 

The Year of Hilda – Celebrating 1400 years since her birth- Hartlepool- 13/9/2014

The  Year of Hilda – Celebrating 1400 years since her birth

A special FREE event on Saturday 13 September in St Hilda’s Church Hartlepool.

Michelle Brown, a renowned authority on the Lindisfarne Gospels, will  speak on The Influence of Hilda and the Lindisfarne Gospels.

10.00am  for coffee, lecture starts at 10.30am.

More info from Rev Chris Collinson on 01429 267030.