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CBA North: Chair’s New Year’s Message and 2023 Events

Dear CBA North members, followers and friends,

I wish you all a happy and successful 2023.

The change in year gives a point for a pause to look backwards over the past year and also to look ahead. CBA North has continued to grow in its membership; local society and group meetings have resumed largely in-person and live, but in places hybrid and recordings available; archaeological fieldwork for volunteers has happened; visitor attractions are opening all the more. These all are normal occurrences for the year, but after near three years of unusual conditions from Covid-19 they still feel new, familiar though they are as happenings.

However, there are also new ‘new’ things to look forward to. Some have been held over from 2022 and indeed before. That said things are taking a while to get back fully to normal, with in-person audiences often smaller than before, and new experiments and technologies being taken up. CBA North is no different in those as well, and hopefully we will be able to get back on our feet this year.

As usual this time of year there are many local society and group events to look forward to. A list of the 2023 events known of is now on our Events website page (see Events | CBA North (wordpress.com)) and this is only likely to grow.

Please feel free to circulate this email and/or website page link around your friends, family and local group memberships. Last year I invited comments from you as our membership and followers, but there were only a few messages. Please, as ever, do let me know your comments and views, as well as more particularly any news for all CBA North’s wider membership as we ourselves get back to normal.

More regular news emails to all CBA North’s members, hopefully, will resume as more regular events and news happens this year. There have already been some contributions for the next ‘issue’.

Best wishes for 2023,

Keith Elliott
CBA North Acting Chair and Secretary

2023 Events across the CBA North Region
January 2023
4 January, Ford in the Time of the Waterfords, Linda Bankier [TILLVAS]
7 January, The reconstruction of the former RAF Operations Room at the Imperial War Museum (IWM) Duxford site and What is available at the Fitzhugh Library?, Stephen Wootford and Derek Sims respectively [ALTOGETHER]
9 January, The History of Backbarrow Ironworks, Richard Sanderson [KENDAL]
10 January, Dreaming of Home in Roman Cumbria, Browen Riley [CWAAS]
12 January, AGM, Dig Appleby Report and Dalmally Gravestones Talk, Martin Railton and Richard McGregor [APPLEBY]
13 January, The Silverdale Mine, Warren Allison [CARLISLE]
21 January, Excavations at Vindolanda – exploring the past in the present and future, Andrew Birley [ARCH & ARCH]
23 January, The Discovery and Exploitation of Polyhalite in Yorkshire, Dr FW Smith [Cleveland Industrial Archaeology Society]
25 January, Anniversary Meeting and lecture, Outskirts of a Medieval Town: Berwick Infirmary Excavations 2021-2022, Steve Collinson [SANT]

February 2023
5 February, Cheviot Volcanoes: What were they like? Would you have survived?, Elizabeth Devon [TILLVAS]
6 February, Rediscovering Coria: the Edward excavations at Roman Corbridge, Frances McIntosh [BAS]
6 February, Furness: a hotbed of the slave trade?, Melinda Elder [CWAAS]
9 February, Egyptian Sites and Antiquities, Trish Shaw [APPLEBY]
10 February, Corpse Roads of Cumbria, Alan Cleaver [WCAS]
13 February, Seathwaite Wad Mine, Mark Hatton [Cleveland Industrial Archaeology Society]
13 February, Caithness Broch Project (title to be confirmed), Ken McElroy and Iain Maclean [LUNESDALE]
18 February, WallCAP Community Archaeology on Hadrian’s Wall, Jane Harrison [ARCH & ARCH]
22 February, Pauline Dower and the Designation of Northumberland National Park, Matthew Kelly [SANT]

March 2023
6 March, Climate Change, Sustainability and Circular Economy – inspirations from later prehistory, Tanja Romankiewicz [BAS]
6 March, Folk-Speech: the Victorians and Cumbrian Dialect, Professor Matthew Townend [CWAAS]
6 March, Crucible of Nations: Rethinking the Viking Age in Southwest Scotland, Adrian Maldonado [KENDAL]
9 March, The Roy Ashley Garage excavation Appleby, Sue Thompson and Kevin Mouncey [APPLEBY]
10 March, Lost Stories from the Medieval Cult of St George, Sam Riches [CARLISLE]
10 March, Medieval forgers, Nuns of Armathwaite, Harry Hawkins [WCAS]
13 March, Early Neolithic in the North West (title to be confirmed), Gill Hey [LUNESDALE]
18 March, Archaeological Work at Bamburgh Castle, Graeme Young [ARCH & ARCH]
20 March, The Summit Tunnel Fire, Alan Halfpenny [Cleveland Industrial Archaeology Society]
25 March, Archaeology of the River Wear Conference, Various speakers [ARCH & ARCH]
29 March, Facing the Enemy? Using ‘Big Data’ to Analyse Flavian Fortifications in Scotland’s Landscape, Andrew Tibbs [SANT]

April 2023
3 April, A ‘holy cross’ of the early Northumbrian Church: signs and mysteries, Prof John Hines [BAS]
3 April, AGM and Tocketts Mill, Peter Morgan [Cleveland Industrial Archaeology Society]
3 April, Thomas Machell, Jane Platt [KENDAL]
13 April, Walls in the Westmorland Landscape – Russendal, David Johnson [APPLEBY]
14 April, Beadles, Dunghills and Noisome Excrements: Regulating the Environment in Seventeenth-Century Carlisle, Leona Skelton [CARLISLE]
15 April, Textile Manufacture, Taxation and Tradition in Late and Post Medieval Durham City, Gary Bankhead [ARCH & ARCH]
17 April, Update on High Carlingill excavations and results (title to be confirmed), Bob Abram/Jan Hicks [LUNESDALE]
29 April, A Review of the Historic England funded South-East Northumberland Air Photo and Lidar Mapping Project, Alison Deegan [SANT]

May 2023
31 May, The Remarkable Anne Fisher (1719-1778): Not Simply a Printer’s Wife, Barbara Crosbie [SANT]
Date to be decided – [ARCH & ARCH]

June 2023
6 June, Excavation in the archives: some new old environmental remains from Carlisle, Don O’Meara [BAS]
28 June, Recovering Herstory: the Hidden Women in Geography at Newcastle from 1928, Helen Jarvis [SANT]
Date to be decided – [ARCH & ARCH]

July 2023
3 July, Speaker and topic to be confirmed [BAS]
26 July, “The Way, The Word and The Water” – Aspects of the Archaeology of Seventeenth-Century Newcastle, Pam Graves [SANT]

August 2023
30 August, Hadrian’s Wall in urban Newcastle – excavating Turret 3a, Scott Vance [SANT]

September 2023
11 September, Boulby Mine – Looking back at the first 50 years, Neil Rowley [Cleveland Industrial Archaeology Society]
27 September, Bede and the Theory of Everything, Michelle Brown [SANT]

October 2023
25 October, A Black History Month lecture: Arthur Wharton, Shaun Campbell [SANT]

November 2023
29 November, Developing a Cultural Programme with the Vindolanda Trust, Morag Iles [SANT]

If you would like to submit something to our CBA North news emails, please feel free to do so ! It still remains a fact that editors can only work with what they are sent. If you would like to submit something, please send it in to cbanorth@archaeologyuk.org !

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CBA North Christmas card 2022

Dear Members and Friends of CBA North,

Thank you again for your continued support of CBA North throughout what has been another challenging year. Behind the scenes there have been many activities and happenings, in addition to work and other challenges, for all of us.

As is traditional at this time of year we send you a seasonal picture with some history, heritage or archaeology as is our wont. This year’s picture shows some of the rig and furrow earthworks above Redesdale, Northumberland, pictured as spring 2022 was emerging. As can be seen clearly, some of the rig has been partly ploughed, but across the CBA North region extensive field systems of all periods remain.

This year has seen something of a resumption to a normal – a newer one again than the days of Covid-19 lockdowns with more in-person meetings and office-work, local societies and friendships  resuming again, but with their own variants of hot-desking, hybrid meetings and more besides. Wherever you are history, heritage and archaeology, and friendships from them, are present across the CBA North.

Please take a moment to check we have your contact details correct for you and your group’s contacts, and send on your group’s programme for 2023 so we can circulate it to the widest possible audience for you. History, heritage and archaeology doesn’t stop, and certainly has not stopped in 2022.

Best wishes for Christmas, the New Year and beyond into 2023 – stay safe and well !,

CBA North Committee, 24.12.2022

If you would like to submit something to our CBA North news emails, please feel free to do so ! It still remains a fact that editors can only work with what they are sent. If you would like to submit something, please send it in to cbanorth@archaeologyuk.org !

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CBA North: September events – are we into a newer normal again?

Dear CBA North Members and Friends,

The change in month gives a point of time for reflection, with now many more events happening in person (as well as some still online) across the region of our local groups and more.

The summer has seen many events, but now many local society meetings are also resuming in person. These start off this afternoon with our group member the Arch & Arch in Durham on Excavations at St Nicholas’ Cathedral, Newcastle, with those of our local group members hot on it’s heels next week and throughout the month. So back towards a newer normal?

Perhaps. However, there have been some changes of speakers, topics and dates since our last email which have been added to our Events website page, but please let us know of any additions to the listing and any other news to be spread across the region.

Josie McChrystal, Secretary of the Border Archaeological Society, has done that to invite CBA North members and friends to the talk below. She notes that this talk is a special public one to help celebrate the 25th anniversary year of the Border Archaeological Society, based in Berwick, and with the vital details as below;

Border Archaeological Society 25th anniversary talk. 
This talk will take place on Monday 5 September in the Guildhall Berwick, commencing at 7.30pm.
The title of the talk which will be given by Steven Collison, lead excavator of the project is;

Berwick Infirmary Excavations: Footsteps Through a Medieval Town

Some interesting findings from post excavation analysis could really add to the existing body of knowledge of Mediaeval Berwick and similar small towns.

Admission is free although donations are welcome. 
N.B. The Guildhall is an eighteenth-century Grade 1 listed building and access may be difficult for people with limited mobility. Please get in touch in advance if you will require assistance.

Josie McChrystal, secretary, BAS

If you have any questions on this, please follow this link to Border Archaeological Society  details of the lecture.

In case you or your own local group/s would like to submit something that you think deserves wider notice or publicity, please send it in to cbanorth@archaeologyuk.org. Hopefully things may resolve themselves for a newer normal all the more again, so better still have a catch-up and a chat for what you would like CBA North to do for you and your local group/s, and let us know!

Best wishes,

Keith Elliott
CBA North Acting Chair and Secretary, 03.09.2022

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CBA North: Festival of Archaeology events 2022

Dear CBA North Members and Friends,

…or should that be Friends, Romans and Countrymen?

This year is the 1900 anniversary of Hadrian’s Wall and we are now over half the way through the year. Hadrian’s Wall cuts the CBA North roughly into two parts and looms large across the archaeological landscape and literature of our region.

This Saturday sees the start of Festival of Archaeology (details are below), but I dare not say at the start or end of ‘The Wall’ to avoid any east-west rivalries!

Festival of Archaeology:
Journeys in and around the CBA North region

This year’s Festival of Archaeology is to be launched on Saturday, 16 July 2022, at Segedunum Roman Fort, at Wallsend within the CBA North region. This year’s theme is Journeys and we very much hope that you can make your own journey to Wallsend where a full day of events awaits you from 10 to 5. The timetable of events at Wallsend are listed here.

However, there are many other events and happenings across the country and including other events in the CBA North region, some in conjunction with the Hadrian’s Wall 1900 anniversary.

One of those events – the exhibition of the Edwardian excavators of the Corbridge Roman Town – follows on from one of one news stories reported in one of our earlier emails to you. That also featured within, and on the front cover, one of the latest British Archaeology magazines circulated nationally to CBA National members.

Edwardian excavators at Corbridge Roman Town, Northumberland (C) English Heritage

That project has, also, made its own journeys from just photographs and a few names, to fuller life stories of those involved in the 1906-14 excavations.

…And at Corbridge Roman Town recalls our own CBA North journey for our 2016 AGM was held in Corbridge. As things slowly resolve themselves to a newer normal, then let us know where you think our next AGM should be for our next journey and your thoughts for the future. We tend to have the business first in the morning, followed by something else (either visit or talk). Suggestions are most welcome.

If you would like to submit something to our CBA North news emails, please feel free to do so ! It remains a fact that editors can only work with what they are sent. If you would like to submit something that you think deserves wider notice or publicity, please send it in to cbanorth@archaeologyuk.org or better still catch-up and have a chat with us at Segedunum on Saturday!

Best wishes,

Keith Elliott
CBA North Acting Chair and Secretary

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CBA North’s Chair’s New Year Message

Dear CBA North Members and Friends,

And so we find ourselves and CBA North in 2022! Happy New Year and all best wishes to you and your local groups this year. For some today this is the first working day of the year, but for others this it still part of the holidays.

However beyond that it is hard to say what this year will bring, as indeed it was last year, in these unusual times. However, as usual there are many local society and group events to look forward to – albeit perhaps still through virtual and remote means for a while longer. A list has been prepared of what organised and we know of so far, which is also live on our Events website page (see Events | CBA North (wordpress.com)) which is only likely to grow.

One that this year brings is the celebrations of the 1900th birthday of Hadrian’s Wall; a key feature of our CBA North region ‘The Wall’ is perhaps what most might think of for archaeology in our area. Well studied and known about in earnest from the earliest antiquarians, such as the Venerable Bede in the early 8th century, there remains many finds and features that are displayed, still being teased out and indeed yet to be found or even noticed. Even if you are not an ardent Romanist, the message is the same for all parts of the CBA North region; the more you look at or get involved in archaeology, the more you get out of it. There is much to do and get involved with, as well as much to celebrate, this year.

Please feel free to circulate the email or website page around your friends, family and local groups memberships. Last year I invited comments from you as our members and friends, but there were only a few messages. Please, as ever, do let me know your comments and views, as well as more particularly any news for CBA North’s wider membership.

Best wishes for 2022,

Keith Elliott
CBA North Acting Chair and Secretary

2022 Local Society and Group Events
January 2022
5 January – The Battle of Carham, Dr Alex Woolf [TILLVAS]
10 January – The Poulton Project: rewriting the archaeology of north-west England, Kevin Cootes [KENDAL]
10 January – William Cowe & Sons and the Berwick Cockle, Cameron Robertson [LOWICK]
12 January – Criminal Spirits: Gin and Whisky Smuggling in the Borders, Graeme Watson [Glendale LHS]
13 January – AGM and Member’s Evening [APPLEBY]
14 January – Local History Through Advertising, Jenni Lister [CARLISLE]
15 January – Holy Inappropriate or the Holy Grail?: The risqué playground of Medieval parish church art and architecture, Emma Wells [ARCH & ARCH]
15 January – Lives at Bell View: Our Stories: Discoveries made during Lockdown [North Northumberland Genealogy Group]
15 January – Lord Carlisle’s Railway, Graham Brooks [South West Cumbrian Historical and Archaeological Society]
17 January – From Railway Engines to Toilet Cubicles, Alan Betteney [Cleveland Industrial Archaeological Society]
17 January 2022- How heritage can promote positive mental health (tbc), Rich Bennett [LUNESDALE]
24 January – “How To Be a Seventeenth-Century Patriarch”: The Memoirs of Sir Daniel Fleming of Rydal Hall, Dr Scott Sowerby and Noah MacCormack [CWAAS]
25 January – TAS and Friends: An evening of varied archaeological projects [TAS]
26 January – A Scandalous Trough and other Tales of Romano-British Sculpture, Lindsay Allason-Jones [SANT]
29 January – Digs at Scarborough and Richmond, Recovery excavations of WW2 American aircrafts in Arundel and Sicily, Tees Pottery, Faye McLean, Inga Dorczynska and Tony Metcalfe respectively [ALTOGETHER]

February 2022
2 February – Talk by the Treasure Trove Officer [TILLVAS]
7 February – Recent Excavations at Yeavering Palace in light of new data, Sarah Semple [BAS]
14 February – Maintaining Offa’s Dyke (tbc), David McGlade [LUNESDALE]
21 February – Cleveland’s Innovative Engineers, Sue Parker [Cleveland Industrial Archaeological Society]
21 February – England’s Northern Frontier in the Fifteenth Century Scottish Marches, Dr Jackson Armstrong [CWAAS]
23 February – Scandinavian and German Merchants in Newcastle, 1840-1920: Integration, Business Connections and Success, Daniel Riddell [SANT]
26 February – Cockfield Fell and The Western End of the Stanhope and Tyne Railway, Jeanette Newell and Chris Mills, and Brian Page respectively [ALTOGETHER]

March 2022
7 March – The Archaeology of the Victoria Cross, Andrew Marriott [BAS]
14 March – Topic to be confirmed, Dr Rob Young [LUNESDALE]
21 March – The man who could have built the Forth bridge, John Dixon [Cleveland Industrial Archaeological Society]
26 March – An update of the Gueswick Hills Excavation and Gueswick Bone Finds and Regional Evidence for Livestock Husbandry, Members of the excavation team and Louisa Gidney respectively [ALTOGETHER]
28 March – Cumbrian Field Names, Professor Angus Winchester [CWAAS]
30 March – A most Egregious Misappropriation: The Wretched Coupling of Hadrian and Wall, Rob Collins [SANT]

April 2022
4 April – Circular Lives: Investigating later prehistoric roundhouse settlements & agricultural practices, Tanja Romankiewicz [BAS]
9 April – The Stockton & Darlington Railway, the railway that got the world on track: new research and plans for the bicentenary in 2025, Niall Hammond [ARCH & ARCH]
11 April – Aethelfrith and the Battle of Chester, Dr David Mason [LUNESDALE]
25 April – AGM and Member’s Evening [Cleveland Industrial Archaeology Society]
27 April – New Light on the Neolithic in North-West England, Dr Gill Hey [CWAAS]
27 April – Early Medieval Embroidery and the St. Cuthbert Maniple Re-creation Project, Alexandra Makin [SANT]

May 2022
9 May – Excavations at Bollihope Common, County Durham, Rob Young [BAS]
25 May – Newcastle upon Tyne: Mapping the City 1250-2021, Mike Barke [SANT]

June 2022
6 June – Cresswell Pele Tower: from Reivers & Ruin to Restoration, Barry Mead [BAS]
29 June – Hadrian’s Wall Collections, Frances McIntosh and Elsa Price [SANT]

July 2022
27 July – Latest Fieldwork on the Early Medieval Monastery at Lindisfarne, David Petts [SANT]

August 2022
31 August – The Blacketts: A Northern Dynasty, Greg Finch [SANT]

September 2022
5 September – On the results of the excavations at the Berwick Infirmary [BAS]
12 September – The Anatomy of Yorkshire’s Lead Smelting Mills, Richard Lamb [Cleveland Industrial Archaeological Society]
28 September – Update on Birdoswald, Tony Wilmott [SANT]

October 2022
3 October – On a possible Viking army site in the Coquet Valley, Jane Kershaw [BAS]
26 October – The Galloway Hoard, Martin Goldberg [SANT]

November 2022
7 November – On recent excavations at Birdoswald Roman Fort, Ian Haynes [BAS]
30 November – Death on the Wall: Romano-British Burial Practices on Hadrian’s Wall, Dr Trudi Buck [SANT]

December 2022
5 December – On a Hadrian’s Wall topic, Rob Collins [BAS]

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CBA North: Christmas card 2020

Dear Members and Friends of CBA North,

As is traditional at this time of year we send you a picture of a wintry scene of some history, heritage or archaeology. This year’s snap is a wintry scene of Hume Castle, Scottish Borders, which may be visible to you in northern parts of the CBA North region.

Albeit this is from outside the CBA North region, but limited movements have only been possible this year as everyone well knows. Hopefully next year things might resolve them for a newer normal.

Please ensure that we have your contact details correctly for you and your group contacts, so we all might feel refreshed, recharged and good to go in 2021 – we have some, but not all, of the programmes of our local group members for 2021. History, heritage and archaeology doesn’t stop, and certainly has not stopped in 2020.

Best wishes for Christmas, the New Year and beyond into 2021 – stay safe !,

CBA North Committee, 24.12.2020

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CBA North: News of October and November events

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CBA North News

Dear Members and Friends of CBA North,

Today is the start of the Festival of Archaeology – this year in these unusual times for Part II, though these remain unprecedented times in all sorts of ways in the on-going pandemic circumstances. It remains still uncertain when normality might resume. However local and regional groups (including in our own CBA North network) have rallied in starting to investigate and use – very successfully – virtual meetings, as have other national groups, and further digital content been prepared and online to all. Some places have physically opened or re-opened or in different ways for the year, whilst other places have always remained open to the elements and new insights been gained, whether in closer examination of one’s local area or as in viewing online content. There has been lots of archaeological activity across the CBA North region, as elsewhere in this or any other year, though not perhaps as we would have expected back in January.

This has been a mixed period – some have been furloughed, others have been laid off, whilst some have been busy continuing their archaeological work (and also being borrowed for extra duties in support of assistance in the fight against CV-19 and its varied health and economic effects) whether professional or personal. Much work on your behalf has been carried out behind the scenes as well, which we hope will bring dividends in the future as well. Furthermore CBA North has since our last email has gained new members and a special welcome to all of them and thanks to you all for sticking with us!

It remains heartening that there is continuing interest – through whatever forms that may be – of the region’s archaeology, history and heritage, as well in the local societies and groups. Above all we hope you, your family and friends are all well and stay safe into the future. We hope that the range of digital content and links are of interest and/or use – please feel free to circulate to your contacts.

Best wishes

CBA North Committee, 24.10.2020

Notes and news of our local group members
CV-19 has affected many of the local societies and groups programmes in changes of speakers and dates, so a wholesale review of our website events pages is needed. The
Appleby Archaeology Group, the Architectural and Archaeological Society of Durham and Northumberland, the Teesside Archaeological Society (see details below) and the Till Valley Archaeological Society of our group members have carried out and continue with virtual meetings. The Bamburgh Research Project has continued on also (see details below for them also) and for some fieldwork and outdoor activities have proved possible, but somewhat in more of a constrained manner.

Other groups have paused including the Border Archaeological Society and the Northumberland Archaeological Group their programmes of lectures and normal events eschewing virtual means (so far though), though this doesn’t necessarily mean activities stopped – mystery location and picture quizzes, extra newsletters, objects of the week and more emails circulating further details of events, as well as fresh, revised digital content and websites, have all been seen as well in these unusual times. Groups outside our network as the North East Ancient Egypt Society and the Society of Antiquaries of Newcastle upon Tyne have also carried out virtual meetings with extra newsletter and digital content circulated around their members also. Indeed, as with CBA North, new members have joined such groups.

CBA North remain keen to promote your local events and news – it would be useful to have a summary paragraph or line on what happening with your group for everyone else to know, whether paused, changing formats or dabbling in virtual meeting methods. Please can all group members check their entries and contact details, as well as let us know what changes may be needed for our Events website page.

Festival of Archaeology Part II events
The Festival of Archaeology for this year – and its special Part II – starts today Saturday 24 October and runs to Sunday 1 November. Full details of the programme can be found on the
Festival of Archaeology website. You will need to register for some events, though some are more generally available (such as through YouTube).

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These include an event by our group member the Bamburgh Research Project on the first Sunday of the festival (during the afternoon of 25 October), with discussion of the famed Bowl Hole Cemetery, discoveries within the Inner and West Wards of the famed castle, as well as of the Bamburgh Ossuary project.

The next Teesside Archaeological Society virtual lecture – as the usual last Tuesday evening of the month (27 October) – also falls within the timescale of the Festival of Archaeology. They, too, are also a group member, and have launched a new style of virtual memberships to facilitate such with the next lecture on Rievaulx Abbey.

What has CBA North been up to lately?
CBA North has been full of busy behind the scenes as well since our last email, though admittedly – through circumstances – not always outwardly so. We have continued to prioritise home-schooling and researcher enquiries made of us as before.

Behind the scenes we have been through all our membership lists and tagged you all. There are two levels to this; the first level indicates how you have joined us – whether National-to-North or North-only direct – and second is your membership type – Individual, Joint, Family, Group and/or Student. You can have a number of tags, for example your CBA North Acting Chair and Secretary is National-to-North and an Individual. Please let us know any changes as necessary, especially in any changes for our group representatives through any changes in office. It is usually a pair of names that we have to raise and circulate our information to you!

As noted we have, like other societies, gathered new members and with a variety of tag to date. Welcome to all of them! We may consider other tags in the future, but this may help us focus materials with the thought that we may be able to send you targeted emails. However one of the key things of being in the CBA North and National network is so we can spread the knowledge, skills and experience of topics from around and from outside the CBA North region. We are keen to know what your thoughts are for such tagging as well.

Work is also going on towards our next five year plan and with CBA National following your responses, and others, from the surveys we carried the links for in Recharging British Archaeology – but we are still keen to hear your views for the future of CBA North, your contributions are most welcome for the next news and towards where you think the group should be going to both promote your work and projects to others, as well as what you would like to see in these emails also.

A new society and its journal: the Roman Roads Research Association
Mike Haken, as Chairman, of the newly formed Roman Roads Research Association has written to us of their plans for its journal, and similarly seeks your help. He writes;

‘The Roman Roads Research Association is launching its own peer reviewed journal, Itinera, which will be devoted to publishing material that contributes to a better understanding of the Roman road network and its place within the wider context of Roman studies, both in Britain and internationally. It will be published both digitally and in hard copy. 

We are keen to accept contributions from anyone whose work or research may involve a Roman road. The Journal will welcome longer peer-reviewed contributions, which could include accounts of newly identified roads, or papers exploring the wider context of roads as related to military and civilian activity, forts, planning, surveying and all aspects of Roman life. In a similar fashion to BritanniaItinera will also contain a section (Roman Roads in XXXX) designed to provide an overview of all archaeological work and discoveries involving Roman roads in the previous year. In short, if it involves a Roman road, it will find a home in Itinera. Since our readership is unlikely to duplicate that of most other societies, we are happy to consider papers that have been previously published or submitted for publication elsewhere, subject of course to the agreement of the other publisher.

The remains of the Roman road now usually as Dere Street, near the Golden Potts, on the Otterburn Ranges, Northumberland, can be seen as the central agger mound flanked by the low ditches either side as pictured in the low vegetation and lambing break of Spring 2017.

If your work, research or study has recently involved a Roman road and you feel that can make a contribution to our exciting new project, please contact Itinera‘s Editor, Robert Entwistle. The deadline for submissions is 15th November 2020, but please let us know as soon as possible if you are thinking of submitting a paper.

Further details, including Notes for Contributors, can be found on our website.

Best wishes, and thanks’,

Mike Haken,
Chairman, RRRA

Further digital content from CBA National and others
The number of digitally available and free to all publications from CBA National has increased again. These include a number of the recent Research Reports series with further examples of regionally relevant publications, including The Archaeology of English Battlefields, Cartimandua’s Capital on the 1980s excavations by Durham University at Stanwick and Thornborough henges the location of 1990s fieldwork by Newcastle University amongst others. These can all be found online through the
ADS Library, along with much else, including the scanned versions of Archaeologia Aeliana and the Transactions of the Cumberland and Westmorland Antiquarian and Archaeological Society.

We’ve already sent on the likes to the Arbeia Journal links to their volumes here, whilst other societies proceedings can be found online on other websites including the History of the Berwickshire Naturalists Club and Yorkshire Archaeological Journal.  All these societies have been at times been part of the CBA North network, the likes of 1974 boundary changes are as comparatively recent events in the archaeology and history of our region.

Fresh publications continue to appear, also, to be produced with CBA North-land relevant finds, sites and landscapes across the range of period, theme, location and specialist national and international literature. As British Archaeology article readers will have seen Ingleby Barwick, near Stockton, appears, as does Whitton Hill, near Milfield in Northumberland, appear in an article on Bronze Age human remains heirlooms (see here for the full Antiquity article), whilst in the forthcoming Britannia, as the almost the horizontal opposite of Stockton and diagonally so from Whitton Hill, appears the rare Roman period Dig Hole Cave burials from near Haverbrack in the Arnside and Silverdale part of Cumbria (which is this). Others are doubtless out there and await finding – though these two are also freely available to all at the moment when other articles in the same issues are behind paywalls…

A Final Word?
…and that perhaps takes us to where we started on the value of local society and group’s events when, and however, they happen. To take an example of just one of our group members two of Northumberland Archaeological Group of earlier lectures publicised to you have been on Early Bronze Age axe-hammers across Northern Britain and burials at Staarvey Farm, on the Isle of Man, have  now appeared in recent articles – behind paywalls in the Proceedings of the Prehistoric Society
here and Antiquity here also.

Whilst there are changes in such pricings at the moment, these prices for an article are often the same and if not more than the subscription to a local society or group for the full year, with all the benefits that these can bring.

When normality returns – whenever and however that is – remember to support your local and regional groups and their activities. As ever let us know your news and views, thoughts and comments. Our next email to members will hopefully be out in early November to you – contributions most welcome at any time! Stay safe!

CBA North Christmas card 2021

Dear Members and Friends of CBA North,

Thank you for your support of CBA North throughout another challenging year. Behind the scenes there have been many activities and happenings, in addition to work and other challenges, for all of us.

As is traditional at this time of year we send you a seasonal picture with some history, heritage or archaeology as is our wont. This year’s snap is of the Royal Tweed Bridge, between Berwick upon Tweed and Tweedmouth, Northumberland. This was constructed in the 1930s and is of unusual concrete construction, a Bronze Age cist being found at its southern end, and a familiar sight in to many in and passing through the north of the CBA North region.

Again only limited movements have been possible this year as everyone well knows, with this quickly snapped last week on the way to a Covid-19 vaccination appointment. Hopefully next year things might be resolved for a newer normal, but keep your eyes out for history, heritage and archaeology whenever and wherever you may be.

Please ensure that we have your contact details correctly for you and your group contacts, so we all might feel refreshed, recharged and good to go; please send on your group’s programme for 2022 so we can circulate it to the widest possible audience for you, as well as any updates you would like others to know about in 2021. History, heritage and archaeology doesn’t stop, and certainly has not stopped in 2021.

Best wishes for Christmas, the New Year and beyond into 2022 – stay safe and well !,

CBA North Committee, 24.12.2021

If you would like to submit something to our CBA North news emails, please feel free to do so ! Regardless of Covid, it is a fact that editors can only work with what they are sent. If you would like to submit something, please send it in to cbanorth@archaeologyuk.org !

Festival of Archaeology events 2021 and more besides!

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CBA North Chair’s Message
Dear Members and Friends of CBA North,

I hope in writing this to you CBA North’s members and friends of the group that you are all safe and well in these continuing unusual times. This year we are, perhaps, unfortunately more used to the strange circumstances that the Covid-19 pandemic has continued to force upon us. However, as my New Year’s message hinted at there have been some benefits and opportunities for the future as well.

These have included the greater provision of digital activities and materials. Two articles from Martin Joyce of the Appleby Archaeology Group and Maureen Norrie of the Teesside Archaeological Society, both group members of CBA North, have written two articles on how their two groups have fared and adapted to these strange times. Other online content again appears as the Festival of Archaeology is online, again including happenings in the CBA North region. Archaeology studies and research, as well as promotion and publicity, have continued on in 2021 across the CBA North region.

Fieldwork and field trips, as well as museums and libraries, have all continued to adapt and re-adapt with the changing and often very local circumstances. These have included the development of new projects and practices also. Frances McIntosh of English Heritage hopes that your family history may, perhaps, help her in one of these projects detailed below.

CBA North business has continued in the background as before, with many more meetings and contacts though in digital and remote forms. Two members of the committee have chosen to end their terms; I thank them for their contributions over the years on your behalf. Meanwhile our numbers of CBA North members continue to grow through the course of this year as well as last, as CBA National-to-North and CBA North direct memberships. Welcome to each and all of our new members !

CBA North newsletter emails have, unfortunately, not appeared as much as I am sure anyone would desire. It would be good to hear more of member’s news and activities through our emails. Has anyone found any new skills, experience and knowledge from these unusual times? If so, what?  For myself I have read many local articles, volumes and journals online, though I admit not all (but a good proportion have been) on the CBA North region, as well as attending a range of remote meetings and catching up on recordings of other events. Hopefully it will not been long before we are able to meet more on the ground, in the flesh and in the venues of lectures.

As ever I am keen to hear your thoughts for where you would like CBA North to go on your behalf and with you, your groups and contacts as feedback to cbanorth@archaeologyuk.org. A few of you did when last I asked for comments; thank you for those and keep any comments coming in !

A number of events in the Festival of Archaeology listing have been developed in response to ‘asks’ and surveys of CBA North as well as the other CBA Regional Groups, and of CBA National, such as for diversifying audiences, digital event skills and how to start a career in archaeology. I am sure you will all find something of interest and/or use in this year’s activities whether digital or in-person wherever and whenever that may be. This year’s theme is Exploring Local Places and everyone will have one of those wherever they are.

Best wishes,

Keith Elliott
CBA North Acting Chair and Secretary, 17.07.2021

CBA National News: a new president
Council for British Archaeology National (CBA) is pleased to announce the appointment of public archaeologist and broadcaster, Raksha Dave, as the new President of the organization with effect from 17 July 2021.

Raksha will begin her three-year Presidency by officially opening the Festival of Archaeology (17 July – 1 August), the UKs biggest annual celebration of archaeology, featuring two-weeks of activity and events encouraging young people to ‘Explore Local Places’ and find out about their local area and the people and communities lived there.

Field Archaeologist, Public Archaeologist and Broadcaster, Raksha, graduated from the UCL Institute of Archaeology in 1999 and has worked on some of the capital’s most iconic multi-period archaeological sites.

Raksha’s experience spans from prehistoric times to the Second World War. Raksha begun her broadcasting career with Channel 4’s Time Team in 2003; during her ten-year stint on the show, she excavated well over 100 sites including Westminster Abbey, Holyrood Palace, the D-Day defences and Normandy.

Raksha has since worked on a plethora of documentaries and primetime TV programmes, for example Digging for Britain(BBC4), Countdown to War (Channel 5), Tutankhamun with Dan Snow (Channel 5), The Great Plague (Channel 5), The Bone Detectives (Channel 4), Digging up Britain’s Past (Channel 5) and Pompeii’s Final Hours: New Evidence(Channel 5).

Raksha’s passion for community and the public is reflected in her heritage work when she developed and managed various National Lottery Heritage funded community projects, sat on the board of trustees for the Council for British Archaeology (London) and became an advocate and patron for the CBA’s Young Archaeologists’ Club.

In her new role as President for the Council for British Archaeology, Raksha will be keen to encourage people of all ages and backgrounds to get involved in archaeology. A long-term ambassador for inclusivity and diversity, Raksha said:

“I’m delighted to be appointed as the new President of the Council for British Archaeology, an organisation close to my heart. I have always had a passion for archaeology, and I am keen to make it accessible for young people. I’m particularly excited by the theme of this year’s festival, ’Exploring Local Places’, with hundreds of events delivered by community groups, heritage organisations and universities. We intend to encourage half a million people to engage in archaeology and explore stories of the places where they live and connect with the environment around them.

“It has always been my passion to breakdown elitist false impressions about archaeology.  It is the study and discovery of minutia, debris and detritus of everyday lives of the communities of the past all around us. Discovering our collective past informs our present and for me, it is important that archaeology, the community, and the camaraderie is as accessible as possible. I am determined to develop this further and make it relevant for young people.”

Her next television project for Channel 5 explores a more-recent past and will reveal the aftermath of the tragic Boxing Day Indian Ocean tsunami that decimated the coastline and communities of Sumatra-Andaman in 2004. The programme explores the everyday lives, not of Pharaohs and Kings, but of the families and communities and tourists for whom it was home.

The Council for British Archaeology Executive Director, Neil Redfern, said: “We are thrilled to welcome Raksha as the new President of CBA. Her passion for the subject, her profile and her desire to encourage inclusion and participation across all ages and backgrounds to discover the joy of archaeology, is what is needed to help us realise our ambitions to promote archaeology and help care of the historic environment.

“As an educational charity working throughout the UK, Raksha will help us promote archaeology and how people can participate and get active. She is a recognisable to a growing audience of fans, from her work with the BBC Learning Zone to regular appearances on popular prime time television series, she is an amazing advocate and ambassador, actively inspiring organisations to broaden audience participation by encouraging innovation and inclusivity in their environments. We are delighted that she will be working with us and opening this year’s Festival of Archaeology.”

2021 Festival of Archaeology
This month sees the launch of the 2021 Festival of Archaeology – and what is more this starts today (or at least when the email was sent to you). This lasts until 1 August 2021. Like last year Covid-19 circumstances mean a number of changes, but with a mixture of physical events and virtual content online. In the CBA North region there is a mixture of physical events (you may need to book for these) and online.

The launch event can be found here. The usual directory to find events near you can be found at the specific Festival of Archaeology website pages with map and also directory pages to find what is of most interest to you.

Within the Festival, there are also more ‘applied’ events. These are part of the Festival, but it is hoped that the tips, pointers and discussions from them can be used onwards beyond the period of the Festival alone. They include;

Creating Hidden Histories
Diversifying audiences
Digital event skills
Early Careers (as part of the Student takeover day)
Seeing Red: the menstrual hygiene movement in archaeology (on what volunteer community groups can do to provide improved hygiene and welfare facilities)

There are also a number of themed days – which include ‘takeover’ days – throughout the course of the Festival starting next week. These include;

20 July – on High Streets
21 July – Ask An Archaeologist Day
22 July – Youth Takeover Day
23 July – Climate Takeover Day
26 July – Student Takeover
29 July – A Day in Archaeology

Stott Park Bobbin Mill, Cumbria, in the CBA North region appears as part of the national youth events. This is part of the work co-ordinated by CBA National as part of the English Heritage Shout Out Loud project; information on how the 19th century textile industry shaped the natural environment around the mill and how nature, in turn, inspired fashion design features as Fashion and Place.

A range of other events are CBA events, CBA hosted events as well as other physical events are happening across the CBA North region and beyond. However all good things must come to end and a special event marks the closing event.

Apparch and the Pandemic
Martin Joyce, Chair of our group member Appleby Archaeology Group, writes of the digital activities and information carried out over the past year and a half or so by the group. He writes of the trials and tribulations of these unusual times;

Appleby Archaeology Group is a typical, small, local society holding monthly lectures during the winter months and fieldwork activities during the summer. Come the pandemic last year we held our last conventional lecture in March and laid plans to move online in April. As things panned out, this never actually happened as the lecturer himself fell ill. But in a way, this was no bad thing (though I doubt the lecturer would agree) as we were hopelessly unprepared at this point.

Summer activities in 2020 were largely cancelled. This was a great shame as we have a community project aimed at informing us about the early history of Appleby, something that has always been curiously obscure. Ambitious plans for training days and group excavation work had to be cancelled, but we did manage to deliver our first Zoom workshops – one on geophysical techniques and the other on test-pitting procedure.

A slide from the Test Pits workshop.

The latter workshop set up a procedural framework that enabled some of our enthusiasts to work independently, digging up their own back gardens in a professional manner.

DigAppleby in action in a garden somewhere in Appleby

However, there was no question that “lockdown” was hitting Apparch hard and things were getting very quiet. To maintain momentum we replaced our traditional quarterly newsletters by more frequent, colourfully punchier “Newslets” that came out at least once a month. We were quite successful in getting the memberships to contribute features to these. One side effect, however, was that, whereas in the past these were printed and then mailed, practical considerations meant that we were now exclusively online. We used Mailchimp to produce and distribute the Newslets and so members without email addresses were left behind. I still regret this.

By the Autumn, we had got ourselves much more organised. We had a Zoom account and a full programme of monthly lectures that eventually took us right through to April this year 2021. We were very fortunate to be able to recruit some very capable lecturers and many of the evenings were truly memorable. An unexpected benefit of online operation was that we were once again able to welcome members who had moved out of the area. Lecturers were also very pleased that they weren’t expected to drag themselves into Appleby on dank winter evenings. In fact, it started to dawn on me, that there was a serious opportunity for humble Apparch to punch well above its weight and host celebrity lecturers talking to an international audience! Well, we never achieved that, of course, but by the end of the lecture series, we were using Facebook to advertising our events widely and did indeed welcome viewers from both Europe and America.

We never charged for our online events – I hoped that our increased visibility might translate into new memberships. As it turned out, take-up was much less than I’d hoped, but I’m pleased to be able that membership numbers remain broadly unaffected by the pandemic.

Looking to the future, our committee is looking forward to seeing Apparch’s membership face to face again. But I’m not sure that things will ever be quite the same. We moved into online operation through force of circumstances, but now that we’ve seen the advantages some elements of the new arrangements are likely to continue. It’s possible, for example, that we might run a mixture of online and conventional lectures. Another possibility is that we might stream conventional lectures. But there have been so many twists and turns to our plans recently that I’m sure we’ll still be making it up as we go along for some time yet.

We’re just about to send a survey form around the membership to gauge their views about all of this’.

Edwardian Excavators at Corbridge
Many of us may have had or rather found occasion in recent months to have had a bit of a tidy of papers or a spring clean. Perhaps you have found material that will help for this project? Frances McIntosh of English Heritage writes;

‘Between 1906 and 1914, excavations at Corbridge uncovered the impressive remains of the most northerly town in Roman Britain. The names of the ‘archaeologists’ in charge are well known, however the actual hard labour was done by a team of anonymous men. We presume they are all local labourers drafted in, but would love to find out. Can you help us put names to the faces?’.

If you want to know more of can help Frances from even the picture above, then there is more to be found on the project’s as Faces of Corbridge project on the MicroPasts website. More on Corbridge Roman Town can be found through these English Heritage website pages.

A TAS round-up
The Teesside Archaeological Society has also adapted its activities and materials in these strange times. Maureen Norrie, Editor of their Bulletin, now details how another group has coped since 2020 across the varied work of the group;

‘COVID brought about some temporary changes in the activities of Teesside Archaeological Society (TAS). However, we’re pleased to say that, after the initial COVID-related disruption in 2020, which ended our planned programme of talks in the Central Library, Stockton on Tees, TAS was soon up and running again through the use of Zoom. This has attracted some regular new faces to our audience, including some from outside our usual area. We have also continued with our annual BULLETIN, although this has been – for the first time – provided electronically-only on our website in 2021. 

To help people stay connected to heritage and to like-minded people in these difficult circumstances, TAS has temporarily suspended paid subscriptions. Instead, we are offering free virtual memberships with regular emails from TAS containing the link to our online lectures, plus other news and opportunities. Our online lectures continue to take place on our usual dates/time: generally, the last Tuesday of the month, at 7.30 pm. Online hosting has a cap on the number who can participate, so we can’t make these lectures open to the broader public.

‘Due to the ongoing uncertainty, it is our plan to continue with online Zoom talks for the remainder of 2021. So, subscribing (for free) is, for the time being, the only way you will be able to view TAS lectures. Virtual subscriber members will be invited to convert their membership to a paid subscription when we can revert to physical gatherings, but will be under no compulsion to do this. Virtual subscriber members can simply unsubscribe at that point. To join as a virtual subscriber-member, follow the links to ‘join’ on our website https://teesarchsoc.com or email us at teesarchsoc.news [at] gmail.com. Please replace [at] with [@] – we have to write it this way on here to avoid being spammed by bots! Attendee instructions are provided ahead of each lecture.

‘Our next talk (after our summer break) will be online on Tuesday 28 September 2021, 7.30pm – details of how to join are above.

‘In addition to our usual talks, we held a festive ‘Members’ Evening’ online at the end of December 2020. On this occasion, we invited anyone who wished to make a short ten-minute presentation on topics of interest to the society. This was a most successful evening: in addition to the talk by our guest speaker (Ben Westwood), we had short presentations from Spencer Carter (Cleveland Archaeology Trust Updates & Aspirations), Maureen Norrie (Researching family history online), Kira Charley (A Study of Witch Bottle Deposition), Callum Evans (Sacred space in Early Modern England), and Freya Horsfield (palaeo-environment of River Skerne carrlands).

‘BULLETIN is our annual journal provided to members since 1994. It covers the latest fieldwork activity and discoveries in the Tees Valley and catchment areas. This year (2021) we decided to make all the editions OPEN ACCESS, free to read and download as a PDF file. Future editions will also be in electronic format only so that we have more funds for projects and activities.

‘The BULLETIN’s from 1994 to 2021are available by visiting our website https://teesarchsoc.com and following the links to ‘Publications’. If you wish to download the PDF file, there is a ‘Download PDF’ link beside each issue. After clicking on the “Download PDF” link there is a “download” option behind “” on the white sidebar column on the far-right side of your browser window. This might vary a little bit depending on what computer device and browser you use.

‘The 2021 issue includes articles on: Archaeological works at Saltholme, Cowpen Bewley, 2019; The use of pXRF analysis for identification of salt on Neolithic ceramics, Street House, Loftus; Jumbo Jar (or, a large piece of pottery), Site 251, Ingleby Arncliffe; What is so interesting about rusty iron slag?; Saxon pottery found at Howe Hill, near Stokesley; Facing the water – the orientation of early Roman fortifications in Scotland; To plough or not to plough- the effect of ploughing on the barrows of East Yorkshire; The Environment Agency – innovation in Heritage, Interpretation and Public Art; Milling about at Marske Mill, Skelton Mill, and Bilsdale; An Archaeologist’s experiences of 2020.

‘Enjoy reading these, and the earlier issues! The BULLETIN includes a short guide for contributors. If you are interested in submitting an article for the 2022 issue (publication early 2022), please contact the editor Maureen Norrie by email at teesarchsoc.news@gmail.com. Many thanks are due to Spencer Carter for making all the BULLETIN’s open access (his work in doing this is much appreciated).

We are now beginning to consider other activities, involving members – these are in the early stages, watch this space!’

If you would like to submit something to our next CBA North news email, please feel free to do so ! Regardless of Covid, it is a fact that editors can only work with what they are sent. If you would like to submit something, please send it in to cbanorth@archaeologyuk.org !

CBA North’s Chair’s New Year Message and 2021 Events Listing

Dear Members and Friends of CBA North,

I hope in writing to you this year’s CBA North New Year Chair’s message to all members and friends of the group that you are all safe and well as we now head into more of 2021. As per my message at this time last year the new year gives an opportunity to look back at the previous year and onto what is to come.

Whilst 2020 is perhaps not one we would like to dwell on at length with its range of postponed and cancelled events, with its new lexicon of furloughing, lockdowns and refurloughing, bubbles and the continuing and varying tiers, social distancing as well as the new normal, there have been a number of positives.

New skills have been gained, history, heritage and archaeology events have taken place – many in more digital form for the first time, some fieldwork and closer looks have been had at one’s local area, the projects to write and books to read in that quiet moment have been written and books read, as well as much new digital content been prepared and viewed all across the CBA North region. I hope you all have found some positives in 2020 as a most unusual year.

CBA North business has continued in the background, indeed with many more meetings and contacts though in digital and remote forms. Our numbers of members have also continued to grow in CBA North through the course of the year, as CBA National-to-North and CBA North direct memberships, and as in a new group member, though alas no in-person meetings and catch-up’s have been possible for a while now. Welcome to each and all of our new members !

CBA North newsletter emails have also appeared at intervals through the year to bring you news of various events and happenings; it would be good to hear your news, perhaps of those new skills, experience and knowledge gained from 2020 ? It is heartening to see that the interests of members in the history, heritage and archaeology of the CBA North have remained. Most sincerely thank you for your support of the group throughout 2020; CBA North Committee much appreciate that support.

It will take a while for 2021 to get fully into its stride, but with those new digital skills and experiences this year already looks to be busy for happenings all across the CBA North region in the many events listed below. (including many by our CBA North group members). These are the events we know about so far – there are others yet to be announced and included – with their varied locations and host groups. If there are any additions or alterations to this listing, or for the details of your own local groups and your representatives to CBA North, please let us know. As ever I am keen to hear your thoughts for where you would like CBA North to go on your behalf and with you, your groups and contacts as feedback to cbanorth@archaeologyuk.org.

More to come in and of 2021, all best wishes for all of it and stay safe !,

Keith Elliott
CBA North Acting Chair and Secretary, 02.01.2021

2021 Local Society and Group Events
January 2021
6 January – Excavations at Garton Wetwang in Yorkshire for comparisons with Mardon, Dr John Dent [TILLVAS]
14 January – AGM and member’s evening [APPLEBY]
16 January – The Sensorial Regime of “Second Slavery”, Dr Rui Gomes Goelho [ARCH & ARCH]
26 January – Creating a better place: the Environment Agency and Archaeology and Greatham Creek and elsewhere on Teesside, Jennifer Morrison [TAS]
27 January – AGM for 2019, anniversary meeting and The Way of the Sword: New Insights on Bronze Age Fighting, Dr Andrea Dolfini [SANT]

February 2021
1 February – Stone heads in the Roman Military Zone and what they tell us about people, Lindsay Allason-Jones [BAS]
3 February – Excavations at Hunting Hall, Lowick, Kristian Pedersen [TILLVAS]
23 February – The Saxon and Medieval Church in the Lower Tees Valley, Robin Daniels [TAS]
24 February – Landscapes of the Great Depression in the North East, Ronan O’Donnell [SANT]

March 2021
1 March – Relic and Narratives of Bodily Integrity in Byzantine Christianity, Sophie Moore [BAS]
3 March – A Family Life revealed, the Stuarts of Traquair, Margaret Fox [TILLVAS]
11 March – Archaeology in the Westmorland Dales, Hannah Kingsbury [APPLEBY]
13 March – Visualising Vindolanda: from field to museum, Rhys Williams [ARCH & ARCH]
18 March – The Bamburgh Ossuary, Jessica Turner [CCA]
30 March – The Battle of Fulford, 1066, Chas Jones [TAS]
31 March – The Wooden Underworld: the wooden collection at Vindolanda, Dr Anneke Hackenbroich [SANT]

April 2021
5 April – Lindisfarne Priory Museum collections: a curator’s view, Susan Harrison [BAS]
7 April – AGM and Redesdale, Richard Carlton [TILLVAS]
8 April – Holwick – Middleton in Tees, Martin Green [APPLEBY]
27 April – Bronze Age metals and mobility in Northeast England, Ben Roberts [TAS]
28 April – Annual General Meeting for 2020 and Somme Crosses of the Durham Light Infantry: a case study in memorialisation, Dr Andrew Marriott [SANT]

May 2021
5 May – The Old Ancrum Bridge, Geoff Parkhouse [TILLVAS]
6 May AGMs for 2020 and 2021 and A Lesser Known Coquetdale Antiquarian – the Rev. Alexander Scott of Rothbury, Adam Welfare [CCA]
10 May – Green treasures from the magic mountains: the amazing story of Scotland’s Neolithic jade axes, Alison Sheridan [BAS]
26 May – In defence of Brancepeth: the Medieval origins of Brancepeth Castle, Penny Middleton [SANT]

June 2021
2 June – Dukesfield Smelters and Carriers Project, Greg Finch [TILLVAS]
7 June – The Genesis of Northumbria: reconsidering the origins of an ‘English’ kingdom in the light of new data, Rob Collins [BAS]
30 June – Mrs Atkinson’s World, Richard Atkinson [SANT]

July 2021
28 July – The discovery and excavation of the Roman baths at Wallsend, Dr Nick Hodgson [SANT]

August 2021

September 2021
1 September – Cuthbert of Farne, Katherine Tiernan [TILLVAS]
6 September – Dere Street – one of the Border Roads, David Jones [BAS]
16 September – The North East Lead Industry in the 18thcentury, Dr Greg Finch [CCA]
29 September – Putting the Prehistory of the North Pennines on the Map: Discoveries Made During the English Heritage ‘Miner-Farmer Landscapes’ Projects, Alastair Oswald [SANT]

October 2021
4 October – Inscriptions and Sculptures in the Quarries of Hadrian’s Wall, Jon Allison [BAS]
6 October – Dere Street, David Jones [TILLVAS]
27 October – To the Island of Tides, Alistair Moffat [SANT]

November 2021
1 November – Questions of Identity – some recent case studies on the Vikings in Scotland, including the warrior from Auldhame, East Lothian, Caroline Paterson [BAS]
3 November – Doon Hill revisited, Ian Ralston [TILLVAS]
4 November – Rock Art Discoveries in the Eden Valley, Kate Sharpe [CCA]
18 November – Archaeology in Industrial Folk Songs, Rob Young [CCA]
24 November – Horsley Memorial Lecture: One Step at a Time: Planning, Surveying and Building Hadrian’s Wall, and the Implications, Professor David Breeze [SANT]

December 2021
1 December – The Salcombe Shipwreck, Ben Roberts [TILLVAS]
6 December – Lumps, Bumps and Fairy Tales – the joys of field archaeology, Dugald McInnes [BAS]