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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]

CBA North: July edition (Festival of Archaeology and more)

CBA North News

Dear Members and Friends of CBA North,

As we sure you are all well aware and need no reminding these are unprecedented times. International and national events, as well as regional and local ones, have been cancelled and postponed across the CBA North region. We hope that you, yours and your groups all are well, and continue to remain so, as we all are somewhat confined in our actions.

Many practices, procedures and pieces of work have changed and changed again in the current circumstances – several drafts of CBA North email news have been started since the end of March only to be changed and changed again as the situation has changed. Opening hours, hours of work and staff changes, however, have all been thrown into sharp focus for all of us. In a sobering article Marta Alberti of The Vindolanda Trust explains what is happening at Vindolanda in what had been planned as its 50th anniversary year. There are ways that you can help the trust and others again as lockdown arrangements ease.

However other work continues on – just in different forms and often in different locations to normal. The CBA Festival of Archaeology is one such change, with its many digital offerings starting on Saturday for its first appearance this year and details of this are below. Some groups within the CBA North network have started to hold digital lectures, whilst others continue to produce their own normal (and indeed extra) newsletters and emails for members. Quizzes and other digital content has been seen again. Gill Goodfellow of the West Cumbria Archaeology Society has sent an article in linking across to digital content which all can access, whilst CBA National and others have put more (or made more freely available) content online given the general inaccessibility of some libraries and archives.

Some groups are also using the time to plan, as well as revise websites and website pages for the future, for a newer normal. It is heartening to see such activity, productivity and continued interests in archaeology, history and heritage in these unusual times. There is so much digital content online to make choices is invidious, but if something stands out for you or you wish to publicise something please let us know so we all can enjoy it.

CBA North has been full of busy behind the scenes as well – our apologies for not being outwardly busy to you as members. Committee has met twice by email to discuss various matters, new members – including a new group member (TillVAS whose many activities we’ve often publicised in our emails to you) – have joined our number since our last email to you. Queries regarding membership, of and from our previous publications as well as general archaeology been answered for students and home-schoolers. Virtual meetings, updating and work with other regional and national bodies have also been done regarding what happening across the CBA North region with our regional overview.

Please join in us welcoming all our new members. Feel free to circulate this email and its links to non-members, and around your local group’s membership – this can be done through the ‘Forward to a friend’ link in the side bar and/or the website version of this email. Who knows they too may be also interested in joining our number?

Feedback, questions and/or comments most welcome at any time – either direct or through your local group representatives – to us; this is your group after all. A fresh survey, prompted by Covd-19, from CBA National asks what help and support your local groups need. CBA North is also taking stock and considering the future as well for our next five year plan, so we all would be most grateful if you would contribute your thoughts to the survey.

Best wishes – stay safe and well, we’ll be back with some more news soon,

CBA North Committee

CBA National news
1) Festival of Archaeology 2020

This year’s festival comes in two parts, and the first of those start on Saturday.

Over 100 events and activities over the next 9 days

From 11-19 July 2020, the CBA is trying something new – a digital Festival of Archaeology
With live events on hold at the moment, we decided not to cancel our usual summer programme of archaeology events, but instead stage an online festival of interactive talks, competitions, youth activities and other engaging archaeology content.   

We were unsure whether people would be willing to join us in trying something brand new at short notice, but the response has been astonishing. There are now over 100 events listed on the festival website – something for every archaeology lover to enjoy, and lots more for curious minds to discover. 

We would be delighted to see you there. Here are just a few of the highlights:

Launch event – Saturday 11 July

Join the Council for British Archaeology as we launch the 2020 Festival of Archaeology with a day of online activity.

There are four free interactive online sessions – register now! Join Time Team’s Phil Harding as he takes you on a tour of Wessex Archaeology’s environmental laboratory, learn about the domestication of plants, find out how to make amazing 3D models and join our student careers session to discover routes to studying and working in archaeology. 

Alex Langlands: Digitally reconstructing excavations at Old Sarum – 12 July
Frustrated at not being able to get out and excavate this year? So is archaeoogist and TV presenter Alex Langlands. Join Alex as he digitally reconstructs the 1912 and 1913 excavations of Old Sarum’s cathedral site. Register now.

Podcast Sunday Chat – Archaeology and the Climate Change Conundrum – 19 July
Tune in for a chat on the impacts of climate change on archaeology with our hosts Career in Ruins. Guests Caroline Barrie-Smith (CITiZAN), Neil Redfern (CBA), Hannah Fluck (HE) and Rachel Bynoe (University of Southampton) present a fantastic perspective in this discussion on where archaeology stands in the climate change crisis debate. Podcast will appear here.

The campaigns of Septimius Severus in the far north of Britain – 14 July
Dr Simon Elliott, one of the world’s leading experts on the Severan campaigns in modern Scotland looks at the failed campaigns of Septimius Severus in AD 209 and AD 210. Register now.

Bacon Sandwiches and Stonehenge: Connecting Local Youth with Heritage Sites – 16 July
This live discussion will focus on how heritage sites can best support local youth organisations, and examine the ‘Our Stones’ documentary film project led by young people from Durrington Youth at Stonehenge in 2019. Register now.

An Archaeological Safari into No Man’s Sky – 17 July
Find out about the fascinating world of archaeogaming. Join digital archaeologist Dr. Andrew Reinhard (University of York and New York University) on a live-streamed archaeological safari to visit the dusty corners of past human civilizations in video game No Man’s Sky. Watch on Twitch. You can also tour the Mortonia Minecraft server in our other archaeogaming event.

Bristol’s Brilliant Archaeology: Archaeology and the Historic Environment – 13 July
Explore the work of Bristol’s Historic Environment Officer and find out about Know Your Place, an interactive digital mapping resource that lets members of the public explore and contribute to layers of history in counties across South West England. Register now.

This is just a snapshot – there are many more talks and lectures on the festival website!

Have you ever wondered what archaeologists really do?  Do they just dig or are there other aspects to their work?

A Day in Archaeology, delivered in conjunction with the Royal Archaeological Institute, showcases “a day in the life” of archaeologists from all over the UK and this year’s event will be taking place on Monday 13 July 2020. Blog posts are uploaded throughout A Day In Archaeology and stay on the Festival website site all year round to form a developing resource for anyone interested in a career in archaeology or wanting to find out more about the range of opportunities to participate. You even have time to add your own!

The 2020 #AskAnArchaeologist Day will be on Wednesday 15 July 2020 – get your questions ready! #AskAnArchaeologist Day is a chance for people from all over the world to ask archaeologists questions, and an opportunity for archaeologists to share their knowledge. Anyone with access to Twitter can ask a question using the #AskAnArchaeologist hashtag and any archaeologist who has an answer is encouraged to respond. Follow the Ask An Archaeologist Day and CBA Twitter accounts to follow the action.
The Council for British Archaeology will be delivering a series of day long events, including the #YouthTakeover, A Day in ArchaeologyAsk an Archaeologist and our Young Archaeologists’ Day. We will be joined by Professor Carenza Lewis (from Time Team) as part of our ongoing Dig School project, Wessex Archaeology will be delivering our Environmental Archaeology Day with careers advice, skills training and a special YAC 3D handling session. Plus you will have the chance to have your artwork turned into a published comic!

This year we have also joined forces with English Heritage to co-create the youth-focused Festival events, as part of the Shout Out Loud project. They are a major partner in this year’s Digital Festival of Archaeology and will be delivering exciting and creative events for audiences aged 11-25. Shout Out Loud is funded by the National Lottery Heritage Fund through its #KicktheDust programme designed to encourage and involve more young people in heritage. Below you can find out more about the project, our partnership and lots of great events aimed at our younger Festival audience.

There’s still time to enter our Festival competitions

Don’t forget to get your entries in for our #RubbishArt and Archaeology Showreel competitions. 

We’ll be sharing a range of entries via our social media channels and there are some great prizes on offer. What are you waiting for – get your entries in now! 

Both of our competitions are open to entrants of all ages. Please make sure you read the terms and conditions before entering, these can be found by following the competition links above.

Festival feedback

We want to know what you think! It’s really important that we give you the opportunity to let us know what you think of the Festival, what you enjoyed the most, what you’d like to see more of and what you think we might be able to do better. This year it’s even more important that we get your opinions as it’s the first time we have hosted a digital Festival. 

You can share your thoughts with us by completing our feedback survey after you have attended an event. 
You can access the survey here.

If you’re an event organiser you can find all of the evaluation information including survey links and some handy guidance notes in the Organiser section of the Festival website.

Support the Festival! 

The CBA is a small charity, reliant on donations and our membership to keep the festival going. We would be delighted if you would support us with a small donation, or even better, consider joining us – you’ll get six issues a year of British Archaeology magazine and access to our full digital archive if you do! Find our how to support us below. Thank you.

Enjoy the Festival! 

We hope you have a fantastic 9 days discovering all the Festival has to offer and we look forward to seeing you at a digital event soon!

The 50th Anniversary of The Vindolanda Trust
Marta Alberti, of The Vindolanda Trust, has written of what is happening at Vindolanda. This well-known Roman site in Northumberland has many national and international connections, as well as the site of many excavations. 2020 is the 50th anniversary of the trust, in what was going to be a year to remember Marta now describes of further happenings as enforced by the changing CV-19 situation. This article was written at the start of lockdown, and like many places there have been changes again since.

Please consider how you can support such appeals and venues if you can, as well as your local groups activities, in the future.

‘On the 1st of April 2020, the Vindolanda Trust celebrated its 50th anniversary. Established in 1970 with the aim to excavate, research and share with the public the Roman remains in its care, the Vindolanda Trust has spent the last 50 years providing opportunities for amateurs and professionals alike to immerse themselves in history and archaeology. Great plans were afoot to celebrate the last 50 years of discoveries, and get ready for the next 50. However, in an unprecedented event, on 20th March 2020 the Vindolanda Trust had to close its doors to both Roman Vindolanda and the Roman Army Museum in response to the fight against COVID-19.

Work continues behind the scenes, to ensure that everyone can virtually enjoy the sites and that the Trust can continue in its mission. For example, new home learning resources have been (and will continue to be) updated on the Trust’s website.  The Trust’s social media presence is stronger than ever, with the Communications’ Manager now living on site, and providing all important gorgeous images. Our new excavation HQ is on site, ready to welcome its first volunteers as soon as it is safe to do so.

But to keep this work going, and to make sure that the Trust are there to welcome you when these testing are times are over, we still need everyone’s help.  ALL the Trust’s operating income comes from admissions to our sites, spend in our shops and cafes and from donations. The majority of that has now stopped: to attempt to compensate for this incredible loss, the Trust have launched a survival appeal, in the form of an unusual, online birthday party. Consider helping by donating the equivalent of a pair of warm socks, or a bunch of flowers, or some fizz.

If you would have visited, please purchase the special edition golden ticket, which celebrates the Trust’s anniversary. This will give you unlimited visiting rights until December 2021!  The Trust, just like the CBA, has long been committed to be at the forefront of research, public engagement and participation in history and archaeology, and looks forward to re-opening its doors to you, and to the world, as soon as possible’.

A West Cumbria Archaeology Society (WCAS) update
Gill Campbell has written an update of a recent Cumbrian activities by the WCAS group. This links into events and projects previously carried out by the group which have featured in our emails to you. She writes;

‘As part of the ongoing Holme Cultram Harbour Lottery Funded project, WCAS organised a weekend of experimental Medieval iron smelting led by Dave Watson from Moor Forge near Wigton. The furnace was built in advance with local clay to give it time to dry out. The charcoal was produced in the Lake District and the iron ore was from Florence Mine, Egremont.

Saturday was a trial run, firing the furnace to make sure all was ok. On Sunday morning Dave lit the furnace and attached a jet of air to bring it up to in excess of 1000°C. Due to a shortage of medieval serfs to pump bellows an adapted vacuum cleaner was used throughout the smelt. Once the furnace was up to temperature it was loaded throughout the day with alternate buckets of charcoal and cups of iron ore – a total of approximately 40 over the duration of the process.

During the day slag was tapped from the bottom to avoid the level getting too high and after 4/5 hours the charcoal level was allowed to drop, the final slag was tapped and the furnace dismantled to reveal the lump of bloom in the bottom. The bloom was removed from the kiln, hammered whilst still malleable to consolidate it and then successfully tested with a magnet to show the iron content.

As a result of the project the Society has a good sized piece of bloom for reference as well as a lot of information about the process which will be very useful as we continue to research the industrial processes that went on in the vicinity of Holme Cultram Abbey. We already have plans drawn up for when we are able to get back in the field!

WCAS would like to thank the Heritage Lottery Fund for making this experiment possible. Big thanks to Dave Watson for hosting and working so hard to make it successful, Darrell for his advice from the USA as well as Terry, Adam and Pete who helped on the day. For more information about the smelting there is a short YouTube video of the day covering all stages of the project. This can be found here.

CBA National news
2) Recharging British Archaeology: your chance to take part

The CBA has recently secured support from Historic England’s COVID-19 Emergency Response Fund for a project to help rebuild public participation in archaeology as we recover from the effects of the pandemic. Cancelled projects, loss of income, worries about volunteer capacity and the need to plan for different ways of working in future are just some of the problems that groups have faced. There are distinct challenges for those working with children and young people, as well as those with an older membership.

Through this project, the CBA will use its knowledge and skills to support as many organisations as possible to help rebuild public participation in archaeology. We will listen to what organisations need so that we can offer small-scale immediate support and – most importantly –  plan a future programme of activity and funding bids which will enable us to help recharge community archaeology over the coming months and years.

The first step is to start a conversation with local and regional societies and groups, including our YAC branches and member organisations, to find out how you have been affected and what help you would welcome from us.

Please take a few minutes to give us your views by completing our survey here.

There is a separate survey for those involved with YAC Groups here.

Based on these conversations, we will be able to plan some immediate support to help the sector recover. This might include online training, toolkits, mentoring or one-to-one advice sessions. We will finalise the details of this offer based on what you tell us you need.

The insight we gain from these conversations will also enable us to undertake detailed planning work for future CBA projects to extend our Youth Engagement work, develop new forms of volunteering, plan a possible future small grants scheme and improve our digital infrastructure.

At the CBA, we know that we need to change the way we work as an organisation in response to the ongoing crisis. This project will help us ensure that we do this in a way which helps as many organisations as possible offer new and continuing opportunities for people to enjoy archaeology.

CBA North: March News

CBA North News

Dear Members and Friends of CBA North,

This issue’s theme seems to be numbers as you will see for various reasons.

The first two months of the year, even with an extra day last month to play, enjoy and work with, have now gone. There are a number of additions to our previous events listings from three of our group members the Architectural and Archaeological Society of Durham and Northumberland – the ‘Arch & Arch’, Coquetdale Community Archaeology and the Teesside Archaeological Society. (Other group’s events from outside the CBA North network have also been included). All are now in the revised Events page of our website if they are regular happenings.

March’s events start soon – and hopefully third time lucky for the appearance of Tony Wilmott at the BAS meeting this evening – with Whitby Abbey: 30 years of new research. This event was listed at the start of the year, as it has been previously but those of you in the north of the region will know why the hope as well!

However a pair of articles also review meetings previously announced in the CBA North emails to you last year. This come from Elsa Price, of Tullie House Museum in Carlisle, and Kate Sharpe whose conference we gave a grant to support last year and Maureen Norrie, the Editor of the Teesside Archaeological Society (TAS), who describes the Elgee Memorial Lecture at Middlesbrough. Kira-May Charley who many of you will know already for TAS now become Deputy Chair of the group and represents the group at CBA North Committee as part of the local-regional network also being involved in making this happen.

As part of regional-national network, CBA North is one of a number of CBA regional groups. Indeed we were originally numbered (rather than named) regions across the country. Some of you may remember us as CBA Group 3. Claire Corkill and James Rose, both of CBA National, have written to update of what coming out the 2018 survey and workshops held during March 2019 as well as the preliminary findings from the survey we carried in our last issue – wherein plenty number-crunching has been carried out.

The annual Durham Archaeology Day is close at hand, and details of that day are below. As last year CBA North will have a stall there with Committee members present, so please come along, say “Hello!” and give us your views and feedback on how we are doing for you. (We might even have some bargain books for you for sale there).

Best wishes,

CBA North Committee

2020 Local Society and Group Events – further additions
Some 11 further events have been added since our last email to you in our list of local society and group events, which in turn added to the start of the year listing. These come from a number of sources, including groups inside and outside of the CBA North network.

There are now something like 90 events for 2020 listed. Please continue to let us know any additions and/or alterations for the Events as well as any changes in the details for the Local societies and groups page.

Whilst not all the titles and speakers have been confirmed in these new additions, some have dates that have been confirmed, so put them into your diary now. Here is another consolidated block of those ‘new’ dates, organised by date, which you can also print and ‘patch’ over your earlier printouts.

2 March – Prehistoric Sites nearby Duddo Stones and Roughting Linn, Allan Colman [Bowsden Heritage Group]
14 March – CAREing for rock art in the UK and Ireland, Myra Gisen [ARCH & ARCH]
8 April – AGM and Recent developments in Iron Age archaeology in the North-East, Richard Carlton [TILLVAS]
18 July – Festival of Archaeology lecture: St Godric and Finchale Priory, Margaret Coombes [ARCH & ARCH]
17 September – title to be confirmed on the north east lead industry, Greg Finch [CCA]
26 September – title to be confirmed, Paul Brown [ARCH & ARCH]
29 September – Deceptively Spacious: Durham Castle and the walls survey, Richard Annis [TAS]
10 October – Heritage is more precious than oil: teaching pupils about the past in Jordan, Arwa Badan [ARCH & ARCH]
14 November – Fire, War and Flood: Destruction and Reconstruction of World Heritage Sites, Christopher Doppelhoffer [ARCH & ARCH]
27 October – title and speaker to be confirmed [TAS]
24 November – title and speaker to be confirmed [TAS]

A Note on Further Numbers
Since the start of the year our CBA North numbers of members have continued to grow; some five new members have joined us. Welcome to them one and all of them! At the start of the year the views of our website looked like;

It is therefore pleasing to see that our January and February emails have been well received and that website numbers continue at the same sort of level;

It is with your support that CBA North thrives and is able to support such conferences, and work within the CBA family, as that described below. This is much appreciated by Committee and gives us a purpose for the future.

Can March’s figure be better again? That is also up to you as members, particularly our group members, to help spread the word as we spread your news to everyone else. Already the next email to you is under construction (but whether we send that later this month or the start of April has yet to be decided), so please feel free to send on any news in the meantime.

Northern Prehistory: Connected Communities: a Tullie House conference reviewed
Elsa Price and Kate Sharpe, instigators and co-organisers of the Northern Prehistory conference have given us a review of their wide-ranging conference. CBA North Committee was very pleased to be able to support this conference looking at many different aspects of prehistory of sites, current research on sites and finds, how to research and present it. They write;
‘Tullie House’s first in-house conference was held at the museum over the weekend of the 12 and 13 October 2019. This was generously supported with a grant from CBA North and supported with bursaries for students by the Cumberland and Westmorland Antiquarian and Archaeological Society.

‘As Curator of Human History [Elsa], I teamed up with archaeology researcher, Dr Kate Sharpe from Durham University to try and replicate our own exchange of ideas and perspectives of Cumbrian prehistory on a larger stage. As intended, the conference attracted delegates from across a diverse range of sectors. The 75 attendees represented commercial archaeology units, museums and learning, various heritage sites, academics, students, community archaeology groups and private researchers and amateurs. This bringing together of a wide variety of backgrounds was a key objective of the conference, recognising that multiple organisations, groups and individuals are working in similar areas, yet seldom have the opportunity to share and develop through networking with one another.

A network of museum curators, education officers, CBA North members and others – all conference attendees – listening to interpretation consultant Dot Boughton explain all about the Bewcastle cauldron

‘The keynote presentation was delivered by Professor Richard Bradley of Reading University and the programme included 11 sessions across the weekend including discussions on: what we mean by ‘Northern Prehistory’, material culture, access and engagement, the Langdale axe quarries, and the major site of Stainton West. A conference discussion was led by Paul Frodsham and concluded that there was an active community of people who wanted to do more with both Cumbrian and wider northern prehistory, and are keen to form stronger relationships with other disciplines and organisations. It was also noted that Cumbria should not viewed as “northern” but rather central to the British Isles, and future research work should aim to connect with Yorkshire, southern Scotland and Ireland. Delegates requested that contact details be shared and Tullie House has been compiling a database to help facilitate networking and potentially generate future projects. This contact bank has now been compiled and distributed. Anyone wishes to obtain a copy can do so by emailing me at elsa.price@tulliehouse.org.

A Connected Community of the past; some of Mesolithic Stainton West explained

‘For Tullie House, the permanent Prehistory Gallery had had no major development since its installation in 1991. The recent development of the new displays meant that reconnecting and exploring the findings and ideas from the Cumbrian prehistory community was essential. This ensured that the gallery refresh embraced recent thinking and now better reflects the whole county. The new gallery was part of the focus of this conference, to demonstrate how the results of research and fieldwork can be disseminated to wide audience base. Supporting this central idea were talks from a variety of museum and heritage professionals addressing the challenges of curating prehistory-based school sessions. Papers were presented from Tyne & Wear Archives and Museums (Kathryn Wharton), Leeds Museums and Galleries (Emily Nelson) and Durham University Library and Heritage Collections (Paddy Holland). Alongside this Gabrielle Heffernan, curatorial manager at Tullie House spoke about how best to access and museum’s research collections. Bolstering these talks were practical education-based workshops from Sarah Forster from Tullie House, an optional trip to the prehistoric landscape of Moor Divock led by Emma Watson and a knapping demonstration by James Dilly from Ancient Craft.

Another part of the new displays; with video showing knapping as demonstrated at the conference, original artefacts within the case and handling materials attached to the bench

‘For those working in commercial and academic archaeology the conference provided a valuable opportunity to catch up on work being done across the county, to learn about new approaches and interpretations, and to make both research and business connections in a relaxed environment. The positive messages from national heritage organisations were also well received and will perhaps encourage more fieldwork to investigate the rich array of prehistoric landscapes across the county. The declared intention of Tullie House to foster increased access to collections was also extremely encouraging and will hopefully see both students and more experienced researchers turn their attention to the wealth of Cumbrian artefacts held by the museum.  
‘Additional activities included post-conference drinks and a conference dinner. Overall, the conference was extremely well-received with all delegates indicating that they would like to attend similar interdisciplinary events in the future. Feedback also indicated that attendees would have liked more museum gallery time built into the schedule, and that they found the parallel sessions frustrating as they were unable to attend all talks. The closing discussion revealed that almost all audience members would have liked to attend the museum education-based talks, and yet the majority chose the alternative parallel session, perhaps sticking within their own comfort zones. The parallel format was an inevitable compromise used in order to balance the objective of including as many as possible of the wide range of speakers who all submitted high quality papers. Perhaps however, rather than making the sessions thematic in the traditional fashion as we did, we could in future make them truly interdisciplinary. Mixing up sessions might feel a little odd, but our experience suggests that, in terms of improved exchanges between disciplines, the rewards might be significant!’.

Our thanks to Elsa and Kate for this write-up and organising what was a most enjoyable conference – of so many different parts. Of especial note are the follow-up’s to that conference in the networks set up and renewed, they are there to use. (If you have an idea or proposal on what CBA North Committee should give a grant to aid this year, please feel free to get in touch).

The 2019 Elgee Memorial Lecture: Durham and Dunbar
Maureen Norrie, Editor of the Teesside Archaeological Society’s Bulletin, has written to us of another connected community of the past – those soldiers of the Scottish army imprisoned at Durham – and also of a community of the present in how the annual Elgee Memorial Lecture works between a number of local groups. By the kind permission of the Teesside Archaeological Society we reproduce her write-up, which also appears in the current TAS Bulletin, for everyone in the CBA North membership. She writes;

‘This year’s Elgee Memorial Lecture (7 December 2019, Dorman Museum, Middlesbrough) was a ‘flagship’ event for TAS. It was our turn to host it on a once-in-four-years occasion, taking turns to do so with three other local Societies: Cleveland Naturalists Club, Cleveland and Teesside Local History Society, and Cleveland Industrial Archaeology Society. It is co-hosted annually by the Dorman Museum in honour of Frank Elgee (1881-1972) ‘archaeologist, geologist and naturalist, who is probably the best-known Curator of the Dorman Museum and [who] made a lifelong study of the North Yorkshire Moors, including its archaeology’ (Phil Philo, TAS Bulletin 2017, p.22).
That’ll be one of them Scottish soldiers, then’. In his talk on ‘Durham and Dunbar, Scottish soldiers at Palace Green’, Richard Annis (Archaeological Services, Durham University) described the unexpected discovery in 2013 of two (partial) mass graves in an overgrown, enclosed, yard on the western side of Palace Green, Durham, during preliminary works for the construction of a Café at Palace Green Library. The bones did indeed prove to be (as a digger-operator predicted) Scottish soldiers: prisoners-of-war from the Battle of Dunbar, 3 September 1650, who survived an eight-day forced march from the battle-site to Durham, only to die in Durham of (mostly) dysentery.

Elgee Memorial Lecture, Dorman Museum 2019. Centre Richard Annis (speaker), Freya Horsfield and Kira-May Charley (Chair and Deputy Chair respectively of TAS, either side of Richard)

‘The talk included not only the dead soldiers, and what forensic investigations could reveal about their lives; but also what could be learned about their surviving comrades, some of whom were transported to America and, after a period of indentured labour, remained there. Full details are included in ‘Lost Lives, New Voices: unlocking the stories of the Scottish soldiers from the Battle of Dunbar 1650’, co-authored by C Gerrard, P Graves, A Millard, R Annis, and A Caffell.

‘The bones were reburied in Elvet Hill Road Cemetery, Durham City, in May 2018, and a permanent headstone installed. There are also plaques to their memory in the site where the bones were discovered; and in Durham Cathedral (their former prison) alongside the altar to Queen Margaret of Scotland, in the Chapel of the Nine Altars’.

The Elgee Memorial Lecture as Maureen indicated also a connected community of groups interested in the varied interests of Frank Elgee. A list of all the previous Elgee Lectures, together with the host organisation, can be found on the TAS website here. Can you fill in the blanks for the missing lectures? Were you there? We are sure that TAS and their partners would welcome that information.

CBA National news;
1) The Birmingham National-Regional CBA Groups meeting

Claire Corkill, Development Manager, has written of what is underway between CBA National and the other Regional CBA Groups. These notes show how your responses from the December 2018 survey and March 2019 are being taken on to help shape both North and National direction for a better future.

Claire writes;
‘CBA North is part of a network of regional groups across England and Wales all working with the shared goal of ‘Archaeology for All’ and helping to create opportunities for more people to get involved with archaeology. Representatives from the CBA and the CBA regional groups met in Birmingham in January to discuss opportunities to work together more closely in the future.

‘Part of the inspiration for this meeting were the outcomes of the CBA’s audience development survey funded by the National Lottery Heritage Fund (NLHF) and undertaken by Tricolor 2018-2019. Many thanks to those of you who completed the survey or participated in one of the associated workshops. The survey highlighted the value of the regional groups, and January’s meeting was the first in a number of conversations that aim to develop the relationships between the regional groups and look at ways to improve communications and share ideas and information. Our next meeting of the CBA regional groups is already planned for a Saturday in June.

‘The CBA are currently preparing a further bid to the NLHF and regional group representatives had the opportunity to share their thoughts on elements, such as a possible new CBA website, digital assets and skills development. The development of this work in conjunction with the regional groups will help enable the CBA to provide more beneficial support, creating new opportunities to work together in the future, helping the groups to become more resilient and create more opportunities for members to get involved with archaeology’.

A CBA North’s comment on Claire’s notes is below; 
‘We cannot say if many CBA North members took part in the online survey, only you can know if you or group did, however a goodly number did – but we thank you nonetheless. We were especially pleased to act as host for one of the only three on-the-ground workshops in Newcastle last year, and thank those members and friends who attended that event.

‘It is pleasing to see that work from the survey and workshops is being taken on board by CBA National. Many of you have felt that there has not enough prominence and support of the local-regional-national family in evidence over recent years. However, to our mind this work is actively reinvigorating all parts of the family. Your views so far have been carried into the report of the survey, as well as in our representation at Birmingham, and at other meetings, for you. Already the next CBA regional groups meeting is in our diary for June. Your views, comments and feedback are most welcome at any time, useful to us and where possible enacted upon …but we do need them in the first instance.

‘We are looking at a possible April event primarily for our local group members within the CBA North network (perhaps for those groups who are not yet members as well?). This may be on who, how and what and we are currently doing – and importantly what you/they would like to do in the future. We approach the end of our own current five year plan and this, combined with the revitalisation of CBA National, gives a chance to look ahead, perhaps a bit more definitely within that CBA family of local-regional-national groups’.

2) CBA National’s Communication and Participation in Archaeology Survey: some initial results and a thank you!
In our last email to you we also carried the links to a current CBA National survey as pictured below. Thank you to all of those that on contributed to that survey. This very much follows on from the Birmingham meeting described above by Claire.

James Rose, who you will remember is CBA National’s Communications and Marketing Manager, writes of the survey results;

‘The CBA recently ran a survey on communication and participation in archaeology. The aim was to gather evidence that demonstrated whether there was public demand for some of the changes and improvements the CBA would like to make to their website in support of an application to the National Lottery Heritage Fund.

‘Firstly a huge thank you to those that contributed. The response was fantastic! Almost 800 people completed the survey from a cross-section of people with all levels of interest in archaeology. They results show that people are keen for more news and content, information about careers and learning and, crucially, more ways to participate. CBA regional groups are vital to providing those opportunities. These results show what valuable work they do and how much potential there is to grow with local group and individual members. You can view the initial findings on the CBA blog here. A short video lasting a minute has also been prepared giving many of the responses to the survey, many showing the value of archaeology in other ways. This can be found as this YouTube video.

‘If you have any more comments or suggestions, please do get in touch through the links here for CBA National or CBA North‘.

County Durham Archaeology Day: Saturday 21 March 2020
Tracey Donnelly, of the Archaeology Team, Durham County Council, has sent us details of this year’s County Durham Archaeology Day. This year it is slightly later than normal, but nonetheless if you’re interested in archaeology come along and find out more. This year’s fascinating talks will be:

– New Investigations at the East Park Roman Settlement, Sedgefield. Josh Hogue, DigVentures
– Excavation at Binchester Roman Fort 2019. Steve Collison, Northern Archaeological Associates
– The First Ever Excavations at Middleham Castle, Bishop Middleham. Josh Hogue, DigVentures
– Excavations at Walworth Deserted Medieval Village. Richard Carlton, The Archaeological Practice
– Investigations on the North Terrace of Auckland Castle 2019. Jamie Armstrong, Archaeological Services Durham University
– The Discovery of Bek’s Chapel at Auckland Castle. John Castling, The Auckland Project
– The Portable Antiquities Scheme 2019. Benjamin Westwood, Finds Liaison Officer Durham and Tees

The essential details are;

Location: Council Chamber, County Hall, (there is ample free parking at County Hall, and County Hall is well served with public transport. Durham City Park and Ride Scheme buses also stop at County Hall).
Time: 9:50am – 4:00pm. Doors Open at 9:15 AM
Cost: £18.00 which includes buffet lunch, teas & coffees; £14.00 for full-time students, please let us know if you have any dietary requirements, or require a vegetarian lunch.

Tickets sell out very quickly so book early to avoid disappointment.

To book and pay for a place online follow https://doitonline.durham.gov.uk/ and click on ‘More Services’ and select ‘Archaeology Day – Order Tickets’ or contact 03000 260000 if you wish to book and pay over the phone. Please note that requests for tickets to be sent out in the post will incur a £1 postage and packing fee.

There will be displays by local societies and archaeological contractors as well as bookstalls in the adjacent Durham Room. As noted CBA North will be there with a stall, we as CBA North might even have some bargain books for sale there. We cannot promise that they will be those below, but there might be.

CBA North: February news

CBA North News

Dear Members and Friends of CBA North,

The first month of the year, indeed of this decade, has now gone. With February’s start a number of other group start their 2020 programmes – indeed with a meeting tonight at Berwick of the Border Archaeological Society – and there are 12 events that we have now listed in our website’s pages to go with the 70 or so that we sent you earlier.

CBA National have been working hard with the results from the survey carried out at the end of 2018 and workshops across the country – such as we invited you to at Newcastle in March – last year. There is now another survey for how the CBA National website might be changed; your views are important for what you want from us as part of a regional and national family of individuals and groups interested in archaeology, history and heritage. James Rose, from CBA National, explains more below on the survey.

Whilst it was not planned that this issue mainly covers Hadrian’s Wall, it turns out that two of our items this month relate to that monument that almost literally divides out CBA North region in half. This includes the poster for the Hadrian’s Wall Archaeology Forum to come, as well as a chance to revisit (or re-hear?) something heard on the radio last month. Would you like further newsletter emails focussed to a period, topic or theme? Or would you like a mix? Feel free to let us know your thoughts.

Best wishes,

CBA North Committee

2020 Local Society and Group Events – new additions
As noted above some 12 further events have been added to our list of local society and group events that we issued at the start of the year – the first of these additions was sent to us by Gill Goodfellow of the West of Cumbria Archaeological Society for their 14 February lecture. Other events, and dates, have come through the course of January for other groups again.

There are now something like 80 events listed. Please continue to let us know any additions and/or alterations for the Events as well as any changes in the details for the Local societies and groups page.

For those that may have printed out a copy of the Events list, here is a consolidated block of those ‘new’ dates, organised by date, which you can also print and ‘patch’ over your earlier printout.

5 February – AGM and presentations [TYNEDALE]
14 February – A Review of Salt-making in Cumberland, Andrew Fielding [WCAS]
22 February – Finding Crin’s Fremlington, Perry Gardner [ARCH & ARCH]
March – date and title to be announced [ARCH & ARCH]
15 April – Patterns of Movement: prehistoric rock art in the Cumbrian fells, Kate Sharpe [NAG]
18 April – Medieval Pottery Project, Tony Metcalfe [ARCH & ARCH]
16 May – Mini study day on Tutankhamun, Penny Wilson [NEAES]
May – AGM, date and title of follow lecture to be announced [ARCH & ARCH]
30 May – The Friendly Desert; Recording the Landscape of the Hatnub Alabaster Quarries, Hannah Pethen [NEAES]
11 July – The Princesses’ Burial; New Research in the Valley of the Kings KV63, Prof Susanne Bickel [NEAES]
18 July – Festival of Archaeology lecture, details to be announced [ARCH & ARCH]
10 October – Function and use of terracotta and other figurines in the Ptolemaic and Roman Periods in Egypt, Ross Thomas [NEAES]

Hadrian’s Wall Archaeology Forum
This year is a leap year – a relatively unusual occurrence, as is the appearance of the Hadrian’s Wall Archaeology Forum in February.

This is the Hadrian’s Wall Archaeology Forum held over from last year. However, as ever, this looks an interesting series of talks dealing with the sites and finds of this well-known monument. The poster includes contacts details and ticket prices – early booking is advised!

CBA National’s Communication and Participation in Archaeology Survey

James Rose, CBA National’s Communications and Marketing Manager, writes to us with details of CBA National’s current survey. He notes;

‘The Council for British Archaeology has ambitious plans to ensure that more people have the opportunity to discover archaeological heritage. As part of this, we are preparing an application to the National Lottery Heritage Fund to enable us to develop new resources and new ways of engaging with people interested in archaeology.

We think a new website with different kinds of content will be an important part of this, but we want to make sure that our plans meet the need of the widest possible audience. We are hoping that, should we receive funding, there will be a real opportunity to give regional groups and their members more ways to communicate and participate.

The survey takes around five minutes to complete, and once you have completed it you have the chance to be entered into a prize draw for a £25 Love2Shop voucher, accepted at over 200,000 high street stores.’

To take part in the survey, please click this link. The survey should only take about five minutes to complete. As ever please feel free to contact CBA North Committee with your views as necessary; our own contact details are unchanged as cbanorth@archaeologyuk.org.

Archaeological and forensic palynology: an interview with Pat Wiltshire
One of the ways we know so much of Hadrian’s Wall is through study of its contemporary landscape, its structures and natural materials utilised (such as the turf wall, as well as raw materials for man and/as well as beast, whether for artefact or not).

As such Hadrian’s Wall briefly featured on The Life Scientific when Pat Wiltshire was interviewed by Jim Al-Khalili on 7 January 2020. In an interesting interview the use of pollen to reconstruct archaeological landscapes was outlined, and latterly its use in criminal investigations, was described.

One of those sites investigated by Wiltshire for archaeological purposes include the well-known Cumbrian fort of Birdoswald for the 1987-92 excavations within the fort, which can be found here. This may not be a listen suitable for everyone (more so especially for the forensic aspects) – it was broadcast after the watershed – but is still available to listen to from the programme’s pages on the BBC Radio 4 website here.

CBA North’s Chair’s New Year Message and 2020 events listing

CBA North’s Chair’s New Year Message

Dear Members and Friends of CBA North,

Happy New Year!

I unexpectedly find myself writing the CBA North New Year Chair’s message to all members this year. This always gives an opportunity to look both back on what has happened and forward to what is to happen. There has been plenty, and there is plenty yet to come as well (see the events listing below). We may be looking and heading in different directions, but if you are reading this email, we are all interested in the history, heritage and archaeology.

Over the past year CBA North membership numbers have continued to grow as now over 210 members, as do our social media followers as well, across (and beyond) the CBA North region. (The number of our group members, however, remains unchanged). For events we have helped fund and further an October regional prehistory conference in Carlisle, had a display stall and books to sell there and in March’s Durham Archaeology Day, as well as hosted a workshop for CBA National’s future strategy in Newcastle. This has been together with bringing you your emails with news, details of new publications (some with special offers), the details of events, exhibitions and more again also from all across (and beyond once again) the CBA North region throughout the year. CBA North remains a regional archaeological group that exists for the region and also as a means to get all news out.

For the ‘what is to come’ 2020 already looks busy with some near 70 events listed below happening all across the CBA North region from our own group members and other groups. These are the events we know about so far – there are others yet to be included – with their varied topics, 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. This is your chance to get your news out and promote it to everyone else of the membership!

The new year sees challenges of course. CBA North is no different from other local groups; our geographical region remains large, our membership is a thin scatter across the region, the archaeological scene is also varied, we hear little of some groups for their news, but there are now so many different websites and social media feeds to keep track of, as well as what the opportunities and challenges are from CBA National’s new strategy for the future. Committee are stretched in time and place, as well as lacking for some sectors of the CBA North archaeological scene overall.

As the above plot shows I think we aren’t doing too badly at the moment, but could be doing better again and regardless of what I think, what do you think?

Like the strands of coloured smoke in this artistic recreation of the lime kilns of the past coming together, CBA North remains committed to being a regional archaeological group guided by the region and its membership of both individuals and groups for the benefit of all. I would urge all of you to be in contact with your group representatives (who will have hopefully circulated this email to you or the link to our Events website page https://wp.me/P45Irp-27), CBA North Committee and/or myself to let us know what you think and get more involved in the group, for example our news does not have to be just for forthcoming events, but also that present or just past.

If you would like to contribute something for the email news or be more involved with the Committee, please feel free to contact me. Our own CBA North contact details at cbanorth@archaeologyuk.org remain unchanged for all comments.

Nevertheless I thank you most sincerely for your support of CBA North during 2019 whether made individually or on behalf of your group; your support makes our work for you all the more appreciated and purposeful. I am sure that you similarly wish to join me in thanking our out-going committee members for their 2019 work. My best wishes to them and all of you as CBA North members for 2020.

Best wishes,

Keith Elliott
Acting CBA North Chair and Secretary/01.01.2020

2020 Local Society and Group Events
Here is a list of all the local society and group events that we know of to date. There are over 70 events included below, but there are some events yet to come. Please let us know any additions for the Events as well as any changes in the details for the Local societies and groups page and for any of your representatives who receive the CBA North emails.

January 2020
6 January – The Glories of the Mine: Whitehaven and Perceptions of Cumbria’s ‘Energy’ Coast in the 1700s, Christopher Donaldson [KENDAL CWAAS]
8 January – William Cowe & Son, the home of the Berwick Cockle, Cameron Robertson [TILLVAS]
9 January – AGM, Member’s Evening and an update on Dig Appleby!, Martin Railton, Trish Shaw, Kevin Mouncey and Sue Thompson [APPLEBY]
13 January – Jet Mines in the North Yorkshire Moors, Chris Twigg [Cleveland Industrial Archaeology Society]
13 January – The Lowick Heritage Trails, John Daniels and Philip Hanson [Lowick Heritage Group]
15 January – The Durham River Wear Assemblage, Gary Bankhead [NAG]
17 January – Carrock Mine; Before, During and After the First World War, Warren Allison [CARLISLE CWAAS]
18 January – Cesspits, Sewers and Sanitation: Waste Treatment in the Medieval Urban Townscape, Don O’Meara [ARCH & ARCH]
25 January – Investigations around rock art panels at Carr Edge Farm, near Fourstones, Hexham, Rock art in context, Ravensheugh Crags and Rock art in the Canary Islands, Andy Curtis, Phil Bowyer and Paul Frodsham respectively [ALTOGETHER]
25 January – Colossal Egyptian Statues, Daniel Elcoat [NEAES]
28 January – AGM and The Auckland Project: Bishop Auckland and excavations at Auckland Castle, John Castling [TAS]
29 January – Anniversary Meeting: John William Chater and the Song of the Carrion Chro [sic]: Satire in mid-Victorian Newcastle, Derek Cutts [SOCANTS]

February 2020
3 February – The King’s High Castle, David Silk [BAS]
3 February – Hadrian’s Wall: Bruce, Clayton, Richardson and the creation of the modern wall, David Breeze [KENDAL CWAAS]
5 February – Old Melrose, Margaret Collin [TILLVAS]
10 February – “Peace, Hoo – Bally Ray”: Low Flying along the Tees from Redcar and Marske Airfields 1909-19, Phil Philo [Cleveland Industrial Archaeology Society]
10 February – Twixt Thistle and Rose: Uncovering Berwick Borough Archives, Linda Bankier [Lowick Heritage Group]
10 February – The North Pennines in the Early Middle Ages, David Petts [LUNESDALE]
11 February – title and speaker to be confirmed [NEWCOMEN]
12 February – Defending Brancepeth, Penny Middleton [NAG]
13 February – A Medieval Bloomery at Loch Awe, Richard McGregor [APPLEBY]
14 February – The Roman Lanes; Excavations in Carlisle, John Zant [CARLISLE CWAAS]
20 February – The 2019 Season at Linbrig, John Nolan [CCA]
22 February – A Grand Tour of Roman Scotland, Andrew Tibbs [ALTOGETHER]
25 February – A Grand Tour of Roman Scotland, Andrew Tibbs [TAS]
26 February – A history of the walled garden at Alnwick Castle, Jenny Proctor [SOCANTS]

March 2020
2 March – Whitby Abbey, Tony Wilmott [BAS]
2 March – Copt Howe: excavating Neolithic rock art in Great Langdale, Aaron Watson [KENDAL CWAAS]
4 March – A Policeman’s Lot, 1750 to 1950, Ian Roberts [TILLVAS]
7 March – A Ptolemaic Lady of Montrose, Espionage and Robert Burns, Daniel Potter [NEAES]
9 March – Cleveland during the Second World War, Stuart McMillan [Cleveland Industrial Archaeology Society]
9 March – Whisky and Gin Smuggling in the Cheviots and Borders, Graeme Watson [Lowick Heritage Group]
9 March – Investigation of the Rusland Charcoal Industry, Rebecca Cadbury-Simmons [LUNESDALE]
11 March – Hidden in Plain Sight – Revealing the forgotten monuments of northern England, Emma Watson [NAG]
12 March – Copt Howe Excavation, Great Langdale, Aaron Watson [APPLEBY]
13 March – St Michael’s Church, Workington: Excavation of an Early Medieval Cemetery, Adam Parsons [CARLISLE CWAAS]
18 March – A road through time – the Archaeology of the A1 upgrade scheme in North Yorkshire, Johnnie Shipley [CCA]
21 March – Technology and home, and Old Melrose, Andy Curtis and Margaret Collin respectively [ALTOGETHER]
25 March – The discovery and excavation of the Roman baths at Wallsend (Segedunum) in 2014-15, Nick Hodgson [SOCANTS]
31 March – Archaeology and the environment on Teesside, Jenny Morrison [TAS]

April 2020
6 April – title to be confirmed, Alison Sheridan [BAS]
6 April – Neighbours and Neighbourhoods 1900-1940, Elizabeth Watson [KENDAL CWAAS]
9 April – The Prehistory of Dumfries and Galloway, Warren Baillie [APPLEBY]
17 April – Henry Hobhouse’s Tour Through Cumbria in 1774, Christopher Donaldson [CARLISLE CWAAS]
20 April – Two Hundred Years of Lowick Lime, 1680s-1890s, Julie Gibbs [Lowick Heritage Group]
20 April – AGM and Review of the High Carlingill Excavations [LUNESDALE]
21 April – Learning through Archaeology: Killingworth ‘Billy’, Michael Bailey and Peter Davidson [NEWCOMEN]
23 April – The Bamburgh Ossuary, Jessica Turner [CCA]
27 April – AGM and Member’s Evening [Cleveland Industrial Archaeology Society]
28 April – Altogether Archaeology, Tony Metcalfe [TAS]
29 April – Landscapes of the Great Depression in the North East, Ronan O’Donnell [SOCANTS]
Date to be announced – AGM [TILLVAS]

May 2020
4 May – The Sound of Early Medieval Music, Graeme Lawson [BAS]
6 May – The Salcombe Shipwreck, Dr Ben Roberts [TILLVAS]
7 May – AGM and the Rev. A Scott of Rothbury, Adam Welfare [CCA]
13 May – Travels in Egypt, Peter Topping [NAG]
26 May – Bronze Age metals and mobility in Northeast England, Ben Roberts [TAS]
27 May – The way of the sword: New insights into Bronze Age fighting practices, Andrea Dolfini [SOCANTS]

June 2020
1 June – Lumps, Bumps & Fairy Tales – the Joys of Field Archaeology, Dugald McInnes [BAS]
3 June – Doon Hill Revisited, Prof Ian Ralston [TILLVAS]
24 June – Putting the prehistory of the Northern Pennines on the map: discoveries made during English Heritage’s Miner-Farmer Landscapes Projects, Alastair Oswald [SOCANTS]
30 June – County Durham: a round-up of recent archaeological work, David Mason [TAS]

July 2020
29 July – The Trench Art Some Crosses of the Durham Light Infantry – a case study in memorialisation, Andrew Marriott [SOCANTS]

August 2020
26 August – Airy citadels, tyrannous cacti, Mycenae’s astonishing stones: Belsay Hall and Sir Charles Monck’s travel diaries, Susanna Phillippo [SOCANTS]

September 2020
7 September – Dere Street – one of the Border Roads, David Jones [BAS]
14 September – A general approach to the Yorkshire Lead Smelting Mills, Richard Lamb [Cleveland Industrial Archaeology Society]
30 September – In defence of Brancepeth: the medieval origins of Brancepeth Castle, Penny Middleton [SOCANTS]

October 2020
5 October – Inscriptions & Sculptures in the Quarries of Hadrian’s Wall, Jon Allison [BAS]
10 October – David Dippie Dixon lectures: titles to be confirmed, Nick Card [CCA]
28 October – ‘The Crack in the Ice’, Women and Property and the making of the Married Woman’s Property Act 1870, Bob Morris [SOCANTS]

November 2020
2 November – Questions of Identity – some recent case studies on the Vikings in Scotland, including the warrior from Auldhame, East Lothian, Caroline Paterson [BAS]
7 November – The Station in The Hills and The Eastern End of the Stanhope and Tyne Railway, Brian Page and Peter Leech respectively [ALTOGETHER]
21 November – Annual Study Day and AGM [NEAES]
25 November – The Geology of Newcastle Cathedral, Derek Teasdale [SOCANTS]

December 2020
7 December – Relics, Sophie Moore [BAS]