Monthly Archives: November 2014

Finds from the Roman North and Beyond – Spring 2015 Meeting 16th – 17th March, Newcastle University

Finds from the Roman North and Beyond

Joint Roman Finds Group and Centre for Interdisciplinary Artefact Studies
Spring 2015 Meeting 16th – 17th March
, Newcastle University

The 2015 RFG Spring Meeting is based in Newcastle. It will be a two day conference from lunchtime on the Monday 16th to late afternoon on Tuesday 17th March. It will be held in Rooms 1.04 and 1.06 of the Armstrong Building, University of Newcastle Upon Tyne and is being jointly hosted by RFG and the Centre for Interdisciplinary Artefact Studies of the University (

There are four sessions of papers, with fourteen illustrated talks, on various aspects of finds from sites throughout the north, and an organised visit to Segedunum Roman Fort, Baths and Museum. This is an excellent opportunity to hear about recent finds and research in the north, as well as to view one of the major museums along Hadrian’s Wall which has undergone major work in the last few years.
Space is limited so early booking is strongly advised. The cost of the meeting is £30 for fully paid up RFG members, £20 for students, £35 non members.

What’s included

  • Access to all conference sessions, finds and poster viewings.
  • Teas and coffees as in the programme.
  • Wine, soft drinks and snacks at the evening reception
  • Finds Viewing/poster displays/book sales

There is space in the Armstrong Building for finds display and discussion—during tea/coffee breaks. There will be recent finds from Vindolanda and South Shields but further displays are welcome—please indicate on the meeting application form. There will also be space for poster displays and the sale of books etc.

Getting to the Armstrong Building

From Newcastle Railway Station a taxi will cost approximately £5. Transportation from and to Newcastle Railway Station is easiest by Metro (to Haymarket Station) or by any bus to Eldon Square. A city centre map showing the University Campus is on the RFG web site. Travelling by car is not encouraged, but the Armstrong Building is opposite the RVI Hospital and the carpark off Claremont Rd usually has spaces and is not too expensive. Trains to Newcastle are, of course very regular (e.g. Monday 09.00 from KX arrives Newcastle 11.51; Tuesday 16.59 Newcastle arrives KX 19.51 – subject to timetable change). Download the Campus Map here.

Joint Roman Finds Group Centre for Interdisciplinary Artefact Studies Meeting Spring 2015

Monday Evening Reception and Conference Dinner

There will be a reception for delegates at 17.30 . Following this, at 19.30, there will be a Conference meal, held in ‘the Ottoman Turkish Restaurant’. This must be pre booked. (details on booking). The menu for Monday evening will be placed here in due course.

Annual General Meeting

There will be a short Annual General Meeting for RFG Members on the Tuesday morning. There are three main items for discussion: an RFG Constitution, Establishment of a RFG Grant Fund and future RFG subscriptions. Details will be circulated to all RFG Members prior to the AGM so that those members not able to be there can still have a say in these matters!

Museum Visit

On the Tuesday afternoon there is an opportunity to visit Segedunum Roman Fort, Baths and Museum ( including an opportunity to scale (or take the lift!) the viewing platform for an excellent view of the remains of the Roman fort and to watch the time lapse video of the building history of the site. There will then be a guided tour of the full scale reconstructed bath house (current repairs permitting) and Hadrian’s Wall reconstruction. There is an additional charge for this event of £6, which includes transport from the Armstrong Building, return to the railway station and admission to the Museum. There will be an opportunity to purchase a snack lunch at the Museum.

Questions and further Information

Any questions about the meeting should be made to Stephen Greep at

Meeting Programme and Timetable

Day One : Monday 16th March 2015

Pre meeting
13.00 Registration. Welcome tea/coffee
13.25 Welcome and Introduction, Dr James Gerrard, Department of History, Classics and Archaeology, University of Newcastle.

Session One : Current Finds Research at The University of Newcastle
Chair : Dr Jane Webster, Senior Lecturer in Historical Archaeology and Head of Archaeology, Department of History, Classics and Archaeology, University of Newcastle.
13.30 Dr James Gerrard, Lecturer in Roman Archaeology, Department of History, Classics and Archaeology, University of Newcastle. ‘Rethinking the Irchester bowl, again’
14.00 Emma Gooch, MA Student, Department of History, Classics and Archaeology, University of Newcastle. ‘A load of old bulls: ‘phallic horns’ in bovine imagery’
14.30 Evan Scherer, PhD Student. Department of History, Classics and Archaeology, University of Newcastle. ‘The Use and Abuse of Late Roman Artefacts in Transylvania’

15.00 Tea/Coffee – viewing of finds and posters.

Session Two : Finds from South Shields
Chair : Dr Mark Jackson, Lecturer in Archaeology, Department of History, Classics and Archaeology, University of Newcastle
15.30 Dr Stephen Greep ‘A very late Roman furniture makers workshop from Arbeia’
16.00 Matt Fittock, PhD Student, University of Reading ‘Pipeclay Figurines from South Shields in their wider setting’
16.30 Alex Croom, Keeper of Archaeology, Tyne and Wear Museums Service ‘Finds from recent Vicus Excavations at Arbeia’
16.50 Keynote Speaker: Lindsey Allason-Jones ‘Working with Roman Finds’

17.30 Wine/soft drink reception (with snacks)
18.00 Close
19.30 Evening dinner at the Ottoman Turkish Restaurant (details on booking)

Day Two : Tuesday 17th March 2015

Session Three : Finds from the North
Chair : Justine Bayley, Chairman, Roman Finds Group
09.00 Dr Philippa Walton, ‘Research Fellow, University of Oxford . ‘Cataloguing and analysis of the Roman ‘votive’ assemblage from Piercebridge, County Durham : An Update.’
09.30 Dr Rob Collins Research Associate on the Frontiers of the Roman Empire Digital Humanities Initiative (FREDHI) at Newcastle University ”Great Whittington: New finds identifying a new site in the Wall corridor’
10.00 Frances McIntosh, Curator of Roman Collections, English Heritage /PhD student, Newcastle University’ ‘Clayton; Collector, Conservator and Curator’
10.30 John Cruse, ‘Independent Researcher and York Archaeological Society Quern Co-ordinator ‘Roman Querns in the North – Some Distinctive Regional Types’

11.00 Annual General Meeting/ Tea/Coffee – viewing of finds for non RFG Members

Session Four. Finds from the North and Beyond
Chair : Sally Worrell, PAS National Finds Adviser, Roman Artefacts, UCL
11.30 Barbara Birley, Assistant Curator, Vindolanda Trust, ‘Recent finds from Vindolanda’
12.00 Jenny Proctor, Post Excavation Manager Pre-construct Archaeology, Recent finds from Be dale, N. Yorks’
12.30 Dr Hella Eckardt, Associate Professor, Department of Archaeology, University of Reading‘ Literacy and power: Bronze inkwells in the Roman Empire?’

13.00 Meeting Close

Session Five : Visit to Segedunum Roman Fort, Baths and Museum
13.15 Transport to Wallsend Museum (lunch available)
14.15 Alex Croom: Introduction to the Wallsend Museum
15.00 Nick Hodgson: The Bath-house and Wall reconstructions
16.00 Transport to Newcastle Railway station will depart from Wallsend (15/20 minute journey— timed to meet the 16.59 departure from Newcastle Central Station)


If you require additional information or wish to clarify anything about the meeting please email Stephen at:

A1 Leeming to Barton Improvements Archaeology Open Day at Catterick Racecourse- Saturday 29th November 2014

A1 Leeming to Barton Improvements
Archaeology Open Day
Saturday 29th November 2014

Free Event
We would like to invite you to an archaeology day at Catterick Racecourse (north side of the A6136) on Saturday 29th November 2014. This will be an opportunity to see first-hand some of the archaeology investigations that have been carried out prior to construction of the A1 Leeming to Barton Improvement Scheme. This archaeology day will consist of:
–  Guided walks to an archaeology dig (starting at 10:30 am and continuing at hourly intervals until 2:30 pm) – this will be crossing rough ground, so strong shoes or boots are advised
– Opportunity to speak to archaeologists and learn about the work being carried out
– The chance to view photos and some of the finds from recent excavations
This is a free event for local people to see important items from many years ago in this area. I hope that you can make it to see us on the day.
Should you require any further information, please contact Stuart Culley, Public Liaison Officer on 01677 932 348.

November 29th open day

Reminder: Archaeology, Historic Buildings and the Planning Process 29/11/14

Archaeology, Historic Buildings and the Planning Process

Saturday 29 November 9.30am–4.30pm in the Joachim Room, College of St Hild and St Bede,

Durham University. DH1 1SZ


A training day organised by the Architectural and Archaeological Society of Durham and Northumberland, with the North East Heritage Partnership, Teesside Archaeological Society and CBA North.


09.30   Registration

10.00   Introduction Andrew Millard

10.05   Setting the Scene; the planning process and the Historic Environment

Niall Hammond

10:30   The role of the local authority specialist (including scheduling) and the Historic

Environment Record Robin Daniels

11.15  Tea/Coffee

11.40   The role of the local authority Conservation Officer Sarah Scarr

12.10   The role of the local English Heritage planning and conservation team Kate Wilson

12.45–1.45    Lunch

1.45     Archaeology Case Study (to confirm)

2.15     Casework: assessing historical, architectural and heritage value of buildings

Martin Roberts

3.00    Tea/Coffee

3.30     Informing, objecting and appealing; how local societies can be involved

Chris Burgess

4.00     Plenary discussion (chaired by Andrew Millard)

4.30    End


Total cost: £10 for the day, including tea/coffee and lunch. Please reply by 17 November for catering purposes. Places may be booked by Email: , Telephone: 01388 762620

Booking Form

TAS LECTURE: Tue 25 Nov – Steve Sherlock: Anglo-Saxon Teesside Redated

TAS LECTURE |  Tue 25 Nov | Steve Sherlock: Anglo-Saxon Teesside Redated

November 25 | Anglo-Saxon Teesside: 30 years on from the Norton Saxon Cemetery | Stephen Sherlock, Archaeologist Extraordinaire

7.30pm in Stockton Central Library TS18 1TU. Please remember to bring your membership card or a completed application form to join. Guests are welcome for £4 each on the door.

Anglo-Saxon remains were initially found in a field beside Mill Lane, Norton in 1982 and the site was excavated in 1984-5. This proved to be the largest sixth-century cemetery to have been excavated in North East England and is frequently discussed as the northern example of Saxon cemeteries in England. Over the intervening period, the dates of some Anglo-Saxon objects have been reviewed and so one theme Steve will address in his lecture will be the date of the Norton cemetery.

Since 1984 other cemeteries have been excavated in the Tees Valley, for example at Ingleby Barwick in 2003. Furthermore, stray finds have been reported to the Portable Antiquities Scheme. The second theme will be to update the known burial record for Anglo-Saxon cemeteries in the Tees Valley. This will incorporate the latest discoveries to include new finds and burials found in the area in 2013.

Silver pendants and bead from excavations at Norton Anglo-Saxon cemetery where revised dates are argued. Not to scale (courtesy Tees Archaeology). Header image is a re-used pendant from the Anglo-Saxon cemetery at Street House, Loftus (S. Sherlock).

The last theme for the talk will be the placement of objects within the grave. Anglo-Saxon burials have always interested people because of the range of attractive objects found in the grave. Traditionally these “grave goods” were seen as the personal possessions of the deceased. A more recent view considers some objects to be items placed by mourners at the grave side. Steve will also look at the role of heirlooms and antiques, possibly passed down from one generation to the next, that are for a short period of time in the seventh century, placed within graves.

Sherlock, S.J. 2011. Anglo-Saxon Cemeteries in the Tees Valley and Association with Neolithic and Later Monuments, in S. Brooks, S. Harrington and A. Reynolds (eds) Studies in Early Anglo-Saxon Art and Archaeology: Papers in Honour of Martin G Welch, BAR British Series 527, 112–120. Oxford: Archaeopress.
Sherlock, S.J. 2012.  A Royal Anglo-Saxon Cemetery at Street House, Loftus, North East Yorkshire. Hartlepool: Tees Archaeology Monograph 6.
Sherlock, S.J. and Simmons, M. 2008. The Lost Royal Cult of Street House, Yorkshire. British Archaeology 100, 30–37.
Sherlock, S.J. and Welch, M.G. 1992. An Anglo-Saxon Cemetery at Norton, Cleveland. London: Council for British Archaeology Research Report 82.
Sherlock, S.J. and Welch, M.G. 1992. Anglo-Saxon Objects from Maltby, Cleveland. Durham Archaeological Journal 8, 71–76.

See you there!

Kind Regards,

Spencer Carter | TAS Chair & eCommunications

CBA Local Heritage Coordinator- Vacancy

CBA Local Heritage Coordinator

This is an exciting opportunity for an enthusiastic and engaging communicator with excellent influencing and negotiating skills to play a significant role in supporting the protection of the UK’s historic environment through community engagement and direct action.

You should have a demonstrable awareness of cultural diversity, local planning frameworks, neighbourhood planning, and the localism agenda, and experience of working with community groups.

The postholder will develop a UK-wide network of effective local advocates for the historic environment and local authority archaeology services, focusing initially on England, that becomes self-supporting at a local level, but which feeds wider issues up to the CBA for support, national advocacy and action as appropriate.

Working closely with community-focused CBA colleagues and networks, the Local Heritage Coordinator will integrate with and enhance our voluntary engagement strategy across our activities by:

  • Understanding the existing heritage service resources at a broad local level and establishing successful strategies for local engagement;
  • Building connections with partners and other groups to share intelligence and develop a Local Heritage Engagement Network (LHEN), working with the CBA Groups’ network and CBA organisational members;
  • Developing an online community and local heritage engagement toolkit;
  • Developing a representative, strong and sustainable network, using the toolkit to engage local communities in advocating for, and protecting local authority archaeology and conservation services that guide planning decisions their heritage.

Apply for this post

This is a full-time role (35 hours per week), with a three-year contract, based in York.

Salary c £26k plus generous pension scheme and holiday entitlement and flexi-time. Flexible working arrangements considered for the delivery of the role.

Closing dates for applications: midnight Friday 28 November 2014. Interviews will be held 11/12 December 2014.

Application is by letter with associated CV and CPD log (if available).

All job applicants will be required to fill in an Equal Opportunities Monitoring form, in accordance with the CBA’s Equal Opportunities Policy.

The CBA has policies on diversifying participation in archaeology (PDF 160KB), recruitment of ex-offenders (PDF 175KB) and the handling and storage of disclosures (PDF 180KB).

Rescued from the Sea – An Archaeologist’s Tale. 3/12/14

Rescued from the Sea – An Archaeologist’s Tale.
A public lecture, book launch and signing by Dr Clive Waddington
Wednesday 3rd December at 18:00
The Clore Suite, Great North Museum: Hancock
Newcastle upon Tyne, NE2 4PT
In the summer of 2013 Northumberland Wildlife Trust and Archaeological
Research Services Ltd. led a small army of local volunteers on an excavation at
Low Hauxley, at the north end of Druridge Bay on the Northumberland Coast.
The Heritage Lottery funded ‘Rescued from the Sea’ project was a race against
time to meticulously uncover, record and preserve the extremely rare and
nationally important archaeological finds that were hidden within the cliff face
before they were washed into the sea. The book documents the story of the
project; from the local volunteer archaeologist who first noticed remains in the
exposed cliff face, through the 13 week dig and the analysis of the many finds.
Join us for an event to discover the secrets that were unveiled and to purchase
your copy of the book and get it signed by the author. Complimentary
refreshments will be provided.
This event is free to attend but places are limited so please book your place
online via NWT at or call 0191 284 6884.
The popular book will be available to purchase on the night for £10. Alternatively
you can purchase a copy from our online shop

Saturnalia, Corbridge Roman Town 20/12/14

Corbridge Roman Town.

 Our Curator, Frances McIntosh will be talking on Sat 20 December about the Roman winter Festival, Saturnalia.

 Please feel free to forward this on to interested students or staff. Here is the link for more info:

 Booking in advance is required by calling: 0370 333 1181

Poster Poster

‘Your Heritage Needs You’ (9th December in Newcastle).

‘Your Heritage Needs You’ (9th December in Newcastle).

Find a poster here – YOUR HERITAGE NEEDS YOU Invite

We specifically want to target local voluntary and community groups across the North East, including community partnerships, local development trusts and umbrella organisations representing community and voluntary interests.


 The overall aim of this event is to increase awareness of Heritage at Risk amongst community and voluntary groups in the North East and the support and advice that is available.  Specific objectives within this overall aim include:

 Increased knowledge about what the heritage at risk programme is

  • More understanding amongst local community groups about how they can support heritage at risk in their local area
  • Better awareness of what funding support is available from organisations like English Heritage and the Heritage Lottery Fund
  • Greater familiarity of what fundraising support is available from organisations like the Heritage Alliance – e.g. funding workshops, project mentoring, webinars and consultancy support
  • Increased confidence and knowledge about who to contact for help and advice

  Event format

 The event will comprise:

 Talking heads

  • Funding surgery (local EH and HLF contacts and Heritage Alliance)
  • Free copies of latest Heritage at Risk publications and support materials
  • Afternoon tea and networking

Tackling Bulk Archaeology: Medieval Pottery at Norton Priory, Runcorn, Cheshire

Down south but may be of interest!

Tackling Bulk Archaeology: Medieval Pottery at Norton Priory, Runcorn, Cheshire

This Society for Museum Archaeology workshop consists of a series of hands-on sessions on 11 December, from 1030 to 1630, using the collection at Norton Priory to show the development of pottery in the Cheshire region from the 5th to 17th centuries. Regional pottery specialist Julie Edwards will describe the main ware types for each ceramic period and introduce themes of production, distribution and consumption. Duncan Brown will also provide a guide to the basics of pottery description and identification and examine some of the curatorial aspects of caring for and accessing medieval pottery.

The workshop is aimed at people working in museums, either in curation or education, or as volunteers, also field archaeologists and of course, students, and aims to provide a background in the identification and management of post-Roman pottery collections. It is open to anyone with an interest in the subject, who thinks they might benefit from handling and learning about pottery from the north-west of England.

Each session costs just £45 and only twelve places are available on each course, so book today!

For registration and further details contact the SMA Training Officer Rhi Smith at r.