Monthly Archives: January 2015

Bede’s World 2015

Bede’s World Saturday Talks

The Saturday Talks programme for 2015 starts on Saturday 31st January when we will welcome Franklin Harkins from the University of Durham to speak on, ‘Bede and the Bible’.

A couple of points to note, the museum is closed in January and so there will be no café facilities for this first talk we will, however, have tea and coffee available in the conference room. Also, our second talk of the year, due to take place on 28th February has been postponed by a week and the new date is Saturday 7th March. This talk will be given by Adam Parson from Oxford Archaeology on ‘Shadows in the sand: discovery, excavation and analysis of a Viking age cemetery.’

Flodden Metal Detecting Training 31st January and 1st February

Following requests from several interested parties this two day course will take place in January 31st and February 1st (Saturday and Sunday) and will be based in Norham. The aim of the course will be to look at the basics of archaeological metal detecting, how the project’s standard machines work, how we use them as archaeologists and how to recover finds identified through metal detecting.

The first part of the day (31st January) 0900-1300 will be based in doors at Norham Village Hall. The course will them move out doors to examine a field currently under grass in the vicinity of the Norham at Ladykirk on the Scottish side. This practical experience is the best way to learn metal detecting with the support of the project’s metal detecting expert Ian Glendinning.

Day two will be to provide a further opportunity to practice (and will for those who missed it on day one provide an opportunity to hear Ian’s indoor talk again).

 This course is aimed at those with no or limited experience.

There will be 10 places per day. Priority on day 2 will be given to those who attend day 1.

 For any questions or bookings please contact Chris on

 If you want to take part you will need to be a fieldwork member of TillVAS (£2 for a year’s cover – you can pay Ian on the day. If you have already paid in the last 12 months you are already covered)

The recent archaeology of Dere Street and its environs- Saturday 7th February

The recent archaeology of Dere Street and its environs

 Dr Stephen Sherlock will give the sixth in a series of talks on The Roman Roads of North Yorkshire at Thornton le Street Village Hall between Thirsk and Northallerton on Saturday 7th February 2015 at 2.00 pm. Admission will be £2 at the door, but prior booking is advised. This programme is designed to both report on recent activity and to encourage future research within a professional framework.

 Stephen is a distinguished locally based Archaeologist, Fellow of both the Society of Antiquaries and the Society of Antiquities (Scotland), who has undertaken a series of major excavations across North Yorkshire and the Tees Valley. Whilst working for Cleveland County Council in the 1980s he directed the excavation of the region’s largest Anglo-Saxon cemetery at Norton on Tees and assisted in other major excavations including those at Eston Nab hillfort and the Iron Age settlement at Thorpe Thewles. Since then Stephen has undertaken and published on a wide rage of commercial projects. He has recently led important fieldwork projects around Loftus at Street House and elsewhere in East Cleveland examining Late Prehistoric to Early Medieval sites – two volumes of the results are published as Tees Archaeology monographs.

 He has been employed since 2009 as Clerk of Works on the A1 road improvements between Dishforth and Scotch Corner in North Yorkshire. This role involves assessing the scope of works required in advance of the road construction and liaising between the archaeological contractors and Carillion-Morgan Sindall who are building the road on behalf of the Highways Agency. He will report on the on-going programme of archaeological excavation undertaken by the Northern Archaeological Associates, including further evidence of Dere Street and associated fortifications and settlements along its route.

Bookings can be made with John Sheehan: 01609 771878 or email, from whom further information can be obtained. 

NEAES 2015 Programme and January Meeting

North East Ancient Egypt Society

North East Ancient Egypt Society January Meeting and Lecture

 Commercial Union House, 39 Pilgrim Street, Newcastle upon Tyne, NE1 6QE

 Saturday 24th January 2015  –  2:00  – 4:00

 2.0          –  Tea and coffee

 2.20    –  Talk Starts

 Dr Penny Wilson

‘The Two Cities of Sais: Updates on Recent Work’

This lecture will describe the latest archaeological work on the late Ramesside and Third Intermediate Period towns of Sais.  What happened to leave the Ramesside town largely intact?

 This meeting is in collaboration with the Joseph Cowan Lifelong Learning Centre CIC

See their website

NEAES Members and JCLLC Explore Members – FREE

Visitors £5.00, Concs. £3.00


For more information:

North East Ancient Egypt Society 2015 Programme