Monthly Archives: September 2015

Field Opportunities

Field Opportunities

Here are some details for upcoming excavations, please see contact details at the end of the email if you are interested!

The two community Archaeology Projects described below are part of the Heart of Teesdale Landscape Partnership scheme and are to be undertaken under the aegis of the Architectural and Archaeological Society of Durham and Northumberland.  Each one will be managed by staff from an appointed professional archaeological contractor who will supervise the volunteer workforce (maximum of 20 places for each).   Final discussions about the precise dates are underway but both projects will take place in the period late September – end October.

Project outlines:

Brignall Shrunken Medieval Village

The village of Brignall is one of many settlements that underwent a significant reduction in size and prosperity in the later medieval period. What are thought to be traces of former buildings and tofts have been identified on aerial photographs immediately south of the present village. There are a few fields bounded by ditches, but much of the area is disturbed with no set pattern, and no trace of house platforms. At the time of the Domesday survey, Brignall was composed of 12 carucates of land, all waste, but the village must have been of some importance in 1265 to have been granted an annual and weekly market. There were 4 mills in the village in 1712.

The project will consist of geophysical survey followed by targeted trenching to clarify the nature and extent of the remains of the medieval village.  Volunteers can be involved in both elements of the project and will receive training in archaeological excavation, survey, recording and interpretation techniques.


Hawkesley Hill Prehistoric Rock Art

Field research by 2000 identified four ‘panels’ of Rock Art at the western edge of Hawkesley Hill, a few miles north-west of Barnard Castle .  The motifs consist variously of cups, rings, grooves, isolated peck marks, and other more heavily eroded features some of which may actually be of natural origin.  There are also a number of earth-fast boulders nearby.

The project will entail the detailed recording of the visible Rock Art features and a search for additional examples in the vicinity both by surface inspection and by excavation.  An area around each of the principal rock outcrops bearing Rock Art will be de-turfed and excavated in order to establish if there are other potentially contemporary archaeological phenomena nearby.  Training in archaeological excavation, survey, recording and interpretation techniques.


Please email Belinda Burke at


Transmit/Receive – Making and Experimenting with First World War Sound Technology.‏

Transmit/Receive – Making and Experimenting with First World War Sound Technology.

Sound recording professionals Tim Shaw, John Bowers and Tom Schofield are going to deliver two workshops to explore and rebuild sound technologies of the First World War. The workshops take place on the 25th October and the 8th November. The First World War was a period of great technological innovation. Many of the communication devices were developed to generate or listen to sound. From radio broadcasts to early underwater microphones, listening was a key strategy in the war effort.
 Workshops are £6 each (plus online booking fee). Advance booking is essential. Places for workshops are limited. Each session covers different making activities – you are encouraged to attend both although you can also attend one or the other. No prior specialist or technical knowledge is needed to attend and materials are included in the price. All attendees must be aged 16 and over to attend.

For further information and booking details see:

Marsh Archaeology Awards 2015 – Nominations close 30/09!

Marsh Archaeology Awards 2015

Nominations close on the 30th September for these awards, which celebrate community archaeology.

There are three categories of award open for nominations;

• The Marsh Award for Community Archaeology recognises and promotes the results of research and/or fieldwork led by community groups which have made a substantial contribution to knowledge and wellbeing.
• The Young Archaeologist of the Year Award is for a young person or group of young people under the age of 18 who have made an outstanding contribution to community archaeology.
• The Community Archaeologist of the Year Award is for an individual who has inspired others to share their love of archaeology.

Closing date for nominations is 30 September 2015.

For further information and nomination details please see:



Roman Seminars at Newcastle University

Roman Seminars at Newcastle University

As a new term is starting please see the attached list for the Roman archaeology open seminars which take place at the School of History, Classics and Archaeology, Newcastle University.


Please also see the poster about the first seminar, which takes place on the 5th October:





Arbeia Conference 2015

Arbeia Conference 2015: Balnea, roman baths and bathing in the northern frontier zone: another side of military life.

The last few years have seen extensive excavations on bath-houses at Wallsend, Binchester and Chester-le-Street. The results have been spectacular, especially at Binchester where one of the best-preserved buildings in Roman Britain has been revealed. All these new discoveries will be described, together with new research on the baths at Chesters and at Bearsden on the Antonine Wall. Speakers will include Paul Bidwell, David Breeze, Nick Hodgson, Michael Lee, David Mason, Margaret Snape and Graeme Stobbs.

For further information and booking details click: Arbeia_Conference_2015_flyer





Community Research Survey – last chance to complete today!

The deadline for a survey as detailed on a previous CBA North post (see below) has been extended to today (Monday 21st September) to allow as many people as possible the chance to have their say.

Please do spread the word to anyone who hasn’t yet filled it in. Archaeology group, local history society, individual researchers: they’d love to hear from you!:


Details from previous post:

A current project by Worcestershire Archive and Archaeology Service has been commissioned by Historic England in order to assess the amount of archaeology and local history research being undertaken by voluntary groups in England, and evaluate the potential for this to contribute to research resources and agendas.

Further details about the project and the methodology are available at,

The survey is located at: It will close on 21st August.


Home Front Legacy 1914 – 1918 Project: Durham Day School – Update

Home Front Legacy 1914 – 1918 Project: Durham Day School

Did you attend the Home Front Legacy Project on Saturday 15th August 2015?

If so, and you are working on a project, we would love to hear how it’s going!

Please email with details and we’ll spread the word.



Durham World Heritage Site Architecture and Conservation Series: September Lecture

Please see the message below regarding the next World Heritage Architecture and Conservation Series Lecture:

Dear all,                                                                                             
Please find below the details of our Architecture and Conservation Series lecture for September.
I very much hope you will be able to attend.
World Heritage Site Architecture and Conservation Series 2015
September Lecture
Monday 14th September 2015, 6.30pm
Venue: Room PG20 Pemberton Building, Palace Green, Durham
“Breathing New Life Into Old Buildings: Sustainable
Solutions for Significant Places”
Heritage assets including historic buildings have their own intrinsic value or significance, and understanding that significance is crucial to informing their reuse, adaption or extension to meet 21st century needs. This talk will highlight examples where significance has delivered the unexpected, confirmed designs or inspired new ones. It will show how it can help to breathe new life into old buildings and their wider environs.

Caroline Hardie is a local heritage consultant with Archaeo-Environment, which she founded in 2003. She provides high quality planning advice on all aspects of the historic environment and prepares Conservation Management Plans, Statements of Significance, Heritage Assessments and Conservation Area Appraisals throughout the UK. She has also worked on historic landscape characterisation, ancient monuments protection and the current Lake District National Park bid for World Heritage Status. Prior to her work in the private sector she was the Head of Conservation and the County Archaeologist for Northumberland County Council. She is a Member of the Institute of Historic Building Conservation and a Member of the Chartered Institute for Archaeologists.
The talk will be followed by a drinks reception in the World Heritage Site Centre.
Please book your place by writing to Raffaella Aliprandi at
Would you also let me know whether or not you will be attending the reception afterwards, for catering purposes. 
Please don’t forget to circulate this email to whoever you think might be interested. 
I am looking forward to seeing you at the lecture.
Kind regards, 
Raffaella Aliprandi

TillVAS: James IV Memorial Lecture

TillVAS: James IV Memorial Lecture

The “James IV Memorial Lecture” entitled “The King in the North – the life and times of Oswald of Northumbria” will be held at 2.30pm in Etal Village Hall on Sunday 11th October.

The speaker will be Max Adams, author of the book of that title.
This is a ticketed event, £5 each, and can be obtained from Maureen Charlton, East Flodden Cottage, Milfield,, NE71 6JF on receipt of a cheque (payable to TillVAS) and a SAE.

Durham World Heritage Site Lecture Series 2015: Calendar

World Heritage Site Lecture Series 2015: Calendar

Please find attached the  calendar poster  for the World Heritage Site Architecture and Conservation Series lectures for the remainder of 2015.

Further details for each lecture will be circulated near the time

Any queries can be sent to: