Monthly Archives: February 2016

Creating Places of Commemoration in Viking Age Scandinavia

On Thursday afternoon there is an archaeology seminar that might be of interest to CBA North members. This, like the Roman Archaeology Seminar Series, will be held in the Department of Archaeology, Newcastle University, in the Armstrong Building.

Unlike the Roman Seminar this will be held in Room 2.16 on Thursday at 1600 when Julie Lund of the University of Oslo will talk on Relating to Pasts and Creating Places of Commemoration in Viking Age Scandinavia.

Everyone is invited to attend if you so wish, with the location of the seminar indicated, as before, from this webpage.

The Vikings are coming!

This week the Vikings are coming to the CBA North region!

There are two events on Vikings this week across the CBA North region.

On Wednesday our group member the Till Valley Archaeological Society (TillVAS) will be hearing Kristian Pedersen speak on “Vikings in the North Atlantic” at Crookham Village Hall in Northumberland.

On the following day there is a Newcastle University Archaeology Department Seminar when Julie Lund will be speak on “Relating to Pasts and Creating Places of Commemoration in Viking Age Scandinavia” in the Armstrong Building of Newcastle University, Newcastle upon Tyne. Further details of that will follow this post in a minute or two.

In the meantime the Northumberland Archaeological Group (NAG) – the newest group member of CBA North – will be also having their March lecture on Wednesday night as well. This will be on something totally different to the Vikings when Marco Romeo Pitone will be talking about “Experimental Archaeometallurgy in Early-Middle Bronze Age Cyprus” in their lecture at the Newcastle Arts Centre, on Westgate Road, Newcastle upon Tyne.

Over to you to take your choice,

AKE/29.02.2016

Were the Trypillia mega-sites the first cities in Europe?

A quick reminder of that one of the regular local society events to come in the next week is the Architectural and Archaeological Society of Durham and Northumberland’s lecture by Professor John Chapman and Dr. Bisserka Gaydarska on Saturday afternoon with a poster of the details attached here.

An abstract for the lecture notes:

“It is now recognised that Trypillia mega-sites of the Ukraine and Moldova were the largest settlements in 4th millennium BC Europe – the largest as big as the first Near Eastern cities. The first 40 years of investigation of the Trypillia mega-sites (1971 – 2011) gave an understanding of broad planning principles but also provided exaggerated site sizes, little detail on intra-site grouping and no indication of intra-site phasing. After five years of intensive, inter-disciplinary, international projects, the key questions for current mega-site studies now focus round the problematic relationship between the huge size of the mega-sites and the complete absence so far of any materialisation of social differentiation. Could it be that long-term, all-year-round, permanent occupation by a huge urban population is the wrong model for mega-sites?”

This lecture will answer will answer the title of this email, as well answer the question above from using a range of evidence  to provide fresh answers on the site.

Details for the ‘Arch & Arch’ can be found at our Local Societies and Groups page, as well as their 2016 programme in our events here.

As ever please let us know of any further events – you might know about something, but someone else perhaps interested in it might not!

AKE/27.02.2016

Sadberge Village Trail – a meeting next week

A meeting will be held next week at Sadberge Village Hall, at 7pm, next week on 3 March 2016 to discuss plans for a history trail through the village. Sadberge, near Darlington, is well known for its history including Cade’s Road (a Roman road) which runs through the area, as well as being the centre of a wapentake (an unusual land-holding) which for many years was not part of County Durham proper.

Proposals are being put forward to document its heritage on wooden boards along a special trail. Although Sadberge’s ancient history is fairly well documented, less is known about life in the village in the early 1900s and the organisers behind the trail are keen to receive items and information from residents that can be referred to on the history boards.

For further information, contact Millie Scaife on 01325-332020.

Teesside Archaeological Society lecture – this week

Morning Everyone,

This is just a reminder that the next Teesside Archaeological Society lecture will take place on Tuesday 23rd Feb 7.30 at Stockton Central Library.

This will be ‘St Cuthbert’s Corpse’ by Dr. David Williams

Writing under the pen name David Willem, David is the author of ‘St Cuthbert’s Corpse – a life after death’. In this talk, David will draw upon research for this book, charting the history of St. Cuthbert’s body through time. His coffin was opened six times in 1300 years and on each occasion someone kept a record of the body and relics as they were found – Anglo-Saxon monks, the first kings of all England, the Normans, Henry VIII’s henchman, a Georgian antiquarian and Victorian scholars – all bringing different preoccupations and concerns to the same body of material.

Anyone can come along and it is only £4.00 for non-members. If you would like to join and you haven’t joined for this year, it is £14.00 for a single membership and £23.00 for a joint! That will cover you this year on fieldwork, all the lectures and the annual bulletin which is now ready for you all!

Looking forward to seeing you all there,
Best wishes,

Dave
TAS Chairman

2016 County Durham Archaeology Day

Tickets can now be booked for the 2016 County Durham Archaeology Day which will be on Saturday March 12th, 2016.

If you would like to book tickets please fill in the form and return it as soon as possible after Monday February 22nd when the tickets go on sale. Please pay by cheque made out to “Durham County Council”.

Yours faithfully,
County Durham Archaeology Team

MAST Remembrance Project – Volunteers needed!

The Maritime Archaeological Sea Trust has announced the launch of their Heritage Lottery Fund Remembrance Pilot Project. This project will focus on World War One and Two underwater heritage off our coast. The United Kingdom has the largest and most significant collection of World War wrecks of anywhere in the world and the seas off CBA North’s region are well represented.

The focus of this pilot will be the north-east coast. The Project aims to train, facilitate and encourage diving groups to record these wrecks. In addition the Project will also train 10 non-divers to carry out research online and in archives complementary to the divers work underwater allowing the two strands of evidence to be combined. In Northumberland the work of the volunteers in the archives will be run by the Northumberland Archives Service.

Anyone interested in volunteering to undertake the research and archive work should contact Jessica Turner, Historic and Built Environment Officer at the Northumberland Coast Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, on 01670 622 648 or email her through the details here.

Humans in Ancient Britain micro-exhibition

The Great North Museum: Hancock, in Newcastle, is shortly going to have a micro-exhibition about Humans in Ancient Britain with material on loan from the Natural History Museum, which includes the Swanscombe Neanderthal skull between 24 February  and 7 April.

William King had been a curator at the museum and responsible for naming Neanderthals as a separate species, so especially appropriate for this exhibition. Related to the exhibition are a pair of evening talks and pair of family events based around local collections and Palaeolithic Britain in March and April.

Free Evening Talk at the Great North Museum: Hancock
Tuesday 22 March 2016, 18.30
‘Professor William King’s fossil bones and shells: The scientific legacy of a Geordie in Galway!’
Prof. David Harper
Professor of Palaeontology and Principal of Van Mildert College at Durham University

William King was the first person to name a separate species of human when he gave the species name Homo neanderthalensis to Neanderthals at the British Association for the Advancement of Science meeting at Newcastle in 1863. He was a self-educated man from Sunderland who became curator of the Newcastle Museum (later the Hancock Museum) and then a Professor of Geology and Mineralogy at Queen’s College, Galway. King was a controversial figure, both locally, where he fell out with his employers at the Museum, and nationally as part of the debate on evolution and anthropology.  Professor Harper’s talk explores King’s life and legacy.

Please book in advance.  Tickets are free and available from: https://www.ticketsource.co.uk/date/234953

Free Evening Talk at the Great North Museum: Hancock
Wednesday 6 April 2016, 18.30
‘Palaeolithic Britain: one-million years of human prehistory’
Prof. Mark White
Professor in the Department of Archaeology at Durham University

Mark White is a specialist in the Palaeolithic (the Old Stone Age) of Britain and its near neighbours.  He has worked on many of the key sites of early human occupation in Britain and also has an interest in the Victorian antiquarians who first excavated some of these locations.  His talk will follow the early occupation of Britain and the evidence we have about people who have lived here over the last million years.

Please book in advance.  Tickets are free and available from: https://www.ticketsource.co.uk/date/234941

Free Family Activity Day
Thursday 31 March 11 – 3
Collectors Day

A day where we take William King, the former curator of this museum who named Neanderthals as a separate species, as the springboard to thinking about other local collectors. This day will include contributions from amongst others our own curators plus the Natural History Society of Northumbria, the Society of Antiquaries of Newcastle upon Tyne.

Free Family Activity Day
Thursday 7 April 11 – 3,
Neanderthal Thursday

with support from archaeologists from Durham University (tbc), the opportunity to discover our collection of human evolution skull replicas and a hand silhouette cave art activity.

For further information contact;
Dr Kate Holden
Assistant Learning Officer
Great North Museum: Hancock
Barras Bridge
Newcastle upon Tyne
NE2 4PT
0191 208 7578

Newcastle University Roman Archaeology Seminar – tonight

The next of the Newcastle University Roman Archaeology Evening Seminars is tonight!

We at CBA North have been sent the poster for tonight’s talk by James Gerrard and Andrew Agate of Newcastle University. Details of the talk “Between Three Towns: The Lufton Roman Villa in the Longue Duree” can be found here.

As before this takes place in the Armstong Building of Newcastle University, and as before a map can be found on at this webpage.

Gertrude Bell and the ‘Woman Question’

Helen Berry, Professor of British History, Newcastle University

This lecture is part of the Newcastle University Insights lecture series.

Admission is free with no pre-booking required.

Date: 23rd February 2016

Time: 17:30 – 18:45

Venue: Curtis Auditorium, Herschel Building

Newcastle University holds an extraordinary and unique archive of letters, diaries and photographs belonging to Gertrude Bell, one of the most remarkable women of the 20th century. A contemporary of T E Lawrence (‘Lawrence of Arabia’), until recently Bell has been little known beyond the specialist world of Middle Eastern archaeology, and yet her legacy is significant: for example, she played a major role in the political settlement that led to the formation of modern-day Iraq. In conjunction with the launch of a major exhibition about Bell at the Great North Museum: Hancock, this lecture will explore the paradoxes and contradictions in Gertrude Bell’s life from the perspective of women’s history.