Monthly Archives: April 2016

The Extraordinary Gertrude Bell

In case you missed our original blog post about the Gertrude Bell Newcastle Insights Lecture earlier in the year, this weekend will be your last chance to visit The Extraordinary Gertrude Bell exhibition.

The Extraordinary Gertrude Bell

CBA North members are warmly invited to visit the Extraordinary Gertrude Bell Exhibition which ends on 3 May 2016 in the Great North Museum Hancock, Newcastle. Although much of her work took place in the Middle East, Gertrude Bell remains one of North-East England’s most internationally famous archaeologists; she also had a significant impact on the contemporary world.

Between 1900 and 1914 Bell travelled extensively in what are now Turkey, Syria, Iraq, Jordan and Saudia Arabia. Her main interest at the time was in the Byzantine and early Islamic Architecture which she recorded carefully with notes, photographs and scale drawings. Her travels enabled her to meet people, learn languages and understand the topography of relatively unstudied areas. Bell was one of several archaeologists, including for example T.E. Lawrence and D.G. Hogarth, whose experience travelling in the Ottoman Empire before World War I lead to new influence working for British military intelligence. A century ago Gertrude Bell was based in Mesopotamia supporting the war effort first in Basra and later in Baghdad.

She stayed on after WWI and was given the responsibility of writing the government white paper to review the situation in Mesopotamia from the beginning of British involvement in the region. By her death in 1926 she had been instrumental in the choice of Faisal as the first king of the new state of Iraq, as well as drawing up its boundaries, writing its antiquities laws and founding the Baghdad Museum.

The current exhibition has material from the Imperial War Museum, the British Museum and the Royal Geographical Society as well as artefacts she brought back which were given by her half-sister to the Dorman Museum, Middlesbrough, and numerous photographs and material from the Gertrude Bell Archive which was given to Armstrong College, Durham (now Newcastle University), by her family.

On sale are various books including The Extraordinary Gertrude Bell containing short essays by academics from Newcastle University about various aspects of Bell’s life, and for a longer read, Lisa Cooper’s 2016 In Search of Kings and Conquerors: Gertrude Bell and the Archaeology of the Middle East. I.B. Taurus. There is also a public lecture programme alongside the exhibition (see the website at https://greatnorthmuseum.org.uk/whats-on/the-extraordinary-gertrude-bell).

Dr Mark Jackson
Newcastle University

[Editor’s Note: there is a connection between Gertrude Bell and the site that we’ll be having a guided tour of following our AGM business and updates in mid-June. If you’ve not signed up already for the AGM please do remember to do so. We will announce when the further papers promised in the initial announcement are on our website for your perusal and inspection. All CBA North Members will have had an email with the details of the AGM already].

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Reminder for CBA North’s AGM 18.06.2016

CBA North Members will  have had this and a reminder last week as well, but in case any of our CBA North followers want to join us for our AGM please find the details below. In an update to that below we are going to have update talks from the Appleby Archaeology Group and Tynedale Archaeology Group.

Please note that only Members will have the vote for CBA North matters, unless appointed as a proxy by a member or by a CBA North group member.

However if you are a follower then you would be more than welcome to join CBA North as a student, individual, family or group member as you wish; you can find details on the website if you do or print off a Membership slip, fill it in with your details, then put that and a cheque in the post as soon as possible.

Please let us know of your attendance or apologies (with instructions for the votes if a member) as soon as possible.

Many thanks,

Keith
Keith Elliott
CBA North Secretary
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                                                                               Council for British Archaeology North
c/o The Society of Antiquaries of Newcastle
Great North Museum: Hancock
Barras Bridge
Newcastle upon Tyne
NE2 4PT

25 April 2016

Dear CBA North Followers,

Re: Notice of CBA North Annual General Meeting, Saturday 18 June 2016

I am writing to formally give you notice of and to invite you to attend our Annual General Meeting which will be from 10.00am on Saturday 18 June 2016 at Corbridge Parish Hall, St Helen’s Street, Corbridge, Northumberland, NE45 5BE. Online details of the venue can be found at http://www.corbridge.ukpc.net/pages/parish-hall.php.

The business part of the meeting will begin promptly at 10.30am with its agenda below. Our Chairman’s Report and Accounts for the year to 31 March 2016, and our proposed Social Media and Digital Information Policy, which Committee seek discussion on and adoption of will available on our website (https://cbanorth.wordpress.com/) from mid-May. We welcome your thoughts on these documents at the meeting, though contributions can also be made upon these in replying to confirm your attendance, or present your apologies, for this meeting now or when the documents are placed online.

CBA North Committee, as at any other time, welcome thoughts on what you think CBA North should be doing during 2016. (If you would like to raise something at the AGM please let us know at least seven days before the meeting as per the AGM requirements).

We invite local archaeological societies from across the region to report upon their activities of whatever form – whether fieldwork, local archives or museums research, their publication or publicising of archaeology – have been during 2015, or are yet to come in 2016, to everyone else by contributing a short talk in a general networking/updating session of approximately an hour when we break for refreshments after the AGM business. Please let us know if you would like to contribute something towards this session as soon as possible for this part of the day; we have time for five or so short talks. There is also plenty of room at the venue [open from 10.00am] in case people would like to set up any banners, posters or table-top displays instead or as well.

We will leave you to your own devices during a lunch break for an hour or so; there are a number of hostelries within Corbridge. We will then reconvene at 2.00pm for a detailed tour of Corbridge Roman Town, led by Graeme Stobbs of English Heritage who is one of the curators, as ‘The Story of Roman Corbridge’ where we have discounted entry to the site with English Heritage as a group. This will also include a behind the scenes tour of the stores of the museum which are not ordinarily open to the public. Details of the site can be found at http://www.english-heritage.org.uk/visit/places/corbridge-roman-town-hadrians-wall/.

I would be most grateful if you could let me know whether you will be attending the meeting by filling in the booking form and preferably emailing it to me at the cbanorth@archaeologyuk.org email address only or sending it to our Newcastle address above by Saturday 4 June at the very latest.

Yours sincerely,

Keith Elliott
Secretary, CBA North

Council for British Archaeology North AGM 2016 Agenda
Registered Charity Number 1098854


NOTICE is hereby given of the Annual General Meeting of the Charity to be held at Corbridge Parish Hall, St Helen’s Street, Corbridge, Northumberland, NE45 5BE on Saturday 18 June 2016 at 10.30 am precisely for the following purposes:

1          to receive and consider the final accounts for the year ended 31st March 2016
2          to receive and consider the annual report for the year ended 31st March 2016
3          in the notification of CBA North’s Social Media and Digital Information Policy
4          in the notification of new CBA North committee members
5          in the continuation of existing CBA North committee members
6          CBA North Advocacy
7          any other business notified to the Chairman at least seven days in advance of the
meeting or business from the floor
8          local archaeological society talks and displays

By order of the committee
Richard Forster
CBA North Chair
Dated 18 April 2016

1. Any member of the charity aged 18 and over is entitled to vote at the AGM. Organisational members are entitled to one vote and should appoint a representative to vote on their behalf.

2. Any member of the charity aged 18 and over who is entitled to attend, speak and vote at the above mentioned meeting may appoint a proxy to attend, speak and, on a poll, vote instead of that member. A proxy need not be a member of the charity.

Council for British Archaeology North AGM 2016

Booking form:
Name: …………………………………………………………………………………………………………….
Address: …………………………………………………………………………………………………………
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Telephone: ………………………. Email address: ………………………………………………………

Morning AGM and networking/updating session:
Please indicate clearly ALL those of the following that apply to you or your group:

  • I will be attending the CBA North AGM on 18 June 2016 (if for a group please say which)………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………
  • I will not be attending the CBA North AGM on 18 June 2016 and wish to nominate the Chair as my proxy
  • I will not be attending the CBA North AGM on 18 June 2016 and wish to nominate ………………………………………………………………………. as my proxy
  • I will not be attending the CBA North AGM on 18 June 2016 and do not wish to nominate a proxy
  • I would like to contribute something to the local archaeological society talks and displays. Please indicate what form your contribution can take in case you have any specific requirements for this ……………………………………… ………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………
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Afternoon session:
Please indicate clearly ALL those of the following that apply to you or your group:

 

  • I would like to attend The Story of Roman Corbridge tour on the afternoon of 18 June 2016 ………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………

 

  • I am / am not an English Heritage member.

 

  • If you are not English Heritage member/s this tour entry to the site (at a discounted rate for us) will be £5.19 (adult), £4.68 (concessions) and £3.15 (child). Please bring your money when you attend the morning session.

 

  • I would not like to attend The Story of Roman Corbridge in the afternoon of 18 June 2016 ………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………

Medieval and Renaissance Durham

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Medieval and Renaissance Durham Community Course:
Drama, Ritual, Storytelling and People
Wednesday, 4 May 2016 to Wednesday, 29 June 2016

The full course is offered at a charge of £41.00 per person, please click here to register.
Please note registration for the course will close on Thursday 28th April 2016.

If you’re interested in the history of the people and stories of Medieval and Renaissance Durham, consider joining us for an exciting new series, proudly offered by Durham University’s Medieval and Early Modern Student Association.

This year’s ‘Community Course’ (led by our team of specialist Durham-based researchers) will be made up of eight sessions covering an interesting range of topics, broadly following the themes of performance, ritual, storytelling of the people of the North East.

This is a course for anyone who wants to learn a little more about our region, whether you’re a complete beginner, or already know a fair amount about the North East during this interesting period. Our sessions will be relaxed and informal with plenty of tea and coffee, so sign up and come along!

The course consists of eight weekly sessions as follows (full details are available here):

• Wednesday 4 May 2016, 6.30pm – 8.30pm
• Wednesday 11 May 2016, 7:00pm – 9:00pm
• Wednesday 18 May 2016, 7:00pm – 9:00pm
• Wednesday 25 May 2016, 7:00pm – 9:00pm
• Wednesday 8 June 2016, 6.30pm – 8.30pm
• Wednesday 15 June 2016, 7:00pm – 9:00pm
• Wednesday 22 June 2016, 7:00pm – 9:00pm
• Wednesday 29 June 2016, 7:00pm – 9:00pm

For further details please see the attached poster or contact: durhamcommunitycourse2016@gmail.com.

Arch & Arch lecture this week as well

Details of the date, time and venue next Arch & Arch’s lectures can be found can be found in the poster that can be seen in the attached poster.

Some details of the talk and the speaker can be found below;

Intensive historical lead mining, especially during the 18th to early 20th centuries, transformed the landscapes of the North Pennines and resulted in a widespread legacy of nationally important archaeological remains. Although the significance of this industrial heritage is widely acknowledged, the rates at which abandoned mines in dynamic upland environments are being eroded and their cultural significance lost remains poorly understood. This talk focuses on the changing condition of Whitesike and Bentyfield lead mines in the South Tyne catchment, Cumbria, over several different historical and recent timescales.

A range of cutting-edge analysis techniques were used to monitor ongoing changes to the surface archaeological remains, including airborne remote sensing, UAV survey and terrestrial laser scanning. The results have important implications for future archaeological research and heritage management, as well as highlighting the wider significance of abandoned mines as sources of heavy metal contaminants to local rivers.

Mark Kincey is a teaching fellow and research associate within the Department of Geography at Durham University. He is currently completing a PhD focusing on the interactions between historical lead mining and landscape change in the North Pennines, jointly supervised by the geography and archaeology departments at Durham. Prior to this he worked for over a decade as an archaeologist, specialising in landscape archaeology, remote sensing and field survey.

Teesside Archaeological Society lecture – this Tuesday

Good Morning Everyone,

This is just a quick email to say thank you to everyone who has already registered with Teesside Archaeological Society for this year. We very much appreciate it and thank you for everyone who attended the last lecture. We had 51 people come along!

The next lecture will take place on the 19th April. It is NOT the last Tuesday of the month this time, due to the library being used for other purposes.

‘Nevern Castle in Pembrokeshire’ by Dr. Chris Caple
Dr. Chris Caple graduated from the University of Wales, College of Cardiff, with a BSc in Archaeological Conservation. In addition to being a Fellow of Antiquaries, and Director of the postgraduate programme in artefact conservation in Durham University Department of Archaeology, he has a long-term research interest in Welsh castles. This talk will concentrate on the Welsh castle he has been most recently involved with in excavating: Nevern Castle in Pembrokeshire, where excavations began in 2008 and will continue to 2018. Findings so far of this well-preserved 12th Century castle, built of stone mortared with clay, include a threshold containing hidden apotropaic symbols.

Best wishes,
Dave

Warkworth Castle and Hermitage Trip, 17th April

CBA North Members and Followers may be interested in joining this excursion. Please contact Dr Phillipo direct if you are interested and/or would like further details.

Dear everyone,

Welcome back after the Easter break!  Next Sunday (17th April) we resume our programme of ‘Exploring Classical and Historical Northumbria’ trips, with a visit to Warkworth castle.  Details of further trips to follow, including Hadrian’s Wall on the early May Bank Holiday (2nd May).

Sunday 17th April: Warkworth castle & hermitage (afternoon/early evening):
Depart c. 12.10, return c. 18.05
Cost: £7.80 for transport

A visit to the impressive medieval Percy fortress in the scenic town of Warkworth.
• Picturesque town dominated by showpiece medieval castle, home to a number of key players in English history, notably the Percy family (the original ‘kings in the north’).
• Wars of the Roses, the English Civil War and several wars with Scotland(!)  feature among the many historical events in which the castle and town played a part.
• Castle features in Shakespeare’s *Henry IV* plays: the scenes which he set here make use of elements from classical writers Plutarch and Virgil — we shall hear about these on site, and visit the exact locations!
• Unique 13th-century hermitage elaborately carved out of the solid stone of the river bank.

As with previous trips, entrance to the castle is free by special arrangement with English Heritage. We travel by bus: the X18 from Haymarket bus station, outside Marks and Spencers.

Schedule:
Meet at Haymarket bus station (usually Stand Q), ideally by *12.05*.
Catch 518 bus at 12.13.
Arrive Warkworth (via part of the scenic Northumbria coastal route) 13.40

Best to bring sandwiches to eat on the bus: refreshments including hot drinks are available at the Castle but there’s no cafe as such.

The bus drops us close to the castle; we’ll have ample time to explore it, and hopefully the hermitage (to which visitors are ferried by English Heritage rowing boat!) before heading downhill into the village for a refreshment stop in one the village’s excellent cafés/pubs (one of the latter serves particularly good scones!).

We will aim for the 16.37 bus back from Warkworth, getting back to Haymarket at 18.06.  Buses leave at 37 minutes past each hour, though, so you can catch an earlier or later bus back if you like.

Cost: An Arriva all-day ticket (£7.80) is the cheapest option.  Entrance to the castle is free; otherwise, just bring money for refreshments.

Everyone welcome (including friends from outside the School who may wish to come along).  You can turn up on the day, and/or use your own transport, but if you can let me know in advance if you plan to come that would be useful.  If you need to contact me on the day, my mobile is 07833 125 747.

With best wishes,
(Dr.) S. Phillippo

Free Access to Routledge Archaeology publications

CBA North Members will already have been sent this this (as a benefit of membership), so for CBA North’s Followers might also be interested in this offer in case people haven’t already seen it with lots available for sites and finds across CBA North-land.

CBA North note that there are of course lots of good things to read in printed form as well with the libraries of local societies as well when this offer closes as well, but in the meantime…

Routledge Archaeology, Heritage, Museum Studies and Conservation

From 4th-17th April 2016 you can access our Archaeology, Heritage, Museum Studies and Conservation journals for FREE*. There is no need to sign-up or register, simply click the links below and start reading today!

Discover our Archaeology journals

Explore our Heritage, Museum Studies and Conservation journals

*This exclusive offer is only available via this page between 4th-17th April 2016 and to post-1997 content only.

If you are using Google Chrome please ensure you have the latest version in order to read these journals.