Monthly Archives: May 2016

Also this archaeological week…

Lots of things happening that CBA North Followers might want to be involved in – as well as the regular archaeological events – this week alone.

Tomorrow there are a pair of events for the Peregrini project as “An introduction to methods of archaeological practice” from 11am to 3pm at the Belford Community Club, West Street, NE70 7QE and there will also be a guided walk of the Green Shiel site on Lindisfarne led by Dr Rob Young, one of the excavators of the site. For details of both these events and to a book a place you should email Marc Johnstone at as soon as possible.

On Wednesday is the TILLVAS talk on “Whaling in the North-East” by Dr Tony Barrow.

On Thursday there is a reception for members of the Architectural and Archaeological Society of Durham and Northumberland, and those of the St Mary-le-Bow Trust, when the opening is carried out of a new exhibition at the Durham Museum and Heritage Centre, St Mary-le-Bow, which showcases the history and work of the Architectural and Archaeological Society of Durham and Northumberland, including information and finds from their excavations at Hornby Castle, near Catterick, in North Yorkshire. All ‘Arch and Arch’ Society members and members of the St Mary-le-Bow Trust are invited to the opening on Thursday 5 May at 7.00pm.

Tynedale Archaeology have sent us their poster for an event this Saturday.
02.05.2016 - Tynedale Archaeology LiDAR workshop 07.05.2016

Their further events include May fieldwork and a June workshop as below.

02.05.2016 - Tynedale Archaeology activities
If you would like to get involved please contact them direct.

The next lecture in this series will be on Monday, 9 May, at 6pm, in Room PG20, Pemberton Building, Palace Green Library, Durham, but you will need to book this week to attend. This will be by Anna Brennand, Chief Executive at the Ironbridge Gorge Museum Trust, who will be speaking on “Ironbridge Gorge World Heritage Site: the Challenges of the Last 30 Years and the Opportunities for the Future”. The poster for the lecture is attached here.

This lecture discusses the challenges faced by the Ironbridge Gorge World Heritage Site and explain the opportunities these present for protecting its outstanding universal value, as the Site celebrates its 30 years designation – which, of course, Durham does this year as well.

The lecture will be followed by a drinks reception at the World Heritage Site Visitor Centre. The lecture is free of charge. However, as places are limited, booking is necessary. Please reserve your place by writing to the organiser at or contact the World Heritage Site Visitor Centre on 0191 334 3805.

Regular archaeological events for May


Here is a list of local archaeology group meetings across CBA North’s area that we know of for this month. We range from hunting in whales in The Arctic with TILLVAS this week to Ancient Egypt with NEAES later in the month.

Along the way there are talks on the Romans – from the large-scale economy with BAS to the personal on glass bangles with NAG – to the lime kilns and lead industry of the North Pennines from APPLEBY and SANT respectively as well as other talks again.

4 May – Whaling in the North-East, Tony Barrow [TILLVAS]
9 May – The Economy of the Roman Empire: dynamic or stagnant?, Jeremy Paterson [BAS]
10 May – Evening Walk to the Smardale Lime Kilns, Carol Doughtery [APPLEBY]
11 May – Art connects people: Iron Age and Roman period glass bangles in Continental Europe and Britain, Tatiana Ivleva, Newcastle University [NAG]
14 May – AGM at the Discovery Museum, Newcastle, with a talk on the Scottish Soldiers Project, Dr Andrew Millard [ARCH & ARCH]
21 May – The Mummy Pits of Ancient Egypt, Tessa Baber [NEAES]
25 May – Owners and Agents; managing a large lead business in the 18th century northeast, Greg Finch [SANT]
31 May – Community Archaeology: Getting Involved in Research, Dr Jon Kenny [TAS]
Date to be confirmed: May – Annual General Meeting [CCA]

For the further details of the relevant societies, their venues and meeting times see their links from our CBA North website. These can be found in the Events as well as Local Societies and Groups pages.

There are doubtless other events happening this month – please let us know if you would like us to publicise your groups to a large, and archaeologically interested, audience across Northern England and beyond. This can be done at our AGM in June or through emails to our Members and Followers.

If you have been sent this email and you aren’t a CBA North member or group why not consider joining us? Details for joining us can be found on our website.