Neolithic News from The North

CBA North News

Our last issue to our CBA North Members was subtitled ‘News from The North’.

Once again we’ve a selection of new news of events happening the now, this week and in the future. Indeed all of today’s features relate to the New Stone Age, so today’s offering is well titled ‘Neolithic News from The North’. Covered today are notice of a national conference based in the region, a chance to visit a henge excavation next week and a place where you can see Neolithic replica pottery being made as well now.

If you would like to publicise your own events to others across CBA North please feel free to send us material on any period, topic or theme (not just of the Neolithic!). We have already been sent notice by the Appleby Archaeology Group of their forthcoming programme of talks up to March 2017 which we will send out later. Can anyone beat that for organisation?

If so, tell us and we can tell others again who might be interested on your behalf. Feel free to send us an email or approach a committee member with details.

CBA North Committee
20.08.2016

Kirknewton Archaeology Festival – a quick reminder
The Kirknewton Archaeology Festival started yesterday. Last night a lecture was given by Dr Ben Edwards on Prehistoric death, burial and ritual on the Ford and Etal Estate covering his excavations at Milfield Threefolds, Broomridge and First Linthaugh. This lecture was well worth hearing on the excavation of an Early Neolithic house – a rare find – and even rarer still of an in situ midden rich in pottery at Milfield. Work at Broomridge, near Ford Moss, was also reported with further discoveries of new rock art panels and motifs likely also Neolithic in date, whilst current work at First Linthaugh was also reported (of which more below).

Further parts of the festival – more walks are planned for this afternoon and tomorrow covering two more of the hillforts close to Kirknewton, whilst there is another talk in St Gregory’s Church – as shown in the thumbnail – tonight. This talk, at 7pm, by Paul Frodsham is titled Aspects of Life and death in the Prehistoric Cheviots – a personal view.

Throughout today and tomorrow Graham Taylor will be demonstrating Neolithic pottery techniques whilst the Till Valley Archaeological Society will be showing their work in the Branxton and Crookham Village Atlas work.

Once again further details can be found online in the pages of Northumberland National Park Authority at Kirknewton Archaeology Festival.

First Linthaugh – henge excavation open day
As those who were at last night’s lecture will know Neolithic research is on-going and happening now!

There is an opportunity to visit the excavations of this henge of Late Neolithic/Early Bronze Age date on this Friday, the 26 August 2016. Like our previous announcement for Derwentcote, this is a general open day. Everyone is is invited to visit between 10am and 3pm to hear of the project.

Further details for the open day can be found on the Ford and Etal Estate’s website. A visit to the site might be usefully combined with Maelmin where one of these (Milfield North) henge has been reconstructed (see here) or the other attractions of the estate for those with other tastes in other periods (see here in this case).

The Neolithic of Northern England – another forthcoming conference
Whilst Kirknewton and First Linthaugh are in the north of our CBA North region and happening now, there is also a forthcoming national conference The Neolithic of Northern England at the end of October.

This national conference is a collaboration between the Royal Archaeological Institute, the Prehistoric Society and the Cumberland and Westmorland Antiquarian and Archaeological Society. This three day conference has a full programme from 21 to 23 October which can be downloaded from The Prehistoric Society website which will cover all parts of the CBA North region, and indeed a few places beyond. One hopes for a publication in due course from what will be a fascinating conference.

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