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CBA North’s Chair’s Message and 2018 Events

CBA North’s Chair’s Message for 2018

Dear Members,

Happy New Year for 2018!

As I write this New Year message, 2017 draws to a close and we can reflect positively on another busy year in our region. We’ve seen the Lake District become a World Heritage Site, and Hadrian’s Wall celebrate 30 years as one. We’ve seen some exciting discoveries across our region, from the Roman bath house at Carlisle and civil settlement at Benwell to the discovery of the early Christian church on Lindisfarne. We’ve seen any number of projects by the Heritage Lottery Fund including the opening of The Sill National Landscape Discovery Centre as well as exciting new discoveries at the long established excavations at Vindolanda. We’ve also seen our own highly successful Community Archaeology Conference which we’re keen to build on throughout the coming year.

A look at our Events calendar promises another busy year in 2018 and the award of funding to develop a Community Archaeology Project across our 30 year old World Heritage Site just one high profile highlight, with another successful Landscape Partnership Scheme in Redesdale beginning in January, with Durham University’s exciting Belief in the North East project and with the completion of the latest iterations of the North East and North West Regional Research Frameworks.

We continue to have a strong membership of over 200 with seven local archaeological groups representing a further 700. Our social media presence also continues to be strong and stable with 1384 Twitter followers. We have seen a number of changes on our committee over the past year with my own tenure as Chair beginning and I wish to thank all those who have finished their term of office for their work on behalf of you, our members, with particular thanks to Richard Forster for his time as chair, steering CBA North through a tricky course as we continue to adapt to changing circumstances.

As ever we continue to look at and develop what we provide to you as a member of a regional archaeological group covering a large and diverse an area as we do. We have sent you a range of information, as well as held a number of events, through 2017, and look to continue providing this service in 2018. We are fortunate to have so many active local groups in our region, providing a pool of shared knowledge, skills and experience and we will continue to support these groups wherever possible.

It is, however, an uncertain time for archaeology, with the effect of funding cuts continuing to stretch our Local Authority archaeological services. Where some may see opportunity arising from the UK’s withdrawal from the European Union, we face some very serious challenges including to our countryside which is such a distinctive part of our region, with pressures on our upland landscapes from the need to plant ever more trees and from productive farmland to produce more food for our domestic and overseas markets. In these interesting times we also face challenges to the principles of our planning system which is the bedrock of our heritage protection and from the challenges to build more homes and better infrastructure, we need strong, informed advice independent of those which drive growth in our towns, cities and countryside to ensure we maintain the historic character of our region as we move forward with the times.

On behalf of our committee I would like to thank you for your continued support for CBA North and sincerely hope that you will continue to support our work, and that others will join and to increasingly be involved in our activities. Your views as members are not only important to us but shape the direction of the work we do. We encourage your feedback through our meetings, email and social media and through our committee members.

Wishing you a very Happy New Year and a Prosperous 2018
 
Chris Jones
Chair, CBA North, 2nd January 2018

Our website Events page updated for 2018
We have updated our Events page for 2018. This lists 49 events all across the CBA North region (so far) – if you know of any others (or have changes for your group’s details) for our website pages, feel free to let us know. We’ll be sending out further information to Members through the course of the year. Please feel free to forward this email on (through the links above or through the website page) to anyone that you think might be interested.

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X, Y and Z for our final alphabet email of 2017

CBA North News
This is the last email to our Members and Followers of 2017; we also complete our long-running alphabet of archaeology in this email as well with the letters X, Y and Z.

For both the X and Z we’ve a hint of things to come in 2018 and a note for when to expect our first email of 2018 as CBA North has a bit of a break for New Year. Our Y’s note some recent happenings for Yorkshire – one of our CBA regions to our south, but also (through various interests) overlapping also with our own.

Best wishes,

CBA North Committee, 31.12.2017

X’s in CBA North: a hint of things to come
We’ve a list of at least XLIX local archaeological group meetings across the CBA North region (for those that don’t do Roman numerals this is 49). In the list we have X’s in a lecture dealing with DNA in X (and Y) chromosomes as well as mystery X’s as well with dates decided by groups, but topics and speakers to be confirmed later. As ever it looks to be a fascinating set of events.

Yorkshire news and organisations
The CBA North region as you all know is a huge area which covers all of Cumbria, Northumberland and Durham, as well as the districts that made up the previous Cleveland as well as Tyne and Wear areas. In our Constitution these areas are fully defined as they now are and include portions of the two Yorkshire-based National Parks. Members will likely remember, perhaps more than most, of previous boundary changes. Indeed much pre-1974 was in the North and West Ridings of Yorkshire.

As such we have there are a number of pieces of Yorkshire-based news.

Members with friends and families in the southeast of our region may be interested to know of the launch of a Moors & Valleys Young Archaeologists Club in February 2018. This will be based at The Moors National Park Centre, Danby, and is going to run activities across North Yorkshire and Teesside.

The club is going to be open to everyone aged from 8 to 16 and looking to get involved in all sorts of activities, including demonstrations, activities, visiting and investigating sites in the future.

If you are interested in further details, please contact Maria-Elena Calderon on 01439 772 700 or email her through this link.

Other developments for Yorkshire, perhaps of particular interest to members south of the Tees, now include the recent work of the Yorkshire Archaeological Society. Like many societies they have scanned all their older volumes of the Yorkshire Archaeological Journal. These can be found online, freely available to all, on this page of the society.

Z’s: a break for CBA North emails
CBA North emails will be having a short break – albeit till the 2nd January. We’ll be sending you our Chair’s message for 2018 and details of local group meetings all across our region. If you’ve any last minute additions for that list – let us know!

CBA North Committee are full of busy behind the scenes for later in 2018, though we’ll also be catching up on sleep so ZZZs end our alphabet of archaeology for 2017!

Season’s Greetings for 2017 from CBA North Committee

CBA North News
This is the one of the last emails to our Members and Followers of 2017; we hope that you have been able to attend and take part in the many events and activities that we have covered this year. We already have some material ready to go for 2018, but please feel to contribute things.

Season’s Greetings from CBA North Committee
As this is our last email before Christmas, as in previous years, send you a seasonal picture of a historical nature. This year’s picture – kindly provided by courtesy of Northumberland National Park – is the stone carving of the three kings attending Christ which is located in Kirknewton Church in north Northumberland and is thought 12th century in date.

Contributions are welcome for such a picture this time next year if you would like to submit something. Nonetheless we send to all CBA North’s Members and Followers our seasonal greetings and our best wishes for 2018! Have a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year as you see fit!

Best wishes,

CBA North Committee
22.12.2017

Events in December across CBA North

CBA North News
CBA North and the region are full of archaeological busy.

We are in the process of setting up things for 2018, but hope to send out summaries of things that have happened in 2017 later this month as well. If you would like to contribute something, such as to publicise your own group’s events of this year or to come, in our emails to our members and/or for our Events website events, please feel free to send us those details to cbanorth@archaeologyuk.org.

Best wishes,

CBA North Committee
03.12.2017

December’s Events
Events continue across the CBA North region this month. Here is a quick list of those archaeological ones that we know of still to come.

4 December – Hadrian’s Wall: archaeological site or artistic muse? Lindsay Allason-Jones [BAS]
6 December – Member’s Night: Deserted Medieval Villages; Carham; Football, Maya Style, Allan Colman, Clive Hallam-Baker, Mike Keating [TILLVAS]
13 December – Christmas Event [NAG]
14 December – Digital Archaeology, Jamie Quartermaine [APPLEBY]

Details of the groups, venues and times can be found through our Local Societies and Groups page in case they are unfamiliar to you.

Hadrian’s Wall: an archaeological site or an artistic muse?

Here is the poster and some details of one of those events kindly provided by Josie McChrystal, Secretary of the Border Archaeological Society.

This Christmas miscellany explores Hadrian’s Wall through poetry, films, cartoons, music and literature, discovering how each generation sees the Wall in their own way.  Using archives and her personal involvement in the arts first as Director of Archaeological Museums for Newcastle University and then as Director of its Centre for Interdisciplinary Artefact Studies, Lindsay Allason-Jones will introduce you to some familiar, some unusual and some distinctly odd material, and reveal aspects of the Wall which may surprise you.

The lecture will take place at Berwick Parish (Holy Trinity) Church Hall, off The Parade, Berwick TD15 1DF, commencing at 7.30pm. It is free for BAS members but there is a charge of £2 for visitors.

The latest copy of The Bulletin will be available on the evening, together with the opportunity to renew your BAS membership.

The Willington Waggonway and two conferences – events this week

CBA North News
Events continue thick and fast!

With autumn quickly changing to winter our announcements change to notices and events summarising work carried out of previous projects and this year as well. This week’s events follow that trend, so here is a reminder of two events we’ve previously noticed, as well as a third in Scotland, which might be of interest to you.

We already have details for 2018 events from some of the local groups. If you would like to send round details of your group’s events for what is the most read of our emails at the start of the year for everyone else to see, please feel free to send them on.

Best wishes,

CBA North Committee
13.11.2017

The Willington Waggonway

The Arbeia Society Conference

Edinburgh, Lothian and Borders Archaeology Conference
Here’s another event also happening on Saturday which might also be of interest.

The programme for this day can be found here. Online bookings can be made here.

November news

CBA North News
Another quick email with an extended list of the November events we know of. If you know of any others or would like us to publicise others, please let us know the details.

Best wishes,

CBA North Committee
01.11.2017

November News


8 November – AGM and the Sir Ralph Grey Monument in Chillingham Church, Derek Cutts [NAG]
9 November – Sequencing Ancient British Genomes, Matthew Teasdale [APPLEBY]

25 November – AGM and Annual Study Day: Fieldwork in Egypt: Old, New and Revisited, Angus Graham, Jo Rowland, Penny Wilson and Aurelia Masson-Berghoff [NEAES]
28 November – James Cook: Raising Anchors and Digging for Cottages, Phil Philo [TAS]
29 November – Incendiary letters and Iniquitous practices; Smuggling and Customs Evasion on the North East Coast 1750-1830, Tony Barrow [SOCANTS]

Another open day – Morley Hill enclosures tomorrow!

CBA North News
We covered an open day for the Roman bath house at Carlisle earlier in the month, here is some last minute news of an open day on a prehistoric site in North Tyneside tomorrow for you!

More news to come next week.

Best wishes,

CBA North Committee
27.10.2017

Morley Hill enclosures excavation open day