Tag Archives: Archaeology

Enriching The List and further events

CBA North News

In this issue we’ve two main stories – an update of our own events page, updated since its launch at the start if the month, as well as of an event this coming weekend. Community archaeology has been active since the start of the year and CBA North Committee also been busy chasing up leads for stories we think will be of interest to you.

We’ll continue, however, to highlight local groups activities and events as well. Now we are in 2017 we’re looking forward to hearing of your plans for this year. We have updated our own Committee pages to refresh the details, including some pictures, of your committee for 2017.

Best wishes,

CBA North Committee, 22.01.2017

Enriching The List
[The Enriching The List project has been underway for some time now. Within the CBA North region there are all types of designated sites that might be investigated and pictured. These include the 15000th entry for the national project with a picture of Egglestone Abbey, near Barnard Castle, County Durham.

This Historic England event takes place on Saturday this weekend; if you would like to get involved then you will need to book with Nicola by Wednesday. Clickable details are given below for Nicola if you can make the date and for the project as a whole if you can’t, Ed.]

We would like to invite you to attend a free Historic England workshop being held at Locomotion, the National Railway Museum at Shildon on Saturday the 28th January, 9.00am – 1.30pm.

The event will provide information on the National Heritage List for England (the official list of England’s most significant places) and will explain how local heritage and community groups can add their own information to this list.  The museum is also offering delegates a free Railways Tour after the workshop.

Further details on the project can be found at here. A particular focus for the project, particularly apt for Shildon and the north east generally, will be for local railway information. Other examples of what has already been submitted can be found with the #ListEngland hash tag on Twitter.

Nicola Harrison
Local Engagement Adviser: North East
National Planning Department
Historic England
Bessie Surtees House
41-44 Sandhill
Newcastle upon Tyne
NE1 3JF
Direct dial: 0191 269 1207
Nicola.Harrison@HistoricEngland.org.uk

Events listed on the CBA North website
We have continued to update our CBA North website pages throughout January. We now have a list of 62 events throughout 2017 of our local groups and others again. Let us know of any more that you know of – either as part of a regular series for the Events page or as specials which we can publicize for you – throughout the year.

Our last email was opened by 183 people (so far) across, and beyond, the CBA North region. If you can’t see your local society’s programme here, please let us know if you want that adding in.

Please let us know any questions, comments or information that you have by emailing cbanorth@archaeologyuk.org

 

Advertisements

The Birley Lecture – tonight at Durham

CBA North News

A short email to let you know of the lecture below; we’ve been assembling things for later this month, as well as next and indeed next year as well for ‘bumper issues’. That said if you’d like to report things of the past year or announce anything for the future, please feel free to send it in (ideally with a picture or two\) and we can slot that in as well.

Best wishes,

CBA North Committee
22.11.2016

The Birley Lecture – tonight at Durham
.

A cohort of conferences?

CBA North News

What is the collective noun for Roman archaeology conferences? Is it a cohort, a century or merely a collection?

Fortunately it is not a clash as the three such conferences happen this and next month on separate days and at separate locations. Two are based in our CBA North region, with one of the talks covering sites in our neighbour’s CBA Yorkshire territory. Meanwhile an event within CBA Yorkshire territory also covers topics of our area which we think might be of interest to you.

The Romans and Hadrian’s Wall, like it or loathe it, are one of the defining features of our region’s archaeology and here to stay for a bit more it seems. In between those the regular meetings of our own group members also continue on. This week talks are on Post-Medieval Derwentcote in County Durham, Medieval Cumbria and a pair of lectures on even earlier Neanderthal hunting.

Best wishes,

CBA North Committee
11.10.2016

Hadrian’s Wall Archaeology Forum

Tickets to the conference are £12.00 and can be obtained from the Queens Hall box office. They can be contacted through the email address boxoffice@queenshall.co.uk or by ringing 01434 652477.

Romans and Natives in Central Britain
 
October 2016’s calendar of regular society events
3 October – Depicting the Dead: an insight into craniofacial analysis for forensic identification and archaeological investigation, Dr Eilidh Ferguson [BAS]
8 October – Death on the Nile: Uncovering Lives and the Afterlife in Ancient Egypt [NEAES]
9 October – Bosworth 1485, Dr Glenn Foard [TILLVAS]
12 October –  Excavations at Derwentcote: a Study in Nineteenth Century Worker’s Housing, Rob Young [NAG]
13 October – Mapping the Medieval Landscape of Cumbria, Dr Caron Newman [APPLEBY]
16 October – David Dippie Dixon Memorial Lectures: William Boyd and Controversy as well as Neanderthal Hunting and animal avoidance strategies, Professor Mark White [CCA]
19 October – The archaeology of St John Lateran and the transformation of Rome from Septimius Severus to Constantine, Professor Ian Haynes [ARCH & ARCH]
25 October – Children of the Revolution, Dr Becky Gowland [TAS]
26 October – Kirkharle, Rothley and Alnwick: the three Northumberland landscapes of Capability Brown, Nick Owen [SANT]

Details as to times and venues for all these events can be found in our Local Societies and Groups page of our website.

The Arbeia Society Conference
Those fans of Roman small finds, and in particular of dragonesque brooches, who have seen the Dales Landscape Heritage group’s logo above will perhaps think of South Shields for where a similar one has been found. That, as well as being a Roman conference itself, leads us nicely into the announcement – kindly sent to us by Paul Bidwell – of another annual conference, that of The Arbeia Society, whose poster is given below.

Putting flesh on the bare bones of history

CBA North News

Another month has all too quickly passed by, but all that means is another month of lectures and events to look forward to as well. This email is something of a bumper issue of notices for forthcoming events – kicking off on the 3rd with others again in the forthcoming weeks. Once again these are spread across the region, and a bit further beyond, dealing with subjects and locations familiar as well as distant in time and space.

As of yesterday’s Committee meeting it was thought that if anyone, or any local groups, would like to report their own news or announce their forthcoming events to a wider audience across the whole of the CBA North region, please send us such information and material (ideally with a picture or two).

We already have notices of other further events in October, as well as two events – outside of the usual society regular events – for November (which we will aim to send out later this month).

Best wishes,

CBA North Committee
02.10.2016

Depicting the Dead
Lectures put flesh on the bare bones of history – and this one of BAS does more than most.

Dr Eilidh Ferguson studied Forensic Anthropology at the University of Dundee before a PhD in juvenile facial identification. She is currently working as a postdoctoral research assistant studying adult facial identification from photographic images and is a Royal Anthropological Institute certified forensic anthropologist involved in forensic casework both in the UK and abroad.

The region is very familiar with anatomical and osteoarchaeological research as the illustration from William Greenwell’s British Barrows shows.

Death on the Nile
Death is also the subject of the North East Ancient Egypt Society’s mini-study in Durham next Saturday, 8 October, as well. In this case a series of three speakers will be dealing with coffin types and decoration. See the NEAES website for more details. This is free to members, but for non-members this will be £5.

Bosworth 1485
The full reconstruction of an archaeological battlefield may, however, be a little way off yet. However the rediscovery of one – Bosworth in Leicestershire – itself is the subject of the next Till Valley Archaeological Society lecture next weekend.

IA Rhouses

The work in relocating this battlefield, previously thought known, is very like TillVAS’s own involvement in the Flodden500 project. Details for booking a place at this lecture are given above, but visitors are welcome to any of the other TillVAS regular lectures to December that are already listed in our Events website page.

Resuming regular local society lectures
Hard on the heels of these events the lectures of the Northumberland Archaeological Group (NAG) resume in Newcastle on the 12th October when Rob Young will talk on ‘Excavations at Derwentcote: a Study in Nineteenth Century Workers’ Housing’, whilst the first of the Appleby Archaeology Group when other local fieldwork ‘Mapping the Medieval landscape of Cumbria’ by Dr Caron Newman will be the following day in Appleby.

The further events of these both these groups – in the case of the Appleby Archaeology Group up to April 2017 – can also be found in our Events (‘https://cbanorth.wordpress.com/events/‘) page of the website.

October 2016’s calendar of regular society events
3 October – Depicting the Dead: an insight into craniofacial analysis for forensic identification and archaeological investigation, Dr Eilidh Ferguson [BAS]
8 October – Death on the Nile: Uncovering Lives and the Afterlife in Ancient Egypt [NEAES]
9 October – Bosworth 1485, Dr Glenn Foard [TILLVAS]
13 October – Mapping the Medieval Landscape of Cumbria, Dr Caron Newman [APPLEBY]
16 October – David Dippie Dixon Memorial Lectures: William Boyd and Controversy as well as Neanderthal Hunting and animal avoidance strategies, Professor Mark White [CCA]
19 October – The archaeology of St John Lateran and the transformation of Rome from Septimius Severus to Constantine, Professor Ian Haynes [ARCH & ARCH]
25 October – Children of the Revolution, Dr Becky Gowland [TAS]
26 October – Kirkharle, Rothley and Alnwick: the three Northumberland landscapes of Capability Brown, Nick Owen [SOCANTS]

Details as to times and venues for all these events can be found in our Local Societies and Groups page of the website.

Archaeology – like London buses

CBA North News

This is the first full week of September – and what a full week it turns out to be!

Three local archaeological groups across the CBA North region start their lecture series for 2016 to 2017 this week, so like London buses (and more) nothing happens and then so much does. We’ve listed all the regular archaeological group events that we know of.

Details for each local society can be found in the pages of our website which will give you the details of venues and times of the meetings. There are other events again happening this September, and indeed other events have already happened, which we hope to report upon later.

Best wishes,

CBA North Committee
04.09.2016

September Events
5 September – Mortuary Archaeology, Dr Myra Giesen [BAS]
7 September – Medieval Highlands and Islands, David Caldwell [TILLVAS]
8 September – Remote Sensing, David Astbury [CCA]
14 September – Artefacts from the Slave Trade, Dr Jane Webster [CCA]
17 September – Excavations at St Botolph’s Chapel, Frosterley, Paul Frodsham [ARCH & ARCH]
27 September – Street House before the Saxons, Steve Sherlock [TAS]
28 September – From Tyneside to Fratricide: north-easterners in the Spanish Civil War, Lewis Mates [SANT]

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.

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].