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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.

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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]

Vindolanda, violence and war; forthcoming events in CBA North-land

CBA North News
Today our email combines our alphabet of archaeology with the letters V and W with a regular update of events across CBA North-land. This month started with the Belief in the North East conference at Durham University today.

Hot on the heels of the conference are three further events for the Bronze Age, Ancient Egyptians and Mary, Queen of Scots, in this week alone. Vindolanda, violence and war all feature in events this and next month; there is plenty for you to take your pick with (as well as more to come this week)!

Best wishes,

CBA North Committee
01.10.2017

Local society events this month
Here is a list of events that we know of, so far, this month. Events, however, continue to be added to our website page – please let us know anything that we are missing!

2 October – “Spears shall be shaken, shields shall be broken”: reconstructing Bronze Age fighting styles, Andrea Dolfini [BAS]
7 October – Cobras, Demons and ‘Fighters’: Demonology in Ancient Egypt, Kasia Szpakowska [NEAES]

8 October – Mary, Queen of Scots, Jordan Evans [TILLVAS]

11 October – The Jomon Period Obsidian Mines in the Hoshikuso Pass, Nagawa, Japan, Pete Topping [NAG]
12 October – Medieval Grave Slabs of Cumbria, Peter Ryder [APPLEBY]
13 October – The Archaeology of Early Steam Locomotives, Dr Michael Bailey [Newcomen North East]
14 October – Title to be confirmed, David Mason [ARCH & ARCH]
15 October – David Dippie Dixon Memorial Lectures: The Roman assault on Burnswark Hill and New Views on Roman Scotland, John Reid [CCA]
25 October – Putting the People in the Pageant: Visions of People’s History and the Industrial Revolution in Historical Pageants in Britain, 1905-2016, Alexander Hutton [SOCANTS]
31 October – The River Tees Rediscovered, Robin Daniels [TAS]

Conference review: SGRP at Carlisle
Our region has played host to a number of national conferences this year which we hope to report to all members. Paul Bidwell, formerly Head of Archaeology, Tyne and Wear Archives and Museums, who retired in 2013, has provided this review of one of those events.

Paul writes “The Study Group for Roman Pottery (SGRP) was established in 1971 and now has a membership of 170 which consists mainly of people working for archaeological contracting organisations and museums, together with a healthy representation of independent researchers. This year its annual conference met at the Tullie House Museum in Carlisle on the weekend of 14–17 July.

Although there was a wide range of papers, the focus was on recent fieldwork and research in northern England. Pottery and burial practices in the Roman cemetery recently investigated at Botchergate, Carlisle were described by Megan Stoakley. Presentations on the material from the excavations in the extra-mural settlements at Brougham were given by Ruth Leary and Gwladys Monteil. One particularly interesting aspect of the pottery at Maryport is the presence of coarse wares imported from Mucking on the Thames estuary in Essex. It is a demonstration of the extent to which Roman military and urban sites in northern England had become dependent on the import of pottery from the Midlands and southern England in the mid-Roman period. Some of the implications of this change from local production in the earlier Roman period were explored by Jerry Evans in his account of pottery from recent excavations at Vindolanda. In the third century imports from continental Europe were in decline but were still of some importance. Most of the wine supplied to the Roman army in the North seems to have been supplied from southern Gaul and the Rhineland in barrels rather than amphorae, but, as Paul Bidwell explained, during the mid- to late third century imports from the famous wine-producing area of Campania in central Italy arrived in large quantities. They were contained in amphorae of distinctive forms and fabrics (see the photographs below).

Two mid-third century wine amphorae from Campania found at South Shields and Wallsend
(© Tyne and Wear Archives and Museums)

The Pottery Group meetings always include a short field trip, and this year an excursion was made to Vindolanda and the stretch of the Wall between Gilsland and Birdoswald. A highlight was the firing of a replica Roman pottery kiln at Vindolanda which was organised by Graham Taylor, a professional potter.

Other very interesting contributions dealt with pottery beyond our region, but mention made of some that described work at Scotch Corner and Catterick on the border with North Yorkshire. Excavations connected with the completion of the A1(M) have been on a huge scale and are likely to transform our understanding of Roman settlement in north-east England when the post-excavation analyses have been completed”.

Looking further ahead
Here is a selection of some of the other events happening in October and November across the CBA North region. If you want to get involved with these, with the exception of the open day next weekend, then you will need to book up. Contact details can be found in each of the posters.

For those that haven’t satisfied their fieldwork needs during the summer yet, Wardell Armstrong have sent us details of a further project examining whether a series of large stones in the Wear are the remains of a Roman structure.

Looking further ahead the Arbeia Society conference in November continues the Roman interests

Our CBA North alphabet of archaeology continues: P and Q, R and S

CBA North News
…And so September starts, and is equally full of events as August. Our alphabet of archaeology continues as well – today we have the news for the letters P and Q, R and S. This week also sees the start of events for September with events in the north of our region at Berwick and Crookham of the Border Archaeological Society and Till Valley Archaeological Society this week.

As ever the regular events continue to be listed on our website (we are increasingly getting information for 2018 events), though we have a poster for one of these below. These snippets of news and events include a pair outside our region as well, but we hope they may be of interest nonetheless and worth a day trip during what is left of the summer.

Best wishes,

CBA North Committee
04.09.2017

Portable Antiquities Scheme Conference: 20 years of Treasure
As CBA North Members who attended our AGM in May will recall from the following talk there are many finds being found, often through metal-detecting, by members of the public. Our speaker Andrew Agate, one of the Finds Liaison Officers that cover our region, gave an introduction to the Portable Antiquities Scheme which this year marks of the commencement of the Treasure Act 1996 in England, Wales and Northern Ireland.

In this time over 11,000 Treasure finds have been reported under the Act, presenting local museums with an opportunity to acquire important objects from all periods of British history. Treasure objects not acquired by museums have a permanent record on the Portable Antiquities Scheme online database.

This conference will consider Treasure now, and look at what has been learnt in the past 20 years. There will be particular focus on discovery, acquisition and interpretation with relevant case-studies. The conference will also look forward, considering the potential of Treasure in the years to come.

Further details of this free conference which is to be held on Wednesday, 11 October 2017, at the Yorkshire Museum, York, can be found online here.

For the hand of a Queen
We have previously noted a number of events in connection with the Battle of Dunbar, also East Lothian, following the excavation and identification of soldiers from that battle at Durham. As CBA North Members and Followers will know – particularly in the northern parts – there were many other battles, skirmishes and general affray on both sides of the Anglo-Scottish Border.

Our letter Q comes from the word Queen – this exhibition deals with the Rough Wooing when the hand of Mary, Queen of Scots, was sought for Edward VI. The 16th century determination of the Scots to remain independent, and increased alliances with France, led to the redevelopment of fortifications at Berwick upon Tweed and Carlisle.

Details of an associated re-enactment of the Battle of Pinkie, in a little under a fortnight’s time, can be found online here.

The Roman bathhouse at Carlisle
Frank Giecco and Fiona Lister of Wardell Armstrong Archaeology have sent us these exciting news of the latest investigations of a Roman bathhouse. In this case this is located at Carlisle in the northwest of our region and at times the very northwest of the Roman Empire.



CBA North Members and Followers who might be interested in learning more are invited to volunteer. Please follow the details of the poster below which gives you details of what this might entail for you.

A Talk on Stones and Other Things
Our final notice also comes from the north of our region; tonight’s Border Archaeological Society talk tonight, as previously listed on our website’s events page, is;


September’s other events

Here is a quick list of some of the archaeological events we know of this month. If you would like us to list or send round the details of others, please let us know.

6 September – Following the Coca shrub throughout the Americas – archaeological evidence for cocaine use, Prof Maria Chester [TILLVAS]
26 September – This Year’s Archaeology: An Interim Statement, Steve Sherlock [TAS]
27 September – Recent work by Newcastle University on the Hadrian’s Wall system, Ian Haynes [SOCANTS]
30 September – Rock art without borders: the Northumberland and Durham Rock Art Project (NADRAP): legacy and future directions, Kate Sharpe [ARCH & ARCH]

On Salt and Scottish soldiers: a pair of lectures this week

CBA North News
Today’s email title sounds like the cabbages and kings of the walrus in Lewis Carroll’s The Jabberwocky, but it is so this week. There are a pair of two lectures that we know about this week – both at the northern edge of our CBA North region. But both have stories to tell beyond their immediate area and internationally so.

Best wishes,

CBA North Committee, 05.06.2017

Salt
The next lecture of the Border Archaeological Society lecture is tonight at 7.30pm at Berwick Parish Church Hall, Berwick, on The Needles Eye Enclosure: salt production in the Late Iron Age by Jenny Proctor. This important site was partly excavated to reveal an extensive, and well dated, settlement dating from the late 4th century BC to the Romano-British period.

The arch of Needles Eye north of Berwick
Photo © Phil Catterall (cc-by-sa/2.0)

The site takes its name from the Needles Eye rock arch in the cliffs shown above. The excavation of this site currently provides the most northerly evidence of salt production in prehistoric Britain, but more regional links with the Cheviots are also hinted at. All will be explained tonight.

Scottish Soldiers
Also this week is the next lecture of the Till Valley Archaeological Society which is also at 7.30pm at Crookham Village Hall, though this is on the Wednesday night.

This talk will also highlight further national – and indeed international – links of events that happened in our local area. We’ve covered earlier some of the earlier events on these soldiers at Durham. Further information on this project, and the range of work carried out, can now also be found here.

Details for both groups can be found through the Local Societies and Groups page of our website.

Spring starts with a bang(le)?

CBA North News
It has been a while since our last email to you with details of our own event, but CBA North Committee have been busy behind the scenes on your behalf across, and beyond, the CBA North region. Today we start April with a similar spread announcing events this month across the region, as well as giving an update for those yet to book their place at our own CBA North event. Spring starting with a bang includes bangles as per that below.
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The Portable Antiquities Scheme/The Trustees of the British Museum [CC BY-SA 2.0 (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/2.0)]After the Conference/Workshop later this month, our next event will be our AGM on Saturday, 20th May, which is also in Newcastle this year. We have a range of speakers confirmed, and still to confirm, as well as the business of the day where we’ll note some of the activities that Committee been doing for you and your local groups. Further information will be sent out regarding the AGM closer to the date – we notice many AGMs this month in our events listing below, but all are crucial to the running of groups.

If you would like to contribute any material, particular of things past you think newsworthy, please talk to a CBA North Committee member when they are out and about – we try and get out to all our local group members at some point in time throughout the year – or feel free to email us at any time.

Best wishes,

CBA North Committee, 02.04.2017

CBA North’s Own Event

Our last email gave you all the details for our own CBA North event on Saturday, 29th April 2017. There is still some time to book a place for you or others of your local group. Our previous post was to CBA North’s Members and Followers only, but we are keen that others should come along as well.

People do not have to be CBA National or CBA North members in order to attend.

There are short and long links that you can circulate around your group if you are having difficulties forwarding the email and sharing the blog post onwards, as well as the Forward to a Friend link in this email itself. Behind the scenes we have also changed over our website to open with details for the conference as well and this page also now, includes a Word downloadable form as well which can be found here.

The deadline for booking places remains Friday, 14th April 2017. We will send out an acknowledgement to all those who have booked places during the weekend after that date.

Other April Events
Also behind the scenes we’ve revised and updated our Events page on the website – this includes some changes for April events, as well as additions further ahead from September to November. This month’s list is below for you, for the others you’ll have to see our Events page.

3 April – AGM and Iron Age and Roman period glass bangles, Tatiana Ivleva [BAS]
5 April – Rethinking henge monuments of the British Isles: what can we say about this ‘type’ of site?, Lucy Cummings [NAG]
5 April – AGM and Excavations in Northumberland in 2016, Richard Carlton [TILLVAS] 
7 April – Bog Bodies, Prof. Miranda Aldhouse-Green [WCAS]
10 April – AGM and roundup of projects over the last 12 months [LUNESDALE]
13 April – The Cumwhitton Viking Burials: Part 2 – Interpretation, Adam Parsons [APPLEBY]
18 April – To Be Confirmed [TAS]
20 April – Prehistoric Flint Mines, Pete Topping [CCA]
22 April – Desert wastes, pagan temples and the Nile Valley: locating monasteries in Coptic Egypt, James Taylor [ARCH & ARCH, NEAES]
26 April – A battalion on the learning curve; 18 DLI in training and in war, Alistair Fraser [SOCANTS]

To save overloading you with information, we’ve the posters for the two events in north Northumberland this week below. Further information will hopefully be with you this time next week.

Starting or Ending the Year with a Bang(le)?
This lecture follows the BAS AGM at Berwick tomorrow night. Glass bangles are familiar finds across CBA North’s region and have been studied since the 1930s, but little studied in depth outside of the region. This talk will illustrate what can be gleaned from the larger geographical study of one object type. 

Excavations in Northumberland
Also paired with an AGM is this TillVAS lecture on Wednesday night. This lecture will be looking more at a range of sites and their excavation.

Morecambe Bay training tomorrow and woodland archaeo-wanders

CBA North News

Our latest issue once again spans the variety of the CBA North region – this is not quite the last email of 2016 to you, as a further one is to come yet. Today’s issue has some last minute news of some training tomorrow and two further round-ups from local groups. (There is no system in play here – we move from the A of Appleby’s in the last issue to B’s this time with Bernicia and Border).

Again we span the geographical expanse of our region from Morecambe Bay in our southwest to the northeast in Northumberland for the varied field-based and recording work by the Bernician Studies Group, as well hearing what Berwick-based lectures the Border Archaeological Group have been enjoying during 2016 and what their members can look forward to 2017.

Best wishes,

CBA North Committee
19.12.2016

Morecambe Bay: training tomorrow (and other dates)
[Louise Brown of the Morecambe Bay Partnership has written to us giving details of some further training events with one tomorrow. You will recall that previous training has been in geophysical surveying carried out as part of the same project during the summer. Please contact Louise if you would like any further details, Ed.]

Hello,

As part of the Headlands to Headspace Landscape Partnership Scheme, currently being delivered by Morecambe Bay Partnership, we have arranged some further free training in documentary research for volunteers. The workshops have been organised for Kendal (20th December, 10th and 17th January), Arnside (7th and 14th January) and Barrow (28th January and 4th February). The training is hosted by Dr Richard Newman of Wardell Armstrong Archaeology (formerly the Cumbria County Archaeologist), is Bay themed and will introduce research techniques for desk-based archaeological study. We hope to get volunteers to contribute to desk-based reports focused on specific themes/topics as part of the training.

The link to our website for further information and booking a free place can be found here:

http://www.morecambebay.org.uk/events/understanding-bay-documentary-research-training

Kind regards
Louise Martin
H2H Cultural Heritage Officer
Morecambe Bay Partnership

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Local group round-up 1; If you go down to the woods today…
…but not for a picnic, you may learn about a possible ancient Northumbrian woodland boundary zone. Members of the Bernician Studies Group are looking at an area between Wansbeck and Coquet in Northumberland. We call the study Cocwudu, a name recorded in the History of Saint Cuthbert at the end of the 11th century. The word seems to be a re-formation of the river-name Coquet and Old English wudu, meaning woodland.

Place name elements such as Old English hryst, leah, sceaga and wudu, as in Coquetdale at Morrelhirst, Horsley, Lordenshaw and Witton, provide clues of a long-gone forested area.

During the last two years, members have checked many likely locations for plants which indicate ancient semi-natural woodland. We are noting the common ones such as Wood Anemone and Dog’s Mercury, and rarer ones such as Herb Paris and Toothwort. Most of these woodlands only survive in outlying places, along steep and inaccessible sides of streams and rivers. We look for evidence of woodland management in the past, such as pollarding and coppicing.

We are also studying historic township boundaries using the 1860s Ordnance Survey maps at the Literary and Philosophical Society library in Newcastle. We are also looking at the Brinkburn and Newminster Cartularies for evidence of Medieval arable and animal management, forests and hunting. Some members have been translating selected charters from Latin into English. Experts associated with Newcastle and Durham universities are guiding the work.

The Bernician Studies Group is closely associated with Explore, the Newcastle-based independent lifelong learning programme. Explore offers an exciting range of classes and lectures in philosophy, art, history and archaeology, literature, science and more, which are open to all. Their spring programme starts on 16th January 2017.

More information on the group can be found at www.bernicianstudies.eu.

Bridget Gubbins and the Bernician Studies Group
12.12.2016

Local group round-up 2; Border Archaeological Society
BAS have enjoyed an excellent programme of lectures during 2016. Beginning with Joanna Hambly, we learned about 150 years of documentation of the Pictish carvings at Weymss Caves before Chris Fowler of Newcastle University described Early Bronze Age Burial Practices in North East England and South East Scotland. We then had a tour of the Sahara with Tertia Barnett who spoke of the rock carvings to be found there. She was followed by Jeremy Paterson who described the Roman economy. Our last speaker before the summer break was Dr Jane Webster, founder of a Young Archaeologists Club in Newcastle speaking about the University’s work with young people. This was especially pertinent now that A-level Archaeology is to be a thing of the past*.

In September, Myra Giesen spoke about Mortuary Archaeology. She was followed by Elidh Ferguson of the Face Lab at Liverpool Sir John Moores University, stepping in admirably for Professor Caroline Wilkinson, who held the audience enthralled as she described how facial images are reconstructed from the skull*. Colleen Batey spoke with great knowledge and enthusiasm about Pagan Viking Burial in November. Professor Clive Bonsall wound up this year’s lecture series with a talk on his work on Mesolithic shell middens on the east coast of Scotland in the “Obanian Problem”.

In 2017, we welcome Fraser Hunter and Andrew Birley talking about the Celts and Vindolanda respectively. They are followed by Tatiana Ivleva talking about Iron Age and Roman period glass bangles. The following three talks are on local topics: Paul Gething on Bradford Kaims, Jenny Proctor on Needle’s Eye and Ian Kille on how the local geology has shaped its history. Andrea Dolfini will speak on reconstructed Bronze Age fighting styles followed by Richard Carlton on recent discoveries on Lindisfarne. Our President, Lindsay Allason-Jones somewhat enigmatically, will wind up the programme by asking whether Hadrian’s Wall is archaeological site or an artistic muse.

Josie McChrystal and the Border Archaeological Society
14.12.2016

[*As footnotes to this review, CBA North Members and Followers will recall that we earlier sent round notice of a petition for the reprieve of A-Level Archaeology during October; this was recently debated in Parliament, but the subject is not safe yet, see https://www.change.org/p/aqa-save-a-level-archaeology for an update. Furthermore the recent facial reconstruction of Robert the Bruce reported in the media – see https://www.theguardian.com/uk-news/2016/dec/08/sprucing-up-robert-the-bruce-scottish-kings-face-gets-3d-treatment – was carried out using the techniques described in the lecture. All of which shows the value of local groups and their lectures, Ed.]

Further Contributions
[If others or other groups would like to contribute something to our newsletter emails please do so and send something in. Contributions are edited as little as possible and can include a few choice pictures – we don’t have to run in alphabetical order for the local round-up’s of the local groups – and we’ll publicise all the events known to us at the start of the New Year which is by tradition our most widely read email and circulated website page, Ed.]