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CBA North’s joint April Conference: Archaeology and the small finds of North-East England

CBA North News
We are delighted to announce the first of the ‘big’ conferences in CBA North region to you as Archaeology and the small finds of North-East England. This is one that we are jointly supporting with the Finds Research Group, our group member the Architectural and Archaeological Society of Durham and Northumberland as well as Durham University.

Below are details of the programme which covers all periods between the Anglo-Saxon and the 19th century, across much of our region from Coquetdale to Teesside (and just over into Yarm) where specifically named and more besides, this conference promises to be a most interesting and fully packed day. Details on how to book a discounted place as a CBA North member are given below, clicking on the posters will take you to the online booking page.

In case you would like to forward this information onto others, please use the links in the left-hand portion of this email or you can send on the link http://www.aasdn.org.uk/NEarch18.htm.

Best wishes,

CBA North Committee
03.04.2018

Archaeology and the small finds of North-East England

Various CBA North Committee members will be there, with various discounted books for sale from £2 to £20 on various topics as well, so feel free to have a word with us or at any other time.

Further details on our co-partners for this conference can be found through the various links below;

The Finds Research Group promotes  the study of artefacts from archaeological sites dating from the post-Roman period onwards. It is well-known, even outside finds circles, for producing many datasheets summarising particular classes of objects – some of which can now be downloaded from their website.

– Durham University, and indeed its archaeology department, is no stranger to appearing in CBA North’s materials over many years. Current information on the department can be found online here.

– our group member the Architectural and Archaeological Society of Durham and Northumberland will be already familiar to you as we’ve announced their various lectures in the past. As a follow-on from the conference on the following day their regular meeting is also given over to a finds-based theme; Dr Eleanor Standley will be giving the lecture Spinning yarns and skinning rabbits in the later Medieval period: new contributions to the archaeology of religion, sexuality and daily life.

CBA National’s Community Archaeology Survey
Readers will recall our last email carried the news of, and link to, a survey of community archaeology. The deadline for this survey has now been extended to Sunday 8 April 2018. Here is the link again in case you have yet to fill in the survey, or can send it to someone else,  https://www.surveymonkey.co.uk/r/CBA_Community_archaeology_2018. Please fill in this survey if you have the time!

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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.

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

Constantinople to Cumbria: another mix from CBA North

CBA North News
Some more information for you with notices of future events – in particular on Tuesday next week whether your interests are in Constantinople or in Cumbria. We aim to provide as much archaeological information as we can to you. If you are seeing this and not a CBA North member why not join us or let us know of any archaeological events you are running?

More news and information next week – enjoy the Heritage Open Days weekend in the meantime.

Best wishes,

CBA North Committee
08.09.2017

The North West Regional Research Framework
Mike Nevell and Rachael Reader send us notice of a series of events in connection with the North West Regional Research Framework – CBA North Committee are involved in this project, as well as parallel North East one, on your behalf. Contributions from members and local groups in Cumbria, or other north western interests, are particularly welcomed.

CBA North Committee have reviewed our progress to the original North West Archaeological Research Framework which our sister organisation CBA North West produced; feel free to let us know your thoughts on how we are doing well against the targets set of us.

Rachael writes:

There is still time for you to book your free space on the Early Medieval and Later Medieval period review workshop, for the North West Regional Research Framework for the Historic Environment Update Project (NWRRF for short) and become one of the first to influence the knowledge and direction of this significant project.

NWRRF is designed to provide an overview of current archaeological knowledge in the North West of England and to identify where the most significant gaps lie and how this may best be addressed. The North West region covers the counties of Cheshire, Cumbria, Greater Manchester, Lancashire and Merseyside, and contains the Lake District National Park.

Funded by Historic England, this is a two year project has been designed to update and widen the scope of the original North West Regional Research Framework project which concluded in 2007. This endeavour is being coordinated jointly by the University of Salford’s Centre for Applied Archaeology, ALGAO North West, CBA North West. You can keep up to date or get involved with the project either by regularly checking the latest blogs at  https://archaeologynorthwest.wordpress.com/about/ or by following @cbanorthwest on twitter or visiting the CBA North West facebook pages or the Centre for Applied Archaeology facebook pages.

Our workshop availabilities are;

Early Medieval 12th September 2017 – Penrith – 10.30-13.00
Medieval – 12th September 2017 – Penrith – 13.30-16.30
Post Medieval – 25th September 2017 – Liverpool Museums- AM TBC
Industrial – 25th September 2017 – Liverpool Museums- PM TBC
Prehistory – 19th October 2017 – Chester Cathedral – AM TBC
Roman – 19th October 2017 – Chester Cathedral – PM TBC
Built heritage – 2nd November 2017 – University of Salford, Greater Manchester – 14.00-17.30

If you are interested in contributing your knowledge at one or more of these workshops please contact Penny Dargan-Makin (p.r.d.dargan-makin@salford.ac.uk) asap to reserve your place. Once your place has been confirmed I will email you with the period chapter review, the maps, bibliographies, and the research objectives to become familiar with in preparation for the workshop.

With kind regards

Rachael

Constantinople’s water
The Newcomen Society is a national society interested in the history of engineering and technology. Unsurprisingly there is a regional branch in the north east with particular interests in our region. They hold a regular series of talks – some of which are occasionally more archaeological, with this first one they open their series this season.

Details of the regional branch’s more archaeological talks will be added to our Events page on the website soon, though we already have a poster for their November talk which we’ll seen out nearer the time.

Our CBA North alphabet of archaeology continues: C and D, E and F

CBA North News
Today we have a range of items of interest for you. Again we continue through the alphabet  of archaeology across our region with C and D, E and F with a mix of Cresswell, Dogs, Egypt and Excavations, notice of a Forum and also of Fieldwork reported. We also look ahead to the Festival of Archaeology as well.

No less important we also remind you below of three other letters – A, G and M. Our AGM is on Saturday 20 May in Newcastle this year. Committee have noted the discussions from our recent Conference/Workshop and this gives us a chance to discuss in more detail our work – past, present and future – for you and your group.

Best wishes,

CBA North Committee, 12.05.2017

CBA North AGM 2017 – a reminder
Our AGM is on Saturday 20 May 2017. If you haven’t booked up, or let us know of your apologies and instructions, please do so as soon as possible. This is your chance to hear of the work that Committee have been involved with on your behalf at local, regional and national meetings, as well as your chance to help in our aims and direction for the future. If you wish to raise anything please do so by the end of this week. We are especially keen that our group members to send representatives along.

We had various comments for a ‘resource bank’ at our conference/workshop in April, as well as more generally, and will look to discuss this and CBA North’s role into the future at this meeting.

The meeting is not all business however. The day gives you the chance to network and update other members of news, as well as hear a talk on the Portable Antiquities Scheme – in its 20th anniversary year – as well as participate in special tours of the Great North Museum: Hancock.

If you have had problems printing or returning the booking form sent through the emails, please let us know (including for any apologies and instructions in your absence) by emailing us at cbanorth@archaeologyuk.org.

The booking form is available on our website home page as a .pdf and also as a .doc file if you find it easier to use those versions. The deadline for any business from the floor to be considered is Saturday.

Cresswell Tower Excavations – an update
Philippa Hunter, formerly Cockburn, of Archaeological Research Services has sent us this update of work whose open-day we publicised earlier this year.

“The Cresswell Pele Tower Project is led by Cresswell Parish Council and the Greater Morpeth Development Trust. The aim of this Heritage Lottery Funded project is to remove the tower (see below) from the Historic England Heritage at Risk Register and to provide public access to the tower. This aim will be met while also providing volunteer opportunities and public engagement activities. The programme of archaeological work includes geophysical survey, fieldwalking, archaeological evaluation trenching, building survey, watching brief and archival research.


The pele tower with excavations, and excavators, in the foreground.

 

Cresswell Pele Tower represents a well-preserved example of a border tower house or ‘pele’ and is believed to date to the 14th or 15th century. In the 18th century a large mansion house was constructed adjoining the tower, but was later demolished. The tower now stands on the edge of a caravan park where it has been the target of vandals in recent years.

 

A two-week archaeological evaluation followed geophysical survey and fieldwalking in February 2017. The evaluation was conducted within Fisheries Field, to the east and south of the pele tower, and in the immediate vicinity of the pele tower itself. The evaluation aimed to identify and assess any archaeological features within these areas. A total of nine evaluation trenches were excavated within Fisheries Field and revealed evidence of Mesolithic flint knapping activity, Bronze Age burials and medieval ploughing.


The remains of an earlier building – a wall foundation and cobbled floor surface

A further three, hand-dug trenches were opened up around the tower. These trenches produced important new evidence for buried archaeological remains including an earlier building than the tower consisting of a cobbled floor surface and a rough but substantial wall foundation (see above). Medieval pottery dating from the 12th -14th centuries was also recovered supporting the structural evidence for occupation on the site pre-dating the pele tower”.

Philippa Hunter

Full reports of the work carried out, so far, can be found on the project’s website pages here. These reports include further details of the varied fieldwork, locations around Cresswell and also of the many of the finds recovered.

Further work is planned, as well as a talk on Wednesday 26 July at Cresswell Village Hall by Barry Mead as part of the Festival of Archaeology events across the north and indeed across the country.

The Dogs of Ancient Egypt
Our further letters of the alphabet come from the North East Ancient Egypt Society’s meeting. The cats of Ancient Egypt are well-known generally, but this talk deals with the dogs.

Other Events this weekend
Other events this weekend also include the AGM of our group member the Architectural and Archaeological Society of Durham and Northumberland at Shildon, near Darlington, the Tyne and Wear Heritage Forum’s second conference at Wallsend Memorial Hall (places are still available from here) for our F which includes details of the CITiZAN project whose fieldwork we covered last year (pictured below), as well as CBA National’s Member’s Weekend which is based on Tyneside this year.

We’ll have more on Festival of Archaeology events in further emails to you. We are particularly keen to promote the work of groups across our region, especially to those unable to make our April event. Please feel free to let us know of your future events.

CBA North’s next event: AGM 2017

CBA North News
Hard on the heels of our Conference/Workshop ‘Summarising and Sustaining’ yesterday, we have notice of our own AGM below.

Our thanks to all the speakers and audience at yesterday’s event, as well as to our hosts the Department of Archaeology, Newcastle University, for the day. We hope everyone enjoyed the day. It has given us plenty to think on for the AGM and we would like to continue on the afternoon’s discussions on to take forward the many thoughts and comments made. Some comments have already been made to our Twitter account @CBANorth and we welcome further ones from those there and, unfortunately, unable to attend.

It is again hoped that as many of our members and group members can attend these events as possible – we are the regional group for archaeological groups and individuals. Though across the North and with many interests, groups and sectors across the archaeological and historical world and ourselves, we are all interested in the past. Again details, and the booking forms, can be found on our website in the page AGM 2017.

Best wishes,

CBA North Committee, 30.04.2017

Council for British Archaeology North AGM 2017 – announcement

                                                                               Council for British Archaeology North
                                                                     c/o The Society of Antiquaries of Newcastle
                                                                                        Great North Museum: Hancock
                                                                                                                     Barras Bridge
                                                                                                        Newcastle upon Tyne
                                                                                                                             NE2 4PT
29 April 2017
Dear CBA North Members,

Re: Notice of CBA North Annual General Meeting, Saturday 20 May 2017

I am writing to give you the formal notice of our Annual General Meeting which will be from 10.30am on Saturday 20 May 2017. This will be in the Council Room of the Great North Museum: Hancock, Barras Bridge, Newcastle upon Tyne, NE2 4PT (see https://greatnorthmuseum.org.uk/ for more). We will have notices to indicate the way.
 
Business will begin promptly at 10.30am. The agenda is given below. A summary of the 2016 AGM will be available on our website soon and an email sent out drawing your attention to this new addition once online. Please print out the booking form below (also available on our website) to confirm your attendance, or send apologies in, for this meeting.

Currently there are vacancies and gaps in the coverage of issues by Committee due to changes in position, location and work of current members. Some gaps are long-standing, others newer. If you are interested in covering the academic or commercial sectors, maritime/nautical archaeology, museums, and making links to the Young Archaeologists Clubs and other youth groups for us, we would urge you to get involved or nominate people that committee can approach to co-opt this year.

Nevertheless CBA North Committee, as at any other time, welcome thoughts on what you think CBA North should be doing during 2017. If you would like to raise an issue at the AGM please let us know at least seven days before the meeting.

Our AGM takes a different form this year. Previously we invited local archaeological groups to report upon their past and planned activities (though only a few took up this offer). As the AGM is hot on the heels of our Conference/Workshop, we will discussing that day and how we can take things forward from that. The morning business will be followed by a talk from Andrew Agate and Ben Westwood, recently appointed Finds Liaison Officers covering the eastern side of our region, who will deal with their Portable Antiquities Scheme-based work.

We will then break for lunch before reconvening at 2.00pm for tours of our venue. These will be led by Andrew Parkin, a curator at the museum, for a behind the scenes tour of the museum, and Howard Cleeve, Hon. Assistant Librarian, The Society of Antiquaries of Newcastle upon Tyne, who will give an introduction to the Society’s collection in the library.

I would be most grateful if you could let me know whether you will be attending the meeting. Please print, complete both parts and return the booking form so it reaches me by Saturday 13 May 2017 at the very latest.

Yours sincerely,

Keith Elliott, Secretary, CBA North

Council for British Archaeology North AGM 2017 Agenda
Registered Charity Number 1098854

NOTICE is hereby given of the Annual General Meeting of the Charity to be held at Great North Museum: Hancock, Barras Bridge, Newcastle upon Tyne, NE2 4PT on Saturday 20 May 2017 at 10.30 am precisely for the following purposes:

1          to receive and consider the final accounts for the year ended 31 March 2017
2          to receive and consider the annual report for the year ended 31 March 2017
3          to have a discussion on the CBA North event Summarising and Sustaining
4          in the notification of new CBA North committee members
5          CBA North Advocacy
6          any other business notified to the Chairman at least seven days in advance of the                           meeting or business from the floor
 
By order of the committee
                                                                                                Richard Forster
                                                                                                CBA North Chair
                                                                                                Dated 29 April 2017

1. Any member of the charity aged 18 and over is entitled to vote at the AGM. Organisational members are entitled to one vote and should appoint a representative to vote on their behalf.

2. Any member of the charity aged 18 and over who is entitled to attend, speak and vote at the above mentioned meeting may appoint a proxy to attend, speak and, on a poll, vote instead of that member. A proxy need not be a member of the charity.

Council for British Archaeology North AGM 2017 – booking form


Please return this booking form by 13 May 2017!

Booking form:
Name/s: ……………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………..
Address: ……………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………
………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………….
Telephone: ………………………. Email address: ……………………………………………………………………………… 

Morning session:
Please indicate clearly ALL those of the following that apply to you or your group:
 

  • I/we will be attending the CBA North AGM on 20 May 2017 (if for a group member please say which that you will be representing) ……………………………………………………………………………….………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………
  • I/we will not be attending the CBA North AGM on 20 May 2017 and wish to nominate the Chair as my proxy.
  • I/we will not be attending the CBA North AGM on 20 May 2017 and wish to nominate ………………………………………………………………………. as my proxy

 

  • I/we will not be attending the CBA North AGM on 20 May 2017 and do not wish to nominate a proxy.

 
Afternoon session:
Please indicate clearly ALL those of the following that apply to you or your group by giving the number of places you would like. (If there is a large attendance then we will divide the group into two which will take alternate turns for both tours):
 

  • I/we would like to attend the behind the scenes tour of the GNM: Hancock on the afternoon of 20 May 2017 ……………………………………………………………………………………………………………………..
  • I/we would like to attend the tour of The Society of Antiquaries of Newcastle upon Tyne’s library on the afternoon of 20 May 2017 ……………………………………………………………………………….

Please return your completed booking form by 13 May 2017 by:

email to cbanorth@archaeologyuk.org

post to CBA North, C/o The Society of Antiquaries of Newcastle upon Tyne, Great North Museum: Hancock, Barras Bridge, Newcastle upon Tyne, NE2 4PT

We have the booking form available on the website page as a .pdf here CBA North Booking Form, 20.05.2017 and also as a .doc file CBA North Booking Form, 20.05.2017 if you find it easier to use those versions to reply.