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T’s and U’s for the archaeological alphabet

CBA North News
Our alphabet of archaeology continues with a quick pair of Updates from TillVAS and CITiZAN with news; there are also events listed for this weekend… but we aren’t going to cheat and claim the W just yet!

Our Events page on the website will continue to grow and further events that have come to us from one of our group members to us will be added soon to the page. We’ll gather these up for 2018 (please send us notice of any that you think might of interest to everyone else) and send on all the events that we know of at the start of the year for what is, traditionally, the most widely read and circulated of all our emails.

We hope to send out more news later this week with October’s many events listed.

Best wishes,

CBA North Committee
26.09.2017

Local group round-up: TillVAS in north Northumberland
Maureen Charlton and Heather Pentland send us another group round-up from the Till Valley Archaeological Society. Excavations have only recently finished at this site, so this – outside of the local parish magazine – is the first news of this excavation outside the area.

They also note the next TillVAS event – to which all are invited – is not long away either.

Events this weekend
This weekend is full of archaeological events – we know of at least six. Here are posters for three.

…and finally, though you’ll have to be quick to book a place for this dayschool.

CITiZAN in CBA North-land during 2017
Megan Clement of the Coastal and Intertidal Zone Archaeological Network (CITiZAN) has sent us a brief note of their work this summer as we covered last year. This year the project’s efforts have concentrated, so far, upon Cumbria. She writes;

“Two events were hosted in Cumbria during the Festival of British Archaeology on the 16th and 17th July, led by CITiZAN North in partnership with Morecambe Bay Partnership. These were CITiZAN app workshops which involved a basic guided walk around a local area whilst updating and adding new records to the CITiZAN dataset. The two sites chosen were Roa Island near Barrow-in-Furness and Bardsea near Ulverston. Several new sites were recording including Rampside Navigation Light, a number of shipwrecks at Roa and anti-tank and anti-glider defences were recorded at Bardsea. In all 10 people attended across the two events and were trained in recording the app and identifying archaeology on the coast and in the intertidal zone.

If you are interested in reading more about the workshop at Roa Island, there is a blog which can be found here. We will be returning to Roa Island in November 2017 as some significant new features were identified and need to have a more in-depth survey carried out.”


A volunteer recording a shipwreck at Roa Island causeway (© CITiZAN)

Megan also writes that there are further training events to come if you are interested;

“There is one in Tyneside and one in Cumbria coming up in October. These are:

1. App Workshop and Guided Walk: North Shields
Friday 6th October at 2.00pm – 4.30pm
Venue Old Low Light Heritage Centre

Come join CITiZAN at the Old Low Light Heritage Centre, in North Shields (Fish Quay NE30 1JA) for an app workshop in how to rapidly record at risk archaeology on the coast. Join us for a short talk and tutorial on the app, a leisurely walk down the north bank of the Tyne recording archaeology. The event is free but places have to be booked here.

2. Training event: Roa Island
Friday 13th and Saturday 14th October 10.00am-4.00pm
Venue to be confirmed but near Roa Island

Join CITiZAN North and Morecambe Bay Partnership at Roa Island, near Barrow-in-Furness to make a permanent archaeological record the remains of a jetty and slipway identified during a workshop in July. These features appear to be part of the former slipway to access Piel Island and part of Piel pier used for travel to Belfast and Douglas. The event is free but places have to be booked for this also.”

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The varied landscapes of the CBA North region (and beyond)

CBA North News

Now well into February, we are well into the programmes of the local groups and societies all across the CBA North region. As you will recall we cover everywhere between the Scottish Border south to Lancashire and Yorkshire (are we the only thing that would unite those two historic counties so flippantly?). Today we have notices for a variety of landscapes across the CBA North region (and a bit beyond as well).

 Our landscapes include a review of coastal fieldwork in 2016 as well as the announcements in Yorkshire following from previously covered investigations of  ‘Cade’s Road’ (as ‘the bit beyond’) and from Northumberland for the landscapes of the Peregrini Partnership and Hexham Abbey, with a nod to the second Tyne and Wear Heritage Forum’s annual conference in between. 

We will also be letting you know soon of the details for our main CBA North events this year. Both are planned to take place in Newcastle with the 29th April confirmed and 20 May to be confirmed; save both of these dates in your diary if you can! We always try to avoid the dates of other similar organisations where we can. Hopefully we will be able to give you more details of these, as well as recent work by the committee on your behalf, to you in our next set of emails.

Best wishes,

CBA North Committee, 12.02.2017

Local Group Round-up: CITiZAN across CBA North
Andy Sherman and Megan Clement have written the review below of their 2016 across CBA North’s two coasts. We announced their various events throughout the course of last year, here you can see the fruits of their labours on both east and west coasts;

“In 2016 CITiZAN (the Coastal and Inter Tidal Zone Archaeology Network) ran several outreach and training events in CBA North’s region including examining a prehistoric peatshelf on the beach at Blyth, recording post-medieval saltpans in Maryport and surveying the remains of a First World War sea-plane base on Tyneside. As well as being out on the foreshore and the riverside Andy and Megan have spoken at archaeological groups, museums and heritage centres around the region discussing everything coastal.

They have also been running introductory sessions with Young Archaeologist Clubs, Duke of Edinburgh groups and Girl Guide troops, introducing the next generation of heritage enthusiasts to coastal and inter-tidal archaeology. Here our youngest trainees learn about the features you find on the foreshore and why it’s important to record them, as well as being told about some the dangers they might face if they venture into the inter-tidal zone unaccompanied. The CITiZAN North team ran a total of ten outreach and training events across Cumbria, Northumberland and Tyneside in 2016.


Members of the public brave a cold, blustery August day to talk about prehistoric submerged landscapes in Blyth

In July CITiZAN North investigated the foreshore along the Howick coast which today is known for its recreational use with coastal footpaths and holiday cottages. In the 19th century the coast was owned by the Grey family and was known for a different sort of recreation. The second Earl Grey (Charles Grey, Prime Minster from 1830-1834) built a bathing house for his children and wife. He also had two, small rock-cut pools cut into the foreshore, which would have heated up much quicker than the surrounding sea, for his family to swim in. Earlier in the summer CITiZAN identified a third rock-cut pool a short distance along the coast south of the bathing house that our volunteers helped us record.


CITiZAN volunteers and staff discuss the 2nd Earl Grey’s bathing pool on the Howick foreshore

On a sunnier day in August we investigated the lime processing industry in the Northumberland village of Beadnell. Lime is a versatile product used for a wide range of things from the building industry to agriculture. The material has been processed in Beadnell for hundreds of years with the earliest known kiln having been found on a short promontory known as Ebb’s Nook and archaeomagnetically-dated to c1480-1520 AD. Perhaps the most well-known lime kilns in Beadnell are those constructed in the late-18th century by John Wood and later converted to smoke fish in the 19th century.

A short distance north of the harbour is a lime kiln eroding out of the edge of Dell Point, one of four kilns marked on an estate map of 1759. CITiZAN’s volunteers photographed and drew the remains of this kiln preserving it in record before it is fully destroyed by the sea.

CITiZAN staff and volunteers establishing a section line early in the morning so that a scale drawing of the remains of the Dell Point lime kiln can be made

As part of the training sessions our volunteers are show how to use our app, which can be downloaded on to Apple and Android devices such as smart phones and tablets. The app enables people to record, photograph and geo-locate archaeological features they find on the foreshore.  As well as allowing people to explore our interactive map and discover heritage sites along the English coast.


A CITiZAN volunteer recording part of the submerged forest at Howick using the projects app

Over the summer CITiZAN filmed three television programmes on the archaeology of the coast for Channel 4. The first of these programmes was filmed along the Northumberland coast featuring heritage sites in Beadnell and Howick including the lime kilns and rock-cut bathing pools mentioned above. The programme also featured the wreck of the early-20th century French fishing trawler the Tadorne. Little remains of the wreck on the foreshore now, although part of the partially salvaged boiler from the trawler can be seen rearing above the jagged rocks of the foreshore at low tide.


Filming with cast and crew of Britain at Low Tide at the wreck of the Tadorne

The three television programmes can still be download from More4 if you would like to watch them.  If you are interested in exploring and recording the heritage of England’s coastline you can download our app here.

To keep up to date with the exciting events CITiZAN North are hosting around the coast of the north of England visit: this page“.

Andy Sherman and Megan Clement
CITiZAN, 08.02.2017

[As a stop-press footnote addition to the review Andy also writes “We’re currently looking at several events in the CBA North’s region and are slowly ironing out the various permissions, timings etc. We’ll keep you updated on progress”. Watch this space for more details, Ed.].

Thornton le Street Heritage Lottery Fund Project
John Sheenan writes to tell us that;

“Thornton le Street History Group are launching their Heritage Lottery Fund supported archaeology and history project with an open day to be held in the village hall on Saturday 18th February between 10.00 am and 4.00 pm. Anyone interested in participating is invited to come along, see what is involved and register their interest.
 
Thornton le Street is a typical Vale of York village with extensive evidence of early occupation. The project will study the history of the village and its surrounding area which contains a substantial Scheduled Monument site, a watermill, a river ford, an early church, and landed estates. Two Roman roads are said to converge at this point and it is hoped to resolve whether the village is Roman or medieval in origin.
 
Jim Brightman of Solstice Heritage, who recently led a community archaeology project at Kiplin Hall in the nearby Vale of Mowbray, will supervise the project which will be of 18 months duration. Training and practical experience will be provided in archaeological fieldwork and historical documentary research. The latest digital recording will be used which will be incorporated into a bespoke website which will be developed by the participants.  
 
If you cannot attend on the day, a project synopsis is available on the village website or you can contact John Sheehan on 01609 771878 or at jgsheehan@btinternet.com“.

Events listed on the CBA North website
Our Events page has now settled for a while. Though many of the February events have been and gone, there are a few still to come in the regular programmes of the Lunesdale and Teesside Archaeological Societies covering the Neolithic of the northwest, as well as the mysteriously titled Dance of Death.

Please let us know any questions, comments or information that you have or want publicising by emailing cbanorth@archaeologyuk.org. We have been emailed the three announcements of more one-off events below which you might be interested in. Versions of these posters, which you can download, if you wish to click the links, circulate yourself to your own group’s members or wish to book up, can be found in our blog and website versions of this email.

Peregrini Landscape Partnership Conference

The download-able version of this poster can be found here.

Tyne and Wear Heritage Forum: 2nd Annual Conference
We have been told that the Tyne & Wear Heritage Forum’s event this year will be on Saturday, May 13th 2017, at the Wallsend Memorial Hall. Further information on this day will be available soon.

Hexham Abbey Day School
Members will recount that some of our previous AGMs have been held at Hexham which covered plans for further display and interpretation of the buildings of the abbey. Looking further ahead – to July this time. You will notice, however, that there are advantages in planning ahead as an early bird discount (till the end of March) is offered.


Once again we’ve included a download-able version of this for you – this can be found here as Hexham day school. This includes the booking form on the second page of what is evidently designed to be as a folded leaflet as well.

We were sent details of this last event by Chris Tolan-Smith and Jo Shoebridge; please feel free to let us any information that you may want publicising as well.

From Frosterley’s fields to seaplanes at Shields – this and next week in CBA North

CBA North News

Some might say that this is the best time of year. The last of summer proper through the day and the the resumption of local group’s talks at night. Just a short email this time round to let you know of two things later this week and at the start of next which might convince you that it is.

Best wishes,

CBA North Committee
14.09.2016

‘Arch & Arch’ Lecture
The next of the Architectural and Archaeological Society of Durham and Northumberland’s lectures is on this Saturday afternoon. Details for the society, and their other lectures, can be found through their entry in our Local Societies and Groups, as well as Events, pages on our website.


Seaplanes at Shields
The next CITiZAN recording day in CBA North’s region can be found in the poster below for next week. There were a number of seaplane and airship bases across the CBA North region during World War One, but little remains of them. This is your chance to record something of one of them before it is too late.

Archaeological events this summer

CBA North News

Once again CBA North’s news bring you a variety of pieces!

A summary of the recently launched, and on-going, Dig Appleby project comes from inland Cumbria whilst the CITiZAN project invite you to a forthcoming training opportunity at coastal Tynemouth. These also show the diversity of community archaeology with the first run by a CBA North Group Member, the latter from a national project sponsored and hosted, in the north of England, by CBA National.

In between Appleby and Tynemouth is the mass of the Pennines (with so much else besides) so we also include notice of a Nenthead conference on the Vieille Montagne Zinc Company of Belgium and their industrial legacy in the area, as well as noting details of other lectures of regular local archaeological societies series.

This week sees the end of the Festival of Archaeology 2016, but also sees National Parks Week 2016 starting. CBA North includes parts of four national parks – Northumberland, the Lake District, Yorkshire Dales and North York Moors. This year’s theme ‘Adventure’ by the parks seems appropriate for all archaeologists and today we give you a number of choices for your own adventures across the region.

CBA North Committee
25.07.2016

Dig Appleby: a Community Archaeological Project
Dig Appleby

The Committee of the Appleby Archaeology group were delighted to announce in June this year that the Heritage Lottery Fund had awarded the Group a grant for the first stage of our proposed community project to investigate the history of the town of Appleby-in Westmorland and it now has the official title of “Dig Appleby – Breaking the ground” and will run for a year.

This first phase of the project will focus on the evidence for the medieval town of Appleby in Westmorland.  This will be achieved through a combination of documentary research and archaeological investigation, for which full training will be provided. These investigations will be undertaken by members of the Appleby Archaeology Group and other local project volunteers drawn from the Appleby-in-Westmorland Society, Appleby residents, local businesses and other community groups. It is hoped that many local people will become involved.

Appleby Town Council have indicated their interest in the Project and support has been received from Sir Martin Holdgate, who wrote the definitive history of the town in 2007 and from Cumbria County Council.

A well-attended launch meeting took place on July 8th and since then 40 volunteers have signed up and there have been a thousand hits on our Facebook page which has been a very encouraging start.

This summer we are starting our investigations at the site of St Anne’s Hospital, behind the alms-houses and the first geophysical study took place on July 16th when more than 30 adults and 4 children took part. The results show possible rubble/built up areas and a curious ditch-like feature, which we will investigate with the test pits.

If you are interested then please contact us digappleby@applebyarchaeology.org.uk.

We look forward to seeing you!

Phyllis Rouston
Chair, Appleby Archaeology Group
17.07.2016

Even more up to date details can be found on the Dig Appleby blog which can be found at http://milburnparishcouncil.co.uk/digappleby/.

Lectures this week
There are two regular local archaeology society lectures this week. The lecturer to The Society of Antiquaries of Newcastle upon Tyne – the SANT of our 2016 event listing – on Wednesday evening will be David McGlade speaking on the Hadrian’s Wall Path and the Roman Wall; your heritage in our hands. This will be held at the Mining Institute, Newcastle upon Tyne, at the usual time and place.

Of our own Group Members the Architectural and Archaeological Society of Durham and Northumberland – the ARCH & ARCH of our 2016 events listing – will be on Saturday afternoon. As this is part of the Festival of Archaeology please note the special and venue and time in particular for this lecture.

Remember details for both of these groups can be found through our website (on the Local Societies and Groups page) if you would like further information or contact details.

Other Festival of Archaeology events are still going on across CBA North’s region. These include a tour of Cresswell Tower, events at Segedunumn (Wallsend) on the Romans and at Tullie House (Carlisle) on the Vikings, as well as others again.

Changing your details
Please let CBA North Committee know of any email or postal changes in address. Whilst our communications are largely email-based it is still helpful to have a postal address so we know the geographical spread and locations of where all our Members are based. If you have recently moved please email us to keep our details for you up to date.

In the case of group members please also check that we have the current email and postal addresses of the two representatives you are entitled to. One of the benefits of CBA North group membership is that you can spread the CBA North information throughout your group however large or small that may be, but neither we or you can do that if we have inaccurate details.

Nenthead Conference
Mining is a feature commonly equated with the CBA North region – whether of coal, stone or of the wide variety of minerals as we noted with the Forgotten Minerals Conference earlier in the year. The Northern Pennine Orefield is roughly central in CBA North’s region spanning all of the historic counties of CBA North’s region. It has been the site of mining for many hundreds, if not thousands, of years in the past.

The Vieille Montagne 120th Year Anniversary Event is a conference with a difference, but concentrates upon some of the more recent activities in this unique area. It is the Alston Moor Historical Society that is running this conference.

The conference celebrates the anniversary of the arrival of the Vieille Montagne Zinc Company of Belgium in Nenthead, Cumbria, on 6th and 7th August. The first day will see a number of talks on the company locally to Alston Moor and internationally, as well as on ore processing, museums and the company more recently before a plaque is unveiled.

The second day includes tours to further explore the area. These include tours above and below ground. Further details of the programme, contact details for booking and a link can be found at https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/vieille-montagne-120th-year-anniversary-event-tickets-22173356105?aff=es2.

Society for Post-Medieval Archaeology
The national Society for Post-Medieval Archaeology celebrates it’s 50th anniversary this year. CBA North Members may be interested to see that the current issue of their journal Post-Medieval Archaeology is freely available online on the Taylor and Francis website at
http://www.tandfonline.com/toc/ypma20/current.

Post-Medieval Archaeology

Sharp-eyed members may also notice articles that include Eyemouth Fort (which the Border Archaeological Society has been interested in over recent years) and a reference on scanning osteological remains (by the Chair of the Teesside Archaeological Society and his co-workers).

Training at Tynemouth
Megan Clement of the CITiZAN project, who has written for us before, has sent us details of the next northeastern event for this project.

This will be a training event at Tynemouth recording the remains of a lifeboat slipway at Priors Haven on the 6th and 7th August. The slipway may have been one which the first purpose-built lifeboat, The Original, used. If anyone is interested in attending you should sign up at https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/training-tynemouth-lifeboat-slipway-tickets-26376976246.

If anyone has any questions for this work or more generally, please get in touch with Megan direct on 01904 521249 or 07718 570386 or through her email address MClement@mola.org.uk.

Looking ahead
The next CBA North email will be in August; please send on any information you would like to publicise in plenty of time so we might be able to promote your own events here. Our last email was read by a little under 200 people with similar interests in the history and archaeology of the north of England.

A quick reminder – Coquetdale tonight, CITiZAN tomorrow and Durham Saturday

A quick reminder of the events still to come this week – in addition to the Lunesdale Archaeology Society and Appleby Archaeology Group lectures last night and on Monday night – are that it is the first of the Coquetdale Community Archaeology Group lectures on their recent fieldwork tonight, then the Northumberland Archaeological Group lecture on the CITiZAN project tomorrow and the Architectural and Archaeological Society of Durham and Northumberland on Saturday with their details attached here.

Details for all the organisations involved, and of their websites and meeting venues, can be found at our Local Societies and Groups page.

Thereafter we have a bit of a lull in our list of regular local society events here till the 23rd. As ever please let us know of any additions or amendments – you might know about something, but someone else perhaps interested in it might not!

AKE/09.02.2016