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Hot off the press archaeological news

CBA North News

Today we have some events and notices hot off the press – we’ve notice of an open day in south-east Northumberland tomorrow, as well as the programme and notice for the opening of bookings of the ever popular annual Durham Archaeology Day on Monday. The regular events of local groups across the region, however, also continue on; Wednesday sees the next of The Society of Antiquaries of Newcastle upon Tyne’s series. This, and others, can be found listed in our Events page of our website.

Best wishes,

CBA North Committee, 18.02.2017

Cresswell Community Archaeology Open-Day
Barry Mead and Archaeological Research Services write to us giving information of an open day tomorrow (Sunday) if you are in the Cresswell area of Northumberland. These excavations, whilst concentrating in the area of the Medieval pele, have revealed a range of evidence from the Mesolithic to the Modern. Details are given in the poster below.

County Durham Archaeology Day: Saturday 11 March 2017
David Mason and Tracey Donnelly of Durham County Council have provided these details of this year’s annual archaeology day in three weeks time. As ever this will be in the the Council Chamber and Durham Room, at County Hall in Durham. This year’s fascinating talks include:

– The Main Walled Garden at Auckland Castle: Repairs and Conservation.
Harry Beamish

– A Round House and a Counting House: Two Recent Historic Building Projects
Richard Annis

– Historic Building Recording at The Gates, Durham City
Tom Addyman

– Recent Archaeological Investigations in the North Pennines
Paul Frodsham

– The Balneum of Concangis: A Roman ‘villa’ Rediscovered at Chester-le-Street
David Mason

Time:             9:45am – 4:15pm

Cost:              £14.00 which includes buffet lunch, teas & coffees; £12.00 for full-time students, please let us know if you have any dietary requirements, or require a vegetarian lunch.

Tickets sell out very quickly so book early to avoid disappointment. Tickets will go on sale from 9.00am Monday 20th February.

To book and pay for a place online follow the link here and click Archaeology Day from the services listed or contact 03000 260000 if you wish to book and pay over the phone.

There will be displays by local societies and archaeological contractors as well as bookstalls in the adjacent Durham Room.

Events listed on the CBA North website
Our Events page continues to list further regular events throughout 2017. We’ll be sending out other news and notices of others events in our next email, if we can, next week.

Creative archaeology – November in CBA North-land

CBA North News

We apologise for the lateness of this issue in reaching you, but hope that the up to the minute information below is some recompense. In answer to our earlier question for a collective noun of Roman conferences we were quite taken for a “Convivium” suggested by Dave Barter, one of our many Twitter Followers.

This time the theme is ‘creation’ with notice of a recent publication, of objects from Neolithic stone axes to Victorian stained glass within the local group lectures, and the creation of our shared archaeological heritage in the construction of Hadrian’s Wall itself, the development of archaeology from antiquarianism (with reference to ‘The Wall’) as well as for a World Heritage Site and its own unique challenges.

We are gathering materials reviewing the year from local groups – if you would like to send in what your group has been up to please do – as well as looking ahead to 2017 (we already have the programmes of three local groups). These emails tend to be the most widely read, and circulated, of the year (420+ that read the email, whilst 300 viewed the website events page one day and the Twitter notice was circulated to over 16000). So it is well worth a quick note to promote your work to us, everyone else of the other local groups and members of no affiliation other than to CBA North as well.

You could be out almost everyday this week at one or other event that we’ve listed for you here!

Best wishes,

CBA North Committee
06.11.2016

Northern Archaeology
The Northumberland Archaeological Group (NAG) have recently published a volume of their journal Northern Archaeology in memory of Ian Colquhoun, well-known regionally and internationally as an expert for the Bronze Age, in particular of metalwork and specifically swords.

This contains a range of articles which CBA North Members and followers might be interested in – two cover Bronze Age swords with one written by Ian from his MA thesis on the findspots of Northumbrian Bronze Age swords and one with a member of his lifelong learning group on a single sword from near Durham. An obituary of Ian and bibliography of his publications are also included.
The results of two landscape surveys on the moors of Hexhamshire and near Chatton, and an article on Northumbrian stone circles, complete the volume. This can be bought for £12, whilst back numbers of the journal containing a range of articles – not just on Northumbrian archaeological sites or finds – can also be bought by non-members at a range of prices.

Contact details for NAG, as well as the contents of previous volumes of Northern Archaeology, can be found through these links for their website and Facebook pages.

Events this month
Below the usual listing of all the regular local group lectures still to come this month that we know of. Please let us know an additions to the list to let everyone else know.

7 November – Pagan Viking Burial in Scotland, Dr Colleen Batey [BAS]
9 November – Annual General Meeting and Grimes Graves and the Neolithic Flint Mines of the UK, Pete Topping [NAG]
10 November – Recent excavations at Vindolanda, Marta Alberti [APPLEBY]
12 November – Light without Morris: alternative perspectives on Victorian stained glass, Dr Neil Moat [ARCH & ARCH]
12 November – The Arbeia Society Conference: ‘An Exceptional Construction’: the building of Hadrian’s Wall [ARBEIA]
26 November – Annual Study Day and AGM: The Theban West Bank Tombs: new Research and Directions [NEAES]

The Birley Lectures
The creation of the archaeological past is to be covered in this lecture on Tuesday. All are invited to hear Durham’s own Professor Richard Hingley at this lecture – one of a new series – at Durham.

Durham WHS 30th Events
Also in Durham, though on Wednesday night, is another lecture on the creation of heritage. Like others in the series we’ve publicised earlier in the year this lecture will also cover the challenges – in this case for an area even more remote than the remotest parts of CBA North.
We, of course, cover have two World Heritage Sites – Durham Castle and Cathedral is one, whilst Hadrian’s Wall is part of the Frontiers of the Roman Empire as the other. Might we yet cover a third in the Lake District in 2017?

Durham WHS events this week

Join us in Celebrating Durham World Heritage Site’s 30th Anniversary this November!

“What Makes Durham World Heritage Site Great”– 2nd-30th November, WHS Visitor Centre, an exhibition showcasing the 30th anniversary photo postcard competition winning entries.

Heritage at Risk – A public debate, Friday 4th November, 5pm, Prior’s Hall, Durham Cathedral, with colleagues from across the world. Free event. Booking Required.

Lecture by local historian John Grundy – “Saints and stones: the rich and varied joys of Durham” Saturday 5th November, 7pm in the Cathedral.    £5-00, Booking Required.

Family Fun Day – Sunday 6th November. Join us for family events and activities across the World Heritage Site, including:

  • Stonemason demonstrations in the Visitor Centre
  • “Come and Sing” Scratch choir for 7 to 13 year olds and concert in the Cathedral
  • Tours of Palace Green with our Young Heritage Ambassadors
  • Children’s trails and activities in the Cathedral
  • Children’s activities in Palace Green Library

We still have places for our WHS Anniversary Conference “The Stories Within the Stones – Intangible Heritage” 4th to 5th November.  Booking Required.

BOOKING:
For more information and booking, visit thewebsite at Durham World Heritage Site and click on the orange banner, pop into the WHS Visitor Centre on Owengate or contact Jane Gibson.

Short notice of these events this week

CBA North News

Some short notice of other events happening this week for you here. Contact details for these events are given for responding directly with the organisers. Notices of other events will come your way, as planned, later in the month as well.

Best wishes,

CBA North Committee
05.10.2016

Historic Gardens of Durham

This talk is Friday and is organised by the Bow Trust. If you would like to attend please RSVP to membership@thebowtrust.co.uk – non-members will be asked to make a small donation to cover catering costs.

Exploring Classical/Historical Northumbria: a programme of trips

Dear everyone,

Throughout 2016/17 we shall again be running a series of trips exploring Newcastle and the surrounding area: often asking “What’s Classical about Newcastle and Northumbria?” but also exploring the area’s considerable and colourful post- (and occasionally pre-) classical history. Costs are kept low: travel is normally by public transport (generally very good value) and for most sites free entry will be arranged, often under special educational group schemes.

This year’s programme will include star attraction Hadrian’s Wall (twice!), Wallington Hall, Alnwick, Warkworth & Brancepeth Castles, Hexham and many others, including hopefully Holy Island/Lindisfarne (tides permitting!)….

For a few glimpses of what the trips are like, you can have a look at the following web-page:

http://www.ncl.ac.uk/historical/students/studentlife/ExploringNorthumbria.htm

Our first trip is *this coming Sunday*, 9th Oct., to Arbeia Roman Fort at South Shields: details to follow.

Programme for term 1:
1. **Sunday 9th October**: Arbeia Roman Fort, South Shields (afternoon)
Details to follow, but briefly: depart Haymarket Metro 12.30 p.m., return c. 5 p.m.

2. Sunday 23rd October: Wallington Hall (afternoon)
•       fine Palladian country house and gardens (partly designed by Capability Brown) reflecting the neo-classical ideas and ideals of the 18th century;
•       under Lady Pauline Trevelyan, 19th-C focus of an intellectual and artistic circle who left their mark in the remarkable painted Roman-style atrium at the heart of the house, and also in English literature and in the radical liberal politics of the day;
•      impressive house interior – including collection of model armies and fully-furnished dolls’ houses!

3. Sunday 13th November:  Hadrian’s Wall 1: Walltown Crags and Greenhead (all day, returning late afternoon/early evening)
•       An introduction to the Wall: a circular walk along one of its most dramatic stretches from Walltown Quarry.  Wet weather alternative in Roman Army Museum!
•       Greenhead village and ruins of Thirlwall Castle with its legends of buried treasure and a magical dwarf!

4. Sunday 27th November:  Brancepeth castle and church (afternoon)
•       Impressive stronghold dating from pre-Norman times, home to the powerful Neville family (of Warwick the Kingmaker fame); not normally accessible to the public, but open on this occasion for a Christmas craft fair!
•       historic church, gathering point for ill-fated 16thC ‘Rising of the North’.

5. Sunday 4th December (provisional):  Hexham town and Abbey (afternoon)
•       Hexham: historic town with striking medieval buildings and links to a major battle in the Wars of the Roses
•       Impressive Abbey dating back to c. 674 AD, with original Saxon crypt constructed from recycled Roman stones.

To come in terms 2 and 3: in progress, but including:

Hadrian’s Wall 2 (May Day Bank Holiday Monday)
Bamburgh
Alnwick
Warkworth
Hopefully (tides permitting!) Holy Island/Lindisfarne

Details are circulated by e-mail, on the website and via social media as the term goes along.  Everyone is welcome including friends from other Schools or even outside the university.  You can just turn up on the day, but it is useful for me to have a rough idea of numbers, so when you receive news of each trip please do e-mail me in advance if you are definitely interested.

With all best wishes,
(Dr) S. Phillippo

Please contact Dr Phillippo direct through her email address susanna.phillippo@ncl.ac.uk if you are interested in attending any of these events.

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 [SANT]

Details as to times and venues for all these events can be found in our Local Societies and Groups page (‘https://cbanorth.wordpress.com/local-societies-and-groups/‘) of our website.

Also this archaeological week…

Lots of things happening that CBA North Followers might want to be involved in – as well as the regular archaeological events – this week alone.

PEREGRINI PROJECT
Tomorrow there are a pair of events for the Peregrini project as “An introduction to methods of archaeological practice” from 11am to 3pm at the Belford Community Club, West Street, NE70 7QE and there will also be a guided walk of the Green Shiel site on Lindisfarne led by Dr Rob Young, one of the excavators of the site. For details of both these events and to a book a place you should email Marc Johnstone at lindisfarne@archaeologicalpractice.co.uk as soon as possible.

TILLVAS TALK
On Wednesday is the TILLVAS talk on “Whaling in the North-East” by Dr Tony Barrow.

ARCH AND ARCH RECEPTION AND EXHIBITION
On Thursday there is a reception for members of the Architectural and Archaeological Society of Durham and Northumberland, and those of the St Mary-le-Bow Trust, when the opening is carried out of a new exhibition at the Durham Museum and Heritage Centre, St Mary-le-Bow, which showcases the history and work of the Architectural and Archaeological Society of Durham and Northumberland, including information and finds from their excavations at Hornby Castle, near Catterick, in North Yorkshire. All ‘Arch and Arch’ Society members and members of the St Mary-le-Bow Trust are invited to the opening on Thursday 5 May at 7.00pm.

TYNEDALE ARCHAEOLOGY WORKSHOPS AND SURVEY
Tynedale Archaeology have sent us their poster for an event this Saturday.
02.05.2016 - Tynedale Archaeology LiDAR workshop 07.05.2016

Their further events include May fieldwork and a June workshop as below.

02.05.2016 - Tynedale Archaeology activities
If you would like to get involved please contact them direct.

AND ONE FOR NEXT WEEK AS WELL… A DURHAM WORLD HERITAGE SITE LECTURE
The next lecture in this series will be on Monday, 9 May, at 6pm, in Room PG20, Pemberton Building, Palace Green Library, Durham, but you will need to book this week to attend. This will be by Anna Brennand, Chief Executive at the Ironbridge Gorge Museum Trust, who will be speaking on “Ironbridge Gorge World Heritage Site: the Challenges of the Last 30 Years and the Opportunities for the Future”. The poster for the lecture is attached here.

This lecture discusses the challenges faced by the Ironbridge Gorge World Heritage Site and explain the opportunities these present for protecting its outstanding universal value, as the Site celebrates its 30 years designation – which, of course, Durham does this year as well.

The lecture will be followed by a drinks reception at the World Heritage Site Visitor Centre. The lecture is free of charge. However, as places are limited, booking is necessary. Please reserve your place by writing to the organiser at raffaella.aliprandi@durham.ac.uk or contact the World Heritage Site Visitor Centre on 0191 334 3805.

Medieval and Renaissance Durham

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Medieval and Renaissance Durham Community Course:
Drama, Ritual, Storytelling and People
Wednesday, 4 May 2016 to Wednesday, 29 June 2016

The full course is offered at a charge of £41.00 per person, please click here to register.
Please note registration for the course will close on Thursday 28th April 2016.

If you’re interested in the history of the people and stories of Medieval and Renaissance Durham, consider joining us for an exciting new series, proudly offered by Durham University’s Medieval and Early Modern Student Association.

This year’s ‘Community Course’ (led by our team of specialist Durham-based researchers) will be made up of eight sessions covering an interesting range of topics, broadly following the themes of performance, ritual, storytelling of the people of the North East.

This is a course for anyone who wants to learn a little more about our region, whether you’re a complete beginner, or already know a fair amount about the North East during this interesting period. Our sessions will be relaxed and informal with plenty of tea and coffee, so sign up and come along!

The course consists of eight weekly sessions as follows (full details are available here):

• Wednesday 4 May 2016, 6.30pm – 8.30pm
• Wednesday 11 May 2016, 7:00pm – 9:00pm
• Wednesday 18 May 2016, 7:00pm – 9:00pm
• Wednesday 25 May 2016, 7:00pm – 9:00pm
• Wednesday 8 June 2016, 6.30pm – 8.30pm
• Wednesday 15 June 2016, 7:00pm – 9:00pm
• Wednesday 22 June 2016, 7:00pm – 9:00pm
• Wednesday 29 June 2016, 7:00pm – 9:00pm

For further details please see the attached poster or contact: durhamcommunitycourse2016@gmail.com.

Viking stones missing from Darlington church

The attention of all CBA North Members is drawn to this recent press release by Durham Constabulary that was issued this afternoon. If you can help in any way please see the contact details at the end of this message;

POLICE are investigating the possible theft of three nationally-important early Medieval sculptured stones from the remains of a church on the outskirts of Darlington.

All Saints Church in Sockburn, which is to the south of Neasham and near the border with North Yorkshire is a national monument and a rare surviving example of a pre- and post-Norman Conquest church site and graveyard.

It contains a rare collection of late 9th and 10th century Viking sculptured stone, unrivalled in the country.

The church discovered the loss of the items last week and notified police, but it’s thought they could have gone missing at any point since September 2015.

The three items missing are;
• a well-preserved fragment of a carved bear’s head, possibly from a hogback –  a Viking grave marker – dating to the 9th or 10th centuries which measures 24.5cm at its widest;
• a fragment of Viking runic inscription which translated means “in memory of Mael-Muriel/…raised cross”, also dating to the same period,  21cm x 18cm x 9.5cm
• and a fragment of a Medieval cross slab carved with a small sword, measuring 43cm x 13cm.

The officer in the case, PC Simon Hopper said; “These items have significant historical value and might have been taken by someone with a genuine passion in this field who thought they could be better preserved elsewhere.

“It could also be the case they have been removed by someone who thought they would look nice in their garden and did not realise their value. But of course there is also the obvious possibility they have been stolen for potential monetary gain.”

Carol Pyrah, Planning Director for Historic England in the North East said: “We are extremely concerned about the loss of these early Medieval stones not only because they are works of art in their own right but also because of their contribution to the significance of this nationally-important archaeological site.

“We will continue to work with the owner and the police to raise awareness of their loss and hopefully to expedite their recovery.”

A spokesperson for the Diocese of Durham said; “The removal of these important artefacts is of great concern. We would ask anyone who has any information that would lead to their safe return to come forward and contact the police as soon as possible.

“Many of our churches both open and closed, as in this case have items of historical importance and making them available to our communities is clearly part of our open door policy. However, that is no excuse for the wanton removal of any items as this is a crime which affects the whole community.”

The collection of stones was catalogued in 1905 and then again in 1984 when they were added to the ‘Corpus of Anglo Saxon Sculpture’.

Anyone with information on the missing artefacts is urged to call police on 101 or to contact the independent charity, Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.