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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.

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.

CBA North news – the archaeological year is not yet out!

CBA North News

Our latest installment once again spans the variety of the CBA North region and of what various groups are up to across the region. We look at what has happened this year with the Dig Appleby project of the Appleby Archaeology Group, happening the now with events this week of the Teesside Archaeological Society and others, as well as announcing events that will be happening in December further north in Sunderland and yet further north again in lectures of the Border Archaeological Society and Till Valley Archaeological Society in the following week as well.

Best wishes,

CBA North Committee
29.11.2016

Local group round-up; DigAppleby 2016!
[We hope this is the first update from the local groups across our region describing their activities in 2016. As Members will recall we were given a foretaste of the project in our AGM; here you can find out what happened, Ed.]

DigAppleby got off to a splendid start on 8th July when around 30 volunteers signed up for duty at the Launch Meeting in the Market Hall’s Supper Room. Since then, many more people have come forward to offer their gardens for “archaeological investigation” or to enroll on our various training events.

We chose the allotment area behind St Anne’s Almshouses for our first foray. This is a large, open, grassed area that had the advantage that we could spread ourselves about without bothering anybody. Moreover it was thought that, given the nature of its historical use, there was a good chance that deeply-buried medieval remains might remain undisturbed.

The first weekend saw volunteers producing detailed geophysical and topographic surveys of the site. We used both earth resistivity and magnetometry surveying equipment. This sounds rather technical but was actually very easy to operate and, once the results had been fed into Martin Railton’s computer, our first peek into Appleby’s past was quickly revealed.

After due consideration of the results, two test-pit sites were selected and a second weekend session was scheduled. There was no shortage of volunteers and, further encouraged by some excellent weather (the Almshouses really are a delightful place to work) the pits were duly dug and our first finds began to appear. The first pit revealed a crude cobbled surface, identical to one found previously at the top of Boroughgate and which we believe to be medieval in date. Fragments of pottery were recovered including some medieval pottery, and later wares, also some hand-made nails, some animal bone and glass. In the second test pit we found a deep deposit of rubble. Associated finds indicated this was 19th century and we believe that this is probably the demolished remains of a buildings shown in this location on the 1861 Ordnance Survey map. This confirmed the results of the geophysical survey, which indicated the presence of a high-resistance area.

More test pit excavations were planned for our “Big Dig weekend” between Friday end of 16th and Sunday 18th September. See applebyarchaeology.org.uk/digapplebyblog for details of these.

Elsewhere, and specially tailored for armchair archaeologists, we held a training session to provide an introduction to the arcane art of medieval document transcription. This proved so popular that we had to schedule a second session. The documents proved to be remarkably tricky to decipher and some of us came away with severe headaches and a renewed interest in the delights of using trowels. But it was all very interesting and gave a surprising insight into the medieval mind.

There’s still a long way to go, of course, before we get anywhere near the objectives we have set for DigAppleby, but we feel we have made a jolly good start!

Martin Joyce
Appleby Archaeology Group

[The first Appleby Archaeology Group event of 2017 will give a progress report on these investigations as well in talks by a number of contributors].

Teesside Archaeological Society events
This week sees a pair of events with the Teesside Archaeological Society across the Pennines from Appleby. A bigger piece of archaeological work is reviewed tonight with the last of the society’s own lectures on the excavations associated with the current A1 upgrading between Leeming and Barton by Helen Maclean of AECOM at Stockton Central Library, Stockton, at 7.30 p.m. to which everyone is welcome.

On Thursday there is a second chance to attend the First World War Building Recording Project of the society which we have covered earlier. This workshop will train you in how to undertake building recording, research methodologies, and identify First World War built structures. This knowledge can then be utilized in your involvement undertaking of building recording within the area. The information obtained in this process, will be published and made publicly available to people around the world for a better understanding of these important structures.

As before this will be at Sir William Gray House at Hartlepool; no previous experience is required. This free workshop will take place on Thursday 1st December. If you would like a form, or to book a place, please contact the Teesside Archaeological Society through the links of our website.

The Frank Elgee Memorial Lecture 2016
Also on Teesside this week also sees the Frank Elgee Memorial Lecture in Middlesbrough on Saturday morning. This annual memorial lecture is named after Frank Elgee who was a noted assistant curator and curator of the Dorman Museum, Middlesbrough, between 1904 and 1932 and author of many articles and books concentrating on the Teesside and North Yorkshire Moors covering the archaeology, folklore, geology as well as the flora and fauna of the area. Further details on Elgee can be found at https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Frank_Elgee.

Sunderland’s Forgotten Stones
Whilst some events look back to what has happened in 2016, some events look forward to events and projects happening in the future. One of these meetings is detailed below to which all interested in the project are invited to attend by Denny Wilson below for us.

There is to be a public meeting for this project with the archaeologists at the Billy Hardy Centre, Castletown, SR5 3EQ, 7pm on Wednesday, December the 7th.

The local volunteer group Castletown Neighbourhood Action Group (CNAG) based in Sunderland, have been awarded £93,900 by the Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF) for this project.

In a specification written up by Tyne and Wear County Archaeologist and professionally supervised by accredited archaeologists local volunteers and schools, supported by Sunderland City Council, will investigate several interlinked sites around the city to try and identify the origin of an ancient stone structure that once spanned the River Wear between North and South Hylton.

For centuries historians have long debated the origins of this mysterious stone structure but a definitive answer has yet to be found to various questions;

– Was it a bridge, dam, causeway or weir?
– Why was it built?
– When was it built?
– Who would have had the motive, wealth, manpower and skills to construct such a massive piece of civil engineering?

This project will bring together many people of different ages, backgrounds and abilities to try and find the answer. To kick-start the project there is to be a public meeting with archaeologists from Wardell Armstrong at the Billy Hardy Centre, Castletown, 7pm, on Wednesday 7th December.

The archaeologists will give an outline of the project and anyone interested in being involved is invited to attend. Feel free to circulate and let’s look forward to a productive and enjoyable experience!

Regards
Denny

December Events
Meanwhile the north of CBA North’s region is not to be outdone either. Next week there are a pair of lectures at Berwick and Crookham with the Border Archaeological Society and Till Valley Archaeological Society respectively.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Putting flesh on the bare bones of history

CBA North News

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

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

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

Best wishes,

CBA North Committee
02.10.2016

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

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

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

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

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

IA Rhouses

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

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

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

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

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

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.

Further July Archaeological Events

CBA North News
The CBA North region is a huge one and one of many different contrasts – coastal and inland, urban and rural, lowland and upland, as well as of district, county and unitary authorities.

Here we bring you news from two different locations from almost the very limits of our region in the very north and very southwest.

Looking further ahead we also bring news of a conference coming up in September at Durham but covering the larger region – perhaps that has the right idea in calling us all Northern Britain?, but therein at times a further contrast with parts both inside and outside the Roman Empire.

CBA North Committee
10.07.2016

TILLVAS exhibition
In north Northumberland we hear that the local group TILLVAS have an exhibition of their recent researches. Every Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday during July from 11am – 4pm in ‘The Poultry Shed’ at Heatherslaw Mill will be a display of old maps, documents and photographs for the Branxton and Crookham area.

This includes details of progress made on the Village Atlas whose events we have previously covered in our blog and website. There is no admission charge to the exhibition and an invitation to all is extended by TILLVAS to call in.

Morecambe Bay Events
Louise Martin of the Headlands to Morecambe Bay Partnership has written to us highlighting a range of events and training opportunities later this month. These cover parts of the bay that are in CBA North and North West regions (in Cumbria and Lancashire respectively);

Dear All,

As part of the Heritage Lottery Funded Headlands to Headspace Scheme we have a number of great FREE training opportunities coming up in July at Cockerham Sands, near Thurnham. These archaeological training events are being held as part of our wider ’Bay Archaeological Festival’ programme celebrating the Festival of Archaeology (16th to 31st July) which is outlined at http://www.morecambebay.org.uk/events/bay-archaeology-festival. I am hoping lots of people in the local community and beyond get involved, helping us explore and record the past of this interesting area.

Firstly, we have the opportunity for people to get to grips with archaeological geophysical survey and join us on a comprehensive training course delivered by experts from Archaeological Services Durham University. Starting on the evening of the 25th July at Thurnham Village Hall participants will be part of an evening workshop detailing the theory and methods behind the techniques. The following two days will involve on site survey, using a variety of techniques to explore what might be buried beneath the soil. The site we are looking at it situated between Cockersand Abbey and a WW2 Observation Tower, so there is potential to locate both military and possibly earlier remains. There is an optional follow up session on the morning of 28th July, back at Thurnham Village Hall, where we will be looking at how data is processed and analysing the results. Spaces are limited on this great opportunity and early booking is recommended. See https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/bay-archaeology-festival-geophysical-survey-training-at-cockerham-sands-tickets-25997629610 for details.

Working alongside a team from Manchester Metropolitan University we will also be exploring the WW2 heritage of this area, which was used for RAF training. The team from MMU will take participants through the processes involved to research the historical background to a site, before making a permanent record of the Observation Tower using a variety of building recording techniques including photogrammetry. These training workshops will be held on 26th and 27th July and compliment the geophysical survey work. Again places are limited and early booking is recommended. See https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/bay-archaeology-festival-military-heritage-recording-at-cockerham-tickets-26145045535 for details.

Both opportunities are suitable for those interested in knowing more about archaeological research/recording or people wanting to enhancing their archaeological skills. No experience is necessary and we will provide all equipment.

If you wish to know more about these opportunities or the wider FREE programme of the Bay Archaeology Festival, please do not hesitate to contact me.

Kind regards

Louise Martin
H2H Cultural Heritage Officer

Morecambe Bay Partnership
The Factory
Castle Mills
Aynam Road
Kendal
LA9 7DE
Mobile: 07760 881581
Office: 01539 734888

Edge of Empire Conference
Andrew Tibbs, a postgraduate at Durham University, has sent us details of this conference in coming up in September.hereHe writes that the call for papers has been extended as there are a few slots left for speakers and that registration for the conference is also now open and can be made through https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/edge-of-empire-researching-northern-roman-britain-tickets-25658901465.

Regular Local Group Events
There are four lectures in the regular local group series to come this month;

16 July – ‘Created for those who had been living on the desert like jackals’: Nebre and ‘his’ Libyan fortress, Glen Godenho [NEAES]
20 July – The Culley Brothers, Steve Pullan [TILLVAS]
27 July – Hadrian’s Wall Path and the Roman Wall; your heritage in our hands, David McGlade [SANT]
30 July – 2000 Years of Hungate, Toby Kendall [ARCH & ARCH]

Remember details of each of these local groups can be found through our website (on the Local Societies and Groups page) if you would like further information contact details as to venues and times.