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

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

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

Best wishes,

CBA North Committee
04.09.2017

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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



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

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


September’s other events

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

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

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Archaeology is ACE across CBA North

CBA North News
Archaeology is ACE across CBA North! – but that, of course, is hardly news to our Members and Followers.

In this issue, however, we spell that out quite literally in an update from the Appleby Archaeology Group, a further notice of Coniston Copper with other Cumbrian Events as a first email to you with details of Festival of Archaeology events, as well as something in of a major event devoted to a single Exceptional Exhibit to be displayed at the Durham Museum of Archaeology. All are updates to pieces of work or follow-up’s on topics we have covered earlier in some way – whether in our emails or events – so perhaps this email should be titled ‘Archaeology is AAGCCCEEEE!’, but that would be a bit of a mouthful.

It is always the way perhaps? Nothing happens and then everything does, but we hope that is no bad thing. We hope that this is the first of other emails that we are going to send in quick succession and to report other news. There is so much happening at the moment across CBA North-land and if you think we should be covering something feel free to let us know what. The pictures at the bottom give you a hint of what is yet to come. Thoughts in advance for how we complete our alphabet of archaeology across CBA North for the Q, U, W, X, Y and Z gratefully received – we are working on it!

Best wishes,

CBA North Committee, 13.07.2017

DigAppleby: breaking the ground
Martin Joyce, Chair of the Appleby Archaeology Group, Members will recall gave us a talk at last year’s AGM in Corbridge of the group’s plans for fieldwork in 2016. Here he provides for us a 2017 update; the pictures come from the brochure mentioned below. The link for this brochure, at the bottom of the update, will take you to the full version if you would like to print a copy which can be folded up as a leaflet.

“Appleby Archaeology has just completed the first year of its multi-phase investigation into the history of Appleby. To mark the occasion we mounted an exhibition in the Tourist Information Centre in Appleby Town Hall. This has been a community project so we were keen to show the results and to feature pictures of all our volunteers in action.

The exhibition is timed to coincide with the Festival of Archaeology and will run until the end of July.

The project was very successful in capturing interest and support. Quite a few households proved keen to offer their back-gardens as test-pit sites. Our palaeography courses also proved very popular and we were lucky to be able to gain access to a variety of documents that revealed life in Medieval Appleby in a surprisingly vivid and immediate way.

A full report on the first year is available on our website at DigAppleby – Breaking the Ground.

This is a bit technical so we also produced a small colour brochure introducing and describing the work in more popular terms, that could be given away free by the Tourist Information Centre”.

DigAppleby’s project blog, including pictures of the display, can be found online here, and details of the Appleby Archaeology Group more generally through our own CBA North website pages.

Coniston Copper and other Cumbrian Events
Saturday sees the launch of this year’s Festival of Archaeology events all across the country and across CBA North-land as well from 15 to 30 July this year. There are a number of events covering topics that we’ve previous carried notice of – you will doubtless recall the picture below that we sent to you earlier in the year of the Coniston Copper mines sent to us by Penny Middleton of Northern Archaeological Associates.

If you didn’t get involved in the fieldwork project an event, as part of the Festival of Archaeology, is being held on Saturday 15 July at the Coniston Boating Centre between 11.00 and 15.30 as part of a mining heritage day. Further details can be found online here where further opportunities to get involved in fieldwork are also listed.

Other Cumbrian events can for the Festival of Archaeology can be found on this page, as well as for elsewhere.

The Lanchester Diploma: Britain’s first named sailor
Durham’s Museum of Archaeology also leads the charge of events for this year’s Festival of Archaeology. For those of you that weren’t at our AGM this year to hear about the Portable Antiquities Scheme, you have a chance to learn some more of the scheme – perhaps also have any of your finds identified as well – on Saturday with this event.

Such a find, indeed an exceptional one, which was reported to the Portable Antiquities Scheme is the Lanchester diploma. Gemma Lewis of the Durham Museum of Archaeology has sent us details of an event relating this new exhibit for the museum. There are a few finds that really change what we know beyond their immediate surroundings  – this is one of them, and on first hearing of this the word “Blimey!” came to mind.

If you would like to attend the event on Thursday 20 July then please email archaeology.museum@durham.ac.uk.

A further event will also be held at the Museum on Saturday 29 July as well when the Roma Antiqua re-enactment group will be present between 11.00 and 15.00 to demonstrate the lives and skills of Roman soldiers. Further details on this event can be found here.

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.

Festival of Archaeology 2015: Archaeological finds afternoon at Kendal Museum

Archaeological finds afternoon at Kendal Museum

Fri 17th Jul 2015

On Friday 17 July between 11.00 and 14.00 Kendal Museum will be hosting a drop in Archaeological Finds Afternoon with Dot Boughton, Portable Antiquities Finds Liaison Officer for Cumbria and Lancashire.

This event is free, booking is not required.  For further infornation see: http://www.archaeologyfestival.org.uk/events/1923

Festival of Archaeology 2015: Object identification and handling session at Palace Green, Durham

Object identification and handling session at Palace Green, Durham

Fri 17th Jul 2015 13:00-15:00

Meet our local Finds Liaison Officer from the Portable Antiquities Scheme and bring along any objects you have unearthed – whether they were discovered in the garden or while walking the dog.

For further details see

http://www.archaeologyfestival.org.uk/events/1991