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CBA North: February news

CBA North News

Dear Members and Friends of CBA North,

The first month of the year, indeed of this decade, has now gone. With February’s start a number of other group start their 2020 programmes – indeed with a meeting tonight at Berwick of the Border Archaeological Society – and there are 12 events that we have now listed in our website’s pages to go with the 70 or so that we sent you earlier.

CBA National have been working hard with the results from the survey carried out at the end of 2018 and workshops across the country – such as we invited you to at Newcastle in March – last year. There is now another survey for how the CBA National website might be changed; your views are important for what you want from us as part of a regional and national family of individuals and groups interested in archaeology, history and heritage. James Rose, from CBA National, explains more below on the survey.

Whilst it was not planned that this issue mainly covers Hadrian’s Wall, it turns out that two of our items this month relate to that monument that almost literally divides out CBA North region in half. This includes the poster for the Hadrian’s Wall Archaeology Forum to come, as well as a chance to revisit (or re-hear?) something heard on the radio last month. Would you like further newsletter emails focussed to a period, topic or theme? Or would you like a mix? Feel free to let us know your thoughts.

Best wishes,

CBA North Committee
03.02.2020

2020 Local Society and Group Events – new additions
As noted above some 12 further events have been added to our list of local society and group events that we issued at the start of the year – the first of these additions was sent to us by Gill Goodfellow of the West of Cumbria Archaeological Society for their 14 February lecture. Other events, and dates, have come through the course of January for other groups again.

There are now something like 80 events listed. Please continue to let us know any additions and/or alterations for the Events as well as any changes in the details for the Local societies and groups page.

For those that may have printed out a copy of the Events list, here is a consolidated block of those ‘new’ dates, organised by date, which you can also print and ‘patch’ over your earlier printout.

5 February – AGM and presentations [TYNEDALE]
14 February – A Review of Salt-making in Cumberland, Andrew Fielding [WCAS]
22 February – Finding Crin’s Fremlington, Perry Gardner [ARCH & ARCH]
March – date and title to be announced [ARCH & ARCH]
15 April – Patterns of Movement: prehistoric rock art in the Cumbrian fells, Kate Sharpe [NAG]
18 April – Medieval Pottery Project, Tony Metcalfe [ARCH & ARCH]
16 May – Mini study day on Tutankhamun, Penny Wilson [NEAES]
May – AGM, date and title of follow lecture to be announced [ARCH & ARCH]
30 May – The Friendly Desert; Recording the Landscape of the Hatnub Alabaster Quarries, Hannah Pethen [NEAES]
11 July – The Princesses’ Burial; New Research in the Valley of the Kings KV63, Prof Susanne Bickel [NEAES]
18 July – Festival of Archaeology lecture, details to be announced [ARCH & ARCH]
10 October – Function and use of terracotta and other figurines in the Ptolemaic and Roman Periods in Egypt, Ross Thomas [NEAES]

Hadrian’s Wall Archaeology Forum
This year is a leap year – a relatively unusual occurrence, as is the appearance of the Hadrian’s Wall Archaeology Forum in February.

This is the Hadrian’s Wall Archaeology Forum held over from last year. However, as ever, this looks an interesting series of talks dealing with the sites and finds of this well-known monument. The poster includes contacts details and ticket prices – early booking is advised!

CBA National’s Communication and Participation in Archaeology Survey

James Rose, CBA National’s Communications and Marketing Manager, writes to us with details of CBA National’s current survey. He notes;

‘The Council for British Archaeology has ambitious plans to ensure that more people have the opportunity to discover archaeological heritage. As part of this, we are preparing an application to the National Lottery Heritage Fund to enable us to develop new resources and new ways of engaging with people interested in archaeology.

We think a new website with different kinds of content will be an important part of this, but we want to make sure that our plans meet the need of the widest possible audience. We are hoping that, should we receive funding, there will be a real opportunity to give regional groups and their members more ways to communicate and participate.

The survey takes around five minutes to complete, and once you have completed it you have the chance to be entered into a prize draw for a £25 Love2Shop voucher, accepted at over 200,000 high street stores.’

To take part in the survey, please click this link. The survey should only take about five minutes to complete. As ever please feel free to contact CBA North Committee with your views as necessary; our own contact details are unchanged as cbanorth@archaeologyuk.org.

Archaeological and forensic palynology: an interview with Pat Wiltshire
One of the ways we know so much of Hadrian’s Wall is through study of its contemporary landscape, its structures and natural materials utilised (such as the turf wall, as well as raw materials for man and/as well as beast, whether for artefact or not).

As such Hadrian’s Wall briefly featured on The Life Scientific when Pat Wiltshire was interviewed by Jim Al-Khalili on 7 January 2020. In an interesting interview the use of pollen to reconstruct archaeological landscapes was outlined, and latterly its use in criminal investigations, was described.

One of those sites investigated by Wiltshire for archaeological purposes include the well-known Cumbrian fort of Birdoswald for the 1987-92 excavations within the fort, which can be found here. This may not be a listen suitable for everyone (more so especially for the forensic aspects) – it was broadcast after the watershed – but is still available to listen to from the programme’s pages on the BBC Radio 4 website here.

Events & Exhibitions in May & June across CBA North-land

CBA North News
Apologies for the delay in sending you further news of events across CBA North-land for May and June. As you will see it is something of a bumper issue with many different events coming up soon. Another similarly-sized email is already in preparation with yet more events and announcements to come. Some of these events will bring up-to-date findings from recent research and projects following on from previous emails to you, some deal with new topics different again. For some of these events you will need to book up.

As many of you will know the General Data Protection Regulations (GDPR) will take effect soon. We will be emailing everyone on what GDPR means for us to hold and process your information, and more importantly for you to continue to receive CBA North news and information. Further details for these will appear in time on the CBA North website as well to accord with these regulations. However if you you have any immediate questions, please feel free to let us know of them.

Once again, if you would like to submit anything on your local group’s recent activities or plans for this summer, please let us know. Keep an eye to our Events page on the website for any additions to the regular talks and lectures of various groups across the CBA North region. Additions to this page are made throughout the year as we know of them.

Best wishes,

CBA North Committee
13.05.2018

Events this week
1) Border Archaeological Society lecture: Finding a Lost Lindisfarne Estate 
There are a number of events coming up this week. These are located in all parts of our region, they start tomorrow night at Berwick with the next of the Border Archaeological Society’s [BAS] lectures. Josie McChrystal, their Secretary, gives us some more details of what promises to be an interesting talk.

Josie informs us that;

“In the early years, the Lindisfarne monastery built up a huge land holding in Northumberland and southern Scotland but in the troubled times of the Viking era some of these lands were taken away from them. Later writers referred to these lands without knowing much about them. We will discover one of these estates in mid-Northumberland on Monday evening.  

The renowned archaeologist Colm O’Brien will be the speaker on this occasion. He has excavated in Northumberland and taught at the universities of Newcastle and Sunderland. He is especially interested in the Age of Bede and now, in retirement, he co-directs the Bernician Studies Group, a community learning group with projects in Northumberland and in County Donegal in Ireland.

As ever, the lecture begins at 7.30 at Berwick Parish Church Hall (Holy Trinity) off The Parade, TD15 1DF. Please tell your family and friends about what promises to be a very interesting evening. All are welcome”.

2) The First World War in the Tees Valley Conference
Dave Errickson, Chair of Teesside Archaeological Society [TAS] one of our group members, has let us know of another event. Members will remember our previous note of our Home Front Legacy workshop in 2015 which highlighted ways groups could look out for and record First World War sites. In contrast to Lindisfarne and the north of our region, this concentrates upon these more modern sites in the south of our region and includes work carried out by the TAS group and others on Teesside recording them. All the talks in this free conference relate to the First World War in some way. The conference is in Middlesbrough and on Saturday this week, but you will need to book places for this. They can be obtained from this Eventbrite page here.

3) North East Ancient Egypt Society lecture: Tell Timai and its Terracotta Figures
Also on Saturday, but in Newcastle, is also the next lecture of the North East Ancient Egypt Society on something different again.

The first Tyne and Wear Archaeology Day
Jennifer Morrison, Tyne and Wear Archaeological Officer, has sent us details of the first Tyne and Wear Archaeology Day which is coming up soon in next month on Saturday, 16 June.

Again you will need to book and again this is a fully packed day. However in this case, whilst all are from the Tyne and Wear area, the talks cover a range of topics including;

– Prehistoric settlements found at East Wideopen and West Shiremoor in North Tyneside
– Roman industrial remains found at Dorcas Avenue in Benwell
– The Roman Wallquest Community Archaeology Project at Benwell, Wallsend (including the newly discovered Roman baths) and South Shields
– Industrial archaeology of the Newcastle Pottery found at Pottery Lane/Forth Banks, Newcastle
– Industrial Archaeology of Ambrose Crowley’s Ironworks at Swalwell in Gateshead
– Crypt Archaeology and human remains found under a former Bethel Chapel in Villiers Street, Sunderland
– World War Two and Cold War Archaeology at Blakelaw and Kenton Bunkers

To book places details are given in the poster or through clicking the link here. In a fully packed day. Jennifer notes that “Most of the archaeological projects which will be discussed have been funded by developers through the planning process, and the aim of the day is to pass on the results of these exciting excavations to local residents”.

Following on from previous emails…
1) The next Dig Deeper talk

Previous CBA North emails have announced talks on forensics and facial reconstruction, as well as osteoarchaeology, for the meetings of various groups. The next Dig Deeper talk at Durham, later this month, will discuss some of the new approaches to looking at and recording old bones – sometimes at a distance to the original samples. 

2) Bodies of Evidence: How science unearthed Durham’s dark secret
Also bone-related our last email carried information about a talk on the Scottish soldiers from the 1650 Battle of Dunbar who had died and been buried at Durham by Richard Annis, once again at Berwick to the Border Archaeological Society in April. Andrew Millard, also of Durham University and involved with the Scottish Soldiers project, has written to us a bit more about the forthcoming exhibition and events associated with that project.

He writes on behalf of the project team in an update to April’s talk with what planned for this summer;

“This exhibition shows how the latest scientific techniques have revealed the soldiers’ story – how they lived, why they died, and what became of those who survived.

Their skeletons were discovered during excavations in Durham in November 2013 and, for the first time, visitors to Palace Green Library will come face to face with a 3D reconstruction of the face of one of these men in the exhibition. The exhibition also tells the story of those survivors who were transported across the Atlantic to the edge of the known world. These men lived to have families and we are proud to have connected with many descendants, and we hope that descendants will be able to visit us and the exhibition in Durham this summer.

Running alongside the exhibition will be a programme of events, including family activities, public lectures, and the new production Woven Bones from Cap-a-Pie theatre company. The play will tell the story of the Scottish soldiers, and will tour venues along the route marched from Dunbar to Durham. Details of the production can be found on the Cap-a-Pie website.

Key highlights of this programme of events so far include:

– 18th June: Evening gallery opening with Professor Chris Gerrard, Project Lead for the Scottish Soldiers Archaeology Project
– 30th July: Evening lecture by Dr David Caldwell, President of the Society of Antiquaries of Scotland
– 13th August: Evening lecture by Professor Caroline Wilkinson, Director of Face Lab, Liverpool John Moores University, which produced the facial reconstruction
– 3rd September: Evening lecture by Arran Johnston, Founding Director of the Scottish Battlefields Trust

The Scottish Soldiers Archaeology Project Team would be delighted to welcome descendants to the exhibition and would be pleased to arrange private tours with members of the Team, so please do let us know if you are planning a visit by emailing Scottish.soldiers@durham.ac.uk. We recognise that Durham is a long way to travel for many of you, and so we are developing a small sister touring exhibition which will visit venues in the United States. More information about this touring exhibition will be made available in due course.

Further details and more events will be announced soon. Visit our website to find out more about the exhibition.

A book documenting the archaeology of the discovery, the process of analysis, and the history of the Scottish soldiers, including stories of the survivors, has also been produced by the Project Team and will be available in the coming months. Visit Oxbow Books to find out more about the book here.

We hope to see you this summer.

Kind regards,

The Scottish Soldiers Archaeology Project Team & Exhibition Curatorial Team”.

Events in the forthcoming week (and our Events list updated)

CBA North News
CBA North Committee work continues full of busy – this has included bringing our Events page up to date with recent changes. Please feel free to bring to our attention any further events that you know of to send round everyone else. Apologies for the lateness in the email – there is so much happening across the CBA North region and much else we are doing for you behind the scenes.

CBA North Committee,
20.01.2018

Arch & Arch Society lecture – this afternoon
The lecture series of many of the local groups within the CBA North network started near the start of the month. Here’s a poster for something happening this afternoon if you are in the area of Durham.

Arch & Arch Society Annual Research Grant
The ‘Arch & Arch’, more officially the Architectural and Archaeological Society of Durham and Northumberland, have written to us of their Annual Research Grant. Jo Shoebridge, their Secretary, writes that the society;

“The Society was founded in 1861 and has, since that time, pursued an active programme of lectures, field trips and publications. Based in Durham, but with interests throughout the region, it aims to provide an opportunity for all those interested in archaeology and architectural history to find out more, visit places of interest and experience hands on activities. 

Annual Research Grant
The application process is open for our annual research grant, which welcomes applications for a maximum of £250 for projects based within the North-East of England.

See http://www.aasdn.org.uk/news.htm to read more about the award and how to apply. Please note that the closure date for applications has been extended to the 31st January 2018″.

Further events to come this week
Next week is another busy week to come with lectures. In Durham on Wednesday is this;
…whilst on Thursday is the first 2018 event of our group member the Teesside Archaeological Society* where Professor Tim Thompson will be speaking on Bodies of Evidence (for more on this lecture see here) at Teesside, and on the Saturday in Newcastle is the first 2018 event of the North East Ancient Egypt Society*…

…and that of Tynedale Archaeology* in Hexham that afternoon as well.

As per 2017 there is plenty to get involved in.

*Details of each local group can be found in our Local Societies and Groups website page. (Please let us know of any 2018 alterations to this page).

Our Events page updated
In case you have not already seen our Events on our website, we’ve listed something like 50 archaeological group meetings all across the CBA North region.

In case you have already looked at this page, please take a glance for the new additions from the Northumberland Archaeological Group, Teesside Archaeological Society, Tynedale Archaeology and others besides. This information is up to date as far as we know and includes the changes that we have been told of.

Please feel free to circulate this email, through the links above or through the website page, to anyone that you think might be interested in these events.

Further events around the CBA North region next week

CBA North News

Events continue at speed all across the CBA North region. Tonight sees the Society of Antiquaries of Newcastle’s lecture on Medieval manuscripts whilst you’ll need to be quick to book by the end of this week for the Lancaster University Archaeology Forum for the first March weekend if your interests are more in the northwest of our extensive region.

We, like those manuscripts, also aim to illuminate you. In our case of what is happening across the North coming up soon. Next week, also coming at speed, covers the end of February and start of March means events of the Teesside Archaeological Society at the start of the week, the Till Valley Archaeological Society mid-week and also of the Architectural and Archaeological Society of Durham and Northumberland in the weekend as well as the Forum just mentioned.

We have details of each and all below for you to take your pick in attending. Enjoy!

Best wishes,

CBA North Committee, 22.02.2017

Lancaster University 44th Annual Archaeology Forum
This year’s conference includes a number of talks that may be of interest to CBA North members interested in Cumbrian archaeology. These span the archaeological periods of Roman and Medieval on particular sites across Cumbria (Maryport’s temples and Furness Abbey, in further sites in the Duddon Valley and on an early archaeologist of the Urswick area) as well as talks on drones, LIDAR and the Portable Antiquities Scheme in long-standing projects spanning the CBA North and North West regions.

You will need to be quick to book. Details of the day, including further talks, can be found online here with links to the booking system and a map for the venue itself.

Dance of Death
The mystery of our earlier email ‘The Varied Landscapes Of The CBA North Region (And Beyond)’ sent to you on the 12 February is now explained by our group member the Teesside Archaeological Society as explained by David Errickson their Chair. The next lecture, as usual the last Tuesday of the month – the 28 February – at Stockton Library at 7.30 pm, is Death and Discovery.

This lecture will be by David Dance, now a freelance archaeologist, who will discuss the use of archaeology in forensic investigation, exploring the origins of forensic archaeology and its application in criminal investigations of missing or suspected dead persons, with a practical demonstration of forensic archaeology in action.

Further details of the group, and of the speaker, can be found online through the links of their website, accessible through our own webpage in our Local Societies and Groups entry.

The next TillVAS lecture
Later that week is the next TillVAS lecture. With thanks to Maureen Charlton, their Secretary, details are given in their poster below.

Whilst Coldingham might be outside the already large CBA North region there are many Early Medieval and Medieval connections of the various religious houses here to those within CBA North which this lecture might well cover.

(If one looks at the past then suggestions have been made to include the south of Scotland with the north of England at times – not just in the 1470s, but also in the 1970s a suggestion was made to increase the CBA North region!).

Architectural and Archaeological Society lecture
Our email of the 12 February included notice of an open day in Yorkshire following investigations of a Roman road linking with our region. Belinda Burke, Secretary of the Architectural and Archaeological Society of Durham and Northumberland, another of our group members, sends us details of their next lecture which looks at another site connected by a Roman road – this time Dere Street – to our region.

Clashing dates and Future CBA North events
The 4 March, as we have covered today and in previous emails to you, will be a busy day – the Peregrini (covered in the 12 February email) and Lancaster University Conferences at opposite sides and ends of the region, in addition to the lecture immediately above, as well as CBA North Committee meeting in the morning. It is one of those days with lots clashing!

The agenda for the CBA North Committee will be finalising details for our own events with the dates we have already sent you as 29 April and 20 May – hopefully no clashes for those with anyone else, but if you don’t tell us we don’t necessarily know.

Save those dates if you can!