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The Birley Lecture – tonight at Durham

CBA North News

A short email to let you know of the lecture below; we’ve been assembling things for later this month, as well as next and indeed next year as well for ‘bumper issues’. That said if you’d like to report things of the past year or announce anything for the future, please feel free to send it in (ideally with a picture or two\) and we can slot that in as well.

Best wishes,

CBA North Committee
22.11.2016

The Birley Lecture – tonight at Durham
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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?

A cohort of conferences?

CBA North News

What is the collective noun for Roman archaeology conferences? Is it a cohort, a century or merely a collection?

Fortunately it is not a clash as the three such conferences happen this and next month on separate days and at separate locations. Two are based in our CBA North region, with one of the talks covering sites in our neighbour’s CBA Yorkshire territory. Meanwhile an event within CBA Yorkshire territory also covers topics of our area which we think might be of interest to you.

The Romans and Hadrian’s Wall, like it or loathe it, are one of the defining features of our region’s archaeology and here to stay for a bit more it seems. In between those the regular meetings of our own group members also continue on. This week talks are on Post-Medieval Derwentcote in County Durham, Medieval Cumbria and a pair of lectures on even earlier Neanderthal hunting.

Best wishes,

CBA North Committee
11.10.2016

Hadrian’s Wall Archaeology Forum

Tickets to the conference are £12.00 and can be obtained from the Queens Hall box office. They can be contacted through the email address boxoffice@queenshall.co.uk or by ringing 01434 652477.

Romans and Natives in Central Britain
 
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]
12 October –  Excavations at Derwentcote: a Study in Nineteenth Century Worker’s Housing, Rob Young [NAG]
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 of our website.

The Arbeia Society Conference
Those fans of Roman small finds, and in particular of dragonesque brooches, who have seen the Dales Landscape Heritage group’s logo above will perhaps think of South Shields for where a similar one has been found. That, as well as being a Roman conference itself, leads us nicely into the announcement – kindly sent to us by Paul Bidwell – of another annual conference, that of The Arbeia Society, whose poster is given below.

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.

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.

Hadrianic Society: Update

Hadrianic Society: Update

The website of the Hadrianic Society has recently been updated with events including the 2016 Roman Army School and the society weekend.

More information about these events and the society can be found at:

http://www.hadrianicsociety.com/index.htm