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Future workshops and events

CBA North News

The events of the summer continue apace. Even in the last weeks of October and November we have notice of further events you might be interested in attending. All of the information included this time involves more opportunities for active involvement in recording, preserving and presenting, as well as discovering the varied past across our region.

As the end of the year approaches CBA North’s Committee is keen for local groups to promote to everyone else what they have been doing through the course of the year. We already have contributions from the Appleby Archaeology Group and the Arbeia Society, as well as notice of the recent publication of Northern Archaeology by the Northumberland Archaeological Group. If you would like to send something in please feel free to do so. There are no word limits, the opportunity to include pictures as well as links to your own society in what we can send out.

Best wishes,

CBA North Committee
23.10.2016

Defending the Teesside First World War Building Recording Project

Please follow the World War One building recording programme link for a copy of the form which you can download, complete with your details and send on if you are interested.

Events this week
There are two local group meetings this week.

On Tuesday night the Teesside Archaeological Society hosts Dr Becky Gowland of Durham University at Stockton Central Library whose talk begins at 7.30pm. Her talk Children of the Revolution draws upon her work with skeletal remains of children in the North of England during the Industrial Revolution, demonstrating health stresses in both urban-based and rural children. Surprisingly, higher-than-expected rates of health stress were found among rural children: possibly related to the relocation of pauper children from workhouses, to apprenticeships in rural-based Northern mills.

The following day the Society of Antiquaries of Newcastle hold their annual public lecture as usual at the Curtis Auditorium of the Herschel Building, Newcastle University, where Nick Owen of the Northumbria Gardens Trust will talk on Kirkharle, Rothley and Alnwick: the three Northumberland landscapes of Capability Brown. This talk beings at 6.00pm.

Managing Places of Worship
We’ve been sent notice of this November training event by Historic England. Please follow the link, or feel free to contact Sophie direct, if you would like further details of the day.

Dear All,

Historic England is running a free 1-day course, Managing Places of Worship, which is aimed at church wardens, volunteers and others directly involved in managing Places of Worship (see attached flyer below). We will be discussing understanding significance, maintenance and adaption in order to sustain the historic building for the future.

If you are interested, please do use the following link to sign up for this course https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/managing-historic-places-of-worship-north-east-registration-25400996063.

Please note that this course is not aimed at heritage professionals, but at people directly involved with Places of Worship. Therefore, please do forward this invitation to any interested colleagues. It has been circulated quite widely, so apologies for any cross posting.

Thanks
Sophie

Sophie Norton
Training Delivery Officer
Research Group
Direct dial: 0161 242 1404 Mobile: 07342 064752

Brightwater Landscape Project
Joanne Norman of Groundwork North East & Cumbria writes of this project which is a Heritage Lottery Funded scheme headed by Durham Wildlife Trust. The aim of the scheme is to restore and celebrate the natural, built and cultural heritage of the catchment area of the River Skerne which includes Northern Darlington, Barmpton, Newton Aycliffe, Brafferton, Bishop Middleham, Sedgefield, Fishburn, Bradbury, Mordon, Sadberge and Heighington.

Groundwork are undertaking a Learning, Training and Volunteering Study to ascertain what demand there is in the catchment area for training and volunteering and information on its natural and built heritage. Community groups, heritage organisations, landowners, site managers and training providers are asked to complete a pair of surveys to help us build up a picture of what is required in the Brightwater Landscape area and we would like to hear from Local History Societies and environmental organisations in particular, who may be interested in volunteering or training within the heritage field – as natural heritage, built heritage, cultural heritage or local history.

There is an additional survey on the demand for information about the built, natural and cultural heritage of the area. If you or your members could comment on this it would give us some extremely valuable information, plus if you would like to put your group forward to get involved in the project there is the opportunity to indicate this in the questionnaires below.

It is anticipated that there will be opportunities for local communities to research their local history, take part in oral history projects or archaeological digs. Volunteering opportunities will be available in river or wildlife surveys, helping to restore and manage wetland and grassland nature reserves or helping to improve cycle and walking routes. There will also be cultural events and competitions which local people can get involved with. More information about the World War One building recording programmeproject can be found here, whilst the questionnaires can be found at https://www.surveymonkey.co.uk/r/3DX9VJ2 and https://www.surveymonkey.co.uk/r/35KFRYZ.

TillVAS Till Valley Archaeological Society – 4th November

Till Valley Archaeological Society.

The group will be welcoming either Graeme Young or Paul Gethin to TillVAS on Wednesday, 4th November at 7.30pm in Crookham Village Hall.

Both archaeologists have been working on the excavations at Bradford Kaims.

The Bamburgh Research Project supported by the Heritage Lottery Fund and English Heritage have been working with the local community (including some TillVAS members) and universities to investigate a truly remarkable ancient wetlands site which is located just a few miles from Bamburgh. The area still floods in wet weather and was once a peat filled lake. Peat has a wonderful property of preserving the kind of organic remains that do not survive on dry sites. Hence this is a particularly fascinating area and the talk promises to be of great interest.

Come along and find out how people lived 6,000 years ago at Bradford Kaims!

Members are free of charge, visitors £4

 

Do you live in East Fellside? If so…. read on….

Do you live in or around Castle Carrock, Newbiggin, Cumrew, Ainstable, Cumwhitton, Talkin, Hayton, Farlam, Hallbankgate, Midgeholme, Tindale, Kirkoswald, Renwick, Croglin, Gamblesby, Glassonby, Melmerby or Brampton? Or are you part of a special interest or volunteer group in those parishes? The early stages of a Heritage Lottery Funded bid is being developed in your area and is looking for interested local people with exciting ideas for projects.

What’s special about your local landscape? Projects could cover enhancement and celebration of nature conservation, historic buildings, cultural history and traditions, access, environmental education, nature and cultural based tourism, small scale sustainability issues and heritage skills training.

If you have any ideas to discuss, you know of a local group that might be interested in being involved, or would like to be put on our project mailing list to be kept up to date with future developments, please contact Katharine Birdsall on 01388 528801 or email katharine@northpenninesaonb.org.uk

 

Arbeia Conference 2015

Arbeia Conference 2015: Balnea, roman baths and bathing in the northern frontier zone: another side of military life.

The last few years have seen extensive excavations on bath-houses at Wallsend, Binchester and Chester-le-Street. The results have been spectacular, especially at Binchester where one of the best-preserved buildings in Roman Britain has been revealed. All these new discoveries will be described, together with new research on the baths at Chesters and at Bearsden on the Antonine Wall. Speakers will include Paul Bidwell, David Breeze, Nick Hodgson, Michael Lee, David Mason, Margaret Snape and Graeme Stobbs.

For further information and booking details click: Arbeia_Conference_2015_flyer

 

 

 

 

A Tale of Two Villages: A Village Atlas of Branxton and Crookham

A Tale of Two Villages: A Village Atlas of Branxton and Crookham

TillVAS is back at Heatherslaw Mill for another local history exhibition. The subject this year is the Heritage Lottery funded Village Atlas Project.

Work has started and the exhibition will show how far the project has got in researching the history of Branxton and Crookham. They have had a great deal of help from local people and will have a variety of old maps, documents and photographs on display. This year, they will be open in the Old Bakery Office during the month of July on Sundays, Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursday from 11am – 4pm. TillVAS will also be at Glendale Show on Bank Holiday Monday, 31st August.

Hylton Castle Community Open Day

Saturday 16 May 2015, 11.00am – 3.00pm, Free admission

Hylton Castle Community Open Day –  enjoy a range of family fun activities including children’s crafts, storytelling, historical interpretation, castle tours, as well as the opportunity to view the proposed designs for the castle redevelopment.

See Hylton Castle – Community Day for further details of the open day and also to find out more about how to get involved in the Hylton Castle redevelopment project.

The Heritage of the North Gare

As part of the HLF funded ‘River Tees Rediscovered’ landscape partnership project Tees Archaeology are working with Natural England and the Hartlepool Partnership for Nature to raise awareness of the heritage of the area between Seaton Carew and the River Tees.  A workshop will be held on Thursday 21st May at the Hartlepool Nuclear Power Station Visitors Centre.

The day will be split into two parts. In the morning people will be introduced to a range of sources of information about the area and take part in a series of exercises to reveal what this tells us about the local heritage. The sources used will include maps and aerial photographs along with historical and archaeological information about the area.

In the afternoon there will be a guided visit to the North Gare to look at features ranging in date from the medieval period to the Second World War. You should come prepared for an outdoor visit with appropriate clothing and footwear. Tea and coffee will be provided but you will need to bring your own lunch and this can be eaten at the Visitor Centre. A minibus will be available to take people from the Visitor Centre to North Gare and there is ample parking in both locations.

The event is free but booking is essential.  If you would like to take part please complete the attached booking form and return it to mike.leakey@naturalengland.org.uk

 

Lake District Archaeology Volunteer Network

Articles by Holly-Beavitt Pike of Lake District National Park.

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Reflections on History Phase 3

This year saw the completion of the Reflections on History project which is part of the Windermere Reflections programme currently being run by a partnership headed by the Environment Agency.  Windermere Reflections is a 3 year Heritage Lottery (HLF) funded community programme comprising 19 projects which address a range of issues from water quality to historic environment. Reflections on History has been jointly run by archaeological staff from the LDNPA and National Trust and has provided opportunities for local people to take part in archaeological survey and investigation of the industrial heritage of the Windermere area. This included examining the themes of woodland, water power and rocks and minerals. The first two phases were completed in 2011 and 2012 and phase three was completed this April with an examination of the archaeology of mines and quarries. Four sites were chosen for survey and investigation. These were Banks Quarry – a redundant slate quarry located in the Langdale Valley, Greenhead Gill Mine – the remains of a 16th century lead mine located near to Grasmere and the Fairfield and Providence Mines – both of which are iron mines said to have been worked c1700, also located in Grasmere.

see http://www.windermere-reflections.org.uk/

Volunteers Day

On Saturday 8 June a group of about 15 volunteers joined John Hodgson and Kasia Litwa at Hartsop Hall farm for a guided walk which was a part of the Lake District National Park Authority Volunteers Day 2013. Sites visited included a Roman-British settlement enclosed by a low bank, incorporating a number of massive glacial boulders and containing 6 or 7 hut circles. Adjacent to the settlement is a large buried mound probably dating from the Bronze Age and a medieval shieling – a longhouse with a small enclosure alongside once containing people and their animals. Lunch was eaten at Hoggett Gill, the site of a 17 Century lead smelter which comprises a stone building with the remains of a waterwheel pit, leat and chopwood kiln (for drying wood for smelting). The Hartsop Hall lead mines, viewed on the Second World War.

Archaeology and Photography workshop

On Tuesday 13 August Kasia delivered an Archaeology and Photography workshop to 17 archaeology volunteers. The aim of this one-day event was to raise awareness of the use of digital photography in the field of archaeology and to help the participants in developing their photographic skills and interests in the company of fellow volunteers in an informal and relaxed way. The workshop consisted of three sessions:

an introductory talk about the history of archaeological photography and the basics of photography and the use of a camera, and two hands-on sessions. Volunteers spent over an hour at the Duddon Furnace trying out different methods and procedures. After lunch they spent about an hour photographing and illustrating artefacts. The workshop was an introduction to the wide field of archaeological photography and Kasia hopes that it sparked a new interest among the participating volunteers.

Romans in Ravenglass

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The first season of the exciting Romans in Ravenglass project has now sadly come to end. Romans in Ravenglass is a partnership project between the Lake District National Park Authority, Muncaster Parish Council and the Muncaster Estate and is funded by the Heritage Lottery

Fund, the Copeland Community Fund and the LDNPA. During September volunteers were given an opportunity to understand more about the Roman Heritage of Ravenglass, concentrating on the vicus (civilian settlement) surrounding the fort. Archaeological investigations in the form of geophysical survey, field walking and the excavation of three trenches was carried out in order to determine the extent and layout of the civilian settlement.

News bulletin               http://www.lakedistrict.gov.uk/__data/assets/pdf_file/0011/383159/Archaeology-Volunteers-Bulletin-No-2-Oct-2013.pdf

Website                    http://www.lakedistrict.gov.uk/caringfor/volunteering/archaeologyvolunteers

Email                          archvol@lake‐district.gov.uk

 

Bamburgh Research Project

Exciting new finds at the Bradford Kaims wetland excavation by Graeme Young of the Bamburgh Research Project

Over the last few year the Bamburgh Research Project has been excavating at a wetland site at Bradford Kaims, some 5km to the west of Bamburgh Village, in parallel with the long term excavation at Bamburgh Castle. The new site has been investigated as part of an English Heritage and the Heritage Lottery Fund supported Project aimed at expanding community involvement and outreach as well as increasing our understanding of this fascinating landscape.

Geophysical survey, kindly donated by Geophysical Surveys of Bradford, and test pitting has revealed the presence of at least 12 burnt mounds. These lie around what would have been the dry ground around the former lake, now peat filled and covered by pasture.

This summer the unusually dry weather has been a real boon, allowing the extension of Trench 6, which contains the first burnt mound we discovered, down slope and into the peat layers. This burnt mound particularly intrigues us as an archaeomagnetic date on some fired clay around a stone hearth has been dated to 4230 BC, suggesting a very early mound indeed. Right below the mound and in the upper layers of peat we uncovered a round-wood timber platform, of some considerable extent. In fact we are yet to find north, south and west sides, but we do know that it extends for some metres in all of three directions.

Preserved organic remains from prehistory are rare discoveries, so this caused a  great deal of excitement. All the more so when a preserved wooden paddle was found lying on top of the timber platform. In addition to the paddle the recovery of Carinated Bowl pottery, from the layers above the paddle, provides additional dating evidence to support the early date of the mound. All things considered it looks like the paddle and platform date back to around 4000 BC.

Find out more about the Bamburgh Research Project and the Bamburgh Castle and Bradford Kaims sites on our blog

www.bamburghresearchproject.wordpress.com

www.bamburghresearchproject.co.uk

Opportunities to join the training excavation in June and July of 2014 are available, with details on the website under ‘field school’.

Archaeological Research Services Ltd

Race to record prehistoric site before secrets are lost by Philippa Cockburn and Clive Waddington, Archaeological Research Services Ltd

Rescued from the Sea is a Heritage Lottery Funded community archaeology project run in partnership between Northumberland Wildlife Trust, Archaeological Research Services Ltd and Northumberland County Council. It aims to rescue and record fragile prehistoric archaeological remains in the cliff face before they are eroded in to the sea. The site is precariously located in the dunes, just south of Amble on the North East coast.

The Project is currently in its post-excavation phase, now that the fieldwork has come to an end. The excavation enlisted the help of approximately 140 volunteers, 60 University students and 250 local school children who excavated and recorded the site before it was back-filled in mid-September.

Initially, the main focus of the site was the Bronze Age burial cairn, which archaeologists had known about since the early 1980s when human burials were first noticed eroding from the cliffs. Since then, and prior to the latest round of excavations, a number of human burials have been discovered along with some beautifully decorated pottery beakers. The most recent excavations found that just under half of the cairn remained and that it would have originally been 16m wide with three distinct construction phases. The fragmentary remains of a human burial were found within what was left of a disturbed and robbed-out cist.

Excavation of the western corner of the site revealed a stone-flagged surface and a number of dark stains in the sand which represented the remains of buildings, as well as three stone-lined hearths. Finds included a small copper ring, a whetstone and some Iron Age and imported Roman pottery sherds which place the house, and its associated features, in the later Iron Age and Romano-British periods.

Once the Iron Age and Bronze Age deposits had been excavated, a layer of sand and stones was found beneath the Bronze Age soil. It is thought this could represent a massive catastrophic storm surge event, or ‘tsunami’, although tests on this deposit are on-going as it is also possible that it could turn out to be the remnants of an ablation (melt out) till. A number of Mesolithic features had been dug into this layer including pits and two large shallow scoops which are interpreted as house scoops.

In addition, the excavation produced approximately 20,000 individual pieces of worked flint, some of which had been made into tools such as knives, scrapers and tiny barbs for arrowheads and spear heads. Many of these tools are typical of the Mesolithic period and will help to date the earlier deposits.

In addition to the archaeological work, a considerable amount of environmental research is being carried out to help understand what the past environment was like, how it compared to the present day, how sea levels have changed through time and what type of vegetation and wildlife occupied the area. Tying this in with the archaeological remains is an important objective of the project and will involve working closely with environmental scientists from Durham, Newcastle, Edinburgh, Birmingham and Southampton Universities.

The site will yield around 40-50 radiocarbon dates and this will allow for a detailed chronology of the site and surrounding environmental deposits to be produced. The post-excavation analyses should be completed by April 2014 with the site expected to be published in Autumn 2014. A TimeTeam documentary focusing on the site is to be broadcast on Channel 4 in the Spring.

http://www.nwt.org.uk/rescued-from-the-sea

http://www.archaeologicalresearchservices.com/projects/low-hauxley