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Our CBA North alphabet of archaeology continues: G to J

CBA North News
A short email today for CBA North’s Members – behind the scenes we are working on a summary of our work for you and of our own recent events in Summarising and Sustaining Conference, as the well as our AGM. You will see various changes taking place on the website and to these emails in time.

Nonetheless normal business continues as General work and we’ve notice of two events this week below – one of which is tonight. Nonetheless our alphabet of CBA North archaeology continues and today covers from G to J.

Best wishes,

CBA North Committee, 30.05.2017

The Teesside Archaeological Society lecture tonight
The next lecture of our group member the Teesside Archaeological Society is tonight on the Durham University Stockton Campus in D004 – please note the change in venue this time round. Whilst talking in the south-east of our region Dr David Petts will describing about his recent work in the north-east of our region; his subject Lindisfarne and the Holy Island Archaeology Project. This lecture begins at 7.30 pm.

Details on the group can be found through the Local Societies and Groups page of our website. This gives us an H and I for our CBA North alphabet.

Also this week – The Society of Antiquaries of Newcastle upon Tyne lecture
Tomorrow night also sees a lecture as well. The Society of Antiquaries of Newcastle have a lecture by Andrew Breeze on the Battle of Brunanburh and Cambridge CCC, MS 183. This lecture will be at 6pm at the Mining Institute in Newcastle. Once again details can be found on our website.

Looking ahead to June
Here is a list of June’s events that we know of so far;

5 June – Needles Eye, Jenny Proctor [BAS]
7 June – Durham and Dunbar: identifying Scottish soldiers at Palace Green, Richard Annis [TILLVAS]
27 June – Pons Aelius to Pandon, Jennifer Morrison [TAS]

28 June – Romano-British glass bangles: a reappraisal, Tatiana Ivleva [SOCANTS]

Please let us know if you are organising any other events that you would like CBA North to promote. Details for each of these societies, such as their meeting places and times, can be found in the Local Societies and Groups of our website.

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Exploring Northumbria: Trip to Holy Island/Lindisfarne

We’ve just had notice of this trip that is organised by Newcastle University on Saturday. If you aren’t going to any of the many other events that we’ve recently carried notice of – in Cumbria, Lancaster, Lindisfarne (in a different guise) or Durham in previous emails to our Members and Followers – this might appeal to you. If you would like to go, please contact Dr Phillippo direct for further details through her contacts details here as soon as possible.

Best wishes,

CBA North Committee, 02.03.2017

Dear everyone,

   Our next trip in our ‘Exploring classical and historical Northumbria’ series is this coming *Saturday* (note different day to usual), 4th March, to Holy Island and Lindisfarne Priory, one of Northumbria’s highlights. 

*Saturday* 4th March: Holy Island and Lindisfarne Priory (all day)
Start: c. 8.30.  Return by 7.35 p.m.
Cost: £9.70 for all-day NE Explorer ticket, plus any refreshments; entry to sites free.

•       From early Saxon times, the cradle of Northumbrian and British Christianity, and at the heart of Northumbria’s ‘Golden Age’; the celebrated Lindisfarne gospels were created here;
•       Stories of saints, kings and saintly kings, including mobile heads and a friendly raven; and decidedly unsaintly (and unfriendly) Vikings…
•       A tidal causeway, evocative priory ruins, and some of the best coastal scenery in England; also (from outside!) Elizabethan castle (with guest appearances in films such as ‘The Scarlet Pimpernel’…!)

For, with the flow and ebb, its style
Varies from continent to isle;         
Dry-shod, o’er sands, twice every day,
The pilgrims to the shrine find way;  
Twice every day, the waves efface  
Of staves and sandalled feet the trace.  
[…]       
Higher and higher rose to view
The castle with its battled walls.
The ancient monastery’s halls,
A solemn, huge, and dark red pile,  
Placed on the margin of the isle.  (Sir Walter Scott, *Marmion*)

Schedule: 
Meet at Haymarket bus station (outside M&S) stand Q, *no later* than 8.30 and preferably by at least 8.25 (bus leaves 8.33).
Change at Beal road end for Holy Island bus, arrive 11.05.
Explore priory ruins and museum (entry free under educational arrangement with English Heritage); also St Mary’s parish church, parts of which date back to the time of St. Aidan in the 7th C.
c. 1 p.m.: lunch in one of the local cafés (or bring your own packed lunch!)
c. 1.45: walk across the island for coastal views and a look at the Elizabethan Lindisfarne Castle (exterior only, sadly, as NT have closed it for refurbishment; still an impressive sight).
3.45 p.m.: catch bus back to Beal (safely ahead of the tide which cuts the island off twice daily!)
4-5.30: time for refreshments/food in Lindisfarne Inn before catching 17.33 bus to Newcstle (free tea/coffee refills on production of bus ticket!).
Arrive Newcastle 19.36.

*Bring warm clothing and robust footwear*: the island can be breezy even in fine weather; walking is mainly on well-marked paths but you may want to explore the shoreline and will need appropriate shoes or boots for that!

As always, you are very welcome just to turn up on the day, but it is useful to have some idea of numbers in advance so drop me an e-mail if you are interested in coming. Friends from outside the School are also welcome!

My mobile contact no. on the day: 07833 125747.  Let me know a contact number if you plan to use your own transport.
With all best wishes,
  (Dr) S. Phillippo

Teesside Archaeological Society lecture – this week

Morning Everyone,

This is just a reminder that the next Teesside Archaeological Society lecture will take place on Tuesday 23rd Feb 7.30 at Stockton Central Library.

This will be ‘St Cuthbert’s Corpse’ by Dr. David Williams

Writing under the pen name David Willem, David is the author of ‘St Cuthbert’s Corpse – a life after death’. In this talk, David will draw upon research for this book, charting the history of St. Cuthbert’s body through time. His coffin was opened six times in 1300 years and on each occasion someone kept a record of the body and relics as they were found – Anglo-Saxon monks, the first kings of all England, the Normans, Henry VIII’s henchman, a Georgian antiquarian and Victorian scholars – all bringing different preoccupations and concerns to the same body of material.

Anyone can come along and it is only £4.00 for non-members. If you would like to join and you haven’t joined for this year, it is £14.00 for a single membership and £23.00 for a joint! That will cover you this year on fieldwork, all the lectures and the annual bulletin which is now ready for you all!

Looking forward to seeing you all there,
Best wishes,

Dave
TAS Chairman

TillVAS Lecture: 2nd September

Till Valley Archaeological Society

The next TillVAS lecture will be held on Wednesday 2nd September.

The speaker will be Roger Jermy:

“The Limestone Industry on Holy Island”.
7.30 pm in Crookham Village Hall.

All Welcome – Members free of charge, Visitors £4.

Also, please note that the The “James IV Memorial Lecture” entitled “The King in the North – the life and times of Oswald of Northumbria” will be held at 2.30pm in Etal Village Hall on Sunday 11th October.

The speaker will be Max Adams, author of the book of that title.
This is a ticketed event, £5 each, and can be obtained from Maureen Charlton, East Flodden Cottage, Milfield, NE71 6JF on receipt of a cheque (payable to TillVAS) and a SAE.

Festival of Archaeology: Viking life and times at Lindsfarne Priory

Viking life and times at Lindsfarne Priory

Sat 18th Jul 2015 10:00-16:00 — Mon 20th Jul 2015 10:00-16:00

Visit Lindisfarne to hear about the intense stories of panic and commotion of the Viking raids on the north-east coast of England. Watch the hardships of Vikings as they re-enact the combat training campaigns!

Consult the website for further details, including entry costs:

www.english-heritage.org.uk/visit/whats-on/viking-life–times-Lind-18-07-2015/

The Year of Hilda – Celebrating 1400 years since her birth- Hartlepool- 13/9/2014

The  Year of Hilda – Celebrating 1400 years since her birth

A special FREE event on Saturday 13 September in St Hilda’s Church Hartlepool.

Michelle Brown, a renowned authority on the Lindisfarne Gospels, will  speak on The Influence of Hilda and the Lindisfarne Gospels.

10.00am  for coffee, lecture starts at 10.30am.

More info from Rev Chris Collinson on 01429 267030.

‘Fires of the North’ programme, running on the Northumbria coast between 25 Aug (St Aebba’s day) and 4 Sept (St Cuthbert’s Day)

A unique venture bringing together three iconic National Nature Reserves and three major national organisations – Lindisfarne NNR (Natural England), Farne Islands NNR (National Trust), and St Abb’s Head NNR (National Trust for Scotland) – around the figure of Cuthbert, the ‘Fire of the North’, and evoking a time when the ancient kingdom of Northumbria straddled what is now England and Scotland.

On 4 September (St Cuthbert’s Day) last year a beacon/fire was lit by National Trust Rangers on the Inner Farne to commemorate the time in 687 when monks did the same to signal to Lindisfarne the death of Cuthbert on the Inner Farne.

The event celebrated the life of Cuthbert, and especially his strong links with nature and the animal kingdom. As the North’s patron saint he became known as the ‘Fire of the North’.

PROGRAMME OF EVENTS

Mon 25 August (St Aebbe’s Day)

St Abb’s Head NNR – Liza Cole and John Woodhurst

Liza, the National Trust for Scotland’s Senior Ranger at St Abb’s Head NNR will talk about the Reserve, whilst local historian John will explore Cuthbert’s links to St Abbs, stressing the importance he gave to nature and the animal kingdom.

Meet at St Abb’s Head Nature Centre (Grid Ref NT 913674) at 1pm to walk to Kirk Hill, the site of   St Aebbe’s Anglo-Saxon monastery.

Thurs 28 August

Inner Farne NNR – National Trust Rangers and John Woodhurst

John will meet the 11, 12, 1 and 2 o’clock sailings from Seahouses to the Inner Farne, and in a short walk/talk offer the opportunity to find out more about Cuthbert’s links to the Farnes, referencing the archaeology with sites extant today, and stressing Cuthbert’s self-sufficient lifestyle as a hermit. NT Rangers will also be on hand to talk about the wildlife of the Inner Farne.

Standard boat booking from Seahouses to Inner Farne (NT landing fees apply to non members – see NT website for details), and meet John and NT Ranger on landing.

 

Sun 31 August (St Aidan’s Day)

Lindisfarne NNR – Laura Scott and John Woodhurst

Reserve Warden Laura will talk about Lindisfarne NNR, and John will do his regular walk/talk, ‘Cuthbert – Lindisfarne’s First Nature Warden?’.

Meet at Window on Wild Lindisfarne building (Grid Ref NU129419) at 12.30 pm to walk around the Harbour, along the Heugh, across to St Cuthbert’s Island, and back via the ‘Sacred Corridor’ to St Mary’s Church.

Thurs 4 Sept at Dusk ca.8.30-9.00pm (St Cuthbert’s Day)

‘FIRE OF THE NORTH’

Beacons/Fires to be lit on Inner Farne and St Abb’s Head

NT Rangers will repeat the beacon/fire from last year near the lighthouse on Inner Farne.

St Abb’s Head beacon/fire will be on a hill close to St Abb’s Head lighthouse, with a linked walk from Kirk Hill to the site led by Daniel Rhodes, National Trust for Scotland Archaeologist (meet foot of Kirk Hill – Grid Ref NT914687 at 7.30).

John will lead a group from the Window on Wild Lindisfarne building (meet 7.30) to the Watchtower on the Heugh to view, weather permitting, both beacons/fires. Along the way he will give a shortened version of his ‘First Nature Warden’ talk.

ALL WALKS/TALKS ARE FREE.

FOR MORE INFORMATION PHONE OR EMAIL:

Lindisfarne – 01289 381470 or laura.scott@naturalengland.org.uk.

Inner Farne – 01665 576874 or Rebecca.Hetherington@nationaltrust.org.uk.

St Abb’s Head – 01890 771443 or lcole@nts.org.uk.

 

Please wear suitable footwear and be prepared for all weather. Bring a drink/snack. Children must be accompanied by an adult.