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Putting flesh on the bare bones of history

CBA North News

Another month has all too quickly passed by, but all that means is another month of lectures and events to look forward to as well. This email is something of a bumper issue of notices for forthcoming events – kicking off on the 3rd with others again in the forthcoming weeks. Once again these are spread across the region, and a bit further beyond, dealing with subjects and locations familiar as well as distant in time and space.

As of yesterday’s Committee meeting it was thought that if anyone, or any local groups, would like to report their own news or announce their forthcoming events to a wider audience across the whole of the CBA North region, please send us such information and material (ideally with a picture or two).

We already have notices of other further events in October, as well as two events – outside of the usual society regular events – for November (which we will aim to send out later this month).

Best wishes,

CBA North Committee
02.10.2016

Depicting the Dead
Lectures put flesh on the bare bones of history – and this one of BAS does more than most.

Dr Eilidh Ferguson studied Forensic Anthropology at the University of Dundee before a PhD in juvenile facial identification. She is currently working as a postdoctoral research assistant studying adult facial identification from photographic images and is a Royal Anthropological Institute certified forensic anthropologist involved in forensic casework both in the UK and abroad.

The region is very familiar with anatomical and osteoarchaeological research as the illustration from William Greenwell’s British Barrows shows.

Death on the Nile
Death is also the subject of the North East Ancient Egypt Society’s mini-study in Durham next Saturday, 8 October, as well. In this case a series of three speakers will be dealing with coffin types and decoration. See the NEAES website for more details. This is free to members, but for non-members this will be £5.

Bosworth 1485
The full reconstruction of an archaeological battlefield may, however, be a little way off yet. However the rediscovery of one – Bosworth in Leicestershire – itself is the subject of the next Till Valley Archaeological Society lecture next weekend.

IA Rhouses

The work in relocating this battlefield, previously thought known, is very like TillVAS’s own involvement in the Flodden500 project. Details for booking a place at this lecture are given above, but visitors are welcome to any of the other TillVAS regular lectures to December that are already listed in our Events website page.

Resuming regular local society lectures
Hard on the heels of these events the lectures of the Northumberland Archaeological Group (NAG) resume in Newcastle on the 12th October when Rob Young will talk on ‘Excavations at Derwentcote: a Study in Nineteenth Century Workers’ Housing’, whilst the first of the Appleby Archaeology Group when other local fieldwork ‘Mapping the Medieval landscape of Cumbria’ by Dr Caron Newman will be the following day in Appleby.

The further events of these both these groups – in the case of the Appleby Archaeology Group up to April 2017 – can also be found in our Events (‘https://cbanorth.wordpress.com/events/‘) page of the website.

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 [SOCANTS]

Details as to times and venues for all these events can be found in our Local Societies and Groups page of the website.

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Hylton Castle and Street House next week

CBA North News

Today CBA North feels a bit like an estate agent. Would Sir or Madam be interested in either of these two ‘offers’ for your archaeological time and interests?

We have two very different houses of different periods, locations and settings from the southeastern parts of our CBA North ‘collection’ (sorry, that should read as ‘region’) with events that you may be interested in.

Best wishes,

CBA North Committee
23.09.2016

Community Archaeology at Hylton Castle
CBA North Members and Followers might be interested in the chance to take part in excavations at Hylton Castle which are being run as part of the Hylton Castle Project which is an initiative, recently launched, by the Friends of Hylton Castle and Sunderland City Council supported by the Heritage Lottery Fund.


These excavations run from Monday, 26th September, next week to Friday, 7th October, the week after. If you’d like to try your hand at archaeology, and find out more about the history of the site, then why not give it a try?

No previous archaeological experience is necessary, though places may be limited if there is high demand to be involved. If you would like to join in please contact Penny Middleton of Northern Archaeological Associates through her email address which is pm@naa.gb.com or call 0191 375 0943 for further details.


Neolithic Street House – the story continues
Many CBA North Members and Followers will already be familiar with the Street House excavations of 1980s date of a rare long cairn and ‘wossit’ monuments. More recent excavations by Steve Sherlock and the Teesside Archaeological Society have since revealed a rare Anglo-Saxon bed burial and prehistoric settlements.

On Tuesday evening next week, 27th September, the lectures of the Teesside Archaeological Society resume and open with an account of more recent again excavations led by Steve Sherlock. Here the news of a site “of regional or perhaps national significance” will be reported at the lecture.

IA Rhouses

Further details of the site, the time and location of the lecture venue can be found here.

From Frosterley’s fields to seaplanes at Shields – this and next week in CBA North

CBA North News

Some might say that this is the best time of year. The last of summer proper through the day and the the resumption of local group’s talks at night. Just a short email this time round to let you know of two things later this week and at the start of next which might convince you that it is.

Best wishes,

CBA North Committee
14.09.2016

‘Arch & Arch’ Lecture
The next of the Architectural and Archaeological Society of Durham and Northumberland’s lectures is on this Saturday afternoon. Details for the society, and their other lectures, can be found through their entry in our Local Societies and Groups, as well as Events, pages on our website.


Seaplanes at Shields
The next CITiZAN recording day in CBA North’s region can be found in the poster below for next week. There were a number of seaplane and airship bases across the CBA North region during World War One, but little remains of them. This is your chance to record something of one of them before it is too late.

Archaeology – like London buses

CBA North News

This is the first full week of September – and what a full week it turns out to be!

Three local archaeological groups across the CBA North region start their lecture series for 2016 to 2017 this week, so like London buses (and more) nothing happens and then so much does. We’ve listed all the regular archaeological group events that we know of.

Details for each local society can be found in the pages of our website which will give you the details of venues and times of the meetings. There are other events again happening this September, and indeed other events have already happened, which we hope to report upon later.

Best wishes,

CBA North Committee
04.09.2016

September Events
5 September – Mortuary Archaeology, Dr Myra Giesen [BAS]
7 September – Medieval Highlands and Islands, David Caldwell [TILLVAS]
8 September – Remote Sensing, David Astbury [CCA]
14 September – Artefacts from the Slave Trade, Dr Jane Webster [CCA]
17 September – Excavations at St Botolph’s Chapel, Frosterley, Paul Frodsham [ARCH & ARCH]
27 September – Street House before the Saxons, Steve Sherlock [TAS]
28 September – From Tyneside to Fratricide: north-easterners in the Spanish Civil War, Lewis Mates [SANT]

Medieval and Renaissance Durham

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Medieval and Renaissance Durham Community Course:
Drama, Ritual, Storytelling and People
Wednesday, 4 May 2016 to Wednesday, 29 June 2016

The full course is offered at a charge of £41.00 per person, please click here to register.
Please note registration for the course will close on Thursday 28th April 2016.

If you’re interested in the history of the people and stories of Medieval and Renaissance Durham, consider joining us for an exciting new series, proudly offered by Durham University’s Medieval and Early Modern Student Association.

This year’s ‘Community Course’ (led by our team of specialist Durham-based researchers) will be made up of eight sessions covering an interesting range of topics, broadly following the themes of performance, ritual, storytelling of the people of the North East.

This is a course for anyone who wants to learn a little more about our region, whether you’re a complete beginner, or already know a fair amount about the North East during this interesting period. Our sessions will be relaxed and informal with plenty of tea and coffee, so sign up and come along!

The course consists of eight weekly sessions as follows (full details are available here):

• Wednesday 4 May 2016, 6.30pm – 8.30pm
• Wednesday 11 May 2016, 7:00pm – 9:00pm
• Wednesday 18 May 2016, 7:00pm – 9:00pm
• Wednesday 25 May 2016, 7:00pm – 9:00pm
• Wednesday 8 June 2016, 6.30pm – 8.30pm
• Wednesday 15 June 2016, 7:00pm – 9:00pm
• Wednesday 22 June 2016, 7:00pm – 9:00pm
• Wednesday 29 June 2016, 7:00pm – 9:00pm

For further details please see the attached poster or contact: durhamcommunitycourse2016@gmail.com.

Teesside Archaeological Society lecture – this Tuesday

Good Morning Everyone,

This is just a quick email to say thank you to everyone who has already registered with Teesside Archaeological Society for this year. We very much appreciate it and thank you for everyone who attended the last lecture. We had 51 people come along!

The next lecture will take place on the 19th April. It is NOT the last Tuesday of the month this time, due to the library being used for other purposes.

‘Nevern Castle in Pembrokeshire’ by Dr. Chris Caple
Dr. Chris Caple graduated from the University of Wales, College of Cardiff, with a BSc in Archaeological Conservation. In addition to being a Fellow of Antiquaries, and Director of the postgraduate programme in artefact conservation in Durham University Department of Archaeology, he has a long-term research interest in Welsh castles. This talk will concentrate on the Welsh castle he has been most recently involved with in excavating: Nevern Castle in Pembrokeshire, where excavations began in 2008 and will continue to 2018. Findings so far of this well-preserved 12th Century castle, built of stone mortared with clay, include a threshold containing hidden apotropaic symbols.

Best wishes,
Dave

Warkworth Castle and Hermitage Trip, 17th April

CBA North Members and Followers may be interested in joining this excursion. Please contact Dr Phillipo direct if you are interested and/or would like further details.

Dear everyone,

Welcome back after the Easter break!  Next Sunday (17th April) we resume our programme of ‘Exploring Classical and Historical Northumbria’ trips, with a visit to Warkworth castle.  Details of further trips to follow, including Hadrian’s Wall on the early May Bank Holiday (2nd May).

Sunday 17th April: Warkworth castle & hermitage (afternoon/early evening):
Depart c. 12.10, return c. 18.05
Cost: £7.80 for transport

A visit to the impressive medieval Percy fortress in the scenic town of Warkworth.
• Picturesque town dominated by showpiece medieval castle, home to a number of key players in English history, notably the Percy family (the original ‘kings in the north’).
• Wars of the Roses, the English Civil War and several wars with Scotland(!)  feature among the many historical events in which the castle and town played a part.
• Castle features in Shakespeare’s *Henry IV* plays: the scenes which he set here make use of elements from classical writers Plutarch and Virgil — we shall hear about these on site, and visit the exact locations!
• Unique 13th-century hermitage elaborately carved out of the solid stone of the river bank.

As with previous trips, entrance to the castle is free by special arrangement with English Heritage. We travel by bus: the X18 from Haymarket bus station, outside Marks and Spencers.

Schedule:
Meet at Haymarket bus station (usually Stand Q), ideally by *12.05*.
Catch 518 bus at 12.13.
Arrive Warkworth (via part of the scenic Northumbria coastal route) 13.40

Best to bring sandwiches to eat on the bus: refreshments including hot drinks are available at the Castle but there’s no cafe as such.

The bus drops us close to the castle; we’ll have ample time to explore it, and hopefully the hermitage (to which visitors are ferried by English Heritage rowing boat!) before heading downhill into the village for a refreshment stop in one the village’s excellent cafés/pubs (one of the latter serves particularly good scones!).

We will aim for the 16.37 bus back from Warkworth, getting back to Haymarket at 18.06.  Buses leave at 37 minutes past each hour, though, so you can catch an earlier or later bus back if you like.

Cost: An Arriva all-day ticket (£7.80) is the cheapest option.  Entrance to the castle is free; otherwise, just bring money for refreshments.

Everyone welcome (including friends from outside the School who may wish to come along).  You can turn up on the day, and/or use your own transport, but if you can let me know in advance if you plan to come that would be useful.  If you need to contact me on the day, my mobile is 07833 125 747.

With best wishes,
(Dr.) S. Phillippo