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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

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Free Access to Routledge Archaeology publications

CBA North Members will already have been sent this this (as a benefit of membership), so for CBA North’s Followers might also be interested in this offer in case people haven’t already seen it with lots available for sites and finds across CBA North-land.

CBA North note that there are of course lots of good things to read in printed form as well with the libraries of local societies as well when this offer closes as well, but in the meantime…

Routledge Archaeology, Heritage, Museum Studies and Conservation

From 4th-17th April 2016 you can access our Archaeology, Heritage, Museum Studies and Conservation journals for FREE*. There is no need to sign-up or register, simply click the links below and start reading today!

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Explore our Heritage, Museum Studies and Conservation journals

*This exclusive offer is only available via this page between 4th-17th April 2016 and to post-1997 content only.

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Spring into archaeological action this spring!

Now Spring 2016 seems to have arrived why not spring into archaeological action this month?

Events start tonight with the Border Archaeological Society [BAS] on places warmer again with prehistoric rock art in Africa, though the speaker will be familiar to many of CBA North-land already, and this week two more talks on recent Mesolithic and Medieval researches in meetings of the Northumberland Archaeological Group [NAG} and Till Valley Archaeological Society [TillVAS].

Other talks cover the Medieval elsewhere across CBA North-land with Furness Abbey in the southwest of our region covered by the Appleby Archaeological Group [Appleby], though looking further westward again next week, and the week after that a Teesside Archaeological Society talk will deal with Durham University excavations of a castle in Wales,

..and then again other talks cover the area from the lowlands to the hills. Take your pick, attend your own local group meetings and why not something else as well? Our list of things known to us for April is below, but feel free to let us know of any more that you know about or would like to publicise. Details for each of the local groups can be found in our Local Societies and Groups page of the website.

April 2016
4 April – An engraved landscape: rock carvings from the ‘Central Sahara’, Dr Tertia Barnett [BAS]
6 April – Salters Nick – Some Final Conclusions, John Davies [NAG]
6 April – AGM followed by The 2015 Flodden 500 Excavations, Richard Carlton and John Nolan [TILLVAS]
12 April – Furness Abbey and her Daughter Houses: Irish Sea Relations in the Medieval era, Dr Fiona Edmunds [APPLEBY]
19 April – Neven Castle in Pembrokeshire, Dr Chris Caple [TAS]
23 April – Lead mining landscapes and legacies of the North Pennine Uplands, Mark Kincey [ARCH & ARCH]
27 April – The Cosmos, Kant and Thomas Wright of Durham, Andrew Fletcher [SANT]
Date to be confirmed: April – Wetlands in the Neolithic, Dr Kristian Pedersen [CCA]

Best wishes,

CBA North Committee

2016 County Durham Archaeology Day

Tickets can now be booked for the 2016 County Durham Archaeology Day which will be on Saturday March 12th, 2016.

If you would like to book tickets please fill in the form and return it as soon as possible after Monday February 22nd when the tickets go on sale. Please pay by cheque made out to “Durham County Council”.

Yours faithfully,
County Durham Archaeology Team

Coquetdale Community Archaeology lectures

The 2016 lectures of Coquetdale Community Archaeology have been added to our regular Events page. They begin for the year next week and are also listed for you below here as well;

9 February – A review of the 2015 CCA dig at the two sites at Hepden Burn, John Nolan and Richard Carlton
9 March – The Border Roads Project: a review of what’s been done so far and a plan for fieldwork and other activities in 2016, David Jones and others
24 March – The Hareshaw Ironworks at Bellingham, Ian Roberts
Date to be confirmed: April – Wetlands in the Neolithic, Dr Kristian Pedersen
Date to be confirmed: May – Annual General Meeting

All talks are held in the small hall of Thropton Memorial Hall, Thropton, Northumberland. Contact details for the group, including their website, can be found in our Local Societies and Groups page.

Durham World Heritage Site Research Strategy Launch Event

The Durham World Heritage Site Research Framework was published January last year.  It aims to promote rigorous, academically informed research to progress our understanding and appreciation of the Cathedral, Castle and their environs.

To view the Strategy click here.

This launch event will provide an opportunity for interested researchers to discuss the priorities for research identified in the Strategy and aims to provide a space for the initial discussions which will lead to future research projects and funding proposals for them.

Please click here to see the programme for a full schedule of the planned activity for the afternoon.

This event will be on Wednesday 24 February 2016 at 1.00pm in the Learning Centre, Palace Green Library, Durham.

If you would like to attend please register your details with Kelly Guy at: admin.imems@durham.ac.uk.

CBA North information for this week

This week sees the start of the two regular lecture series by local groups.

The Northumberland Archaeological Group’s first lecture is on Wednesday, with David Astbury talking on “Settlements in Southeast Northumberland: new discoveries through remote sensing”.

On Saturday Colm O’Brien will be talking on “Early Medieval Ecclesiastical Networks in Ireland, Scotland, England: an Inishowen Case Study” which is their first lecture of the Architectural and Archaeological Society of Durham and Northumberland. Their poster giving you details for this lecture is AASDN, 16.01.2016

Coquetdale Community Archaeology have sent us details of their programme up to May (though some details have yet to be confirmed) which I’ve added to our Events page for their details as CCA. We’ll announce their programme nearer the date of their first lecture. Our events page now has 53 events for 2016 – more details are still to come!

AKE/10.01.2016