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A pair of lectures this week

CBA North News
A short email to say that we haven’t forgotten about CBA North’s Member and Followers over the summer. Committee Members, as ever, have been full of busy gathering news and talking with contacts on behalf of the group and you our members.

Whilst some groups have stopped their lectures for a summer break or perhaps fieldwork, we have continued to add information to our Events pages as they have become known to us. Please let us know of your events at any time so we can publicise to others – if you would like to submit something we’ve some draft technical notes for contributors which outline what our various communication methods will and will not allow (and guinea-pigs for these are sought) Increasingly we are hearing of 2018 events, but there are plenty 2017 events yet to come – indeed, there are two this week as it is.

At Stockton tonight and Newcastle tomorrow are two lectures we’ve publicised earlier in that Events page. These are Pons Aelius to Pandon by Jennifer Morrison as the Teesside Archaeological Society lecture and Romano-British glass bangles: a reappraisal as The Society of Antiquaries of Newcastle upon Tyne lecture by Tatiana Ivleva respectively.

Best wishes,

CBA North Committee, 27.06.2017

CBA North’s next event: AGM 2017

CBA North News
Hard on the heels of our Conference/Workshop ‘Summarising and Sustaining’ yesterday, we have notice of our own AGM below.

Our thanks to all the speakers and audience at yesterday’s event, as well as to our hosts the Department of Archaeology, Newcastle University, for the day. We hope everyone enjoyed the day. It has given us plenty to think on for the AGM and we would like to continue on the afternoon’s discussions on to take forward the many thoughts and comments made. Some comments have already been made to our Twitter account @CBANorth and we welcome further ones from those there and, unfortunately, unable to attend.

It is again hoped that as many of our members and group members can attend these events as possible – we are the regional group for archaeological groups and individuals. Though across the North and with many interests, groups and sectors across the archaeological and historical world and ourselves, we are all interested in the past. Again details, and the booking forms, can be found on our website in the page AGM 2017.

Best wishes,

CBA North Committee, 30.04.2017

Council for British Archaeology North AGM 2017 – announcement

                                                                               Council for British Archaeology North
                                                                     c/o The Society of Antiquaries of Newcastle
                                                                                        Great North Museum: Hancock
                                                                                                                     Barras Bridge
                                                                                                        Newcastle upon Tyne
                                                                                                                             NE2 4PT
29 April 2017
Dear CBA North Members,

Re: Notice of CBA North Annual General Meeting, Saturday 20 May 2017

I am writing to give you the formal notice of our Annual General Meeting which will be from 10.30am on Saturday 20 May 2017. This will be in the Council Room of the Great North Museum: Hancock, Barras Bridge, Newcastle upon Tyne, NE2 4PT (see https://greatnorthmuseum.org.uk/ for more). We will have notices to indicate the way.
 
Business will begin promptly at 10.30am. The agenda is given below. A summary of the 2016 AGM will be available on our website soon and an email sent out drawing your attention to this new addition once online. Please print out the booking form below (also available on our website) to confirm your attendance, or send apologies in, for this meeting.

Currently there are vacancies and gaps in the coverage of issues by Committee due to changes in position, location and work of current members. Some gaps are long-standing, others newer. If you are interested in covering the academic or commercial sectors, maritime/nautical archaeology, museums, and making links to the Young Archaeologists Clubs and other youth groups for us, we would urge you to get involved or nominate people that committee can approach to co-opt this year.

Nevertheless CBA North Committee, as at any other time, welcome thoughts on what you think CBA North should be doing during 2017. If you would like to raise an issue at the AGM please let us know at least seven days before the meeting.

Our AGM takes a different form this year. Previously we invited local archaeological groups to report upon their past and planned activities (though only a few took up this offer). As the AGM is hot on the heels of our Conference/Workshop, we will discussing that day and how we can take things forward from that. The morning business will be followed by a talk from Andrew Agate and Ben Westwood, recently appointed Finds Liaison Officers covering the eastern side of our region, who will deal with their Portable Antiquities Scheme-based work.

We will then break for lunch before reconvening at 2.00pm for tours of our venue. These will be led by Andrew Parkin, a curator at the museum, for a behind the scenes tour of the museum, and Howard Cleeve, Hon. Assistant Librarian, The Society of Antiquaries of Newcastle upon Tyne, who will give an introduction to the Society’s collection in the library.

I would be most grateful if you could let me know whether you will be attending the meeting. Please print, complete both parts and return the booking form so it reaches me by Saturday 13 May 2017 at the very latest.

Yours sincerely,

Keith Elliott, Secretary, CBA North

Council for British Archaeology North AGM 2017 Agenda
Registered Charity Number 1098854

NOTICE is hereby given of the Annual General Meeting of the Charity to be held at Great North Museum: Hancock, Barras Bridge, Newcastle upon Tyne, NE2 4PT on Saturday 20 May 2017 at 10.30 am precisely for the following purposes:

1          to receive and consider the final accounts for the year ended 31 March 2017
2          to receive and consider the annual report for the year ended 31 March 2017
3          to have a discussion on the CBA North event Summarising and Sustaining
4          in the notification of new CBA North committee members
5          CBA North Advocacy
6          any other business notified to the Chairman at least seven days in advance of the                           meeting or business from the floor
 
By order of the committee
                                                                                                Richard Forster
                                                                                                CBA North Chair
                                                                                                Dated 29 April 2017

1. Any member of the charity aged 18 and over is entitled to vote at the AGM. Organisational members are entitled to one vote and should appoint a representative to vote on their behalf.

2. Any member of the charity aged 18 and over who is entitled to attend, speak and vote at the above mentioned meeting may appoint a proxy to attend, speak and, on a poll, vote instead of that member. A proxy need not be a member of the charity.

Council for British Archaeology North AGM 2017 – booking form


Please return this booking form by 13 May 2017!

Booking form:
Name/s: ……………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………..
Address: ……………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………
………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………….
Telephone: ………………………. Email address: ……………………………………………………………………………… 

Morning session:
Please indicate clearly ALL those of the following that apply to you or your group:
 

  • I/we will be attending the CBA North AGM on 20 May 2017 (if for a group member please say which that you will be representing) ……………………………………………………………………………….………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………
  • I/we will not be attending the CBA North AGM on 20 May 2017 and wish to nominate the Chair as my proxy.
  • I/we will not be attending the CBA North AGM on 20 May 2017 and wish to nominate ………………………………………………………………………. as my proxy

 

  • I/we will not be attending the CBA North AGM on 20 May 2017 and do not wish to nominate a proxy.

 
Afternoon session:
Please indicate clearly ALL those of the following that apply to you or your group by giving the number of places you would like. (If there is a large attendance then we will divide the group into two which will take alternate turns for both tours):
 

  • I/we would like to attend the behind the scenes tour of the GNM: Hancock on the afternoon of 20 May 2017 ……………………………………………………………………………………………………………………..
  • I/we would like to attend the tour of The Society of Antiquaries of Newcastle upon Tyne’s library on the afternoon of 20 May 2017 ……………………………………………………………………………….

Please return your completed booking form by 13 May 2017 by:

email to cbanorth@archaeologyuk.org

post to CBA North, C/o The Society of Antiquaries of Newcastle upon Tyne, Great North Museum: Hancock, Barras Bridge, Newcastle upon Tyne, NE2 4PT

We have the booking form available on the website page as a .pdf here CBA North Booking Form, 20.05.2017 and also as a .doc file CBA North Booking Form, 20.05.2017 if you find it easier to use those versions to reply.

CBA North at CIfA and other conferences

Today the three-day long national conference of the Chartered Institute for Archaeologists (CIfA) has begun in Newcastle upon Tyne. This conference has the overall title Archaeology: a global profession, with the themes of professionalism, protection and discovery. Further details can be found on the pages of the Institute here.

CBA North members are taking part as session organisers, speakers and, of course, in the audiences. We hope to bring you a round-up of this from a variety of perspectives on what people heard and saw. Members of CBA North Committee, also there, will be about working on your behalf there as well. For up-to-the-minute archaeological news and views from the conference please see this #CIFA2017 link.

There has already been one major national conference in the region – the Theoretical Roman Archaeology Conference (TRAC) – which this year was hosted by Durham University. If you were there and could provide a round-up for everyone else who wasn’t, please get in touch. We would like to carry further round-ups of other current and national archaeological events throughout the year; if you would like to volunteer to do such – or are organising an event large or small – please let us know. 

Our own Conference/Workshop is on 29 April as you all know. Our AGM preparations are also well advanced and we remind you the date to keep clear if you can is Saturday 20 May. This will also be in Newcastle this year and will be at the Great North Museum: Hancock. The details of this day will be with you soon.

Best wishes,

CBA North Committee, 19.04.2017

CBA North Update

CBA North News

January has been and is going (if not gone) in a flash!

A quick reminder that tonight is the first meeting of the Teesside Archaeological Society for 2017 (on a Newcastle site) and the following day sees another by the Till Valley Archaeological Society (on Roman Binchester). We have continued to update our CBA North website pages with events from the Northumberland Archaeological Group, one of our group members, and hope to have emails out to you in February to bring you further news soon.

Best wishes,

CBA North Committee, 31.01.2017

Events listed on the CBA North website
Details of the next three Northumberland Archaeological Group [NAG] lectures have now been added to our Events page. Though January is almost over these additions take the list up to 65 and more events, including our own, are promised to come.

Please let us know any questions, comments or information that you have by emailing cbanorth@archaeologyuk.org.

The Extraordinary Gertrude Bell

In case you missed our original blog post about the Gertrude Bell Newcastle Insights Lecture earlier in the year, this weekend will be your last chance to visit The Extraordinary Gertrude Bell exhibition.

The Extraordinary Gertrude Bell

CBA North members are warmly invited to visit the Extraordinary Gertrude Bell Exhibition which ends on 3 May 2016 in the Great North Museum Hancock, Newcastle. Although much of her work took place in the Middle East, Gertrude Bell remains one of North-East England’s most internationally famous archaeologists; she also had a significant impact on the contemporary world.

Between 1900 and 1914 Bell travelled extensively in what are now Turkey, Syria, Iraq, Jordan and Saudia Arabia. Her main interest at the time was in the Byzantine and early Islamic Architecture which she recorded carefully with notes, photographs and scale drawings. Her travels enabled her to meet people, learn languages and understand the topography of relatively unstudied areas. Bell was one of several archaeologists, including for example T.E. Lawrence and D.G. Hogarth, whose experience travelling in the Ottoman Empire before World War I lead to new influence working for British military intelligence. A century ago Gertrude Bell was based in Mesopotamia supporting the war effort first in Basra and later in Baghdad.

She stayed on after WWI and was given the responsibility of writing the government white paper to review the situation in Mesopotamia from the beginning of British involvement in the region. By her death in 1926 she had been instrumental in the choice of Faisal as the first king of the new state of Iraq, as well as drawing up its boundaries, writing its antiquities laws and founding the Baghdad Museum.

The current exhibition has material from the Imperial War Museum, the British Museum and the Royal Geographical Society as well as artefacts she brought back which were given by her half-sister to the Dorman Museum, Middlesbrough, and numerous photographs and material from the Gertrude Bell Archive which was given to Armstrong College, Durham (now Newcastle University), by her family.

On sale are various books including The Extraordinary Gertrude Bell containing short essays by academics from Newcastle University about various aspects of Bell’s life, and for a longer read, Lisa Cooper’s 2016 In Search of Kings and Conquerors: Gertrude Bell and the Archaeology of the Middle East. I.B. Taurus. There is also a public lecture programme alongside the exhibition (see the website at https://greatnorthmuseum.org.uk/whats-on/the-extraordinary-gertrude-bell).

Dr Mark Jackson
Newcastle University

[Editor’s Note: there is a connection between Gertrude Bell and the site that we’ll be having a guided tour of following our AGM business and updates in mid-June. If you’ve not signed up already for the AGM please do remember to do so. We will announce when the further papers promised in the initial announcement are on our website for your perusal and inspection. All CBA North Members will have had an email with the details of the AGM already].

Creating Places of Commemoration in Viking Age Scandinavia

On Thursday afternoon there is an archaeology seminar that might be of interest to CBA North members. This, like the Roman Archaeology Seminar Series, will be held in the Department of Archaeology, Newcastle University, in the Armstrong Building.

Unlike the Roman Seminar this will be held in Room 2.16 on Thursday at 1600 when Julie Lund of the University of Oslo will talk on Relating to Pasts and Creating Places of Commemoration in Viking Age Scandinavia.

Everyone is invited to attend if you so wish, with the location of the seminar indicated, as before, from this webpage.

Humans in Ancient Britain micro-exhibition

The Great North Museum: Hancock, in Newcastle, is shortly going to have a micro-exhibition about Humans in Ancient Britain with material on loan from the Natural History Museum, which includes the Swanscombe Neanderthal skull between 24 February  and 7 April.

William King had been a curator at the museum and responsible for naming Neanderthals as a separate species, so especially appropriate for this exhibition. Related to the exhibition are a pair of evening talks and pair of family events based around local collections and Palaeolithic Britain in March and April.

Free Evening Talk at the Great North Museum: Hancock
Tuesday 22 March 2016, 18.30
‘Professor William King’s fossil bones and shells: The scientific legacy of a Geordie in Galway!’
Prof. David Harper
Professor of Palaeontology and Principal of Van Mildert College at Durham University

William King was the first person to name a separate species of human when he gave the species name Homo neanderthalensis to Neanderthals at the British Association for the Advancement of Science meeting at Newcastle in 1863. He was a self-educated man from Sunderland who became curator of the Newcastle Museum (later the Hancock Museum) and then a Professor of Geology and Mineralogy at Queen’s College, Galway. King was a controversial figure, both locally, where he fell out with his employers at the Museum, and nationally as part of the debate on evolution and anthropology.  Professor Harper’s talk explores King’s life and legacy.

Please book in advance.  Tickets are free and available from: https://www.ticketsource.co.uk/date/234953

Free Evening Talk at the Great North Museum: Hancock
Wednesday 6 April 2016, 18.30
‘Palaeolithic Britain: one-million years of human prehistory’
Prof. Mark White
Professor in the Department of Archaeology at Durham University

Mark White is a specialist in the Palaeolithic (the Old Stone Age) of Britain and its near neighbours.  He has worked on many of the key sites of early human occupation in Britain and also has an interest in the Victorian antiquarians who first excavated some of these locations.  His talk will follow the early occupation of Britain and the evidence we have about people who have lived here over the last million years.

Please book in advance.  Tickets are free and available from: https://www.ticketsource.co.uk/date/234941

Free Family Activity Day
Thursday 31 March 11 – 3
Collectors Day

A day where we take William King, the former curator of this museum who named Neanderthals as a separate species, as the springboard to thinking about other local collectors. This day will include contributions from amongst others our own curators plus the Natural History Society of Northumbria, the Society of Antiquaries of Newcastle upon Tyne.

Free Family Activity Day
Thursday 7 April 11 – 3,
Neanderthal Thursday

with support from archaeologists from Durham University (tbc), the opportunity to discover our collection of human evolution skull replicas and a hand silhouette cave art activity.

For further information contact;
Dr Kate Holden
Assistant Learning Officer
Great North Museum: Hancock
Barras Bridge
Newcastle upon Tyne
NE2 4PT
0191 208 7578