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Forthcoming lectures tonight and this week across CBA North

CBA North News
This week sees a number of events across the CBA North region. There are events in Berwick (this evening), Newcastle and Appleby (Wednesday and Thursday evenings respectively) on a range of project and sites inside and outside of our area, from groups inside and outside of our network. There is plenty to take your choice from, and more again to come soon as news to you. If you would like to submit anything of your local groups recent activities or plans for the summer please let us know.

Best wishes,

CBA North Committee

Lost Lives, New Voices: Unlocking the stories of the Scottish soldiers at the Battle of Dunbar 1650
Richard Annis, Senior Archaeologist at Archaeological Services Durham University, writes to us giving us a foretaste of his Berwick lecture to the Border Archaeological Society [BAS in our events listing] tonight and whose results will appear in a forthcoming book and exhibition on these soldiers.

Janet at work; a photo by North News for Durham University

Richard writes;
“In November 2013, human bones were found during building work at Durham’s Palace Green. The excavation that followed found the skeletons of 28 young men in two mass graves. A long and painstaking archaeological project showed that they were some of over 1600 Scottish prisoners who lost their lives at Durham after the Battle of Dunbar in 1650.

“A new book, to be published this June, tells their story; their lives before the battle, how they came to Durham, how they died, and how they came to have disappeared from view for over 360 years. These were ordinary people, caught up in extraordinary events. As a result of the project, we know more about them than any comparable group from 17th-century Scotland. The story also looks at some of their fellow prisoners; men who survived their captivity and regained their freedom. Some went on to new lives, unimaginable to them before the battle that changed everything, in new landscapes on the edge of the known world.

“The exhibition Bodies of Evidence: How Science Unearthed Durham’s Dark Secret will be told in a major exhibition at Palace Green Library. This will run from 9th June to 7th October 2018, and covers the history, the archaeology and the science that underpinned the project”.

For further information on this multifaceted project, Members and Followers can read more on the Scottish Soldiers blog and see recent facial reconstruction work, putting the practices as also described in a previous BAS talk, a Youtube video.

Wednesday and Thursday’s lectures
On Wednesday, the 11th, our group member the Northumberland Archaeological Group will hear an update on The Peregrini Project: Excavations on Lindisfarne from Richard Carlton of The Archaeological Practice in their monthly Newcastle meeting.

On Thursday, the 12th, in Appleby our group the Appleby Archaeology Group will also hear of The Late Iron Age royal site at Stanwick, North Yorkshire: new perspectives by Professor Colin Haselgrove of Leicester University. At both meetings visitors are most welcome to attend. Details as to the venues and times of all these meetings can be found online through our Local Societies and Groups page of our website here.

Archaeology and the small finds of North-East England

A quick reminder that there is still time to book a place at this conference covered in our last email to you. If you would like to attend please follow this link or see  http://www.aasdn.org.uk/NEarch18.htm for further details.

Also this archaeological week…

Lots of things happening that CBA North Followers might want to be involved in – as well as the regular archaeological events – this week alone.

Tomorrow there are a pair of events for the Peregrini project as “An introduction to methods of archaeological practice” from 11am to 3pm at the Belford Community Club, West Street, NE70 7QE and there will also be a guided walk of the Green Shiel site on Lindisfarne led by Dr Rob Young, one of the excavators of the site. For details of both these events and to a book a place you should email Marc Johnstone at lindisfarne@archaeologicalpractice.co.uk as soon as possible.

On Wednesday is the TILLVAS talk on “Whaling in the North-East” by Dr Tony Barrow.

On Thursday there is a reception for members of the Architectural and Archaeological Society of Durham and Northumberland, and those of the St Mary-le-Bow Trust, when the opening is carried out of a new exhibition at the Durham Museum and Heritage Centre, St Mary-le-Bow, which showcases the history and work of the Architectural and Archaeological Society of Durham and Northumberland, including information and finds from their excavations at Hornby Castle, near Catterick, in North Yorkshire. All ‘Arch and Arch’ Society members and members of the St Mary-le-Bow Trust are invited to the opening on Thursday 5 May at 7.00pm.

Tynedale Archaeology have sent us their poster for an event this Saturday.
02.05.2016 - Tynedale Archaeology LiDAR workshop 07.05.2016

Their further events include May fieldwork and a June workshop as below.

02.05.2016 - Tynedale Archaeology activities
If you would like to get involved please contact them direct.

The next lecture in this series will be on Monday, 9 May, at 6pm, in Room PG20, Pemberton Building, Palace Green Library, Durham, but you will need to book this week to attend. This will be by Anna Brennand, Chief Executive at the Ironbridge Gorge Museum Trust, who will be speaking on “Ironbridge Gorge World Heritage Site: the Challenges of the Last 30 Years and the Opportunities for the Future”. The poster for the lecture is attached here.

This lecture discusses the challenges faced by the Ironbridge Gorge World Heritage Site and explain the opportunities these present for protecting its outstanding universal value, as the Site celebrates its 30 years designation – which, of course, Durham does this year as well.

The lecture will be followed by a drinks reception at the World Heritage Site Visitor Centre. The lecture is free of charge. However, as places are limited, booking is necessary. Please reserve your place by writing to the organiser at raffaella.aliprandi@durham.ac.uk or contact the World Heritage Site Visitor Centre on 0191 334 3805.