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Our CBA North alphabet of archaeology continues: P and Q, R and S

CBA North News
…And so September starts, and is equally full of events as August. Our alphabet of archaeology continues as well – today we have the news for the letters P and Q, R and S. This week also sees the start of events for September with events in the north of our region at Berwick and Crookham of the Border Archaeological Society and Till Valley Archaeological Society this week.

As ever the regular events continue to be listed on our website (we are increasingly getting information for 2018 events), though we have a poster for one of these below. These snippets of news and events include a pair outside our region as well, but we hope they may be of interest nonetheless and worth a day trip during what is left of the summer.

Best wishes,

CBA North Committee
04.09.2017

Portable Antiquities Scheme Conference: 20 years of Treasure
As CBA North Members who attended our AGM in May will recall from the following talk there are many finds being found, often through metal-detecting, by members of the public. Our speaker Andrew Agate, one of the Finds Liaison Officers that cover our region, gave an introduction to the Portable Antiquities Scheme which this year marks of the commencement of the Treasure Act 1996 in England, Wales and Northern Ireland.

In this time over 11,000 Treasure finds have been reported under the Act, presenting local museums with an opportunity to acquire important objects from all periods of British history. Treasure objects not acquired by museums have a permanent record on the Portable Antiquities Scheme online database.

This conference will consider Treasure now, and look at what has been learnt in the past 20 years. There will be particular focus on discovery, acquisition and interpretation with relevant case-studies. The conference will also look forward, considering the potential of Treasure in the years to come.

Further details of this free conference which is to be held on Wednesday, 11 October 2017, at the Yorkshire Museum, York, can be found online here.

For the hand of a Queen
We have previously noted a number of events in connection with the Battle of Dunbar, also East Lothian, following the excavation and identification of soldiers from that battle at Durham. As CBA North Members and Followers will know – particularly in the northern parts – there were many other battles, skirmishes and general affray on both sides of the Anglo-Scottish Border.

Our letter Q comes from the word Queen – this exhibition deals with the Rough Wooing when the hand of Mary, Queen of Scots, was sought for Edward VI. The 16th century determination of the Scots to remain independent, and increased alliances with France, led to the redevelopment of fortifications at Berwick upon Tweed and Carlisle.

Details of an associated re-enactment of the Battle of Pinkie, in a little under a fortnight’s time, can be found online here.

The Roman bathhouse at Carlisle
Frank Giecco and Fiona Lister of Wardell Armstrong Archaeology have sent us these exciting news of the latest investigations of a Roman bathhouse. In this case this is located at Carlisle in the northwest of our region and at times the very northwest of the Roman Empire.



CBA North Members and Followers who might be interested in learning more are invited to volunteer. Please follow the details of the poster below which gives you details of what this might entail for you.

A Talk on Stones and Other Things
Our final notice also comes from the north of our region; tonight’s Border Archaeological Society talk tonight, as previously listed on our website’s events page, is;


September’s other events

Here is a quick list of some of the archaeological events we know of this month. If you would like us to list or send round the details of others, please let us know.

6 September – Following the Coca shrub throughout the Americas – archaeological evidence for cocaine use, Prof Maria Chester [TILLVAS]
26 September – This Year’s Archaeology: An Interim Statement, Steve Sherlock [TAS]
27 September – Recent work by Newcastle University on the Hadrian’s Wall system, Ian Haynes [SOCANTS]
30 September – Rock art without borders: the Northumberland and Durham Rock Art Project (NADRAP): legacy and future directions, Kate Sharpe [ARCH & ARCH]

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Henry Duke of Somerset and the Battle of Hexham

Henry Duke of Somerset and the Battle of Hexham – 15th May, see attached Poster_1 for details

15th May, 1464. The Battle of Hexham and capture and execution of Henry, Third Duke of Somerset in Hexham Market Place

What? Who?On the anniversary of the Battle  Hexham Heritage unwrap the life and death of the Duke-leading Lancastrian general of the Wars of the Roses, in a three act event.

Concert of 15th century songs and words in Hexham’s 15th century Moothall, Market Place at 7.15pm by early music ensemble. LYRA  tells the story of this fascinating young man (£8 and £5 for under 25’s)

Somerset meets his nemesis outside Hexham’s Old Gaol Museum; (first purpose built prison in England); free event.8. 30pm

The Final Battle-Hexham Abbey at 8.45pm. Reflections on late medieval ideas on death and resurrection using the wonderful artefacts of the Old Choir and 15th century sacred music  and poetryof England and France. Walk around and soak up the atmosphere in the building where the Duke is said to be buried. (free event, 8.45pm -9.15pm)

Tickets for Moothall concert from Queen’s Hall tel 01434 652477 Box Office  or phone 01434 606293 for more information

Carham 1018 Society: Conference 18th April

Carham 1018 Society present their second one day conference. Saturday, 18th April in Cornhill Village Hall.

From 9.30 for a 10am start until 4pm with a break for lunch.

Speakers will include:

David Welsh – Defining the Border near Carham

David Cain – The Topography and Geology of the area

David Constantine – Weaponry and Warfare of the times

Other topics for discussion: The Carham Project so far

How best to take the Project forward (including archaeology and re-enactment).

For more information see: http://www.carham1018.org.uk/