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From Ancient Egypt to local ancient environments

CBA North News
This week has been full of busy – in attending the CIfA Conference, in further preparations for our own meetings and taking in details of other events happening in April and May. We will report back upon those events that we can. Archaeology without borders was one of the CIfA conference themes. In the same vein we alert you to events covering the ground between Ancient Egypt and more local ancient environments to the north today to two weeks in times. We work from the south to north, from ancient times to more recent, as well as drier to wetter sites, in the notices for three events in this email.

We will also be reporting of our own event next weekend through emails, and also discussing that, at our AGM. The details for the latter day in May will be sent out later this week. It is 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.

We have no borders in what we do for you!

Best wishes,

CBA North Committee, 22.04.2017

Today’s Arch & Arch lecture – Ancient Egypt
Today is a joint lecture of our group member the ‘Arch & Arch’ to hear of on-going PhD research. This is at the usual time and place – Room 140 Elvet Riverside, Durham University, Durham – that the Arch & Arch lectures are held.

However today the subject matter is at more of a distance to our local area. In a joint lecture with the North East Ancient Egypt Society, James Taylor will be talking on ‘Desert wastes, pagan temples and the Nile valley; locating monasteries in Coptic Egypt’.

Next week’s lecture – 18 DLI
Also in Egypt, but during World War One, were many soldiers from across the CBA North region. Next week The Society of Antiquaries of Newcastle upon Tyne’s lecture deals some of those soldiers. This lecture will be given by Alistair Fraser on the 18th Battalion Durham Light Infantry. His title is ‘A Battalion on the Learning Curve; 18 DLI in training and in war’.

This lecture will be at the Mining Institute on 26 April at 6 p.m. Further details on The Society can be found online through our website.

The Battalion was garrisoned at Suez guarding the vital canal, so somewhat wetter than the desert alone, and also on the Western Front with the horrific and well-known wetness of that environment.

The next TillVAS lecture – Ancient local environments
Still progressing further north, wetter and more locally, bringing the story up to date, the following – in the first week of May – is next TillVAS lecture.

This lecture will deal with many local wetland environments and what can be gained from their study. Details for TillVAS can also be found through our website pages.

It will also, no doubt, highlight how fluid and changeable the environment has been – not just from pollen cores, but also sediments and volcanic ash. Yesterday, as much reported in today’s papers was the first day that the National Grid did not use any coal, though changes to other sources of power. It seems quite apposite that we send you something on environments on World Earth Day.

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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.

Further July Archaeological Events

CBA North News
The CBA North region is a huge one and one of many different contrasts – coastal and inland, urban and rural, lowland and upland, as well as of district, county and unitary authorities.

Here we bring you news from two different locations from almost the very limits of our region in the very north and very southwest.

Looking further ahead we also bring news of a conference coming up in September at Durham but covering the larger region – perhaps that has the right idea in calling us all Northern Britain?, but therein at times a further contrast with parts both inside and outside the Roman Empire.

CBA North Committee
10.07.2016

TILLVAS exhibition
In north Northumberland we hear that the local group TILLVAS have an exhibition of their recent researches. Every Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday during July from 11am – 4pm in ‘The Poultry Shed’ at Heatherslaw Mill will be a display of old maps, documents and photographs for the Branxton and Crookham area.

This includes details of progress made on the Village Atlas whose events we have previously covered in our blog and website. There is no admission charge to the exhibition and an invitation to all is extended by TILLVAS to call in.

Morecambe Bay Events
Louise Martin of the Headlands to Morecambe Bay Partnership has written to us highlighting a range of events and training opportunities later this month. These cover parts of the bay that are in CBA North and North West regions (in Cumbria and Lancashire respectively);

Dear All,

As part of the Heritage Lottery Funded Headlands to Headspace Scheme we have a number of great FREE training opportunities coming up in July at Cockerham Sands, near Thurnham. These archaeological training events are being held as part of our wider ’Bay Archaeological Festival’ programme celebrating the Festival of Archaeology (16th to 31st July) which is outlined at http://www.morecambebay.org.uk/events/bay-archaeology-festival. I am hoping lots of people in the local community and beyond get involved, helping us explore and record the past of this interesting area.

Firstly, we have the opportunity for people to get to grips with archaeological geophysical survey and join us on a comprehensive training course delivered by experts from Archaeological Services Durham University. Starting on the evening of the 25th July at Thurnham Village Hall participants will be part of an evening workshop detailing the theory and methods behind the techniques. The following two days will involve on site survey, using a variety of techniques to explore what might be buried beneath the soil. The site we are looking at it situated between Cockersand Abbey and a WW2 Observation Tower, so there is potential to locate both military and possibly earlier remains. There is an optional follow up session on the morning of 28th July, back at Thurnham Village Hall, where we will be looking at how data is processed and analysing the results. Spaces are limited on this great opportunity and early booking is recommended. See https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/bay-archaeology-festival-geophysical-survey-training-at-cockerham-sands-tickets-25997629610 for details.

Working alongside a team from Manchester Metropolitan University we will also be exploring the WW2 heritage of this area, which was used for RAF training. The team from MMU will take participants through the processes involved to research the historical background to a site, before making a permanent record of the Observation Tower using a variety of building recording techniques including photogrammetry. These training workshops will be held on 26th and 27th July and compliment the geophysical survey work. Again places are limited and early booking is recommended. See https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/bay-archaeology-festival-military-heritage-recording-at-cockerham-tickets-26145045535 for details.

Both opportunities are suitable for those interested in knowing more about archaeological research/recording or people wanting to enhancing their archaeological skills. No experience is necessary and we will provide all equipment.

If you wish to know more about these opportunities or the wider FREE programme of the Bay Archaeology Festival, please do not hesitate to contact me.

Kind regards

Louise Martin
H2H Cultural Heritage Officer

Morecambe Bay Partnership
The Factory
Castle Mills
Aynam Road
Kendal
LA9 7DE
Mobile: 07760 881581
Office: 01539 734888

Edge of Empire Conference
Andrew Tibbs, a postgraduate at Durham University, has sent us details of this conference in coming up in September.hereHe writes that the call for papers has been extended as there are a few slots left for speakers and that registration for the conference is also now open and can be made through https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/edge-of-empire-researching-northern-roman-britain-tickets-25658901465.

Regular Local Group Events
There are four lectures in the regular local group series to come this month;

16 July – ‘Created for those who had been living on the desert like jackals’: Nebre and ‘his’ Libyan fortress, Glen Godenho [NEAES]
20 July – The Culley Brothers, Steve Pullan [TILLVAS]
27 July – Hadrian’s Wall Path and the Roman Wall; your heritage in our hands, David McGlade [SANT]
30 July – 2000 Years of Hungate, Toby Kendall [ARCH & ARCH]

Remember details of each of these local groups can be found through our website (on the Local Societies and Groups page) if you would like further information contact details as to venues and times.

Reminder for CBA North’s AGM 18.06.2016

CBA North Members will  have had this and a reminder last week as well, but in case any of our CBA North followers want to join us for our AGM please find the details below. In an update to that below we are going to have update talks from the Appleby Archaeology Group and Tynedale Archaeology Group.

Please note that only Members will have the vote for CBA North matters, unless appointed as a proxy by a member or by a CBA North group member.

However if you are a follower then you would be more than welcome to join CBA North as a student, individual, family or group member as you wish; you can find details on the website if you do or print off a Membership slip, fill it in with your details, then put that and a cheque in the post as soon as possible.

Please let us know of your attendance or apologies (with instructions for the votes if a member) as soon as possible.

Many thanks,

Keith
Keith Elliott
CBA North Secretary
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                                                                               Council for British Archaeology North
c/o The Society of Antiquaries of Newcastle
Great North Museum: Hancock
Barras Bridge
Newcastle upon Tyne
NE2 4PT

25 April 2016

Dear CBA North Followers,

Re: Notice of CBA North Annual General Meeting, Saturday 18 June 2016

I am writing to formally give you notice of and to invite you to attend our Annual General Meeting which will be from 10.00am on Saturday 18 June 2016 at Corbridge Parish Hall, St Helen’s Street, Corbridge, Northumberland, NE45 5BE. Online details of the venue can be found at http://www.corbridge.ukpc.net/pages/parish-hall.php.

The business part of the meeting will begin promptly at 10.30am with its agenda below. Our Chairman’s Report and Accounts for the year to 31 March 2016, and our proposed Social Media and Digital Information Policy, which Committee seek discussion on and adoption of will available on our website (https://cbanorth.wordpress.com/) from mid-May. We welcome your thoughts on these documents at the meeting, though contributions can also be made upon these in replying to confirm your attendance, or present your apologies, for this meeting now or when the documents are placed online.

CBA North Committee, as at any other time, welcome thoughts on what you think CBA North should be doing during 2016. (If you would like to raise something at the AGM please let us know at least seven days before the meeting as per the AGM requirements).

We invite local archaeological societies from across the region to report upon their activities of whatever form – whether fieldwork, local archives or museums research, their publication or publicising of archaeology – have been during 2015, or are yet to come in 2016, to everyone else by contributing a short talk in a general networking/updating session of approximately an hour when we break for refreshments after the AGM business. Please let us know if you would like to contribute something towards this session as soon as possible for this part of the day; we have time for five or so short talks. There is also plenty of room at the venue [open from 10.00am] in case people would like to set up any banners, posters or table-top displays instead or as well.

We will leave you to your own devices during a lunch break for an hour or so; there are a number of hostelries within Corbridge. We will then reconvene at 2.00pm for a detailed tour of Corbridge Roman Town, led by Graeme Stobbs of English Heritage who is one of the curators, as ‘The Story of Roman Corbridge’ where we have discounted entry to the site with English Heritage as a group. This will also include a behind the scenes tour of the stores of the museum which are not ordinarily open to the public. Details of the site can be found at http://www.english-heritage.org.uk/visit/places/corbridge-roman-town-hadrians-wall/.

I would be most grateful if you could let me know whether you will be attending the meeting by filling in the booking form and preferably emailing it to me at the cbanorth@archaeologyuk.org email address only or sending it to our Newcastle address above by Saturday 4 June at the very latest.

Yours sincerely,

Keith Elliott
Secretary, CBA North

Council for British Archaeology North AGM 2016 Agenda
Registered Charity Number 1098854


NOTICE is hereby given of the Annual General Meeting of the Charity to be held at Corbridge Parish Hall, St Helen’s Street, Corbridge, Northumberland, NE45 5BE on Saturday 18 June 2016 at 10.30 am precisely for the following purposes:

1          to receive and consider the final accounts for the year ended 31st March 2016
2          to receive and consider the annual report for the year ended 31st March 2016
3          in the notification of CBA North’s Social Media and Digital Information Policy
4          in the notification of new CBA North committee members
5          in the continuation of existing CBA North committee members
6          CBA North Advocacy
7          any other business notified to the Chairman at least seven days in advance of the
meeting or business from the floor
8          local archaeological society talks and displays

By order of the committee
Richard Forster
CBA North Chair
Dated 18 April 2016

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 2016

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

Morning AGM and networking/updating session:
Please indicate clearly ALL those of the following that apply to you or your group:

  • I will be attending the CBA North AGM on 18 June 2016 (if for a group please say which)………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………
  • I will not be attending the CBA North AGM on 18 June 2016 and wish to nominate the Chair as my proxy
  • I will not be attending the CBA North AGM on 18 June 2016 and wish to nominate ………………………………………………………………………. as my proxy
  • I will not be attending the CBA North AGM on 18 June 2016 and do not wish to nominate a proxy
  • I would like to contribute something to the local archaeological society talks and displays. Please indicate what form your contribution can take in case you have any specific requirements for this ……………………………………… ………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………
    ………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………

 

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

 

  • I would like to attend The Story of Roman Corbridge tour on the afternoon of 18 June 2016 ………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………

 

  • I am / am not an English Heritage member.

 

  • If you are not English Heritage member/s this tour entry to the site (at a discounted rate for us) will be £5.19 (adult), £4.68 (concessions) and £3.15 (child). Please bring your money when you attend the morning session.

 

  • I would not like to attend The Story of Roman Corbridge in the afternoon of 18 June 2016 ………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………

Arch & Arch lecture this week as well

Details of the date, time and venue next Arch & Arch’s lectures can be found can be found in the poster that can be seen in the attached poster.

Some details of the talk and the speaker can be found below;

Intensive historical lead mining, especially during the 18th to early 20th centuries, transformed the landscapes of the North Pennines and resulted in a widespread legacy of nationally important archaeological remains. Although the significance of this industrial heritage is widely acknowledged, the rates at which abandoned mines in dynamic upland environments are being eroded and their cultural significance lost remains poorly understood. This talk focuses on the changing condition of Whitesike and Bentyfield lead mines in the South Tyne catchment, Cumbria, over several different historical and recent timescales.

A range of cutting-edge analysis techniques were used to monitor ongoing changes to the surface archaeological remains, including airborne remote sensing, UAV survey and terrestrial laser scanning. The results have important implications for future archaeological research and heritage management, as well as highlighting the wider significance of abandoned mines as sources of heavy metal contaminants to local rivers.

Mark Kincey is a teaching fellow and research associate within the Department of Geography at Durham University. He is currently completing a PhD focusing on the interactions between historical lead mining and landscape change in the North Pennines, jointly supervised by the geography and archaeology departments at Durham. Prior to this he worked for over a decade as an archaeologist, specialising in landscape archaeology, remote sensing and field survey.

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

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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