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.
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!
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.
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]
A quick reminder in case anyone has forgotten. Tonight is the Teesside Archaeological Society’s lecture Dead Men DO Tell Tales by Dr. Andrew Millard, who as well as President of the Architectural and Archaeological Society of Durham and Northumberland, is also a Senior Lecturer at Durham University in his day job.
Further details of the talk and the speaker, hosting society and venue can be found in the Teesside Archaeological Society’s website page here. Details of the further TAS events for 2016 can be found in our CBA North Events page and further information on TAS in our Local Societies and Groups page.
A one day North Pennines Mining Conference will be held on Saturday 14th May 2016 at St John’s Chapel Town Hall, Market Place, St John’s Chapel, Bishop Auckland, DL13 1QF. This is being organised as a joint conference by the Friends of Killhope (FOK) and the Nenthead Mines Conservation Society (NMCS).
Everyone is invited to attend and offer short or long talks or presentations about recent research about mining in the North Pennines.
Speakers including Brian Young, Peter Jackson, Tom Gledhill, Peter Tyle and Bill Heyes are already arranged, but further offers of more talks are welcome.
There is a delegate fee for the event which is £12.50 includes lunch and refreshments. Further details and links to make an online booking for the event can be found on the Friends of Killhope website.
CBA North members might be interested to hear of two events in the south-west of our CBA Region being run by the Morecambe Bay Landscape Partnership.
On Wednesday is the Morecambe Bay Partnership Conference 2016 which is being held at The Platform, Old Station Buildings, Marine Road West, in Morecambe from 10am to 4.30pm. Donations of £12 for individuals and small organisations or £25 for large organisations are suggested to cover costs and include a hot lunch. Please book your ticket(s) online by following the link.
The programme of this day includes;
Putting Morecambe Bay on the Map, Susannah Bleakley, Morecambe Bay Partnership
Septic tanks, sewage and sexy vegetables – selling sustainability – Chris Dessent, Creative Concern
Morecambe Bay’s fishermen’s stories – Jenn Mattinson, Morecambe Bay Partnership
Walduck’s Wall – Simon Williams, Morecambe Bay Partnership
Morecambe Bay Birds – Chris Lumb, Natural England
Gleaston Castle, New Insights in 3D – Dan Elsworth, Greenlane Archaeology & Adam Stanford, Aerial-Cam
North West Coast Connections – Robert Powell, National Grid
We want to welcome as many people as possible, so if £12 is simply too expensive for you, please ask us for one of the limited number of concessionary places.
Alternatively, you can book at ticket, via the link above and send the partnership a cheque – payable to ‘Morecambe Bay Partnership’ and send to The Factory, Castle Mills, Aynam Road, Kendal LA9 7DE.
Meanwhile on the next two weekends are Understanding the Bay: Documentary Research Training for Volunteers days at the Victoria Hall, Grange-over-Sands, from 10am to 4pm where the partnership is looking for volunteers to help research some of the Bay’s most intriguing archaeological sites. If you’re keen to help out, please sign up for these training courses, which will give you the basic skills that you need to help on our project.
It does not cost to be involved in these days, but spaces are limited, so please book you space on this series of workshops here. This work will be to help investigate and collect historical and archaeological information about sites around Morecambe Bay focusing on Hampsfell Hospice (Grange), Kirkhead Tower (Kents Bank) and the maritime heritage of the Cartmel Peninsula.
We are looking for volunteers to help investigate the historical background to these sites. We’ll provide you with the skills required to access archaeological/historical records and documentary evidence during these two training days in March. A volunteer profile has been written for you to find out more about what you are signing up for.
Once you’re fully trained, we hope that you will carry on and help us to research the sites, with support from our training team. This will include further research and drop in sessions during Spring/Summer 2016.
Please note that the session on Saturday 12th March includes an afternoon site visit. Access to the Council Chamber, Victoria Hall is on the first floor and is accessed by a flight of steps. Should this cause a problem for potential volunteers please contact us.
Please see the attached poster for tonight’s Roman Archaeology seminar at Newcastle University. As ever, for the Romanists, this takes place in Room 1.06 of the Armstrong Building, Newcastle University.
A map can be found here for those unfamiliar with the layout of the university.