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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.

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Were the Trypillia mega-sites the first cities in Europe?

A quick reminder of that one of the regular local society events to come in the next week is the Architectural and Archaeological Society of Durham and Northumberland’s lecture by Professor John Chapman and Dr. Bisserka Gaydarska on Saturday afternoon with a poster of the details attached here.

An abstract for the lecture notes:

“It is now recognised that Trypillia mega-sites of the Ukraine and Moldova were the largest settlements in 4th millennium BC Europe – the largest as big as the first Near Eastern cities. The first 40 years of investigation of the Trypillia mega-sites (1971 – 2011) gave an understanding of broad planning principles but also provided exaggerated site sizes, little detail on intra-site grouping and no indication of intra-site phasing. After five years of intensive, inter-disciplinary, international projects, the key questions for current mega-site studies now focus round the problematic relationship between the huge size of the mega-sites and the complete absence so far of any materialisation of social differentiation. Could it be that long-term, all-year-round, permanent occupation by a huge urban population is the wrong model for mega-sites?”

This lecture will answer will answer the title of this email, as well answer the question above from using a range of evidence  to provide fresh answers on the site.

Details for the ‘Arch & Arch’ can be found at our Local Societies and Groups page, as well as their 2016 programme in our events here.

As ever please let us know of any further events – you might know about something, but someone else perhaps interested in it might not!

AKE/27.02.2016

Newcastle University Roman Archaeology Seminar – tonight

The next of the Newcastle University Roman Archaeology Evening Seminars is tonight!

We at CBA North have been sent the poster for tonight’s talk by James Gerrard and Andrew Agate of Newcastle University. Details of the talk “Between Three Towns: The Lufton Roman Villa in the Longue Duree” can be found here.

As before this takes place in the Armstong Building of Newcastle University, and as before a map can be found on at this webpage.

Roman Archaeology Open Seminars, Newcastle University

CBA North members are invited to attend, if they so wish, the Roman Archaeology Open Seminars series at Newcastle University on Tuesday evenings. This time round they cover topics from carvings on Hadrian’s Wall, the stone heads common across CBA North’s region to Somerset in Britain, and further away again in talks on Gaul and beyond to North Africa.

Details of speakers and their topics can be found in the programme.

These are held on the first floor of the Armstrong Building in the university (opposite the Royal Victoria Infirmary). A directions map for those unfamiliar with the layout of Newcastle University or Newcastle more generally can be found, and downloaded, from here.

Durham World Heritage Site Research Strategy Launch Event

The Durham World Heritage Site Research Framework was published January last year.  It aims to promote rigorous, academically informed research to progress our understanding and appreciation of the Cathedral, Castle and their environs.

To view the Strategy click here.

This launch event will provide an opportunity for interested researchers to discuss the priorities for research identified in the Strategy and aims to provide a space for the initial discussions which will lead to future research projects and funding proposals for them.

Please click here to see the programme for a full schedule of the planned activity for the afternoon.

This event will be on Wednesday 24 February 2016 at 1.00pm in the Learning Centre, Palace Green Library, Durham.

If you would like to attend please register your details with Kelly Guy at: admin.imems@durham.ac.uk.

Picts to Pharaohs, the Borders to Bronze Age shipwrecks

Now January’s finished, we’ve shuffled around some of information on the CBA North website pages. Below are all the regular events for the month that we know of – some societies have their first meeting for the year this week (such as BAS tonight), whilst others have already started. Details for each local group, their venues and times can be found in our Local Societies and Groups page.

February 2016
1 February – Antiquarian rubbings to Wemyss Caves 4D: 50 years of documentation of the Pictish carvings in the Wemyss Caves, Fife, Joanna Hambly [BAS]
3 February – Dial Knowe: Excavations at The Hirsel, Lady Caroline Douglas-Home MBE [TILLVAS]
6 February – “He found it like Heaven within”: Innovation in Middle Kingdom Tomb Decoration, Margaret Maitland [NEAES]
8 February – The Formby Footprints, Jamie Lund [LUNESDALE]
9 February – The Relationship between Native Britons and their Roman Overlords in the North West, Jamie Quartermaine [APPLEBY]
9 February – A review of the 2015 CCA dig at the two sites at Hepden Burn, John Nolan and Richard Carlton [CCA]
10 February – The CITiZAN project: Coastal and Intertidal Zone Archaeological Network, Megan Clement, Citizan Project [NAG]
13 February – Trading Places: The Salcombe Bronze Age Shipwreck, Dr Ben Roberts [ARCH & ARCH]
23 February – St Cuthbert’s Corpse, Dr David Williams [TAS]
24 February – A Good Night’s Entertainment: music in 18th century Newcastle, Dr Roz Southey [SANT]

We’ll be announcing other information for other events soon, as well as giving the continuing details of local group’s programmes as they start off. The one-off announcements for the two UNESCO lectures that are happening this week can be found in our webpages as well.

As ever enjoy! (and let us know any additions or alterations please),

AKE/01.02.2016

Contact and connections in the late Roman and post-Roman Atlantic

CBA North members are invited to attend, and may be interested in, the forthcoming “Contact and connections in the late Roman and post-Roman Atlantic” by Dr Maria Duggan as part of the Newcastle University Roman Archaeology Evening Seminars.

The seminar is to be held on Tuesday, 2 February 2016, in Room 1.06 of the Armstrong Building – where the Archaeology Department is situated – in Newcastle University, Newcastle upon Tyne. It starts at 6 pm.

Further details can be found in the poster attached here. Examples of such pottery have been found from the Mote of Mark on the northern side of the Solway Firth, so does CBA North’s region still remain a blank for such pottery? And if so why one wonders?