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Season’s Greetings for 2017 from CBA North Committee

CBA North News
This is the one of the last emails to our Members and Followers of 2017; we hope that you have been able to attend and take part in the many events and activities that we have covered this year. We already have some material ready to go for 2018, but please feel to contribute things.

Season’s Greetings from CBA North Committee
As this is our last email before Christmas, as in previous years, send you a seasonal picture of a historical nature. This year’s picture – kindly provided by courtesy of Northumberland National Park – is the stone carving of the three kings attending Christ which is located in Kirknewton Church in north Northumberland and is thought 12th century in date.

Contributions are welcome for such a picture this time next year if you would like to submit something. Nonetheless we send to all CBA North’s Members and Followers our seasonal greetings and our best wishes for 2018! Have a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year as you see fit!

Best wishes,

CBA North Committee
22.12.2017
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Viking stones missing from Darlington church

The attention of all CBA North Members is drawn to this recent press release by Durham Constabulary that was issued this afternoon. If you can help in any way please see the contact details at the end of this message;

POLICE are investigating the possible theft of three nationally-important early Medieval sculptured stones from the remains of a church on the outskirts of Darlington.

All Saints Church in Sockburn, which is to the south of Neasham and near the border with North Yorkshire is a national monument and a rare surviving example of a pre- and post-Norman Conquest church site and graveyard.

It contains a rare collection of late 9th and 10th century Viking sculptured stone, unrivalled in the country.

The church discovered the loss of the items last week and notified police, but it’s thought they could have gone missing at any point since September 2015.

The three items missing are;
• a well-preserved fragment of a carved bear’s head, possibly from a hogback –  a Viking grave marker – dating to the 9th or 10th centuries which measures 24.5cm at its widest;
• a fragment of Viking runic inscription which translated means “in memory of Mael-Muriel/…raised cross”, also dating to the same period,  21cm x 18cm x 9.5cm
• and a fragment of a Medieval cross slab carved with a small sword, measuring 43cm x 13cm.

The officer in the case, PC Simon Hopper said; “These items have significant historical value and might have been taken by someone with a genuine passion in this field who thought they could be better preserved elsewhere.

“It could also be the case they have been removed by someone who thought they would look nice in their garden and did not realise their value. But of course there is also the obvious possibility they have been stolen for potential monetary gain.”

Carol Pyrah, Planning Director for Historic England in the North East said: “We are extremely concerned about the loss of these early Medieval stones not only because they are works of art in their own right but also because of their contribution to the significance of this nationally-important archaeological site.

“We will continue to work with the owner and the police to raise awareness of their loss and hopefully to expedite their recovery.”

A spokesperson for the Diocese of Durham said; “The removal of these important artefacts is of great concern. We would ask anyone who has any information that would lead to their safe return to come forward and contact the police as soon as possible.

“Many of our churches both open and closed, as in this case have items of historical importance and making them available to our communities is clearly part of our open door policy. However, that is no excuse for the wanton removal of any items as this is a crime which affects the whole community.”

The collection of stones was catalogued in 1905 and then again in 1984 when they were added to the ‘Corpus of Anglo Saxon Sculpture’.

Anyone with information on the missing artefacts is urged to call police on 101 or to contact the independent charity, Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.

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.