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Starting next week, the next stage of the project to restore the Giant’s Quoit at Carwynnen will be taking place. The plan is that on Friday 2nd May the remaining two supports, or orthostats, for the capstone will be raised. The public are welcome to watch this event, which should start at about 11am.

Carwynnen, the first upright, upright! (March 2014)

Carwynnen, the first upright, upright! (March 2014)

The completion of the raising of the uprights will mark the culmination of a week of education events at the quoit – the capstone itself will be raised and placed later in the year (this is currently planned for Midsummer, Saturday 21st June).

Five schools will be visiting the quoit during next week, when the students will be taught a little about the archaeological processes of excavating, searching, sieving, and cleaning finds by professional archaeologists from the Historic Environment Service. They will be taught about the importance of Neolithic monuments in the Cornish Landscape, the age and weight of the stones and how the ancients made use of their surroundings to live, eat and clothe themselves. Art activities will take place in the marquee, along with an exhibition and quiz. A basic snapshot of the activities each day is as follows:

  • Guess the Weight of the Stones – An introduction with all the team
  • Gory Neolithic Demonstration – by Experimental Archaeologist Sally Herriet
  • Honeysuckle Rope-making – by Experimental Archaeologist Jacqui Woods
  • Sieving, Searching and Trowelling – with Community Archaeologist Richard Mikulski
  • One Timeline, One book, One Spinning Image – with Artist and Designer Dominica Williamson
  • Time Capsule Brainstorm – with Project Leader Pip Richards

Finally, on Sunday May 4th, Julian Richards, “Archaeologist and Broadcaster” will be de-mystifying the ancient art of moving large stones, utilising wooden levers, sledges, rollers and honeysuckle ropes. This will be a free workshop starting at around 10am. If you would like to participate, please register your interest with pip.sustrust@gmail.com or ring the Sustainable Trust on 01209 831718 – safety or stout boots and a hard hat will be required for all those taking part.

See all the details, finds and future events at their website or on their Facebook page ‘Carwynnen Quoit’.

“The Sustainable Trust is grateful for the support of The Cornwall Heritage Trust, Sita Cornwall Trust and The Heritage Lottery Fund who are currently financing this work. We also thank all the volunteers who have made this project possible.”

There are now less than two weeks to go before the Current Archaeology Live conference, to be held at Senate House in London in league with the UCL Institute of Classical Studies, on February 28th and 1st March. Once again, the Heritage Journal will be present and live-tweeting the event (#CALive) across the two days. This will be our third year covering the event in detail.

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The line-up for this years event, as previously, covers a range of time periods. The Friday morning session starts with the prehistoric period, covering the sites at Starr Carr in Yorkshire, Dorstone Hill in Herefordshire and Garn Turne in Pembrokeshire. The Roman session will take us up to lunch, looking at the Roman countryside (Neil Holbrook), the Durtriges Project digs by Bournemouth University and the work at Caerwent carried out by Operation Nightingale.

The Friday afternoon session looks at ‘Rescuing the Past’ with Mesolithic Ronaldsway, Kingsmead Quarry, Horton and London’s Pompeii all covered before the keynote speech by Francis Pryor, which leads into the Current Archaeology Awards ceremony in the evening (voting is now closed!)

The conference continues on Saturday with a session on the Archaeology of the First World War (sponsored by sister magazine Military History Monthly), a Current World Archaeology session entitled ‘Back to the Beginning’ which includes a look at Early Hominins (topical with the current exhibition on Neanderthals at the Natural History Museum in London), Gobekli Tepe and Early Domestication.

After lunch, Early Medieval England gets a look in, with Martin Carver talking about Sutton Hoo and talks about Spong Hill and Torksey thrown in for good measure!

Finally to wrap up, John Gater will be telling us all about Time Team and Geophysics.

All in all, an interesting two days of talks lined up, with hopefully something for everyone, not forgetting the Archaeology Fair held during the conference, where there will be a dozen stalls packed with books, equipment, and much more for everyone to browse between sessions. It’s not too late to book your tickets! We’ll see you there…

Next month in Worcester there’s a Practitioners Forum on Prehistory and the National Curriculum. It is “An initial meeting open to everyone who is interested in supporting schools in delivering the the National Curriculum topic of Prehistory for Key Stage 2. This is a big leap for schools, especially since most teachers will never have learned prehistory themselves.” More prehistory in schools is a theme we’ve been banging on about since the day we were formed (see Reclaiming Prehistory which pretty much comprises our founding statement, written by one of our members in May 2004, almost 10 years ago) so it’s great to see some of the developments that have come about in the past few years (excluding PAS’s reprehensible resource showing kids how they can use a metal detector to grab stuff of course).

A few years ago in our Inside the Mind series we asked Julian Richards what he’d say to Parliament if he could address them for 30 seconds and he said “I would ask why school pupils in this country are taught nothing about their pre-Roman heritage”. At about the same time English Heritage’s draft Research Strategy for Prehistory explained how education about sites is key to their preservation ….

The Heritage Cycle

The Heritage Cycle

The same document also quoted the All Party Parliamentary Archaeology Group which noted that prehistory didn’t feature in the English school national curriculum and remarked that the UK is the only European state to neglect prehistory in this way”.  But now thank goodness things are changing and there are a number of initiatives connected with educating children about their local prehistory. It was interesting to see there were children amongst the attendees at Oswestry Town Council’s recent meeting about Oswestry Hill Fort and even the Council welcomed the fact. Maybe the Heritage Cycle is working!

There are also some great Prehistory teaching resources out there, things to excite kids of any age, including us. Perhaps the best is “a Teachers Index on Prehistory” called “Show Me”  which says “We show you the FUN stuff from the UK’s museums and galleries”. Who could resist some of their news stories – “Woolly Rhino Skull Found In A Digger Bucket”, “Could Hobbits Have Been Real After All?” and “Should the setting of Oswestry Hill Fort be messed up?”.

That last one’s a lie of course, but it does beg the question, just how political should education about local prehistory be? English Heritage says education promotes preservation  (“by understanding the historic environment people care for it”) so should the National Curriculum be actively promoting preservation or coyly skirting round the issue of whether building houses close to monuments is damaging them? Maybe the Worcester Forum will issue a closing statement on the question!

Every year, the Current Archaeology Awards celebrate the projects and publications that have made the pages of Current Archaeology magazine over the 12 months, and the people judged to have made outstanding contributions to archaeology.

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The nominations have been public for a while now, and there are only a few days left to register your vote,  as voting closes on the 7th February!

There are four categories to vote in, and winners are decided purely on the number of public votes received. Click the following links to see the nominees in each category:

Winners will be announced at the Current Archaeology Live! 2014 conference, to be held on the 28th Feb – 1st March at Senate House, London. The Heritage Journal intends being at this event once again (our third attendance), to tweet, report on the talks, mingle, and attend the awards. So say hello if you see our ‘blue dolmen’ logo. See you there!

The eagle-eyed among you will notice a new item in the navigation bar above, a link to an Events Diary. This new page displays our Google Diary entries, and lists on a monthly basis the various prehistory-based events that we’ve uncovered as being of potential interest to our readership.

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It is our intention to populate the calendar each month with basic details of the following types of events:

  • Site Clearups
  • Lectures
  • Exhibitions
  • Community Events
  • Open Days
  • Conferences

However, we cannot possibly check every archaeology or museum web site to collate information, so that’s where you come in! If you are an events organiser, or involved with a local archaeology society and would be prepared to help us by adding your own prehistory events, please contact us and let us know. We can talk through the process if necessary, and thus potentially increase the audience for your events. Similarly, if you’re a regular speaker and would like some exposure for your talks, get in touch.

If you have a Google account and would like to copy an existing event to your own calendar, just click on the event to see the details, and then click on the ‘copy to my calendar’ link provided.

The Events Diary will not totally replace our regular ‘Diary Dates’ postings, which are maintained by Sue Brooke, and will continue to highlight events such as exhibitions which may open across a range of dates (weeks or months).

Our monthly listing, compiled, as always, by Sue Brooke.

KENT:

Dover Museum and Bronze Age Boat Gallery

‘In September 1992, archaeologists from the Canterbury Archaeological Trust working alongside contractors on a new road link between Dover and Folkestone discovered the remains of a large wooden prehistoric boat thought to be some 3,000 years old, belonging to a period known to archaeologists as the Bronze Age. It was a find of both national and international significance which will shed new light on early seafaring and woodworking skills in Northern Europe. The boat is now displayed in a glass case as the centrepiece of a whole floor in the museum devoted to archaeology.’

Please note: the museum will be closed on Sunday’s from 1st. October 2013.

LONDON:

Royal Archaeological Institution:

The Royal Archaeological Institute (RAI) is a leading national archaeology society, with a history dating back to 1844. Its interests span all aspects of the archaeological, architectural and landscape history of the British Isles. Monthly Lectures take place from October to May and are held at Burlington House, Piccadilly, London. These are given by visiting speakers on recent research, current archaeological projects and new discoveries.

Date: 8 January 2014: the RAI debate – How and why did Britain become Neolithic?

Dr Alison Sheridan will debate with Professor Alasdair Whittle

Venue: Lectures are held in the rooms of the Society of Antiquaries of London, Burlington House, Piccadilly, London at 5 p.m. preceded by tea at 4.30 p.m.

The Neolithic period marks a fundamental shift in lifestyles and settlement, one of the most important transformations to have occurred in the history of these islands. Hunting and gathering ceased to play a significant part in food procurement and farming was adopted, pottery was introduced and the stone tool kit changed. Were these novelties brought by incoming farmers from the Continent, where farming had been already been practised for many centuries, or did indigenous communities decide to take up a new way of life? These issues still engender heated debate amongst prehistorians; the three leading specialists of this period will air their views at the RAI!

Note: Members are welcome to bring a guest to lectures. Non-members are welcome to attend lectures but should contact the Administrator in advance.

British Museum

Great Russell Street, London WC1B 3DG

Gallery talk: Thursday 9 January 2014 at 13:15 to 14:00

Slowing down the damage: preventive conservation at the museum

Melanie Keable and Capucine Korenberg.

Gallery talk: Friday 10 January 2014 at 13:15 to 14:00

Iron Age religion – Jody Joy

Gallery talks are free – just drop in.

STONEHENGE:

Stonehenge and Avebury World Heritage Site

Closed Christmas Eve and Christmas day

Opening times from 18 December 2013 to 15 March 2014

Monday to Sunday – open from 9:30 to 17:00

DEVIZES:

Wiltshire Museum

Gold from the time of Stonehenge – Telling Wiltshire’s Story

500,000 years of Wiltshire’s story told in a brand new £750,000 gallery featuring high quality graphics and leading-edge reconstructions.

On display for the first time are dozens of spectacular treasures dating to the time of Stonehenge and worn by people who worshiped inside the stone circle.

‘Britain’s greatest treasures from the mysterious golden Age of Stonehenge are to go on permanent display for the first time ever. This will be the largest collection of Early Bronze Age gold ever put on public display in England. In a move that will transform public understanding of the Stonehenge era, the Wiltshire Museum in Devizes, 15 miles north of Stonehenge, is exhibiting 500 Stonehenge period objects, including 30 pieces of gold treasure which have rarely been seen by the public before.

Amongst the ancient Stonehenge era treasures placed on permanent display for the first time, are a beautifully decorated gold lozenge, a magnificent bronze dagger with a gold- covered hilt, a golden fitting from a dagger sheath, a ceremonial axe, gold beads, necklaces, ear-rings, pendants and other items of gold jewellery, a unique jet disc (used to fasten a luxury garment), rare traces of ancient textiles and two of the finest prehistoric flint arrow head ever found’

Museum opening times:

Tuesday – Saturday -10am to 17:00, Sunday – 12 noon to 16:00.

Open throughout the year.

Closed: Mondays from January to March (except half term)

READING:

Berkshire Archaeological Society

Lecture: Romanised Egyptian Mummies by Professor Brian Sparkes

Date: 11 January 2014. 14:00 – 16:00

Location: Headley Road, Woodley

CARDIFF:

National Museum of Wales, Cardiff.

Date: 8 January 2014 – 13.05.

Archaeology Lunchtime Talk – ‘What lies beneath: The analysis of early Anglo-Saxon non-ferrous metalwork’ Matt Nicholas, PhD student, Cardiff University School of History, Archaeology & Religion.

Date: 22 January 2014 – 13.05.

Archaeology Lunchtime Talk – ‘Cardiff in the early post-medieval period: new finds from excavations at Mill Leat, Bute Park’

Date: 28 January 2014 – 13.05pm.

Behind the Scenes: Archaeology – Conservation Laboratory: Latest Work

These events are free but please book on your arrival. Some tours may be unsuitable for visitors with restricted mobility so please contact eventscardiff@museumwales.ac.uk for more detailed information.

If your local society or museum has an event that you’d like included in our listings, please contact us with the details, at least one calendar month in advance and we’d be pleased to include them. 

Last weekend saw the culmination of a successful community project in Cambridgeshire, led by the Meldreth Local History Group. The project was inspired by the Michael Woods TV programme “The Great British Story”, and two of the local historians, Kathryn Betts and Joan Gane led the project with the help of Dr Carenza Lewis,  gaining HLF funding of just over £7000 under the ‘All our Stories’  initiative.

The who!e community got involved, coming together for the digs over three weekends during the summer, and Meldreth Village Hall was packed to the rafters with local people looking to view the various finds from 32 test pits dug throughout the village, clustered around a two-mile stretch of road just west of the River Mel, a tributary of the River Cam.

When we arrived slightly early, we were greeted by Kathryn and her colleagues, and made to feel most welcome. A short film about the project, made as a digital record of the project was on continuous loop in a side room and we took the opportunity to watch this as background info, in relative peace before the main crowds arrived.

Just some of the finds on display.

Just some of the finds on display.

In the main hall, the finds from the 32 test pits were laid out on display, each pit showing a map and photographs, with the finds divided by context (depth). The vast majority of finds were of pottery sherds or animal bone, the outstanding find being a metallic ‘badge’, initially identified by the experts (including the PAS) as a Medieval Pilgrim Badge, which within the last week has now been correctly identified as a medieval mirror casing. In fact, this was possible due to an almost identical find from Billingsgate in London, dated to the late 14th century. This was so identical in fact, that it’s highly possible that the same mould was used to create the two items.

The 'Pilgrim Badge' from Meldreth Pit 7.

The ‘Pilgrim Badge’ from Meldreth Pit 7.

The Billingsgate Mirror Casing © Museum of London

The Billingsgate Mirror Casing © Museum of London

On cue, the hall was cleared and seating arranged in time for Carenza’s talk. She gave an overview of the test pitting procedure, and explained that everyone was given the opportunity to get involved, either by digging their own pit, helping dig someone else’s pit, sieving spoil, bagging finds, or just by keeping the diggers refreshed with food and drink!

Some of the pits and finds were then highlighted, and the correct identification of the mirror case was announced, showing that even the experts get it wrong sometimes!

Next some charts and maps were shown, putting the project’s finds into a regional context. The comparatively large amount of Bronze Age pottery was deemed unusual – it’s possible there were two or more small settlements or housing groups in the area. This starkly contrasts with the complete lack of Iron Age finds, although the amount of Roman material shows that the area was settled toward the end of the IA. There was then a gap, with no early Anglo Saxon finds until the 9th Century. Moving through the middle and later medieval periods, Meldreth was obviously an important and thriving centre, with many finds, some of which from the area of the manor indicate high status, and it seems the settlement was sustained (or at least not curtailed nearly as much as other nearby population centres) throughout the period of the Black Death.

Following on from the late medieval, the finds tailed off, with very little from the pre-Victorian and Victorian periods. It was interesting to see the pattern of finds through time, indicating the ebb and flow of the village’s fortunes.

Meldreth today is a commuter village, with a population close to two and a half thousand people, with many new houses, and a thriving community. The possibility exists, now that the History Group have the materials, for further test pitting to take place in the future, though this will depend to an extent upon further funding being made available. But for a small village just south of Cambridge, there is obviously more of the story to be told, and I suspect the community spirit and will is there to push the project forward even further.

Drinks and cakes were available for those who wished to stay behind and investigate the finds further, to chat with Carenza or to watch the films, but we made our way to the door, for the journey home to London.

 Many thanks to the project organisers for putting on such a great display, to all those who took part in the dig, and to everyone on the day who made us outsiders feel welcomed.

If you have a Community Archaeology project or event upcoming, please let us know about it in the comments, and if we can, we’ll try to come along and say hello!

Our monthly listing of events, lectures, and things to do and see, compiled as always by Sue Brooke.

KENT:

Dover Museum and Bronze Age Boat Gallery

‘In September 1992, archaeologists from the Canterbury Archaeological Trust working alongside contractors on a new road link between Dover and Folkestone discovered the remains of a large wooden prehistoric boat thought to be some 3,000 years old, belonging to a period known to archaeologists as the Bronze Age. It was a find of both national and international significance which will shed new light on early seafaring and woodworking skills in Northern Europe. The boat is now displayed in a glass case as the centrepiece of a whole floor in the museum devoted to archeology.’

A public lecture is being held as part of the ‘Beyond the Horizon’ exhibition in the museum. The lecture is free, open to all with no need to book.

LECTURE: Transmanche prehistory from the air – Paul Bennett

VENUE: 7pm in the Theatre, Dover Discovery Centre, Dover, Kent, CT16 1PB.

DATE: 12th December 2013

Please note: the museum will be closed on Sunday’s from 1st. October 2013.

DEVON:

Plymouth and District Archaeological Society

LECTURE: RECONSTRUCTING THE TIDES OF THE PAST: ARCHAEOLOGICAL IMPLICATIONS

Professor James Scourse

 DATE: 2nd December 2013

VENUE: Winter lectures are held on Monday evenings at 7:00 pm in the Devonport Lecture Theatre of the Portland Square Building, Plymouth University.

‘James Scourse is Professor of Marine Geology at Bangor University. His main research interests lie in the Quaternary and include hydrodynamic modelling of shelf seas and ocean-ice-climate interactions. The Irish Sea Ice-Sheet of the last glacial maximum and its contact with the Scillies is a particular interest. Professor Scourse will explain how paleotopographies can be derived from evidence of past sea-levels and models of glacial isostatic adjustment. He will present a model of changing tides over the past 21,000 years and will consider the implications for the foraging strategies and diet across the Mesolithic-Neolithic transition’

Non-members are welcome to attend all lectures but are asked to contribute £4 towards expenses. No need to book, just turn up.

CORNWALL:

Cornish Ancient Sites Protection Network

‘A charitable partnership formed to look after the ancient sites and monuments of Cornwall. Currently working closely with local communities and official organisations to protect and promote our ancient heritage landscape through research, education and outreach activities’.

Volunteers are always very welcome at the monthly clear-ups. These events are always a really good opportunity to get a bit more hands-on, whilst helping to clear an ancient site in the landscape. This not only allows for physical preservation of the site itself but helps it to be kept safe for others to enjoy in the future

DECEMBER CLEAN-UP:

DATE: Tuesday December 10th 11.00am

VENUE: Kynance Gate Settlement (SW 687 139). Meet at Kynance Cove car park (off A3083)

*Please note that suitable footwear and clothing is needed although tools or any necessary equipment will be provided*

Cornwal Archaeological Society

The Winter lecture season is now under way. Truro Lectures are held on Thursday evenings at 7.30pm Truro Baptist Church, Chapel Hill. Truro. TR1 3BD

DATE: 5 December 2013

LECTURE: The Corfield Nankivel Memorial Lecture: Professor Tim Darvill, OBE – “Stonehenge Rocks”

LONDON:

Royal Archaeological Institution

The Royal Archaeological Institute (RAI) is a leading national archaeology society, with a history dating back to 1844. Its interests span all aspects of the archaeological, architectural and landscape history of the British Isles. Monthly Lectures take place from October to May and are held at Burlington House, Piccadilly, London. These are given by visiting speakers on recent research, current archaeological projects and new discoveries.

DATE: 11th December 2013

LECTURE: Archaeology within the National Trust – Ian Barnes, Head of Archaeology, National Trust

VENUE: Lectures are held in the rooms of the Society of Antiquaries of London, Burlington House, Piccadilly, London at 5 p.m. preceded by tea at 4.30 p.m.

‘The National Trust manages approximately 255,000 ha of land across England, Wales and Northern Ireland, over which 73,000 archaeological sites are recorded. As such, the Trust is one of the United Kingdom’s largest landowners and steward of some of the countries’ most significant archaeological monuments. The lecture will outline where archaeology sits as a discipline within the National Trust’s aims and objectives. The framework for managing the Trust’s archaeological monuments will be outlined, from a strategic policy perspective through to physical management. A brief overview of national projects will be given as well as a summary of the work of the internal Archaeological Consultants based around the Countries and Regions.

Note: Members are welcome to bring a guest to lectures. Non-members are welcome to attend lectures but should contact the Administrator in advance.

English Heritage

‘Step into Christmas Past’ – Events over Christmas:

‘Prepare to celebrate the season to be merry as you get hands on with crafts, listen to carollers carouse, get some dinner tips from a Victorian Cook or immerse yourself in a Blitz Christmas. Mix in the range of gifts available in our shops – why not buy someone special the Gift of Membership? – and you have the perfect recipe for a memorable Christmas’

For an event near you please check out the English Heritage web site

WILTSHIRE:

Wiltshire Museum

Revealing the Golden Treasures of the Age of Stonehenge

Opens: Sunday, 13th October, 2013

‘Britain’s greatest treasures from the mysterious golden Age of Stonehenge are to go on permanent display for the first time ever. This will be the largest collection of Early Bronze Age gold ever put on public display in England. In a move that will transform public understanding of the Stonehenge era, the Wiltshire Museum in Devizes, 15 miles north of Stonehenge, is exhibiting 500 Stonehenge period objects, including 30 pieces of gold treasure which have rarely been seen by the public before.

Amongst the ancient Stonehenge era treasures placed on permanent display for the first time, are a beautifully decorated gold lozenge, a magnificent bronze dagger with a gold- covered hilt, a golden fitting from a dagger sheath, a ceremonial axe, gold beads, necklaces, ear-rings, pendants and other items of gold jewellery, a unique jet disc (used to fasten a luxury garment), rare traces of ancient textiles and two of the finest prehistoric flint arrow head ever found’

Museum opening times:

Monday – Saturday -10am to 17:00

Sunday – 12 noon to 16:00

Open throughout the year.

Closed: Mondays from January to March (except half term) 

READING:

Berkshire Archaeological Society

LECTURE: Mesolithic Archaeology in the Severn Estuary – Professor Martin Bell

DATE: 14 December 2013, starting at 14:00

VENUE: Conference Hall, R.I.S.C, 35 – 39 London Street, Reading RG1 4PS

GLOUCESTER:

Gloucester and District Archaeological Research Group

LECTURE: The Long Dig: Monmouth – 1956 to date, telling the story of Monmouth, from the Ice Age to the late medieval principally via ‘amateur’ archaeology – Stephen Clarke

DATE: December 5th. 2013 at 19:30

VENUE: The Library of Ribston Hall High School, Stroud Road, Gloucester GL1 5LE

Non-members £3.00

WALES:

National Museum of Wales – Cardiff

Lecture: Archaeology Lunchtime Talk – ‘How do we understand Hillforts: Recent work at Ham Hill, Somerset and Caerau, Ely, Cardiff’ – Professor Niall Sharples, Cardiff University School of History, Archaeology and Religion

Date: 11th. December 2013 – 13:05

Venue: National Museum of Wales

‘Hillforts are one of the most common monuments to be found in Britain and they have been subjected to a considerable amount of archaeological research over the years. Despite this research there is still much to learn about these controversial monuments. The variety and longevity of the hillfort phenomena means that a single simple explanation for these monuments is problematic. This lecture will focus on two current excavations at Ham Hill in Somerset and Caerau in Cardiff. The excavations at Ham Hill occur in an area where many hillforts have been explored and on a hillfort which has been fairly intensively studied. Nevertheless it is still very difficult to explain why this is the largest hillfort in Britain and it is only our recent work that is beginning to understand how the hillfort developed. Caerau in contrast has never been explored before and is situated in a region, south Wales where practically no work has been done. Nevertheless, some of our discoveries can be compared to other hillforts and provide a context that helps to explain the development of the site’

Free entry – please book on arrival

If your local society or museum has an event that you’d like included in our listings, please contact us with the details, at least one calendar month in advance and we’d be pleased to include them. 

Compiled by Sue Brooke.

KENT:

Dover Museum and Bronze Age Boat Gallery

‘In September 1992, archaeologists from the Canterbury Archaeological Trust working alongside contractors on a new road link between Dover and Folkestone discovered the remains of a large wooden prehistoric boat thought to be some 3,000 years old, belonging to a period known to archaeologists as the Bronze Age. It was a find of both national and international significance which will shed new light on early seafaring and woodworking skills in Northern Europe. The boat is now displayed in a glass case as the centrepiece of a whole floor in the museum devoted to archaeology.’

Public lectures are being held as part of the ‘Beyond the Horizon’ exhibition in the museum. They are free, open to all, and there is no need to book.

VENUE: all will be held at 7pm in the Theatre, Dover Discovery Centre, Dover, Kent, CT16 1PB except the lecture on 1st November, which will be held in Canterbury.

LECTURES:

DATE: 1st November 2013

TITLE: Throwaway bronze? The curious practice of Bronze Age ‘hoards’

Canterbury Christ Church University, Canterbury (exact venue to be confirmed)

Anne Lehoerff, University of Lille 3, France

 DATE: 12th December 2013

TITLE: Transmanche prehistory from the air

Paul Bennett

Please note: the museum will be closed on Sundays from 1st. October 2013.

DEVON

Plymouth and District Archaeological Society

LECTURE:

DATE: 4th November 2013

TITLE: Maritime archaeology and the application of dendrochronology – Professor Nigel Nayling

‘Nigel Nayling is Professor of Archaeology at the University of Wales, Lampeter, where he teaches nautical archaeology and archaeological science. He has worked on numerous wreck sites around the UK and abroad. In his talk he will explain how the use of dendrochronology (tree-ring dating) has become common in nautical archaeology. The date and place of construction can often be established by sampling wooden hull remains. Using a range of case studies, including submerged forests, fish weirs and revetments, Professor Nayling will demonstrate the wide range of application and the future potential of the technique.’

Winter lectures are held on Monday evenings at 7:00 pm in the Devonport Lecture Theatre of the Portland Square Building, Plymouth University. Non-members are welcome to attend all lectures but are asked to contribute £4 towards expenses. No need to book, just turn up.

CORNWALL:

Cornish Ancient Sites Protection Network

‘A charitable partnership formed to look after the ancient sites and monuments of Cornwall. Currently working closely with local communities and official organisations to protect and promote our ancient heritage landscape through research, education and outreach activities’.

Volunteers are always very welcome at the monthly clear-ups. These events are always a really good opportunity to get a bit more hands-on, whilst helping to clear an ancient site in the landscape. This not only allows for physical preservation of the site itself but helps it to be kept safe for others to enjoy in the future

NOVEMBER CLEAN-UP:

DATE: Tuesday November 12th 2013

TIME: 11am

VENUE: Croft Pascoe barrow (SW727 194) – Participants please meet at Traboe Cross lay-by (SW737 206)

*Please note that suitable footwear and clothing is needed although tools or any necessary equipment will be provided*

LONDON:

Royal Archaeological Institution:

The Royal Archaeological Institute (RAI) is a leading national archaeology society, with a history dating back to 1844. Its interests span all aspects of the archaeological, architectural and landscape history of the British Isles. Monthly Lectures take place from October to May and are held at Burlington House, Piccadilly, London. These are given by visiting speakers on recent research, current archaeological projects and new discoveries.

DATE: 13th November 2013

TIME: 15:00

LECTURE: Rethinking material culture.

Presentations by three postgraduates and post-doctoral fellows from the Department of Archaeology, University of Reading

DATE: 13th November 2013

TIME: 17:00

LECTURE: The monuments of the Khmer Empire from the 6th to the 13th centuries AD.

Dr Michael O’Brien

‘This lecture traces the development of the monuments of the Khmer Empire from small Indianised states in the 6th century to the establishment of their capital in the Angkor region in 802, and on to its demise after the middle of the 13th century. There are hundreds of temples and other structures at Angkor, three of the most significant will be discussed in detail: Banteay Srei (967), Angkor Wat (early 12th century) and The Bayon (early 13th century) with mention of some others for their sculptural or architectural interest’

The Institute of Archaeology

The UCL Institute of Archaeology is the largest and one of the most highly regarded centres for archaeology, cultural heritage and museum studies in Britain. It is one of the very few places in the world actively pursuing research on a truly global scale. The Institute hosts events on many different aspects of archaeology and is linked to heritage organisations, museums and archaeological societies, providing an outstanding research environment for staff, students and visitors.

DATE:  25th November 2013

TIME: 4pm

LECTURE: Community archaeology, geophysics and the Roman settlements of Hertfordshire

DATE:  5th December 2013

TIME: 1:15pm

LUNCHTIME LECTURE: Unravelling the mysteries of Stonehenge with Mike Parker Pearson.

WILTSHIRE: STONEHENGE – WORLD HERITAGE SITE

‘Stonehenge up close’

*Members’ Exclusive Event*

Date: Monday 4th November 2013 – Time: 8am – 12.30pm

And: Thursday 6th. November 2013 – Time: 8am – 12.30pm

Gain a rare and fascinating insight into the famous World Heritage Site with an exclusive tour around the site led by two English Heritage experts. The accompanied tour will begin with exclusive access to the stone circle at Stonehenge. Following on from this will be visits to key archaeology sites, including Durrington Walls, Woodhenge and The Cursus, with an opportunity to learn more about the archaeological landscape and investigative work that has taken place in recent years.

This event has been graded as moderate access but please note there are many uneven paths and some slopes along the route. This event is not suitable for anyone under 16 years of age.

Wiltshire Heritage Museum

Wiltshire Heritage Museum has outstanding collections that trace the fascinating history of Wiltshire, its environment and its people over the last 6,000 years. A one-day conference exploring the recent archaeological work in Wiltshire, including developer-funded work is planned. A range of talks and sessions will take place throughout the day with speakers from Wessex Archaeology and English Heritage amongst others of note, organised by the Archaeology Field Group of the Wiltshire Archaeological and Natural History Society.

SATURDAY LECTURE: Anglo-Saxon Art: Tradition and Transformation – Mrs Leslie Webster.

TIME: 14:30 pm, Saturday, 02 November, 2013 – Booking is essential

‘This lecture will reflect some of the ideas explored in Leslie Webster’s recent book ‘Anglo-Saxon Art: A New History’. It will discuss some of the recurrent themes visible in over 600 years of artistic creativity, from the earliest settlers of the fifth century to the Norman Conquest and beyond. Among these enduring characteristics are a fascination with visual riddles, complex animal-based ornament reflecting cosmological ideas and a delight in surface texture and dynamic patterning. This art has its origins in a pre-literate pagan culture, but many elements continue to resonate within it long after the Christian missions of the 7th century introduced a wholly new artistic vocabulary. The genius of Anglo-Saxon art lies in the way that new ideas – whether from Byzantium, from the Celtic west, or from Rome itself – are subtly adapted and assimilated to older traditions.’

FAMILY FUN DAY: Celebrating the opening of Prehistoric Wiltshire Galleries

DATE: Sunday, 3rd November 2013

TIME: 11:00 to 16:00

A fun activity day to celebrate the opening of the new prehistory galleries

Come and experience the new family friendly galleries and take part in lots of fun activities, including:

  • Try the new gallery activities.
  • Hear tales from the story teller
  • Puppet making
  • Flint Knapping
  • Make a ‘gold’ lozenge pendant

 Booking: No booking required – just come along and join in.

Cost: Normal Museum admission charges apply – children free.

14:30 pm, Saturday, 30th November 2013

SATURDAY LECTURE: Ancient Landscapes of the Bradford Hundred: A Heritage Lottery Funded Project employing LIDAR by Roy Canham.

Using modern survey techniques this project set out to discover more about the prehistoric and Romano-British landscape in the Bradford Hundred. The Heritage Lottery Fund have provided a grant to fund a project to study and record traces of the prehistoric and Romano-British landscape in the Bradford hundred (an administrative division of land, similar to today’s parish or electoral ward). The woodland zone overlooking the river Avon will be explored by LIDAR, an aerial survey technique that is able to map archaeology normally masked by tree cover. Historic aerial photographs will be used to supplement the survey, and the results plotted using GIS and Museum volunteers working on the ground. The digital results will be published on the Museum’s website.

Booking: Essential.

If you have an event, preferably with relevance to Britain’s pre-Roman heritage, that you’d like included in our Diary Listing, please contact us with full details. 

Compiled by Sue Brooke.

KENT:

Dover Museum and Bronze Age Boat Gallery

‘In September 1992, archaeologists from the Canterbury Archaeological Trust working alongside contractors on a new road link between Dover and Folkestone discovered the remains of a large wooden prehistoric boat thought to be some 3,000 years old, belonging to a period known to archaeologists as the Bronze Age. It was a find of both national and international significance which will shed new light on early seafaring and woodworking skills in Northern Europe. The boat is now displayed in a glass case as the centrepiece of a whole floor in the museum devoted to archaeology.’

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Public lectures are being held as part of the ‘Beyond the Horizon’ exhibition in the museum. They are free, open to all, and there is no need to book.

VENUE: all will be held at 7pm in the Theatre, Dover Discovery Centre, Dover, Kent, CT16 1PB except the lecture on 1st November, which will be held in Canterbury.

LECTURES:

DATE: 8th October 2013

TITLE: What about the Bronze Age in Flanders? An overview of convergences and divergences with England and Northern France

Jean Bourgeois, University of Ghent, Belgium

DATE: 1st November 2013

TITLE: Throwaway bronze? The curious practice of Bronze Age ‘hoards’

Canterbury Christ Church University, Canterbury (exact venue to be confirmed)

Anne Lehoerff, University of Lille 3, France

DATE: 12th December 2013

TITLE: Transmanche prehistory from the air

Paul Bennett

See the Dover Museum website for full details.

DEVON:

Plymouth and District Archaeological Society

 LECTURE: 1st October 2012

 TITLE: New Light on West Devon in the Early Middle Ages – Professor. Andrew Fleming.

 Andrew Fleming is a landscape archaeologist and landscape historian, who was taught at the universities of Sheffield and Wales (Lampeter). His recent interest has focused on the early medieval landscape of West Devon and the western borders of Dartmoor. His study of long-distance routes helps to understand how elites exercised control and how transhumanant livestock-herders moved through the landscape. His discovery of a high status enclosure at Walkhampton and its relationship to the early road network sheds new light on pre-Conquest history

Winter lectures are held on Monday evenings at 7:00 pm in the Devonport Lecture Theatre of the Portland Square Building, Plymouth University. Non-members are welcome to attend all lectures but are asked to contribute £4 towards our expenses. No need to book, just turn up.

CORNWALL:

Cornish Ancient Sites Protection Network

‘A charitable partnership formed to look after the ancient sites and monuments of Cornwall. Currently working closely with local communities and official organisations to protect and promote our ancient heritage landscape through research, education and outreach activities’.

Volunteers are always very welcome at the monthly clear-ups. These events are always a really good opportunity to get a bit more hands-on, whilst helping to clear an ancient site in the landscape. This not only allows for physical preservation of the site itself but helps it to be kept safe for others to enjoy in the future

OCTOBER CLEAN UP:

DATE: Tuesday October 15th 11am

VENUE: Carminowe Mill (SW6590 2440). Meet at Little Nanspean – on minor road from A3083 to Gunwalloe Cove.

*Please note that suitable footwear and clothing is needed although tools or any necessary equipment will be provided*

LONDON:

Royal Archaeological Institution:

The Royal Archaeological Institute (RAI) is a leading national archaeology society, with a history dating back to 1844. Its interests span all aspects of the archaeological, architectural and landscape history of the British Isles. Monthly Lectures take place from October to May and are held at Burlington House, Piccadilly, London. These are given by visiting speakers on recent research, current archaeological projects and new discoveries.

DATE: 11th to 13th October 2013.

RAI 2013 Conference – The Impact of Rome on the British Countryside.

Held in partnership with the University of Chester, the focus will be on ‘The impact of Rome on the British Countryside’, at the Riverside Innovation Centre (Riverside Campus).

The keynote speaker is Professor Nico Roymans (Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam).

There will be a guided visit to various sites in North Wales on Monday, the 14th, led by Fiona Gale (Denbighshire County Archaeologist

BUCKINGHAMSHIRE:

Archaeology in Marlow’s (AIM) aim is to investigate and discover the archaeology and pre-history of Marlow Town and its surrounding parishes. The Warren Wood site comprises a double enclosure earthwork believed to be medieval in date but Neolithic artefacts and Iron Age pottery have also been found.

AIM would like to involve as many people as possible in practical archaeology and research and also to entertain them with talks on general and local subjects. Lists of activities to date are shown on the website pages covering projects and past events. Everyone is welcome to join and members enjoy research, fieldwork, training courses, talks and visits.

EVENT: Further investigations at Warren Wood, Little Marlow, Bucks:

DATE AND TIME: 13th Oct 2013 – 10:00

DATE AND TIME: 27th October 2013 – 10:00

COST: Free to members/£2 non-members

Numbers have to be limited, so please book your place in advance by emailing John Laker on johnlaker@thamesinternet.com or telephone him on 01628 481792.

SCOTLAND:

ROSS-SHIRE:

Groam House Museum. High Street, Rosemarkie, Ross-shire, Scotland IV10 8UF

An outstanding centre for Pictish and Celtic Art in Ross-shire. This unique display is focused on 15 carved Pictish stones which all originated in the village described as an important centre of early Christianity.

Museum opening times: From 29 March to 31 October 2013:

  • Monday to Friday, 11am – 4.30pm
  • Saturday, 2 pm – 4.30pm

Please note – space within the museum is limited so it is suggested that groups of over 12 people could contact the museum to arrange their visit. The museum can be visited via public transport using the Stagecoach 26A bus service from Inverness Bus Station.

WALES:

The Carmarthenshire Antiquarian Society

The Carmarthenshire Antiquarian Society was founded in 1905 and is one of the foremost County antiquarian societies in Wales. From its inception the founding members saw a need to record, publish and collect all things relating to the history, antiquities and natural history of ‘Carmarthenshire in particular, and West Wales in general’.

EVENT: Field Day Talgarth, Trefecca and Llanelieu

DATE AND TIME: – Saturday, 12 October, 11.00am

 We are now compiling diary dates for November and December. If there’s an event you’d like included, please Contact Us with the details.

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