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For anyone who missed our fabulous Solstice ‘Rock on at Carwynnen Quoit’, we are holding the last exhibition in this phase of the project next Monday.

To celebrate the Festival of Archaeology, the Council of Archaeology’s annual event, we will be showing new footage of the restoration along with a photographic exhibition of the project. Stithians Agricultural Association have kindly accepted us as one of their featured charities this year and we relish the opportunity to bring this project to a wider appreciative audience.

Visiting children will be able to make a pop up quoit card, a thaumotrope and a pocket book about the history of this 5000 year old monument, written in both Cornish and English. It will be a chance to talk about your memories of ‘The Frying Pan Field’ and the ‘Devil’s Quoit’ and hear about our re-creation of the famous 1925 picnic and future plans.

Pip Richards, director of sustrust said ‘We have been astounded at the amount of people who have shown appreciation for our work at Carwynnen. This field has now become a focal point for the community with its iconic megalithic structure. It feels symbolic that we have managed to restore one of the first man made landmarks during this time of recognition of Cornish identity. Thank you to everyone who has made this possible’.

 

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.

LONDON: The British Museum, Great Russell Street, London, WC1B 3DG

Life and death, Pompeii and Herculaneum.

28 March – 29 September 2013 . Advanced booking essential

http://www.britishmuseum.org/whats_on/exhibitions/pompeii_and_herculaneum.aspx

DURHAM:

English Heritage Event: Lindisfarne Gospels

Inscribed in Stone Exhibition: Date: From 1st May 2013 to 30th September 2013. Lindisfarne Priory from 10am to 6pm

Lindisfarne Priory is introducing a new display looking at the importance of the priory and its inhabitants around the time of the production of the gospels. The display will celebrate the loan of the famous Lindisfarne Gospels to the North East. By displaying intricately carved original and colourful replica ‘naming stones’, some dating back to the 8th century, the display will answer many questions for visitors who will be making the journey to the original and spiritual home of the sacred text.

http://www.lindisfarnegospels.com/

EXETER: Royal Albert Memorial Museum and Art Gallery, Exeter, Devon EX4 3RX

25TH September 2013. Lunchtime lecture – An introduction to Dartmoor National Park. Orlando Rutter, Senior Learning & Outreach Officer at Dartmoor National Park.

To explore some of the natural and human influences that have shaped the landscape of the National Park at Dartmoor. This lecture will also look at some of the work of Dartmoor National Park Authority.

http://www.rammuseum.org.uk/whats-on/lunchtime-lecture-an-introduction-to-dartmoor-national-park

DEVON:

Devon Archaeological Society – Members event

The Devon Archaeological Society, founded in 1928, is an active and friendly organisation with a membership of over 800. The archaeology of Devon is without equal in England: it includes the rich historic landscapes of Dartmoor and Exmoor and extends in time from the Palaeolithic axes of the East Devon river valleys to industrial remains from the extraction of tin and other minerals.

Sunday 1st September 2013 – Ham Hill Hillfort – Niall Sharples is currently excavating one of the largest hillforts in Southern Britain, at Ham Hill, Stoke sub Hamdon in Somerset. (ST 485 165) The site has produced a wide range of prehistoric and Roman finds when Ham Hill stone was quarried but only small scale excavation work has previously taken place. It’s siting and ramparts are clearly visible on the south side of the A303. Niall has kindly extended an invitation to visit to members of the DAS. Note that this is not a formal Society activity and will not be covered by DAS insurance: members should come prepared for visiting a site with an uneven surface and with footwear/clothing suitable for all eventualities. The site tour will last until lunchtime. Please check:

http://devonarchaeologicalsociety.org.uk/das/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=186:01-sep-2013&catid=3:diary&Itemid=1

PLYMOUTH:

TOUR OF CROWNHILL FORT

Plymouth & District Archaeological Society (PDAS) consists mainly of amateur members with an enthusiastic interest in a wide range of archaeological disciplines. Visitors are invited to attend any of our regular meetings

Monday 2nd September 2013 – Crownhill Fort, one of the “Palmerston Forts” built in the 19th century to defend Plymouth against the threat of French invasion, is now operated by the Landmark Trust. Ed Donohue, Manager of the Fort, or one of his colleagues, will lead a private tour taking in the ramparts, tunnels and casemates. The tour is not suitable for anyone with walking difficulties; sturdy shoes are advised. If the weather is kind there will be a cannon firing at the end of the tour. Meet in the lower car park outside the Fort at 6.15 for a 6.30pm start, SX 487 591, PL6 5BX. Cost of £3/head to meet Landmark Trust charges, to be collected on the day

http://www.plymarchsoc.org.uk/index.html

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

SEPTEMBER CLEAN-UP – The next clean-up will be held on Tuesday September 10th 2013 at 12.00 midday. Chynhalls Point cliff castle (SW785 175]) Park near Coverack School, to be collected.

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

http://www.cornishancientsites.com/lan.html

YORKSHIRE:

Ingleborough Archaeology Group (IAG) is based in Ingleton in the Yorkshire Dales and has as its core area of operations the Ingleborough massif and the surrounding valleys of Kingsdale, Chapel le Dale and Ribblesdale. The Group was founded in 1996 under the direction of Alan King, one of the most active archaeologists in the Yorkshire Dales. It has been described as one of the most active and successful local archaeology groups in the North of England and has been involved in a broad range of excavations, ranging from a nineteenth-century industrial building within the Ribblehead Construction Camps through to a Romano-British settlement near Ingleton to a Mesolithic site at Kingsdale Head.

Last summer walk – Saturday 21st September 2013 – Baildon Moor:

‘8000 years of landscape change with Gavin Edwards’

Meet 10.30am Baildon Top Car Park (SE1428 4069) or Ashfield Car Park – Settle 9.15am or Community Centre Car Park – Ingleton 9.00am for car sharing. Approx 4-5miles – moderate – mainly on paths and open fell. Please bring packed lunch. No dogs please.

http://www.ingleborougharchaeologygroup.org.uk/

LANCASHIRE:

Lancashire Archaeological Society – encouraging and promoting interest in archaeology and history, particularly of the County Palatine of Lancashire.

1st September 2013 – Visit to the landscape of Smithills Hall Estate, Bolton. Dr Alan Crosby.

Please see http://www.lancsarchsoc.org.uk/ for more information.

PETERBOROUGH: Flag Fen

In the early 1980s, English Heritage funded a series of small dyke surveys in the Peterborough region. It was during this survey that Flag Fen was discovered, home to a Bronze Age monument over 3300 years old.

Flag Fen is open daily from 10am-5pm (last entry at 4pm) from April to October and is a marvellous opportunity to see the reconstructions and the experimental archaeology.

http://www.vivacity-peterborough.com/museums-and-heritage/flag-fen/discovery/

NOTTINGHAMSHIRE/DERBYSHIRE:

MBArchaeology specialises in Community Archaeology, Education & Research. Based in Nottinghamshire / Derbyshire and offering educational talks, walks, workshops and courses on a whole variety of archaeological topics.

Derbyshire – full-day field visits that run throughout the summer to sites of historical and archaeological interest. Keep checking for events.

http://www.mbarchaeology.co.uk/upcoming-events/

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: Investigations at Warren Wood, Little Marlow, Bucks:

Dates and times: 1st September 2013 – 10:00

15th September 2013 – 10:00

29th. September 2013 – 10:00

For more information: http://www.archaeologyinmarlow.org.uk/

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.

TALK: 5th September 2013 : The Nigg Old Trust Project, the re-display of the Nigg Cross-Slab and the Poor Loft. Dr Isabel Henderson, Caroline Vawdrey and David Alston

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 the visit

The museum can be visited via public transport using the Stagecoach 26A bus service from Inverness Bus Station.

http://www.groamhouse.org.uk/index.asp

GALLOWAY:

The Newbarns Project – From 1st – 30th September 2013

Archaeological excavation of three prehistoric kerb cairns containing numerous cremation burials and deposits from the Early Bronze Age through to the Iron Age, also one Neolithic Passage grave on two of the cairns. With evidence of sporadic occupation, from prehistory through the Iron Age (Roman). Anglian and Medieval settlement evidence.

Open from 10:00 to 17:00 hours daily except Sunday.

Tours available: No charge but contributions towards running costs are welcome.

Finds on display.

Amateur diggers are welcome – 1 day or 1 month – with tools supplied. Please wear sensible clothing especially boots, as the cairns are in a bog. All welcome – children must be accompanied by a responsible adult if under 16. The site is off the A710 Colvend to Sandyhills Road MR Nx8812 5505.

All enquiries to – Tel: 01556 680478 or e-mail e.penman2012@btinternet.com

Check out http://www.sat.org.uk for further details.

NORTHERN IRELAND: North Down Museum – Town Hall, The Castle, Bangor, BT20 4BT, United Kingdom

The story of the North Down area, from the Bronze Age to the present day.

Museum opening times:

• Tuesday – Saturday: 10.00am – 4.30pm

• Sunday: 12.00pm – 4.30pm

(Closed on Mondays, except July and August and Bank Holidays)

Accessible for people with disabilities. Admission is free.

http://www.northdownmuseum.com/

WALES:

National Museum of Wales

Cathays Park, Cardiff CF10 3NP

A static exhibition in The Archaeology Gallery – Origins: In Search of Early Wales.

This traces life in Wales from the earliest humans 230,000 years ago. Who were our ancestors, and how different were they from us? What has changed and what has caused these changes? A stunning and thought provoking exhibition where you get the chance to see things really close up.

Visit the Origins – In Search of Early Wales webpages http://www.museumwales.ac.uk/en/whatson/?event_id=2854

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’.

Monday, 9 September – 13 Friday, September – Field Excursion: Warwickshire

http://www.carmants.org.uk/meetings.html

Wrexham County Borough Museum

Regent Street, Wrexham, LL11 1RB

Inside one of Wrexham’s landmark buildings, Wrexham County Borough Museum is the starting point for discovering the eventful history of this region on the English-Welsh border.

The museum’s displays and collections tell the stories of Wrexham County Borough and its people from prehistory up to the present day.

DUE TO RUN THROUGH SEPTEMBER – The Mold Cape – a unique ceremonial cape of gold, made during the Early Bronze Age, around 3,700 years ago. Probably one of the finest pieces of Bronze Age craftsmanship and gold-working technique in Europe, made with great skill from a single sheet of thin gold. It is unique in design with the embossed shapes copying strings of beads. Normally a highlight exhibit at the British Museum, the Mold Cape is on display at Wrexham Museum from 7th. August 2013.

Opening Times: Monday – Friday: 10.00am – 5.00pm

Saturday: 10.30am – 3.00pm

Closed Bank Holidays and Sundays

http://www.wrexham.gov.uk/english/heritage/wrexham_museum.htm

National Roman Legion Museum. Town Centre, Caerleon, Gwent.

Almost 2,000 years ago, the Roman Empire dominated the civilised world. Wales was its furthest outpost and, in AD 75, a fortress was founded at Caerleon that would guard the region for over 200 years. The National Roman Legion Museum displays a remarkable collection of finds from Roman Caerleon, the base of the second Augustan Legion.

FREE ENTRY

Location: Follow the ‘brown helmet’ signs from the M4 (westbound junction 25, eastbound junction 26). For satellite navigation purposes use the post code NP18 1AE (recorded as ‘High Street’).

More information: http://www.museumwales.ac.uk/en/caerleon/visit/

Sue Brooke recounts her recent visit to see the Mold Cape on its travels through Wales.

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The Mold Gold Cape was featured as one of the top ten treasures in the 100 objects in A History of the World in partnership with the BBC. The project was awarded The Art Fund Prize in 2011. So from July to September the Mold Gold Cape is ‘on the road’, so to speak. Normally an exhibit in the British Museum the Cape has been part of a Spotlight Tour, funded by the Art Fund. This means it is on display at the National Museum in Cardiff from 2nd. July until 4th. August 2013, before moving to Wrexham County Borough Museum, where it will be displayed from 7th. August.

I am so lucky in that I live near to both the National Museum of Wales in Cathays Park, located in the civic centre of Cardiff, and the National History Museum at St. Fagans, on the outskirts of Cardiff. So for Mr B and me it was an easy trip into town.

Current theory is that this cape dates from around the early Bronze Age, that is around 1900-1600 BC. It is believed to be of Welsh gold, but as yet there is no evidence to say where, exactly, the gold was originally mined. I myself wear a Welsh gold wedding ring from the now closed Clogau mine in Snowdonia. Due to the rarity of gold in Wales only a ‘small touch’ of Welsh gold is now included in these precious but more modern jewellery items.

Information from the Clogau webpages states that Welsh gold has been used since 1911, at the investiture of Prince Edward as Prince of Wales at Caernarfon Castle. The regalia was made from ‘pure Welsh gold, identified by the very distinctive Welsh dragon stamp’. The British Royal Family have also used Welsh gold for their wedding rings – from the wedding of the Queen Mother right through to the most recent marriage of Prince William to Kate Middleton. So, clearly this gold is special.

No gold mining takes places in Wales now which, it is suggested, means that Welsh gold supplies will eventually run out. This makes Welsh gold extremely rare. The Mold Cape used around 700g (1.5 pounds) of it!

For some time now the museum has been running the Origins: In Search of Early Wales exhibition, which has been regularly featured in our events diary. I’ve been to this many times – each time for different reasons. It’s beautifully presented with many and various items that I’d only previously seen illustrated as drawings. For example the finds from the Dinas Powys archaeological dig, undertaken by Leslie Alcock in 1954 to 1958. These finds are all particularly relevant to me and my own personal interest, locally. It’s very atmospheric in the gallery, with dimmed lighting and that lovely sense of quiet that you used to get in a library. The cape is located within this exhibition and links it in really well with the Welsh items displayed through the very early history of Wales, right up to the more recent historical periods.

I was a little bit like a kid on arrival. Very excitedly looking around in a ‘where is it, where is it??’ kind of way and I most definitely was not disappointed. The cape and the remnants of a possible second, earlier cape were prominently displayed in a low level glass case, beautifully lit. It really did impress me. The detail on this stunningly beautiful piece is amazing. It’s possible to walk around the display case to view it from all angles, as well as to view the inside or back view of the gold easily. The exhibit is set within another display which gives on the spot information on the discovery on the burial within the stone lined grave at Bryn yr Ellyllon, on the outskirts of Mold in Flintshire. There is a free booklet available that gives lovely illustrations and lots of information for the visitor. Interestingly there are also comment cards that you are requested to complete, as a kind of feedback on the exhibition overall. Of course, I left my own very enthusiastic comments.

I was able to take lots of non-flash photographs throughout the exhibition. This is allowed unless notices specifically prevent this. Unfortunately, due to the photographic policy of the museum these can only be used for personal use or study and may not be presented elsewhere online. That’s fair enough, I suppose. The website does have images and further information.

Whilst attending exhibitions and events I try to check out accessibility for wheelchair users. This is important to allow access to everyone and can restrict the enjoyment of wheelchair users if not done properly. It can also impact upon visits including small children or pushchairs. I have to hold my hand up here and say that I was so awestruck by the cape itself that I didn’t remember to check this out. However, Mr B (or Mr Health and Safety as he is lovingly known) took full notice of this. He very reliably informed me that:

Accessibility: Wheelchair access is good throughout. There are lifts to all floors. Four wheelchairs are available on loan – just ask at the front desk or ring ahead to reserve.

Within the exhibition itself it was good to see that care had been taken to allow plenty of room for wheelchair movement between the exhibits. And, of importance, the cape itself was exhibited at a low level, which allowed perfect viewing for wheelchair users.

Plenty of museum attendants were on duty to assist if necessary.

Parking is free to disabled badge holders, in the car park located just behind the museum itself. You need to take your blue badge to the museum shop when buying your parking token – you need this to leave due to the barriers.

On-road disabled parking bays are available at the front of Museum on Gorsedd Gardens Road, but these can become quite sought after, due to the location of the museum in the centre of Cardiff. We went on Sunday and there was plenty of parking available nearby – although of course there is a charge for this, £2.70 for two hours, so not too bad.

More technical information is available from the Clwyd-Powys Archaeological Trust. Try searching ‘Mold Gold Cape’ with the period ‘Bronze Age’ in the drop down box. There is a lot more to be discovered on here than I can tell you in a short article.

Oh, and did I mention this was FREE? It cost £2.70 for the car park. That was all we paid.

http://www.museumwales.ac.uk/en/whatson/?event_id=6735

Compiled by Sue Brooke

SURREY:

Epsom and Ewell History and Archaeology Society – is the local history, archaeology and conservation society for the Epsom and Ewell area of Surrey. Its aims are to encourage interest in the archaeology and history of the area, working to ensure the preservation of local buildings and other objects of historical significance.

Illustrated talks on archaeological and historical subjects. The Society meets on the first Wednesday of each month: St. Mary’s Church Hall, London Road, Ewell – meetings begin at 8.00pm

http://www.epsomewellhistory.org.uk/

DURHAM:

English Heritage Event: Lindisfarne Gospels: Inscribed in Stone Exhibition: Date: From 1st May 2013 to 30th September 2013. Lindisfarne Priory from 10am to 6pm

Lindisfarne Priory is introducing a new display looking at the importance of the priory and its inhabitants around the time of the production of the gospels. The display will celebrate the loan of the famous Lindisfarne Gospels to the North East. By displaying intricately carved original and colourful replica ‘naming stones’, some dating back to the 8th century, the display will answer many questions for visitors who will be making the journey to the original and spiritual home of the sacred text.

http://www.lindisfarnegospels.com/

COUNTY DURHAM:

The Bowes Museum: What is Archaeology?

Thursday 1st August 2013. Explore how Archaeologists unearth the past with Marc from Archaeosoup, and get the chance to handle and analyse artefacts.

Children must be accompanied by an adult, for whom normal admission applies. Booking required. See website for further details.

The Museum is in the market town of Barnard Castle, County Durham situated in the heart of the Pennines in North East England.

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

AUGUST CLEAN-UP – The next clean-up will be held on Tuesday August 13th 2013 at 12.00 midday ‘Three Brothers of Grugwith monument’ (SW7616 1978) Participants are asked to meet at the lay-by just past the Zoar Garage, on the B3293.

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

http://www.cornishancientsites.com/lan.html

 PETERBOROUGH:

Flag Fen

In the early 1980s, English Heritage funded a series of small dyke surveys in the Peterborough region. It was during this survey that Flag Fen was discovered, home to a Bronze Age monument over 3300 years old.

Flag Fen is open daily from 10am-5pm (last entry at 4pm) from April to October and is a marvellous opportunity to see the reconstructions and the experimental archaeology.

http://www.vivacity-peterborough.com/museums-and-heritage/flag-fen/discovery/

NOTTINGHAMSHIRE/DERBYSHIRE:

MBArchaeology specialises in Community Archaeology, Education & Research. Based in Nottinghamshire / Derbyshire and offering educational talks, walks, workshops and courses on a whole variety of archaeological topics.

Derbyshire – full-day field visits that run throughout the summer to sites of historical and archaeological interest. Keep checking for events.

http://www.mbarchaeology.co.uk/upcoming-events/

PORTLAND – DORSET:

The Portland Archaeology Group was set up by archaeologist Susann Palmer to research and excavate the archaeology of this rather special part of Dorset. We are a small group based on the Isle of Portland in Dorset who are passionate about the Isle’s rich heritage . The main excavation site which the group first started on in 1967 was a Middle Stone Age site known as Culverwell (from the nearby natural spring Culver Well). The excavations took place over some 30 years, made possible by the purchase of the site by Susann and a dedicated team working their summer holidays on this beautiful southern tip of Portland. The preservation of part of this important site has made it possible to view the hearths, living and working areas. This can be seen from a wheelchair accessible walkway.

The Culverwell site is about 8500 years old and is known worldwide for being the first, (at the time of discovery), for showing that Mesolithic man was not a wandering hunter / gatherer but actually spent some considerable time in this location, evidenced by shell midden material accumulated over approx 25 – 30 years and analysis showed that the materials was gathered in all seasons of the year. It was also important for the hard evidence of a living area and hearths and a storage or cooking pit. It is also the first known use of the famous Portland stone as building material.

August 4th 2013 2 – 4pm – Culverwell open day with guided tour and hut reconstruction utilising materials that were available at the time. Free admission

August 26th 2013 2 – 4pm – Culverwell open day with guided tour and hut reconstruction utilising materials that were available at the time. Free admission

Parking at Culverwell is free for duration of visit and the site is located on Portland Bill Road south of the village of Southwell and mid-way between the village and Portland Bill. For open day visits in poor weather conditions please check web site or call 01305 783701 or 01305 861576 before travelling to the site as site can get waterlogged

http://www.portlandarchaeology.weebly.com

SCOTLAND

Groam House Museum – 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.

TALK: 15 August 2013 – Groam House Museum in the Digital Age – Chris Moule, Green Envelope Media

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

  • Mon-Fri, 11am – 4.30pm
  • Saturday, 2 – 4.30pm

Please note:- space within the museum is limited so it is suggested that groups of over 12 people should contact the museum to arrange a visit. The museum can be visited via public transport using the Stagecoach 26A bus service from Inverness Bus Station. http://www.groamhouse.org.uk/index.asp

NORTHERN IRELAND

North Down Museum – The story of the North Down area, from the Bronze Age to the present day.

Exhibition: Putting Bangor on the Map

North Down Museum has the only complete Folio of Plantation Maps in Ireland, the Raven Maps. These have been digitised and you can see the digitised maps with their additional content and the originals in the Plantation Room.

Town Hall, The Castle, Bangor, BT20 4BT, United Kingdom

Museum opening times:

  • Tuesday – Saturday: 10.00am – 4.30pm
  • Sunday: 12.00pm – 4.30pm
  • (Closed on Mondays, except July and August and Bank Holidays)

Accessible for people with disabilities. Admission is free.

http://www.northdownmuseum.com/

WALES:

National Museum of Wales

Cathays Park, Cardiff CF10 3NP

A static exhibition in The Archaeology Gallery – Origins: In Search of Early Wales. This traces life in Wales from the earliest humans 230,000 years ago. Who were our ancestors, and how different were they from us? What has changed and what has caused these changes? A stunning and thought provoking exhibition where you get the chance to see things really close up.

Visit the Origins – In Search of Early Wales webpages

ALSO:

DISPLAY: The Mold Cape.

The Mold Cape is a unique ceremonial cape of gold, made during the Early Bronze Age, around 3,700 years ago. Probably one of the finest pieces of Bronze Age craftsmanship and gold-working technique in Europe, made with great skill from a single sheet of thin gold. It is unique in design with the embossed shapes copying strings of beads.

Normally a highlight exhibit at the British Museum, the Mold Cape is on display at the National Museum Cardiff, before opening at Wrexham County Borough Museum on 7th August 2013.

http://www.museumwales.ac.uk/en/whatson/?event_id=6735

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“Saviour of Stonehenge and Avebury”,  physician, druid, vicar, antiquarian, archaeologist, architect, artist, writer, poet, musician, numismatist, cosmologist, traveller, friend of Newton and Halley….

The “William Stukeley – Saviour of Stonehenge” exhibition will be held at Hartland Abbey, North Devon starting next Sunday, 9th June 2013.

See here – http://www.hartlandabbey.co.uk/exhibition.htm

Even more events, compiled by Sue Brooke

CORNWALL:

Cornwall Archaeological Society

Regular walks and talks of interest:

The Society was formed in 1961 – it grew out of the West Cornwall Field Club, itself founded in 1935 by a group of enthusiasts who were studying the archaeology of West Cornwall.

WALKS – Every month there is an archaeological walk somewhere in Cornwall led by members or an invited expert.

ACTIVITIES – The Society gives opportunities for those interested in practical archaeology to participate in fieldwork and learn archaeological techniques. Members often take part in excavations run by the Cornwall County Council’s Historic Environment Service (HES).

JULY WALK – Sunday 14th July 2013. 11.00 to 16.00 Cliff castles and ancient sites on the North Coast with Steve Hebdige.

Meeting in Porthcothan Car Park (SW8580 7291). Please note there is a car parking charge. The advice is that you should bring a packed lunch and, due to the weather, suitable outdoor clothing. The plan is to leave Porthcothan heading towards Park Head, back to Porthcothan for lunch and then onto Wine Cove, Treyarnon before heading back to the car park. There is a short steep descent and climb out of Porth Meor in the first part of the walk as well as a climb out of Porthcothan after lunch. This coastal walk will take in barrows, cliff castles at Park Head and Wine Cove and stunning views set in a landscape used since prehistory as illustrated by crop marks from aerial photographs.

http://www.cornisharchaeology.org.uk/

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

JULY CLEAN-UP – Tuesday July 16th 2013 – 12.00 (midday).

The next clean-up will be held at St. Rumon’s Church (SW7039 1643). Please meet at the lane to the farm, off the A3083. See website for more details. http://www.cornishancientsites.com/lan.htm

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LONDON:

Museum of London:

Saturday and Sunday 20th & 21st July – Festival of Archaeology – The Secret Museum.

Exclusive behind the scenes tours of stores and archives at the Museum of London and the London Archaeological Archive and Research Centre.

Sat 20 Jul, 11am – 4pm – Bishops Square, London E1 6EG

Skeletons in the closet – find out in Spitalfields, where you can have the chance to see inside the remains of a medieval charnel house, hidden underneath the pavement near the market. Experts from English Heritage will reveal the history of this fascinating site.

Please note families are welcome to this event!

Sat 20 & Sun 21 Jul, 10.15-11.45am, 12.15-1.45pm, 2.15-3.45pm & 4.15-5.45pm – Museum of London

Secret stores tour: metal store & conservation labs

Get into heavy metal as our curators throw open the doors to the metal store to reveal 4000 years of history captured in tin, bronze and iron. Then come up to the lab to learn about how these and other historic London objects are cared for by our conservators. Age 16+

Book in advance £10 (£70 for a group booking of 8 people). To book tickets call the Museum of London Box Office on 020 7001 9844.

Sat 20 & Sun 21 Jul, 10.30am – 12pm, 12.30-2pm, 2.30-4pm, 4.30-5pm – Secret stores tour: human remains – Museum of London

We know where the bodies are – and so will you as our Osteology curators take you on a tour of our human remains store before revealing what we can learn from ancient bodies in the Centre for Human Bioarchaeology. Age 16+

Book in advance £10 (£70 for a group booking of 8 people). To book tickets call the Museum of London Box Office on 020 7001 9844.

Please note there are also a range of activities on offer specifically for children. For more information please follow: http://www.museumoflondon.org.uk/london-wall/Whats-on/Family-events/FOA.htm

KENT:

13 & 14 July: Festival of Archaeology 10.30 am. Maidstone Museum

More detailed information coming soon – please check out

http://www.museum.maidstone.gov.uk/events/20137/437/

Saturday 13th to Sunday 14th July 2013- Maidstone Museum. All Day Events

Maidstone Museum, in collaboration with the Kent Archaeological Society and Regia-Anglorum (the country’s leading group of early medieval living history enthusiasts) will host an exciting two day outdoor event designed to illustrate the richness of the county’s Saxon history.

From Saturday 13th to Sunday 14th July 2013, they will re-create a Saxon village in the Museum’s beautiful public gardens. The displays of Saxon art, craft, cooking, music and weapons will be complemented in the Museum by displays, lectures, object handling sessions, demonstrations of conservation techniques and a host of activities for families and children. All will draw upon the Museum’s fantastic Anglo-Saxon collections, recognised as being amongst the country’s fines

NOTTINGHAMSHIRE/DERBYSHIRE:

MBArchaeology specialises in Community Archaeology, Education & Research. Based in Nottinghamshire / Derbyshire and offering educational talks, walks, workshops and courses on a whole variety of archaeological topics.

Derbyshire – full-day field visits that run throughout the summer to sites of historical and archaeological interest.

July 13-28 – Festival of British Archaeology – more info coming soon

http://www.mbarchaeology.co.uk/upcoming-events/

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WILTSHIRE HERITAGE MUSEUM:

Wiltshire Heritage Museum runs a large number of events, exhibitions and activities both for the general public and members of the Wiltshire Archaeological and Natural History Society.

10:00 am Saturday, 6th July 2013 running until 1st September 2013

EXHIBITION: Inspirations from the Bronze Age: an exhibition by six outstanding contemporary designers and makers

http://www.wiltshireheritage.org.uk/events/

PETERBOROUGH:

Flag Fen Archaeology Park. The Droveway, Northey Road, Peterborough, PE6 7QJ

Flag Fen is open daily from 10am-5pm (last entry at 4pm) from April to October and is a marvellous opportunity to see the work undertaken.

http://www.vivacity-peterborough.com/museums-and-heritage/flag-fen/discovery/

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 WALES:

National Museum of Wales, Cathays Park, Cardiff CF10 3NP – FREE ENTRY

Origins: In Search of Early Wales. A static exhibition in The Archaeology Gallery – This traces life in Wales from the earliest humans 230,000 years ago. Who were our ancestors, and how different were they from us? What has changed and what has caused these changes? A stunning and thought provoking exhibition where you get the chance to see things close up.

Visit the Origins – In Search of Early Wales webpages http://www.museumwales.ac.uk/en/whatson/?event_id=2854

Until 7th. July 2013 – Julian Stair: Quietus – The Vessel, Death and the Human Body.

An exhibition of beautiful funerary vessels – from cinerary jars to sarcophagi exploring the containment of the human body after death.

2nd July to 4th. August 2013 – The Mold Cape Spotlight Tour (In partnership with the British Museum)

Find out about this stunning ceremonial cape of gold and the Bronze Age people who made it.

 NATIONAL HISTORY MUSEUM OF WALES – ST. FAGAN’S, CARDIFF:

11th July 2013 – 14.00 – 15.00 (English) 15.00 – 16.00 (Welsh)

Behind the Scenes: What lies beneath?

Join Elen Phillips, Curator of Textiles, to uncover the hidden secrets of the textile collection. Find out what our ancestors wore beneath their clothing and how they kept evil spirits at bay!

Spaces are limited for this tour so please book early to avoid disappointment

FREE ENTRY – BUT PLEASE NOTE THERE IS A CAR PARKING FEE.

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