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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

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.

Compiled by Sue Brooke

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FESTIVAL OF ARCHAEOLOGY 2013 EVENTS:

Dig into the past at the 23rd Festival of Archaeology! Co-ordinated by the Council for British Archaeology, the Festival offers over 1,000 events nationwide, organised by museums, heritage organisations, national and country parks, universities, local societies, and community archaeologists. A small selection of these events is listed below. To find out more (more events are listing daily) please check: http://www.archaeologyfestival.org.uk/

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Church Meadow excavation open day Sat 13th Jul 2013   South East | Surrey

An open day, in conjunction with Ewell Village Fair, giving you the chance to see the current season’s excavation in Ewell’s Roman settlement http://www.epsomewellhistory.org.uk

Archaeology week at Tintagel Castle Sat 27th Jul 2013 – Sat 3rd Aug 2013   South West | Cornwall

It’s the Festival of Archaeology so join us for fun activities for the whole family. Get hands-on and discover more about the history of Tintagel through our experts and the fascinating artefacts uncovered here over the years. http://www.english-heritage.org.uk/daysout/events/archaeology-week-tc-27-jul/

Dig with us! Mon 15th Jul 2013 – Fri 19th Jul 2013 North East | Tyne and Wear

Newcastle University archaeologists and English Heritage will be excavating the 19th century forge workers cottages at Derwentcote Steelworks near Ebchester. Local volunteers (including accompanied children) are welcome to come along and dig with us: just turn up on whichever day(s) you choose. http://www.english-heritage.org.uk/daysout/properties/derwentcote-steel-furnace/

Newbarns project archaeological excavation Sat 13th Jul 2013 – Sat 27th Jul 2013  Scotland | Dumfries and Galloway

Ancient burial site consisting of 3 Neolithic kerb cairns, adapted for later Bronze Age/Iron Age burials with settlement evidence from the Anglian and Medieval eras in the form of stonework. Contributions greatly received but no charge for entry or having a go. http://www.sat.org.uk

Dorchester on Thames archaeological excavation open day Sat 20th Jul 2013  West Midlands | Oxfordshire

Learn more about the site of the Roman small town at Dorchester on Thames. Bring artefacts you may have found in your own garden to be identified and see the objects we have excavated. Take a site tour with the Director and see what we have been digging.http://www.arch.ox.ac.uk/DOT1.html

The Anglo-Saxons in the North Sat 2nd Mar 2013 – Tue 31st Dec 2013   North East | County Durham

The Anglo-Saxons in the North A small display in the Streatlam Galleries from March to December 2013, will highlight the Anglo-Saxon collections at The Bowes Museum, in celebration of the Lindisfarne Gospels in the North East. http://www.thebowesmuseum.org.uk/

Archaeology discovery day   Sun 28th Jul 2013  South West | Gloucestershire

Archaeological skills/hands-on activity. Join us for a day of discovery! Visitors will get the chance to learn more about the excavations in Dr Jenner’s Garden. There will be talks about the finds excavated from the garden and there will be some finds on display. Plus sandpit digs, finds cleaning and even finds identification. There will be tours of the site through the day and all visitors get to see the museum exhibits about Edward Jenner – passionate not only about medicine but also geology and fossils! http://www.jennermuseum.com

Medieval mysteries Thu 25th Jul 2013 Wales | Caerphilly

A day of hands-on art, craft and traditional skills, activities, tours, and talks

http://www.celticlearnersnetwork.org.uk/index.htm

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Archaeology in the Community (AITC) will be running events with young people to coincide with Festival of Archaeology. Please check them out at    http://archaeologyincommunity.com/

More to come, later this week!

Thanks once again to Sue Brooke for compiling next month’s Diary Dates.

The following events will be taking place next month, why not add one or two to your diary and join in the fun?

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.

Talks – During winter months talks are given at centres in Truro and Liskeard by speakers, national and local (and including members) who are specialists in their field of interest.

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). See http://www.cornisharchaeology.org.uk/ for more details.

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.

The next clean-up will be held on Sunday JUNE 9th BOSCAWEN-ÛN STONE CIRCLE o/s 4122 2736. Meet by A30 – starts at 14.00. See website for more details.

DEVON

Barnstaple – North Devon Archaeological Society was established in 1959, and for many years concentrated on providing lectures and visits for members. The society merged with North Devon Rescue, a campaigning organisation which had been instrumental in ensuring proper recording and excavation in the area. At the time of writing there were no events planned for June so it’s a good idea to keep an eye on their website. http://www.ndas.org.uk/

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ESSEX

West Essex Archaeology Group, Woodford Green. WEAG’s aim is ‘to promote the advancement of knowledge and education by a study of archaeology, history and kindred subjects ‘.

10th June 2013 – London’s Food Plant Remains. Karen Stewart, Museum of London Archaeology
The lectures take place in the sixth form block of the Woodford County High School, High Road, Woodford Green IG8 9LA on Mondays at 7:45pm unless otherwise stated. Non members are welcome to attend – voluntary contribution appreciated. For further information, see the website at http://www.weag.org.uk/

12th March to 22nd June: Exhibition at Redbridge Museum: 1st Floor Exhibition Area, Redbridge Central Library, Clement Road, Ilford. 500 Years of Redbridge Gardens, Parks and Open Spaces, Tuesdays to Fridays, 10 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. Free Admission.

Barking and District Historical Society: Harp House, 16 Helmore Road (off Goodey Road), Barking, IG11 9PH

Monday 3rd June: The Princess Alice Disaster, Keith Langridge, 7:30 p.m

KENT

Council for Kentish Archaeology

The Society was founded in 1857 and is now a registered charity with the following objects: To promote the study and publication of archaeology and history in all their branches, especially within the ancient county of Kent.

Much of the County has been lost to London since 1857 so the “ancient county” is treated as including the London Boroughs of Bexley, Bromley, Greenwich and Lewisham, as well as Medway and the administrative county. The Society’s interests are not confined to fieldwork. Its objects cover archaeology and local history in the widest sense.

1st. June: Fieldwork, 10.30, Library
8th June: Council, 10.30, Guildhall Museum, Rochester
22th June: Churches visit to St Mary-in-the-Marsh and St Nicholas, New Romney
29 June: One-day conference ‘New Developments in Kentish Urban Studies’, Old Sessions House
http://www.kentarchaeology.org.uk/diary/

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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.

June 9-22 – University of Nottingham,  Southwell Project

June 11th – Talk: Archaeology of the Peak District, South Normanton History Group, 1pm

June 13th – Talk: Archaeology of Creswell Crags, Southwell Rotary Club, 7pm

June 29 – Archaeology Walk: Iron Age Nottinghamshire (see Current Projects tab ‘Archaeology Walks’ for details)

See http://www.mbarchaeology.co.uk/upcoming-events/ for further details

Wiltshire

WILTSHIRE

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.

6:30 pm, Thursday, 27 June, 2013: A TALE OF TWO VILLAGES: An evening walk around Alton Barnes and Alton Priors, led by local historian David Carson. Find out fascinating facts about the two churches, what the villages used to look like, the civil war, and eye witness accounts of the machinery riots of 1830.

10:00am, Saturday, 06 July, 2013: EXHIBITION: Inspirations from the Bronze Age: an exhibition by six outstanding contemporary designers and makers

http://www.wiltshireheritage.org.uk/events/ for more details.

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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 provides a marvelous opportunity to see the finds discovered there during excavations, as well as to see some of the reconstructions and experimental archaeology work undertaken there.

WALES

National Museum of Wales, Cathays Park, Cardiff CF10 3NP

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?

Visit the Origins – In Search of Early Wales webpages for more details. FREE ENTRY.

Nation History Museum of Wales – St Fagans

Saturday 15th to Sunday 16th June: 2013 Summer food in the Iron Age. Find out what’s bubbling in the Iron Age cauldron.

Saturday – 22nd. June 2013. 2pm to 3pm:  Life in the Iron Age. Looking at everyday life in the Iron Age.

 FREE ENTRY – CAR PARKING FEE.

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 CARDIFF CASTLE

Saturday 22 – Sunday 23rd. June 2012:  JOUST! A fun event for all the family. For more information: www.cardiffcastle.com

If you have an upcoming event you’d like included in our listings, please Contact Us with details. We tend to publish events near the start of the month prior to the actual event, so please allow enough notice to be included!

Recent Analytical survey and investigation in the World Heritage Site, by David Field.

Monuments within the Stonehenge Landscape have rarely been subject to survey techniques in modern times and in many cases reliance has been placed on Ordnance Survey depictions of the early 20th century. In advance of the establishment of a new visitor centre and to complement and support the recent university programmes of excavation in the area, English Heritage has been conducting the Stonehenge WHS Landscape Project to determine what non-destructive survey techniques can tell us about the area. Using ground survey, aerial photography, lidar and laser scanning a number of fresh and sometimes surprising conclusions emerge. This talk will outline the results so far.

This lecture, originally scheduled for this coming Saturday, 10th December is now sold out. The lecture will now be repeated on Saturday, 10 March, 2012. Early booking is advisable.

Full details are available on the Wiltshire Heritage Museum website.

On Monday, 14 November, Dr Ros Cleal (or Dr Nicola Snashall) will be giving an illustrated talk on Avebury.

Organised by Newbury National Trust and held at St Bartholomew’s School from 7:30pm. Visitors £3. Telephone 01635 551034 for further information.

Presenting the results of recent work on the archaeology and historic buildings of the North York Moors National Park. Held at Helmsley Arts Centre, YO62  5DW.
 
Orgnised by Graham Lee, Senior Archaeological Conservation Officer g.lee@northyorkmoors-npa.gov.uk Web www.northyorkmoors.org.uk

The Stonehenge Landscape Project: Recent Analytical survey and investigation in the World Heritage Site. A lecture by David Field on Saturday, 10 December 2011 from 2:30 pm at the Wiltshire Heritage Museum, Devizes.

Monuments within the Stonehenge Landscape have rarely been subject to survey techniques in modern times and in many cases reliance has been placed on Ordnance Survey depictions of the early 20th century. In advance of the establishment of a new visitor centre and to complement and support the recent university programmes of excavation in the area, English Heritage has been conducting the Stonehenge WHS Landscape Project to determine what non-destructive survey techniques can tell us about the area. Using ground survey, aerial photography, lidar and laser scanning a number of fresh and sometimes surprising conclusions emerge. This talk will outline the results so far.

More here – http://www.wiltshireheritage.org.uk/events/index.php?Action=2&thID=663&prev=1

Saturday, 23 July. Talk 10:00–11:00. Site visit 13:00–16:00 (Exhibition 20 Jun–20 Aug).

Exhibition and lecture illustrating the work of a community archaeology project investigating a Late Neolithic/Early Bronze Age landscape on local moorland, followed up with a site visit and conducted tour.

1. Exhibition detailing the background to and work of the Stanbury Hill Project, a community archaeology project investigating a Late Neolithic/Early Bronze Age landscape on local moorland: travelling around various local museums and libraries in towns surrounding the moorland immediately before, during and after the Festival, though the posters, etc. will be in display simultaneously at all of them.

2. Lecture/Open Day detailing the background to and work of the Stanbury Hill project, a community archaeology project investigating a Late Neolithic/Early Bronze Age landscape on local moorland: a morning lecture of 1 hour approx, with time for questions, followed by a visit to and conducted tour of the site.

Booking required for lecture and Open Day/site visit (lecture maximum 50). Alternative contact: Project Director: Dr. Keith Boughey, 01274 591736, keith_boughey@hotmail.com

Stanbury Hill Project is a joint venture between Bingley and District Local History Society and Division of Archaeological, Environmental and Geographical Sciences, University of Bradford.Location: Exhibition: assorted local libraries; Lecture: Church House, Old Main St., Bingley. Site location on booking.. For lecture: main road A650 Bradford-Keighley, then B6265 to centre of Bingley. Travelling from Bradford turn left signposted to Harden then immediately right in front of Church House.

For Open Day/site visit: apply directly Project Director or Secretary (see below)

Org: Stanbury Hill Project
Name: Dave Spencer
Tel: 01274 585886
Email: idle.moor@gmail.com
Web: sites.google.com/site/stanburyhill

Not for the first time a local astronomy group has adopted a stone circle as an appropriate observation site. The Chipping Norton Amateur Astronomy Group http://www.cnaag.com/ now often meets at the Rollright Stones, Oxfordshire – as well they might. In the words of the Reverend Percival Oakley Hill in 1894: “The top of Rollright hill was so admirably suited to the purposes of the Druid astrologers, that our modern astronomers might profitably select it as the site of a great Midland observatory.”

And actually the first use of the circle may well have been 2,000 years earlier than that – and not by Druids and not for astrology but for pure observational scientific astronomy – which maybe makes the Chipping Norton Amateur Astronomy Group the oldest local astronomy group in the world…

                                                                                       

Anyhow, they’re holding an interesting open event at the Rollright Stones from midday to midnight on Saturday, 7th May; a Spring Moonwatch. Activities include a Telescope display, solar observing, kids drawing competition, Black Knights Model Rocket Society (launching if weather allows) plus George Lambrick talking about the Rollright Stones followed by observing in the evening.

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