For full details of the CBA Network events running in 2013 please see the flyer below (895 KB).
Throughout June there are events in the North East to celebrate what is unique about our region. For full details please visit http://www.festivalne.com/.
These will run from Sunday 26th May until Saturday 8th June (Saturday 1st June will be a day off).
THIS IS THE SITE THAT KICKED IT ALL OFF - excavations are on the remains of the Scottish Camp and will be supervised as with last year by Jenny Vaughan and John Nolan. Places are limited so please book early to guarantee a place. We will operate on a first come first served basis and retain a waiting list. Flodden500@gmail.com and copied to Jenny.Vaughan@virgin.net.
For full details of the Cleadon Village Atlas Timeline of Events see the flyer below (100 KB).
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All seminars will take in the Armstrong Meeting Room, 2nd Floor Armstrong Building from 5pm.
5th February - Professor David Breeze. “Understanding Hadrian's Wall: the legacy of the 1930s”
12th March; Kevin Hayward, PCA “Roman Sculpture in London. The Geology. 400 years of quarrying supply and carving”
30th April - Cath Neal, York University. 'Roman landscapes and settlement in the Vale of York; the evidence from Heslington East'
7th May - Taylor Lauritsen, Edinburgh University. “Rebuilding boundaries in the Pompeian house: towards a functional interpretation of domestic space”
14th May - Belinda Crerar, The British Museum. “Burials and fragmented bodies in Late Roman Britain”
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For full details of these events being held in honour of Emeritus Professor Brian B Shefton, download the event flyers below (1.76 MB and 1.37 MB).
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‘Victoria Cave Revisited’Exhibition extended until 7 July 2013 at The Museum of North Craven Life at The Folly, Settle (Tuesdays 10.30am – 4.30pm. Thursdays, Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays 12.30am – 4.30pm. Admission is £2.50 or £2.00 for concessions).
Exhibits from the excavations at Victoria cave are not often seen as they are mostly in a private collection. There are amazing things to see as well as some very informative panels . A few examples of finds are spotted hyena dung!, a chewed bison leg, upper molar of a narrow nosed rhinoceros and a brown bear skull carbon dated to c14,100 BC. Fragments of flagons, bronze finger rings, jet beads and bone objects from the Roman period.
A very enthusiastic visitor recently included the exhibition in his blog - oldfieldslimestone.blogspot.co.uk
The walk up to the cave itself (on a dry day) is also well worth it.
Please view the attached PDF document (208 KB) for full details of the Society of Antiquaries Bicentenary Programme for 2013.
Please view the attached PDF document (310 KB) for full details of 'A glimpse at the eighteenth-century social life in the city' being held at Durham Assembly Rooms.
You may be aware that £1.9m of Heritage Lottery funding has been given to the Heart of Teesdale Landscape Partnership to look at a range of issues affecting the landscape, including the historic environment, through a series of initiatives and projects. The area covers Eggleston, Barnard Castle, Winston, Barforth, Gainford, Hutton Magna, Barningham, Bowes and the communities in-between. We are an independent charity, North of England Civic Trust, and have been asked by the Partnership and Durham County Council to produce a heritage audit for the area.
Not only residents, but anyone with an interest in Teesdale, are being asked to share their knowledge of local sites, groups, societies, collections, archives, customs, traditions, music, food, industries and other features that could be included on a ‘local list’ in the future (local lists, as you are probably aware, are a record of local features not considered significant enough to be designated nationally, but which communities value as part of their local heritage). We are interested to hear not only from representatives of heritage groups and societies, individuals including local, family and community historians, landscape architects and historians, heritage consultants and interpreters, but also from anyone who has a contribution to make.
We would also like to know if you have views on how heritage initiatives in Teesdale can be supported and strengthened, and any priorities you have for future projects. Further information can be found at http://www.nect.org.uk/heart-of-teesdale-heritage.
Ian Colquhoun runs an informal and friendly evening class at Antioch House, 66 Crossgate, Durham on Tuesday evenings from 7pm to 9pm. He also runs field trips to local sites. Privately run leisure class – no tests or exams! For further information please contact firstname.lastname@example.org or call 07927 058660
The Ure-Swale Archaeology Forum (USAF) consists of a group of archaeologists, heritage organisations and non-professionals who share an interest in, and concern for, the prehistoric and historic archaeology of the Ure-Swale river catchment in Yorkshire, UK. This area includes a range of outstanding archaeological sites and historic landscapes, including the Thornborough henge complex, Roman Catterick, and the remarkable medieval landscapes of Swaledale and Wensleydale. Our activity couples research — including fieldwork, documentary histories, and the creation of exciting research agendas — with the public promotion and better management of this archaeology. It is currently co-ordinated by Dr Jan Harding via a Newcastle University Virtual Research Environment. Please contact him at email@example.com if you are interested in getting involved.
As part of the quincentenary commemorations for the Battle of Flodden 1513 Ford & Etal Estates are proposing to run two living history events at Etal. The first event, scheduled for the first weekend in September 2012, is designed to be a taster or introductory event leading up to a bigger weekend event in the first weekend in August 2013.The general theme will be to look at the cultural, social, environmental and historical heritage of early 16th Century life, with a particular focus on the Battle of Flodden. Illustrating how the two armies existed; their clothing, sleeping/living quarters, diets and how they came to be part the army in the first place, as well as demonstrating how their chosen weaponry influenced the outcome of the Battle.
The first event (2012) will aim to illustrate what Living History involves. There will be talks and demonstrations of skills and traditional crafts, and the public will be shown and provided with the tools of how to become are-enactor. They will be incorporated into demonstrations of army tactics, skirmishes, sword play and archery. Recruitment will be encouraged, and the necessary information provided, so that the public can become involved with the 2013 event. This event has been scheduled to run alongside and in conjunction with the annual Etal Flower Show.
The second event (2013) is to be a larger weekend of Living History. This event would have a main arena where demonstrations of armoury (the different parts and how to put it on), weaponry (archers versus the musket for efficiency), clothing, pastimes of the era (falconry), and the key stages of the Battle of Flodden would be displayed throughout the day.
A Living History encampment at both events will allow people to talk to and walk amongst the re-enactors. There would also be an historical traders section where traditional skills can be viewed and artefacts bought.
The events are both subject to funding and an application has been submitted to Heritage Lottery. In the meantime however, a Flodden forum has been set up to discuss all things Flodden and 16th Century, and act as a place for people to register their interest. Please visit www.flodden.freeforums.org for details.
Six human skeletons thought to be the remains of Roman Gladiators go on display at a new visitor attraction in the Centre of Durham. The Gladiators: A Cemetery of Secrets exhibition is the result of a joint venture between York Archaeological Trust and Durham County Council. The exhibition occupies the former Visitor Information Centre at Millennium Place and will run until March 31st 2012. The skeletons, which were the subject of a Channel 4 documentary aired last year, were first uncovered by York Archaeological Trust archaeologists at Driffield Terrace in York during an excavation that ran between 2004 and 2005. 80 burials were excavated at the site, of which 60 were mostly complete skeletons. Almost all were male and the majority were adults. An expert from Durham University has played a key role in the latest research into the origins of the Driffield Terrace skeletons. Teaching fellow in the Department of Archaeology, Dr Anwen Caffell, worked with Malin Holst of York Osteoarchaeology Ltd to review some of the injuries, illnesses and ages of selected skeletons. Their work has helped prove some existing theories, but has also introduced further debate about the evidence. Says Kurt Hunter-Mann, field officer at York Archaeological Trust who led the original excavation, “The skeletons have been the centre of much global interest over the last year and have been the subject of ongoing debate as to how they came to be lying decapitated in the large cemetery site. “Opinion still remains divided. Unusual marks on the skeletons, including possible bite marks from large carnivorous animals, fuel the debate that the skeletons could be the remains of gladiators, who lived and fought in York during the Roman occupation. The exhibition shows all of the evidence, and should help reignite the ‘Were they gladiators?’ debate, as well as inviting visitors to have their say.” Says Cllr Neil Foster, Cabinet member for regeneration and economic development, “The council is really pleased to be supporting this exciting exhibition and at the heart of the World Heritage Site. “I sincerely hope that this will be the first of many opportunities for us to work in partnership with York Archaeological Trust and to bring residents and visitors here the chance to come face to face with history in this way.” The skeletons will be on display at 1 Millennium Place from Saturday 3 December until 31st March 2012. General admission charges apply, with free unlimited admissions with entry tickets.
Visit http://www.cemeteryofsecrets.com or call 0191 3324041 for information.
Lectures are free for BAS members, £2 for visitors
4 February 2013 Prof. Ian Haynes and Tony Wilmott ‘Altars in Cumbria’
4 March 2013 The Durham Western Isles Team ‘Hunter-gatherers on the edge; the earliest humans in the Western Isles of Scotland’
1 April 2013 AGM and Dr Nyree Finlay, Director of Scottish Mesolithic Geophysical Survey Project
Held at 7.30pm at Parish Centre, Berwick upon Tweed, opposite Berwick Barracks and adjacent to Parish Church main door
We are looking for volunteers to help us monitor and conserve our Scheduled Ancient Monuments. Together we can safeguard our heritage. For full details please view the summary below.
Kristian Pedersen is looking for volunteers for excavation and fieldwalking at weekends. A Bronze or Iron Age promontory fort at Chesterfield Farm. Contact Kristian Pedersen on 01289 307869 or visit www.paxtonbeforethehouse.wordpress.com.
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