Other forthcoming events
Recent finds in the Chess Valley: Lowndes Room, Chesham Town Hall, Buckinghamshire, Friday 17th May 2013, 8pm
Ros Tyrrell, Buckinghamshire’s Finds Liaison Officer, will be giving a talk on the many items that have been discovered in the
Chess Valley in recent times. Members £1 / non-members £3.
Whitehall Roman Villa open evening: Nether Heyford village hall, Northamptonshire, Monday 20th May 2013, 7:30pm
The Whitehall Roman Villa Project will be holding a public open meeting, at which the Archaeological Director Stephen Young
will give a presentation on the thirteen years of excavations at Whitehall. The main excavations at Whitehall have now
finished, although it is anticipated that there will be some smaller peripheral excavations to come.
The meeting is open to all and admission is free. It is hoped that there will be displays of artefacts found at Whitehall and
elsewhere. The Hall is situated on the south side of the large village green
Roman Military Research Society Artillery Weekend: Piddington Roman villa, Northamptonshire, 15—16 June 2013
This will be an experimental weekend of practical research that is open to all, although it is not suitable for young children,
and older children must be accompanied by a responsible adult. Further details will follow shortly.
Irchester Roman town: St Mary’s Church, Higham Ferrers, Northamptonshire, Monday 17th June 2013, 7:00pm
Jennifer Sherrey, project manager at Chester Farm, and Sarah Bridges, county archivist, will be giving a talk to the Higham
Ferrers Archaeology and Research Society about the Roman town near Irchester. Members £1, non-members £1.50.
University of Sheffield: short courses, June 2013
The three courses below can be taken individually or in any combination. A 10% reduction in fees is offered to anyone
attending all three courses (including concessionary places). To book your place, or find out more information, see
Understanding Zooarchaeology 1: 17—19 June 2013
Cost: £180/£120 (concession)
Through three days of short lectures, discussions, case studies, and hands-on practical work, this course offers a solid
introduction to the identification of animal bones, the theory and methods behind zooarchaeology, and the uses and
limitations of this form of evidence. The course is an ideal starting point for archaeologists, museum curators, heritage
professionals, and natural history enthusiasts who encounter animal bones and/or zooarchaeological reports in their research
or professional capacities.
Marine Resources: 20—21 June 2013
Cost: £180/£120 (concession)
This course provides detailed insight into faunal remains associated with human exploitation of coastal environments. The
course is heavily based on practical laboratory sessions that provide training in the identification of fish, mollusc, marine bird,
crustacean and marine mammal remains. In addition, short lectures and case studies are used to provide examples of how
different lines of evidence are brought together to provide an integrated understanding of marine resource exploitation, often
as part of a more extensive subsistence strategy, for archaeological sites in Europe. Of particular relevance to coastal
enthusiasts, archaeologists, environmental scientists, and biologists.
Introduction to Human Osteology: 24—28 June 2013
Cost: £400/£340 (concession)
This five day course provides participants with an overview of human skeletal anatomy and a variety of osteological methods,
in order to convey understanding and recognition of standard osteological practice and help participants gain confidence when
dealing with human skeletal material. The course is suitable for those working in outdoor occupations, the rescue services,
field archaeology and museums, or students and for those wanting a taster course in human osteology.
Landscapes of Governance: Assembly Sites in England 5th—11th centuries
Garden Room, Liston Hall, Marlow, Buckinghamshire, Thursday 27th June 2013, 8pm
Stuart Brookes will be giving a talk on the Landscapes of Governance project, a recent venture bringing archaeology, place-
names and written sources together for the first time in a comprehensive national research project. Assembly sites were
important at many levels of early medieval society, providing a means whereby royal and official prerogative met with local
concerns. Place-names of sites indicate varying origins, in some cases referring to pre-Christian gods, while other terms relate
to earlier monuments, such as burial mounds and standing stones, or seemingly mundane features such as crossroads, bridges
and settlements. Members £2.50 / non-members £3.50.
Excavate London: The Romans — excavation training course
Syon Park, Brentford: 24—28 June and 1—5 July
The Museum of London and MOLA are returning
to Syon Park to excavate the area around the
famous Lion Gate, and are running two one-
week courses in excavation techniques and
London archaeology for beginners upwards.
Syon has a rich archaeological heritage, from
Stone Age nomads to Civil War battles. Previous
excavations at Syon have revealed the medieval
Abbey and the Roman roadside settlement of
Brentford. The course will be taught by
experienced MOLA archaeologists, supported by
specialist seminars from Museum curators and
MOLA professionals. We are hoping to uncover
what effect the Romans had on the northern
end of the estate, and how this impacted on
medieval to modern Syon.
Please note: the course is open this year to
16—17 year olds, but parental permission will
need to be provided for each of these due to
the length of the course.
Piddington Roman Villa summer excavation: Piddington, Northamptonshire, Saturday 27th July — Monday 26th August 2013
Excavation will continute of 'Building 16', a large building on the approach to the main villa. Beginners are welcome, and there
are also opportunities to assist with processing finds and information in the Finds Department. Members (of at least 6 months
standing) are entitled to reduced rates. The ‘day off’ changes this year from Saturday to Wednesday. Please see the Society's
website for full details (www.unas.org.uk); the website also contains a ‘Dig Diary' dating back to 2005.
The annual site (and Museum) Open Day is on Saturday 24th August, 11am—4pm, and is free to members. CBA South Midlands
members are also invited to a free tour of the site and museum on Saturday 7th September 2013 (details here).
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