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Cambridge Archaeology Field Group - Monthly Talk
'Vela Spila (Croatia) – a brief introduction to recent fieldwork' by Preston Miracle (McDonald Institute for Archaeological Research)
Wednesday 4th October at 7:30pm
McDonald Institute for Archaeological Research, Downing site, Cambridge
All welcome (CAFG invite contributions of £1 from non-members)
Vela spila Cave (Korcula, Croatia), preserves a long, rich, high-resolution record of palaeoenvironmental and archaeological remains in the Adriatic region. Its deposits span from the Last Glacial Maximum (ca. 20 kyr) to the Bronze Age (ca. 3 kyr). In this talk we focus on Late Upper Palaeolithic, Mesolithic and Neolithic assemblages. During the late glacial period Late Upper Palaeolithic people seasonally visited Vela spila to process and consume large game animals (e.g. red deer, European ass, wild cattle) that they hunted on the exposed Great Adriatic Plain. Raw materials for the production of stone tools and shell beads were also procured some distance from the cave; groups had large annual ranges. Starting around 17.5 kyr people developed the technology of firing clay into ceramic, zoomorphic 'figurines'; this technology was used until about 15 kyr. Human activities at Vela Spila changed significantly after the deposition of the Neapolitan Yellow Tuff (NYT, c. 14.3-13.9 kyr) shortly after the onset of rapid, late-glacial warming (GI-1d, starting c. 14.7 kyr). Immediately after the deposition of the NYT the Pleistocene ceramics disappear, the intensity of site visits drops significantly, and the cave was abandoned. After a break in occupation for about 5 kyr, Mesolithic people revisited the cave during the Holocene starting about 9.5 kyr. Rising sea levels had a dramatic impact on Vela Spila’s Mesolithic inhabitants; roe deer, fox, fish, and shellfish dominate the food waste and only locally-available raw materials were used to make stone tools and shell beads. Over the course of the Mesolithic occupation, the human use of subsistence resources intensified. The 8.2 kyr event is roughly correlated with the first appearance of Neolithic technologies (domestic animals followed by pottery) at the site. The archaeological assemblages display aspects of both continuity and change across the Mesolithic-Neolithic transition. With the adoption of food production in the Neolithic, Vela spila was used primarily as a pen for keeping domestic sheep and goat.
 
Fen Edge Archaeology Group - Monthly Talk
'The Archaeology of the Fenland River Ouse' by Chris Evans (Cambridge Archaeological Unit)
Wednesday 4th October 2017 at 7:30pm (doors open 7:15pm)
Willingham Baptist Church Hall, George Street, Willingham, CB24 5LJ
Speaker meeting open to everyone. Admission: Members £2; Non-members pay £3.
Christopher Evans is joint founder and Director of the Cambridge Archaeological Unit. He has worked in British archaeology at a senior level for more than 25 years. He has published widely, including many reports of excavations in Cambridgeshire. He has, in addition, directed a number of overseas fieldwork projects (Nepal, China & Cape Verde), and is a Fellow of the Society of Antiquaries of London and a member of the Institute of Field Archaeologists.
 
CBA and Living Legacies First World War Workshop
The Council for British Archaeology’s Home Front Legacy team in partnership with the Arts and Humanities Research Council Living Legacies First World War Engagement Centre are hosting two free community workshops to explore how to research, record and fund your own First World War project.
This is aimed at county and local history and archaeology societies, YAC branch leaders and HER Officers interested in learning how to research, record and get funding for their own First World War projects.
For more information and to book a free place on the workshop, visit the Eventbrite page: https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/cba-and-living-legacies-first-world-war-workshop-iwm-duxford-tickets-36606317481?dm_i=10MV%2C52MT2%2CK5B9UG%2CJH97T%2C1
 
Cambridge Past Present and Future - Event
Wonderful Wandlebury - History and Archaeology Fun Day
Wandlebury's popular, fun filled family history and archaeology day. Iron Age activities for children – including making rope and using natural stains with the Cambridge Young Archaeologists, simple weaving or basic basket making techniques, cooking over an open fire or making chainmail. There will also be chances to try your hand at archery, use a slingshot and make your own stick bow and arrow to take home.
Perhaps you’ll prefer to meet some of our local archaeologists and find out about their areas of expertise, go on a guided tour of our Iron Age hillfort, follow self-guided historic trails, listen to stories told by the Cambridge Storytellers or even check out beekeeping with the Cambridge Beekeepers.
Events and activities will be held across the Paddock, Ring, Orchard and Stable Rooms.
Entry is free to this popular event but there will be a small charge for selected activities. There will also be opportunities to buy some items.
For more information, visit the Cambridge Past Present Future website: www.cambridgeppf.org/events/wonderful-wandlebury/
 
Histon and Impington Archaeology Group - Monthly Talk
'The origins and development of medieval  Cambridge and the nearby villages' by Craig Cessford (Cambridge Archaeological Unit)
Monday 9th October at 7:30pm
Histon Baptist Church, 2 Poplar Rd, Histon, Cambridge CB24 9LN
Open to all. Members £2 and visitors £3, accompanied children free. Open evenings: free to all. Refreshments available.
 
FenArch - Monthly Talk
'The Role of Causewayed Enclosures in late Neolithic' by Phil Hill
Wednesday 25th October 2017 at 7:30pm
Mendi's Restaurant, 21 Old Market Place, Wisbech,
 
University of Cambridge - Festival
16th - 29th October 2017
2017 marks the tenth year of the Festival of Ideas. With hundreds of free events over two weeks, the Cambridge Festival of Ideas is one of the most exciting and dynamic occasions in the Cambridge cultural calendar. The Festival includes debates, workshops, talks, exhibitions and performances, celebrating the arts, humanities and social sciences. Featuring researchers from the University of Cambridge, local public figures and renowned guests, the Festival has something for everyone.
http://www.festivalofideas.cam.ac.uk/
 

We have a new Jigsaw Cambridgeshire group to facilitate discussion and contact between members of Jigsaw affiliated groups and other interested in the archaeology of Cambridgeshire and neighbouring counties. Please request to join the group and an administrator will approve your request as soon as possible. We look forward to hearing more about community archaeology activities, events and discussions from you in the group: https://www.facebook.com/groups/1947436335533549/

St Neots Local History Society - Talk
'Cheddars Lane Pumping Station' by Alan Denney
Friday 1st September 2017 at 7:30pm
Eyenesbury Junior School, Montagu St, Eynesbury, Saint Neots PE19 2TD
In the Victorian era the population of Cambridge surged, with businesses and housing, plus the University growing. All waste of every kind was disposed of directly into the River Cam and the terrible stench and state of the river was noticed by everyone. Not only did it cause discomfort to breathing, it also spread diseases, such as typhoid and cholera. This is the story of the former Cheddars Lane Pumping Station* and the innovative way in which the city eventually dealt with its waste in the Victorian period.
*now Cambridge Museum of Technology
All welcome (Members: Free; Non-members: £2.50)
 
Heritage Open Days - Events
Thursday 7th - Sunday 10th September 2017
https://www.heritageopendays.org.uk/visiting/map-search/eastern
Every September some 40,000 volunteers across England organise 5,000 events to celebrate our fantastic history and culture. It's a chance to see hidden places and try out new experiences – all of which are FREE to explore.
 
Wisbech High Street Project - Event
Bring Your High Street Photos
Saturday 9th September 2017, 10am - 4pm
Wisbech & Fenland Museum
http://www.highstreetwisbech.org.uk/?event=heritage-open-day-bring-high-st-photos
Bring your High-Street photos, share your stories and find out the latest update on the Wisbech Town Regeneration. Wisbech High Street Townscape Heritage Officer Taleyna Fletcher will talk about the Wisbech High Street Project, the community activities planned, and present slideshows.
 
Fen Edge Archaeology Group - Visit
‘Hidden Lives: a story of discovery’ – exhibition, tour and talk at the Cultural Zone, Wellcome Genome Campus, Hinxton CB10 1SA
Saturday 16th September 2017
YOU MUST BOOK FOR THIS VISIT BY EMAILING: vicki.harley@care4free.net
Please book asap and by Saturday 9 September to be sure of joining the group.
http://publicengagement.wellcomegenomecampus.org/events/hidden-lives-story-discovery
The visit takes place on one of the Genome Campus regular Open Saturdays. You can view the exhibition between 12:00 and 14:30. There will also be the chance to join a tour of the research facilities (tours generally take place at 12.15 and 13.15). This is a chance to learn about the study of DNA which is being used more and more to help answer questions from archaeology and prehistory. At 15:00, there will be a talk by Rebecca Gilmore, the exhibition curator, arranged especially for FEAG members. We may also be joined by one of the project scientists.
The exhibition features archaeological artefacts discovered by Oxford Archaeology East at the Wellcome Genome Campus, including ancient human remains, some of which have had their genome sequenced. Developed in partnership with campus scientists and archaeologists, the exhibition explores what we can discover about the past from the things left behind, and how archaeology and DNA analysis can be used to help us better understand our past but also more about ourselves.
 
The Norris Museum - Exhibition
Huntingdonshire's Heritage: The Story So Far
The Broadway, St Ives, Cambridgeshire, PE27 5BX
http://norrismuseum.org.uk/?page_id=99
Open until Saturday 23rd December 2017, Monday to Saturday 10am to 4pm, Sunday 1pm to 4pm
An exhibition taking you behind the hoardings to see how the museum's redevelopment has progressed over the last 18 months.

Historic England have included Jigsaw as a best practice case study in their new report on the role of heritage to people and communities (as below). You will find Jigsaw mentioned on page 4, along with a photo of the Warboys Archaeology Project. The full report can be downloaded from the Historic England website here.

 

The Council for British Archaeology’s Home Front Legacy team in partnership with the Arts and Humanities Research Council Living Legacies First World War Engagement Centre are hosting a free community workshop in Cambridgeshire outlining how to research, record and fund your own First World War project. The workshop takes place on Friday 6th October 2017 at the Imperial War Museum, Duxford. It is aimed at county and local archaeology and history societies, leaders from CBA’s Young Archaeologists’ Club branches, CBA regional groups and existing and emerging First World War community projects funded through the Heritage Lottery Fund or through the Arts and Humanities Research Council First World War Engagement Centres.

Places are limited so booking is essential using the Eventbrite link here: https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/cba-and-living-legacies-first-world-war-workshop-iwm-duxford-tickets-36606317481?dm_i=10MV%2C52MT2%2CK5B9UG%2CJH97T%2C1

During the workshops, there will be the opportunity to learn how to use the Home Front Legacy recording app to create new knowledge about the legacy of the First World War in your local area. You will also be introduced to the Home Front Legacy’s range of learning resources for young people. Help and advice will be available to help you set up your own First World War community project with guidance on funding available from the Heritage Lottery Fund and how you can apply, while representatives from existing First World War projects will provide inspiration by sharing their experiences.

Peterborough Museum - Exhibition
Must Far Exhibition: The story so far
Peterborough Museum, Priestgate, Peterborough PE1 1LF
Friday 5 May – Sunday 10 September
FREE except for special event days
Considered to be one of the most important Bronze Age sites in Europe, excavations at Must Farm in Whittlesey have revealed more about what life was really like for our ancestors living 3,000 years ago than ever before. Following on from the myriad of news articles and BBC documentaries, this exhibition presents finds that never been on public display and highlights the stories that have captured our imaginations.
Please note Peterborough Museum is open Tuesday - Sunday from 10am - 5pm (last entry 4pm) plus Mondays (inc bank holidays) during Peterborough school holidays.
 
Join Home Front Legacy 1914-18 for their big recording month. Throughout August there’ll be encouraging people to research and record Home Front sites in their local area using our resources and recording app. You don’t need any prior experience to get involved and they’ll teach you all the skills you need. All you need to do is follow their weekly blogs, a new one will be posted every Monday from the 31st July. You will also need to register to access the Home Front Legacy Member Toolkit and recording app to start investigating your local area with the guidance of ther posts. For more information see their website: http://www.homefrontlegacy.org.uk/wp/blog/home-front-legacy-1914-18-big-recording-month/ Use the hashtag #WW1athome to keep up to date and to share the sites you discover and record.
 

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LHEN - New Toolkit documents
As part of the expanding range of advice and guidance produced by the CBA to enhance local advocacy capabilities, the Local Heritage Engagement Network have produced two new documents for their toolkit (http://new.archaeologyuk.org/lhen-toolkit):
Toolkit 9: Local Authority cuts: Case studies - This document contains information on the types of cuts which many local authorities are making to their heritage services, and how to formulate arguments against them or propose alternate options.
Toolkit 10: Getting involved with Neighbourhood Planning: Advice for the historic environment - This document seeks to fill a gap in available advice specifically about incorporating historic environment policies into neighbourhood plans and how individuals and groups with an interest in archaeology or heritage can get involved in the process.

Forthcoming toolkits will examine examples of a range of good advocacy projects and good local services. If you have any suggestions or examples of positive advocacy in practice and would like to be featured, please contact LHEN at
lhen@archaeologyuk.org