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Wimpole Estate Excavation - Guided tours
Weekdays until Friday 14th September (except August bank holiday Monday) at 11:30am and 2:30pm
Open weekend: Saturday 8th and Sunday 9th September 2018 between 10am and 4pm
Wimpole Estate, Arrington, Royston, Cambridgeshire, SG8 0BW
This summer, Oxford Archaeology East will be excavating the site of a late Iron Age and Roman settlement ahead of the development of a new visitor centre and car park for the Wimpole Estate. Public engagement is an important part of our work as a registered educational charity, and we will be providing events and opportunities for visitors to view and understand the ongoing excavations. There will be two free ticketed guided tours of the site each weekday, as well as an exhibition of former archaeological finds in the mansion and a children's' archaeological trail around the parkland. Additional site tours and hands-on activities will take place during an open weekend on Saturday 8th and Sunday 9th September 2018. More details will be announced nearer the time on the National Trust's website for the Wimpole Estate: https://www.nationaltrust.org.uk/wimpole-estate/features/archaeological-excavations-at-wimpole  
The dig is in the parkland which is free for all to access.
National Trust members - free to park. Members are reminded to get their membership card scanned at some point during their visit as Wimpole receives about £3.50 for every membership card scanned!
Non-members - £2 to park.
Guided tours are free but ticketed. Tickets available from the green tent by the Stable Block (or inside the ticket office if it's raining) on the day - advance booking is not available. Admission tickets are not required to attend the guided tours or access the excavation site but anyone wishing to visit the rest of Wimpole (house, farm, gardens) can go to the ticket office to buy an admission ticket.
 
Fane Road Archaeology Group - Monthly talk
'Baston Manor Pit: a middle Bronze Age and Roman landscape' by Rob Atkins (MOLA)
Monday 3rd September 2018 at 7:00pm
The Parkway Sports & Social Club, Maskew Avenue, Peterborough, PE1 2AS
Fieldwork at Baston took place over a 48ha area between 2002 and 2014. The site is located on the western Fen Edge at between 3m and 5m aOD. The main feature was a middle Bronze Age field system and settlement. A round house, pits, wells and a long routeway for moving and sorting cattle were uncovered. Remains of log ladders, buckets, and hurdles were also found. A small Roman settlement and routeway linked to the Car Dyke was also excavated.
All welcome (Members: Free; Non-members: £5).
 
St Neots Local History Society - Monthly talk
'Curse Tablets in Roman Britain' by Paddy Lambert (OAE)
Friday 7th September 2018 at 7:30pm
Eynesbury Junior School, Montagu St, Eynesbury, Saint Neots PE19 2TD
Curse tablets – the private messages which were never meant to be read, sent to the exotic gods who controlled all things. Over 300 curse tablets have been recovered from Roman Britain, which are unique in the entire Roman Empire. They provide a glimpse into a thoroughly ‘ancient & modern’, world, nearly 2000 years ago. From petty theft, to unrequited love, the curse tablets from Roman Britain were the ‘Ancient Romano-British Twitter’ of its time. Hear about the real Romans, warts and all!
All welcome (Members: Free; Non-members: £3.00)
 
HIAG/FEAG - Monthly talk
'A Landscape Through Time: Archaeology of the A14 Cambridge to Huntingdon improvement scheme' by Tony Walsh (MHI)
Monday 10th September 2018 at 7:30pm
Histon Baptist Church, 2 Poplar Rd, Histon, Cambridge CB24 9LN
Tony Walsh, one of four Project Managers for MOLA Headland Infrastructure working on the A14 Cambridge to Huntingdon improvement scheme on behalf of Highways England, discusses the archaeological findings from one of the UK’s largest infrastructure projects, which brings together the skills and knowledge of over 250 archaeologists. This illustrated talk explores the evidence uncovered so far, including prehistoric henge monuments, industrial Roman kilns and Saxon settlements and will focus on the eastern end of the scheme near Cambridge. Also discover how you could get involved yourself in the future through community archaeology activities and take away information leaflets to share with friends.
Free admission.
 
Eddington Excavation, North West Cambridge Site
Saturday 15th September 2018 between 10am - 4pm
An open day for members of the public (including children) to visit, with exhibitions of some of the finds, information, activities for younger visitors and tours of the current areas of excavation.
For more information see the Open Eddington events listing: http://www.nwcambridge.co.uk/news/open-eddington-0
Free. All welcome.
 
And a date for the diary for Autumn 2018...
St Neots Local History Society - Talk
'Oliver Cromwell – Revolutionary State? Royal Palaces in Cromwell's England' by Simon Thurley (see attached poster)
Thursday 11th October at 7:30pm
Guest Hall, Priory Centre, St Neots, PE19 2BH
The execution of Charles I brought about the sale of the century. Royal palaces were sold, as were their contents. Just a small number of royal buildings were reserved for the republican regime. Oliver Cromwell was King in all but name and his need for magnificent residences and buildings was as great as any monarchs. In this talk he is shown in an unfamiliar light - interested in French furniture and fashions and holding court in princely style.
Simon Thurley is one of the country’s leading historians, and for thirteen years was Chief Executive of English Heritage. He is a regular broadcaster, presenting a number of television programmes on history, archaeology and architecture as well as author of several books.
All welcome. Cost £5 per person. Tickets available from St Neots Museum, The Old Court, 8 New Street, St Neots, PE19 1AE. Tel. 01480 214163 (or on the door, subject to availability)
 
The cover story of British Archaeology magazine is the archaeological discoveries made on the A14 http://new.archaeologyuk.org/british-archaeology-magazine
 
Throughout 2018, we are featuring a different Jigsaw resource guide each month to inform and inspire community archaeologists about best practice. Jigsaw has produced various guides on techniques for researching archaeological sites, identifying archaeological artefacts and on recording and reporting the results of archaeological investigations.
This month's featured best practice guide is: Medieval Pottery Identification - a more in-depth guide to Medieval pottery types found in Cambridgeshire
 

 

Wimpole Estate Excavation - Guided tours
Weekdays from Tuesday 14th August - Friday 14th September (except August bank holiday Monday) at 11am and 2pm
Wimpole Estate, Arrington, Royston, Cambridgeshire, SG8 0BW
This summer, Oxford Archaeology East will be excavating the site of a late Iron Age and Roman settlement ahead of the development of a new visitor centre and car park for the Wimpole Estate. Public engagement is an important part of our work as a registered educational charity, and we will be providing events and opportunities for visitors to view and understand the ongoing excavations. There will be two free ticketed guided tours of the site each weekday, as well as an exhibition of former archaeological finds in the mansion and a children's' archaeological trail around the parkland. More details will be announced nearer the time on the National Trust's website for the Wimpole Estate: https://www.nationaltrust.org.uk/wimpole-estate 
Guided tours are free but ticketed. Tickets available from the Stable Block on the day.
 
Ramsey Abbey Community Archaeology Project - Open Weekend
Saturday 18th & Sunday 19th August between 10:00am - 4pm
Abbey College, Abbey Road, Hollow Lane, Ramsey, Cambridgeshire PE26 1DG
A chance to view ongoing excavations in the grounds of Ramsey College, the site of a Benedictine Abbey. The Ramsey Abbey Community Project have carried out a large area of geophysical survey and are now investigating the results of this survey thanks to the generoisty of National Lottery players and a grant from the Heritage Lottery Fund. The archaeological work will be carried out by volunteers with the Ramsey Abbey Community Project with the guidance and support of archaeologists from OA East. Members of the public are welcome to visit during the middle weekend of the two week excavation. On Sunday 19th August, have a go at making your own medieval tile with a tile maker.
Free. All welcome.
 
And a date for the diary for Autumn 2018...
St Neots Local History Society - Talk
'Oliver Cromwell – Revolutionary State? Royal Palaces in Cromwell's England' by Simon Thurley (see attached poster)
Thursday 11th October at 7:30pm
Guest Hall, Priory Centre, St Neots, PE19 2BH
The execution of Charles I brought about the sale of the century. Royal palaces were sold, as were their contents. Just a small number of royal buildings were reserved for the republican regime. Oliver Cromwell was King in all but name and his need for magnificent residences and buildings was as great as any monarchs. In this talk he is shown in an unfamiliar light - interested in French furniture and fashions and holding court in princely style.
Simon Thurley is one of the country’s leading historians, and for thirteen years was Chief Executive of English Heritage. He is a regular broadcaster, presenting a number of television programmes on history, archaeology and architecture as well as author of several books.
All welcome. Cost £5 per person. Tickets available from St Neots Museum, The Old Court, 8 New Street, St Neots, PE19 1AE. Tel. 01480 214163 (or on the door, subject to availability)

A14 MOLA Headland Infrastructure - Family Archaeology Day
Thursday 31st May 2018 10:30am - 4pm
Tesco Extra Car Park, 15-18 Viking Way, Bar Hill, Cambridge CB23 8EL
Hop aboard the Time Truck this May half term and discover the archaeological remains uncovered along the route of the project, with displays and activities for all the family.
 
St Neots Local History Society - Monthly talk
'Medieval graffiti' by Matthew Champion
Friday 1st June 2018 at 7:30pm
Eyenesbury Junior School, Montagu St, Eynesbury, Saint Neots PE19 2TD
If walls could speak… they would reveal how they hold the key to real life stories, of medieval men and women lost in the shadows of history. Hear about the medieval beasts, knights battling unseen dragons, ships sailing across lime-washed oceans and the demons who stalk the walls of our churches. For centuries these carved writings and artworks have lain largely unnoticed… until Matthew started his nationwide survey.
All welcome (Members: Free; Non-members: £3.00).
 
Fane Road Archaeology Group - Monthly talk and AGM
'Ramsey Abbey – the elusive remains of an extensive site' by Roger Mould
Wednesday 4th June 2018 at 7:00pm
The Parkway Sports & Social Club, Maskew Avenue, Peterborough, PE1 2AS
n April 2017 Ramsey Abbey Community Project was born. What have we discovered and what has the project added to our knowledge of the site?
The Great Benedictine Abbey of Ramsey was the first of the great religious houses in Eastern Fenland to be founded and in its time one of the most important, influential and wealthiest Abbey in the Fens. In its heyday it was home to at least 80 Monks, and behind its walls a renowned school was founded in about 985. For over 500 years the Abbey flourished, but in 1539 the Abbey was dissolved by Henry VIII. Today there is very little to see of the once great Abbey, only a wonderful 15th Century Abbey Gate House. Roger started his archaeology life at Fane Road and launched the Warboys Archaeology Project in 2012. The Ramsey Abbey project is the latest of the team’s work.
All welcome (Members: Free; Non-members: £5).
 
Cambridge Archaeology Field Group - Monthly talk
'Middle Saxon to Post Medieval Burials in Cambridge and its Hinterland' by Craig Cessford (CAU)
Wednesday 6th June 2018 at 7:30pm
McDonald Institute for Archaeological Research, Downing site, Cambridge
All welcome (CAFG invite contributions of £1 from non-members)
 
Saturday 9th June 10:30am-5pm
Ely Museum, The Old Gaol, Market St, Ely CB7 4LS

Come and find out what OAE's archaeologists have recently discovered at the new North-West development, including an unexpected early Anglo-Saxon cemetery. FREE drop in event for members of the public to see finds, photographs and meet the archaeologists involved.

 
A14 MOLA Headland Infrastructure - Family Archaeology Day
Saturday 9th June 11am-5pm
Huntingdon Boat Club, Riverside Park, Hartford Road, Huntingdon, PE29 3RP

Visit the Time Truck, one of many attractions at this year’s Huntingdon Riverside Gala, to discover the archaeology of the A14C2H, with displays and activities for all the family.

https://molaheadland.com/time-truck-family-archaeology-day-huntingdon-riverside-gala/

Throughout 2018, we are featuring a different Jigsaw resource guide each month to inform and inspire community archaeologists about best practice. Jigsaw has produced various guides on techniques for researching archaelogical sites, identifying archaeological artefacts and on recording and reporting the results of archaeological investigations.
This month's featured best practice guide is: Animal Bone Identification

 

Cambridge Archaeological Unit - Northstowe Open Day Phase 2
Saturday 30th June 2018 between 10am - 4pm
Access via Old Oakington Barracks gate, Rampton Road, Longstanton, CB24 3EN
Site tours and displays of finds from phase 2 of CAU's excavations at Northstowe. Parking available on site. Sensible footwear advisable.
Open to all. Free.
 
Histon and Impington Archaeology Group - Monthly Talk
'Life round the Green – Histon in the 1890s' by David Oates
Monday 2nd July 2018 at 7:30pm
Histon Baptist Church, 2 Poplar Rd, Histon, Cambridge CB24 9LN
David will use original photographs from his family’s extensive collection to introduce you to  people, places and events in the heart of Histon at the turn of the 20th century. Feasts, fires and festivities all happened against a background of now-disappeared cottages at the centre of village life.
Open to all. Members £2 and visitors £3, accompanied children free. Open evenings: free to all. Refreshments available.
 
GamArch - Talk
'Saxons in Gamlingay' by Sarah Inskip (University of Cambridge)
Thursday 5th July 2018 at 7:30pm
Eco Hub, Stocks Lane, Gamlingay, Sandy SG19 3JR
20 years ago an archaeological dig in Gamlingay uncovered a Saxon community with a farmstead, hall and cemetery containing 118 graves. Now, as part of a wider study, a new resarch project by Sarah Inskip at the University of Cambridge is exploring the health and life of these residents. Following a presentation by Sarah last year, she will be updating us about the results of her analysis of the human remains and plans to have a permanent memorial for the Saxon community of Gamlingay.
All welcome.
 
Fen Edge Archaeology Group with Friends of Landbeach Tithe Barn Trust - Talk
Timber-framed Aisled Barns
Saturday 14th July 2018 between 2-4pm
Tithe Barn, Waterbeach Road, Landbeach CB25 9FA
Join Ken Bonham, barn expert and enthusiast, as he explores the timber-framed, aisled barns of south-east England, their construction, distribution and relationship to the aisled barns of the Low Countries. Plus listen to the Fen Edge Archaeology Group talk about their geophysical survey of the land surrounding the Landbeach Tithe Barn.
Free admission, but donations welcome towards the restoration of the Tithe Barn.
 
Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology - Exhibition
A Survival Story – Prehistoric Life at Star Carr
20 June 201830 December 2019
TuesdaySaturday: 10:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. Sunday: 12.00 noon – 4:30 p.m.
MAA, Downing Street, Cambridge CB2 3DZ
The mysterious 11,000-year-old headdresses, found at the Mesolithic site of Star Carr in Yorkshire are just such an example.
exhibition which focusses on the remarkable discoveries made at Star Carr. 11,000 years ago, Star Carr was situated on the shore of a lake. The lake has long since dried up, but some areas are still waterlogged, preserving bone, antler and wooden objects and providing us with a unique perspective of Mesolithic life.
Admission free
 
News
The discovery of two late Roman/early Saxon graves during the A14 excavations recently featured in an article on the Guardian: https://www.theguardian.com/science/2018/jun/18/archaeologists-in-cambridgeshire-find-graves-of-two-men-with-legs-chopped-off For more news from the A14 excavations, you can visit the MOLA Headlands website: https://molaheadland.com/news/
 
Throughout 2018, we are featuring a different Jigsaw resource guide each month to inform and inspire community archaeologists about best practice. Jigsaw has produced various guides on techniques for researching archaelogical sites, identifying archaeological artefacts and on recording and reporting the results of archaeological investigations.
This month's featured best practice guide is: Archaeological Landscape Survey - Principles for Measuring Earthworks
 

 

Cambridge Archaeology Field Group - Monthly talk

'Introducing the Romano-British' by Paddy Lambert (OAE)
Wednesday 2nd May 2018 at 7:30pm
McDonald Institute for Archaeological Research, Downing site, Cambridge
All welcome (CAFG invite contributions of £1 from non-members)
 
Cambourne Village College Archaeology Club - Exhibition
The Archaeology of Cambourne 'Pop-Up' Museum
Thursday 3rd - Friday 4th May: 3 - 6:30pm and Saturday 5th May: 10am - 3pm
Cambourne Village College, Sheepfold Lane, Cambourne, CB23 6FR
Following the excavation of a Romano-British farmstead in a field adjacent to their school last autumn, students in Cambourne Village College's Archaeology Club are opening the doors to their Heritage Lottery Funded 'pop-up' archaeology museum. The museum is completely designed and curated by the Cambourne Village College students and will include displays of finds from excavations in Cambourne, artwork produced by both primary and secondary school students and hands-on activities for visitors. The students will be on hand to showcase the artefacts on display and explain the role they played in last autumn's excavation. Admission to the museum is free of charge and there is visitor parking directly outside the school.
All welcome (free admission)
 
St Neots Local History Society - Monthly talk
'St Neots 1949: A Snapshot in Time' by Rodney Todman
Friday 4th May 2018 at 7:30pm
Eyenesbury Junior School, Montagu St, Eynesbury, Saint Neots PE19 2TD
All welcome (Members: Free; Non-members: £3.00).
 
Cambridge Antiquarian Society - Monthly talk
'The David Parr House' by Tamsin Wimhurst
Monday 14th May 2018 at 6:00pm
Faculty of Law, West Road, Sidgwick Site, University of Cambridge, CB3 9DZ
There is no charge for visitors or guests at lectures. New members are warmly welcomed.
 
Fane Road Archaeology Group - Monthly talk and AGM
'A14 Cambridge to Huntingdon – Latest Archaeology News' by Helen O'Hara
Monday 14th May 2018 at 7:00pm
The Parkway Sports & Social Club, Maskew Avenue, Peterborough, PE1 2AS
Road widening, new junctions and a 17-mile bypass south of Huntingdon carve through an archaeological landscape covering all periods from the earliest hunter-gatherers to WWII. The investigation and mitigation work by MOLA is on a corresponding scale and is due to complete March 2018. More than 25 settlements have been uncovered, including: Iron Age, Roman, Saxon and Medieval sites. Helen O’Hara will provide an overview of the archaeology arising from the project. There will be specific focus on a Saxon and a Roman site.
All welcome (Free admission).
 
Fen Edge Archaeology Group - Monthly Talk
‘Stonehenge: new discoveries’ by Mike Parker-Pearson
Thursday 17th May 2018 at 7:30pm (doors open 7:15pm)
Main Hall, Cottenham Village College, High St, Cottenham, Cambridge CB24 8UA
In the last 15 years, research on Stonehenge has revealed a wealth of new evidence about this enigmatic monument and its builders. Discoveries at Stonehenge and surrounding sites include new information of the people buried there, the houses that they lived in, and relationships of Stonehenge to its surrounding landscape. New scientific techniques such as analysis of ancient DNA and isotopes have also transformed our understanding of who these people were. Geological studies have also paved the way for archaeological excavations at some of Stonehenge’s distant quarries in Wales, to cast light on the mystery of when and why some of its monoliths were brought from so far away. Mike Parker Pearson is Professor of British Later Prehistory at UCL’s Institute of Archaeology in London. Since 2003 he has been leading a multidisciplinary team investigating Stonehenge, and has also worked in many different parts of the world, from Greece and the Middle East to Madagascar and Easter Island, during his career as an archaeologist.
Admission: Members £2; Non-members pay £3.
 
Chatteris Museum - Exhibition
'The Ferry Hill Tumulus - Anglo-Saxon Chatteris Exhibition' at Chatteris Museum
Opening hours: Tuesday 2-4:30pm, Thursday 2-4:30pm, Saturday 10am-1pm
Chatteris Museum, 14 Church Lane, Chatteris, Cambridgeshire PE16 6JA
Entry into the Museum is FREE, although donations are welcome. Car parking is also free in the car park opposite the Museum.
 
 
Wisbech & Fenland Museum and FenArch are helping to launch an 8-16 Fenland Archaeology group. Since the 2009 Wisbech Castle Dig and the formation of FenArch, publicity has created interest amongst young people in the area. The museum already does some outreach work and FenArch also work with local schools. The Wisbech High Street project funded in part by HLF is carrying out a community Big Dig in the museum grounds in May and June.
 
The Gold Torc at Ely Museum will be on BBC One at 7:30pm on Monday 30th April in a programme called 'Treasures of the Bronze Age with Ray Mears' as part of the BBC's Civilizations series: https://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b0b1c8v6
 

Throughout 2018, we are featuring a different Jigsaw resource guide each month to inform and inspire community archaeologists about best practice. Jigsaw has produced various guides on techniques for researching archaelogical sites, identifying archaeological artefacts and on recording and reporting the results of archaeological investigations.
This month's featured best practice guide is: Step-by-Step Guide to Conducting a Geophysical Magnetometry Survey - a practical hands-on guide to using the FM256