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St Neots Local History Society - Monthly talk
'Milestones and Turnpike Roads' by Michael Knight (Milestone Society Representative for Bedfordshire and west Huntingdonshire)
Friday 5th January 2018 at 7:30pm
Eyenesbury Junior School, Montagu St, Eynesbury, Saint Neots PE19 2TD
The Turnpike Road system created the first real network of well-maintained roads since Roman times and was one of the major achievements of the 17th - 19th centuries. In this talk Michael will tell us about the history and condition of milestones, focussing particularly on those in the local area and the turnpiking of the Great North Road. This is a chance to hear the latest news about Loves Farm milestone and others in the district.
All welcome (Members: Free; Non-members: £3.00).

Cambridge Antiquarian Society - Monthly talk
'Built on bones: 15,000 years of urban life and death' by Brenna Hassett
Monday 8th January 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 workshop
'Roman Bedfordshire' by David Ingham (Albion Archaeology)
Wednesday 10th January 2018 at 7:00pm
The Parkway Sports & Social Club, Maskew Avenue, Peterborough, PE1 2AS
Whereas the Nene Valley was awash with Roman villas, Roman Bedfordshire was populated almost exclusively by low-status farmsteads. Was the area simply impoverished - or was it a key part of a much larger story?
All welcome (Members: Free; Non-members: £5).

Cambridge Archaeology Field Group - Monthly talk
'An update on excavations of HMS Colossus off the Isles of Scilly' by Jezz Davies
Wednesday 10th January 2018 at 7:30pm
McDonald Institute for Archaeological Research, Downing site, Cambridge
All welcome (CAFG invite contributions of £1 from non-members).

Fen Edge Archaeology Group - Monthly Talk
'The Bedford Roman Villa project: community archaeological investigations at Manton Lane and its Roman setting' by Mike Luke
Thursday 18th January 2018 at 7:30pm (doors open 7:15pm)
Tony Cooper Suite, Cottenham Village College, High St, Cottenham, Cambridge CB24 8UA
Admission: Members £2; Non-members pay £3.

Oakington & Westwick History Society - Monthly Talk
'Scott’s Last Expedition to the Antarctic' by Peter Clarkson
Thursday 16th January 2018 at 7:30pm
St Andrews Church Hall, High Street, Oakington, CB24 3AG
Free to members, a charge of £4 for non-members.

During an unseasonably cold snap for the final days of November 2017, Jigsaw ran two days of introductory training on geophysical survey in the field using a magnetometer and a resisitivity meter. Twelve members of eight different Jigsaw-affiliated groups attending the training, which was run by Karl Taylor of Oxford Archaeology. Now a Project Manager for OA's North office in Lancaster, Karl has worked for some of the the largest and most respected geophysical survey contractors in the UK.

The geophysical survey equipment used was purchased with the Jigsaw Heritage Lottery Fund grant five years ago and Jigsaw affiliated community groups are eligible to borrow the magnetometer, resistivity meter, a laptop for downloading and processing the data, and tapes and lines for setting out grids. In 2017, at least one of the geophysical survey instruments was on loan for twenty-seven weeks of the year. Step-by-step guides for using the magnetometer and resistivity meter, and setting out the survey, are available to download from the Jigsaw website here.

The field-based training was followed by a half-day session on the 1st December which covered how to download, process and interpret geophysical survey data. Karl demonstrated how to do this using the free geophysics software package Snuffler.

Jigsaw would like to thank Karl for another excellent training course which was very well received by the attendees. We are also grateful to the Histon and Impington Archaeology Group for offering a site to survey and for providing welcome refreshments and a venue for shelter.

 

 

We're extending a very warm welcome to the Fane Road Archaeology Group (FRAG) who have officially affiliated to the Jigsaw network of local archaeology and history groups. This is a Peterborough-based community archaeology group, and the first based outside Cambridgeshire to join our network. The Heritage Lottery Funded term of the project was only for groups within the modern county of Cambridgeshire but we are now in a position to to affiliate groups beyond this area. The Oakington and Westwick History Society also affiliated to Jigsaw earlier in 2017 and so we continue to grow the popularity and reach of our network.

The Fane Road Archaeology Group developed out of the community excavation of a Roman villa in 2014 in Peterborough as part of a Heritage Lottery Funded project in partnership with Oxford Archaeology East, and the group have continued to undertake excavation at the site during the summer months. FRAG's next workshop takes place on Wednesday 6th December at 7pm at The Parkway Sports & Social Club on Maskew Avenue in Peterborough. Paul Clarkson will be leading a workshop on how to examine archaeological animal bones to identify, measure and age them.

FRAG have a website covering upcoming events in the Peterborough area and a lot of background information about the area's archaeology: https://peterborougharchaeology.org/

If you are interested in affiliating your existing archaeology or history society (in Cambridgeshire or a neighbouring county) or finding out how to set up a new group, please contact us for more information.

 

Cambridge Antiquarian Society - Monthly talk
'Worth glancing at? Archaeology of the Manea Colony fenland 'utopia'' by Marcus Brittain (CAU)
Monday 4th December 2017 at 6:00pm
Faculty of Law, West Road, Sidgwick Site, University of Cambridge
There is no charge for visitors or guests at lectures. New members are warmly welcomed.
 
Fane Road Archaeology Group - Monthly talk and workshop
'Zooarchaeology: Animal bones in archaeology' by Paul Clarkson
Wednesday 6th December at 7:00pm
The Parkway Sports & Social Club, Maskew Avenue, Peterborough, PE1 2AS
In our workshop you will examine archaeological animal bones to identify, measure and age them as well as looking for what the animals were used for. You will discover how animals like frogs, tortoises, mice, sheep, and deer were part of the human story in the past.
The cost is £3 to attend.
 
Cambridge Archaeology Field Group - Monthly talk
'Holes and Hills: a review of Group fieldwork over the past year' by Terry Dymott and Mike Coles
Wednesday 6th December at 7:30pm
McDonald Institute for Archaeological Research, Downing site, Cambridge
All welcome (CAFG invite contributions of £1 from non-members)
 
FenArch - Finds processing sessions
Saturday 2nd and Saturday 9th December 2017 from 10am-1pm
Wisbech & Fenland Museum, Museum Square, Wisbech, Cambridgeshire, PE13 1ES
Join members of FenArch to help wash and catalogue finds from their recent fieldwalk at Wisbech St Mary. People are welcome to drop by to lend a hand or just see what's been found and chat about archaeology. Admission to the museum is free and there is wheelchair access from rear of museum and lifts between floors.
 
Exhibition
Hidden Lives
Saturday 16th December, 12 - 2:30pm
Cultural Zone, Wellcome Genome Campus, Hinxton CB10 1SA
This exhibition was inspired by a series of archaeological excavations conducted by Oxford Archaeology East at the Wellcome Genome Campus in Hinxton. By combining archaeology with cutting-edge genomics research we are discovering who lived on this site thousands of years ago. The exhibition features archaeological finds, including human skeletal remains, along with film and hands-on activities to reveal some of the conclusions of these hidden lives of our ancestors. The event is free but booking is essential: http://publicengagement.wellcomegenomecampus.org/events/open-saturdays-hidden-lives

Cambridge Archaeology Field Group - Monthly Talk
'Vela Spila (Croatia) fieldwork - making archaeology meaningful to the community' by Patricia Duff
Wednesday 1st November 2017 at 7:30pm
McDonald Institute for Archaeological Research, Downing site, Cambridge
All welcome (CAFG invite contributions of £1 from non-members)

St Neots Local History Society - Talk
'The Archaeological Excavations at Little End, Eaton Socon' by Jonathan House (Pre-Construct Archaeology)
Friday 3rd November 2017 at 7:30pm
Eyenesbury Junior School, Montagu St, Eynesbury, Saint Neots PE19 2TD
Now that the dust has settled after the excavation, and Lidl’s Eaton Socon store has opened its doors, this is a chance to hear more about what the archaeologists found on the site before the store was built. 8000 years of history in a one hour talk!
All welcome (Members: Free; Non-members: £2.50)

Cambridge Antiquarian Society - Monthly Talk
'Sicily in transition: exploring the archaeology of regime change' by Martin Carver
Monday 6th November 2017 at 6:00pm
Faculty of Law, West Road, Sidgwick Site, University of Cambridge
There is no charge for visitors or guests at lectures. New members are warmly welcomed.

Histon and Impington Archaeology Group - Monthly Talk
'Anglo-Saxon Swords of Cambridgeshire' by Denis Sami (Oxford Archaeology East)
Monday 13th November 2017 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.

Oakington & Westwick History Society - Monthly Talk
'The World of Sundials' by Mike Cowham
Thursday 16th November 2017 at 7:30pm
St Andrews Church Hall, High Street, Oakington, CB24 3AG
Mike Cowham will be giving a talk on the world of sundials, including local examples. Mike was a founding member of The British Sundial Society founded in 1989. He is still an active member and has written a number of books on the subject, which will be available to buy on the night.
Free to members, a charge of £4 for non-members

Cambridge Antiquarian Society - Conference
Saturday 18th November 2017
Law Faculty building, West Road, Cambridge
The Cambridge Antiquarian Society's Autumn Conference and Exhibition generally focuses on recent archaeological work in Cambridgeshire and presents an unusual opportunity to discuss local archaeology with the archaeologists.
More information will be available on the CAS website in due course: http://www.camantsoc.org/conf.html

FenArch - Monthly Talk
'Tunnels under Wisbech' by Andy Ketley
Wednesday 22nd November 2017 at 7:30pm
Mendi's Restaurant, 21 Old Market Place, Wisbech, PE13 1NB
Members of the public are welcome to attend. Entry is £2 for non-members.

Fen Edge Archaeology Group - Monthly Talk
'Human Osteoarchaeology in Cambridgeshire' by Natasha Dodwell (Oxford Archaeology East)
Thursday 23rd November 2017 at 7:30pm (doors open 7:15pm)
Tony Cooper Suite, Cottenham Village College, High St, Cottenham, Cambridge CB24 8UA
Speaker meeting open to everyone. Admission: Members £2; Non-members pay £3.
Natasha was the senior osteoarchaeologist at the Cambridge Archaeological Unit for 20 years before starting work with Oxford Archaeology in 2016 as Finds and Environmental Manager. She has an extensive knowledge of the archaeology of Eastern England, particularly of burial archaeology, and has studied and contributed to numerous publications on assemblages both small and large from all periods.