'Introduction to Human Evolution' by Jason Gellis
Thursday 1st March 2018 at 10am
Leverhulme Centre for Human Evolutionary Studies, University of Cambridge, Henry Wellcome Building, Fitzwilliam Street, CB2 1QH
All welcome. If you wish to join you must book no later than 26th February by contacting vicki.harley@care4free.net
At this event Jason Gellis will give us an introduction to human evolution. There have been many new discoveries of human fossils in recent years so this is a particularly good time to look at the subject. The visit includes lecture/practical components and lasts about 1.5 hours. It will include: taxonomy of fossil hominids; major trends in human evolution; human variation; new discoveries and future directions. If time allows there will be a hands-on activity with hominid cast material. We will be able to see the replica of the Homo naledi skull, hand, and foot, donated by Lee Berger, the leader of the team that discovered this newly discovered species in the Rising Star cave in South Africa. Jason Gellis is a PhD. candidate at the University of Cambridge. For information on the centre go to: http://www.human-evol.cam.ac.uk/ To check the location go to the University Map: https://map.cam.ac.uk/?inst=bioanth&loc=2#52.200542,0.121448,18

St Neots Local History Society - Monthly talk
'The Huntingdonshire manor and its records' by Philip Saunders
Friday 2nd March 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 long-term character and development of the (pre-) historic landscape of south-west Cambridgeshire' by Jonathan Last (Jointly with the Prehistoric Society)
Monday 5th March 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
'Flag Fen Update' by Jonathan Latchford and Sarah Wilson (Vivacity Peterborough)
Wednesday 7th March 2018 at 7:00pm
The Parkway Sports & Social Club, Maskew Avenue, Peterborough, PE1 2AS
An update of the Heritage Lottery Fund application for the expansion and development of the FLAG Fen visitor centre. The FRAG Annual General Meeting will follow at about 8pm. All are welcome to attend and help shape the development of the group.
All welcome (Members: Free; Non-members: £5).
Cambridge Archaeology Field Group - Monthly talk
'Romano-Britons' by Paddy Lambert (OAE)
Wednesday 7th March 2018 at 7:30pm
McDonald Institute for Archaeological Research, Downing site, Cambridge
All welcome (CAFG invite contributions of £1 from non-members).
Cambridgeshire Bird Club - Monthly talk and AGM
'Birds in the Ancient World' by Jeremy Mynott
Friday 9th March 2018 at 7:45pm
St Johns Church Hall, Hills Road, Cambridge, CB1 7TP
Members of the Jigsaw groups are welcome to attend this talk which will follow a short AGM.
Birds pervaded the ancient world. They impressed their physical presence on the daily experience and imaginations of ordinary people in town and country alike, and figure prominently in their literature and art.  They also provided a fertile source of symbols and stories in their myths and folklore and were central to the ancient rituals of augury and divination. Jeremy Mynott’s new book, ‘Birds in the Ancient World: winged words’, brings together all this rich and fascinating material for the modern reader, using birds to explore both the similarities and the often surprising differences between ancient conceptions of the natural world and our own.
Charge of £2 for non-members. More details at http://www.cambridgebirdclub.org.uk/meetings.html#mar
'The Architecture and Archaeology of Ely: Papers in memory of Anne Holton-Krayenbuhl'
Saturday 10th March 2018 between 10am - 4:45pm
The Maltings, Ship Lane, Ely, CB7 4BB
Price: £10 CAS members & affiliates, £15 non-members & affiliated societies
More information & booking form available from http://www.camantsoc.org/conf.html 
Histon and Impington Archaeology Group - Monthly Talk
'Latest findings at Northstowe' by Alison Dickens (CAU)
Monday 12th March 2018 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.
'The Women of Roman Britain' by Paddy Lambert (OAE)
Wednesday 14th March 2018 at 7pm
A talk about the experiences of women from all levels of Romano-British society using evidence from both archaeology and epigraphy.

Advance booking essential - http://norrismuseum.org.uk Tickets £5 or £4 for Friends of the Norris Museum.

Fen Edge Archaeology Group - Monthly Talk
‘A bone to pick: (zoo)archaeology of the Cambridge region’ by Vida Rajkovaca (CAU)
Thursday 15th March 2018 at 7:30pm (doors open 7:15pm)
Tony Cooper Suite, Cottenham Village College, High St, Cottenham, Cambridge CB24 8UA
Animals as economic assets and the relationship between people and animals are only a few themes central to our understanding of past societies, their diet, economy and social rituals. Basics of zooarchaeology will be introduced first, by looking at what we study and how we exploit the evidence from the animal bone. This talk will then give a broad overview of the current status of faunal record we have for the region, by discussing a range of environmental, socio-economic and cultural changes that were taking place across the region over time. If there is time and interest, there will be an opportunity to have a hands-on session with animal bone material at the end.
Originally trained in Palaeolithic zooarchaeology and the Pleistocene fauna in the Balkans, Vida now works as the zooarchaeologist for the CAU. With over ten years of experience working in the commercial sector, Vida has studied assemblages from prehistoric rural settlements, Romano-British sites both within Cambridge and on the outskirts, as well as from city centre sites. Vida especially enjoys studies of butchery practices as one of the main tools to understand a range social rituals of collective food procurement and sharing.
Admission: Members £2; Non-members pay £3.
Oakington & Westwick History Society - Monthly Talk
'The David Parr House – an extraordinary Cambridge home' by Tamsin Wimhurst
Thursday 15th March 2018 at 7:30pm
St Andrews Church Hall, High Street, Oakington, CB24 3AG
David Parr was an 'artistic decorator' who worked for some of our best known Victorian designers of the day such as William Morris and George Bodley. He decorated church's and palaces for those who could afford such decoration but in his spare time he come home and decorated his humble terrace house in the same style. Lived in by his granddaughter until a few years ago its interior remained a wondrous hidden secret. Now it will be saved, restored and opened up to the public so that many more can enjoy its unique atmosphere.
Free to members, a charge of £4 for non-members.

FenArch - Monthly Talk
'Our Coastline in the Medieval Period' by Quinton Carroll (Cambs County Council)
Wednesday 28th March 2018 at 7:30pm
Mendi's Restaurant, 21 Old Market Place, Wisbech, PE13 1NB

Advance booking is essential - text 07742 321 774 or email info@fenarch.org.uk Members of the public are welcome to attend. Entry is £2 for non-members.


Throughout 2018, we will be 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: An Introduction to Archaeological Report Writing https://jigsawcambs.org/images/Introduction_to_Archaeological_Report_Writing.pdf and accompanying report proforma https://jigsawcambs.org/images/Jigsaw%20groups%20report%20template.doc