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'Geophysics for All' by Bob Randall
Wednesday 4th April 2018 at 7:00pm
The Parkway Sports & Social Club, Maskew Avenue, Peterborough, PE1 2AS

An introduction to the use of low cost geophysics. Many groups throughout the UK now conduct their own geophysical surveys, this talk explains what techniques are available and how these can be best used. The talk will include survey examples from both local and worldwide sites. Bob was previously a Senior Electronics Engineer for Baker Perkins and now director of TR Systems Ltd. Bob has designed state of the art electronics and geophysical survey equipment which has been used worldwide by both professional and amateur archaeologists.

All welcome (Members: Free; Non-members: £5).

 

Cambridge Archaeology Field Group - Monthly talk
'Some aspects of recently excavated Anglo-Saxon cemeteries from Cambridgeshire' by Paul Spoerry (OAE)
Wednesday 4th April 2018 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 - Monthly talk
'The Panacea Society of Bedford' by a staff member of the Panacea Museum
Friday 6th April 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
'Itter Crescent Roman Villa, Peterborough' by James Drummond-Murray (OAE)
Monday 9th April 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.
 

Fen Edge Archaeology Group - Monthly Talk
‘Before the flood: the late Upper Palaeolithic and Mesolithic of the Fenland’ by Lawrence Billington (OAE)
Tuesday 10th April 2018 at 7:30pm (doors open 7:15pm)
Tony Cooper Suite, Cottenham Village College, High St, Cottenham, Cambridge CB24 8UA

This talk provides an overview of the hunter gatherer communities who lived in and around what is now the Fenland, from the earliest colonisation by small groups of hunters at the end of the last glacial maximum (c. 12,700 BC) until the beginning of the Neolithic (c. 4000 BC). This is a timespan that saw major changes in climate, sea-levels, flora and fauna and the record of archaeological activity will be related to increasingly detailed understandings of these environmental changes. The talk will emphasise the effects of changing landscapes on the lifeways of Upper Palaeolithic and Mesolithic hunter-gatherers and explore the special opportunities that the Fens offer for studies of this period.

Lawrence Billington recently completed a PhD on the Late Upper Palaeolithic and Mesolithic of Eastern England and is currently a project officer at Oxford Archaeology East.

Admission: Members £2; Non-members pay £3.

 
Oakington & Westwick History Society - Monthly Talk
'The History of Impington Hall' by Stephen Harper-Scott
Thursday 19th April 2018 at 7:30pm
St Andrews Church Hall, High Street, Oakington, CB24 3AG
Free to members, a charge of £4 for non-members.
 
FenArch - Monthly Talk
'Anglo-Saxon Fenland' by Sue Oosthuizen
Wednesday 25th April 2018 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.
 
Histon and Impington Archaeology Group - Monthly Talk
'The Fenland Floods of 1947' by Mike Petty
Monday 30th April 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.

 

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: Step-by-Step Guide to Conducting a Geophysical Resistivity Survey - a practical hands-on guide to using the RM85.

 
'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

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 18th January 2018 at 7:30pm
St Andrews Church Hall, High Street, Oakington, CB24 3AG
Free to members, a charge of £4 for non-members.

St Neots Local History Society - Monthly talk and AGM
'The poppy trail of St Neots' by Sue Jarrett (followed by AGM)
Friday 2nd February 2018 at 7:30pm
Eyenesbury Junior School, Montagu St, Eynesbury, Saint Neots PE19 2TD
All welcome (Members: Free; Non-members: £3.00)
Discover why a unique Poppy Trail is being created to mark the 25 Commonwealth War Graves around the town, in five burial grounds – within two dioceses and two former counties. These graves, across two World Wars, include one lady and twenty four men. Ten are not listed on our war memorials and two are not English. Come along to find out more about this unique trail.

Cambridge Antiquarian Society - Monthly Talk
'Finding features on the flat fen edge: settling Histon and Impington' by David Oates
Monday 5th February 2018 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.
 
Oxford Archaeology East - Open Evening
Monday 5th February 2018 Drop-in event between 4-7pm
School hall, Melbourn Village College, The Moor, Melbourn, SG8 6EF
Come and find out what OA East's archaeologists have recently didscovered near New Road, south of Melbourn. This is a free drop-in open evening for members of the public to see finds, photographs and meet the archaeologists involved.
Read about the discoveries on OA's website: https://oxfordarchaeology.com/news/777-unexpected-discoveries-in-melbourn
 
Fane Road Archaeology Group - Monthly talk and workshop
'Roman Pottery in the Peterborough Area' by Stephen Upex
Wednesday 7th February 2018 at 7:00pm
The Parkway Sports & Social Club, Maskew Avenue, Peterborough, PE1 2AS
Learn about Peterborough and Nene Valley Roman pottery from leading authority on the subject, Dr Stephen Upex. The talk will be in two parts: a presentation looking at the Roman pottery of the Peterborough area; a hands-on teaching session
All welcome (Members: Free; Non-members: £5)
 
Cambridge Archaeology Field Group - Monthly talk
'Pre-Construct Archaeology – some highlights of our work' by Mark Hinman (PCA)
Wednesday 7th February 2018 at 7:30pm
McDonald Institute for Archaeological Research, Downing site, Cambridge
All welcome (CAFG invite contributions of £1 from non-members).
 
Histon & Impington Archaeology Group - Open evenings and exhibition
Monday 12th and Monday 19th February 2018 7-9pm
Histon Baptist Church, 2 Poplar Rd, Histon, Cambridge CB24 9LN
Two free open evenings to exhibit local archaeological findings and describe future plans.
All welcome: free to all.
 
Fen Edge Archaeology Group - Monthly Talk
'Roman Glass in Londinium' by John Shepherd
Tuesday 13th February 2018 at 7:30pm (doors open 7:15pm)
Willingham Baptist Church, George Street, Willingham
Speaker meeting open to everyone. Admission: Members £2; Non-members pay £3.

The original speaker has had to withdraw so FEAG are very grateful to John Shepherd for agreeing to speak at short notice. In this talk John Shepherd will focus on the Roman glass industry in Londinium. John Shepherd was recently the academic consultant for the Bloomberg Mithraeum reconstruction project, having published Grimes’s original 1954 excavation back in 1998. He is currently a freelance archaeologist engaged in post-excavation analysis and publication work, mainly in London. He was at the Museum of London for 20 years, as curator of the Grimes London archive then manager of the London Archaeological Archive and research centre. Glass is his passion and he has been studying it since the 1970s. He was closely involved with identifying the evidence for the making of glass vessels in Roman London.

 
Oakington & Westwick History Society - Monthly Talk
'A Dirty History of Cambridge' by Alan Denney
Thursday 15th February 2018 at 7:30pm
St Andrews Church Hall, High Street, Oakington, CB24 3AG
Free to members, a charge of £4 for non-members.
 
FenArch - Monthly Talk
'Opium eating in the Fens' by Eric Somerville
Wednesday 28th February 2018 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.
 

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: The Jigsaw Best Practice Guide to Roman Pottery Identification https://jigsawcambs.org/images/roman%20pottery.pdf
 

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.