News

The Jigsaw-affiliated community archaeology group FenArch are launching a new Fenland Archaeology group next weekend aimed at 8-16 year olds in partnership with Wisbech & Fenland Museum. There will be an open day this Saturday, 28th April 2018 between 10am - 12pm at the museum for young people to find out more. The group will meet on the fourth Saturday of each month and activities will include talks, visits and training to take part in excavation, geophysical surveys and field walking. There will also be opportunities for young people to join in finds washing, recording, photography and finds identification.

Since the 2009 Wisbech Castle dig run by Oxford Archaeology East and the subsequent formation of FenArch, there have been a lot of interest from young people in the archaeology of the area. The museum already does outreach aimed at yound people and FenArch regularly work with local schools so this is a chance to bring together their experience and offer an exciting new club to the young people of Wisbech and the surrounding area. Together with the Wisbech High Street project funded by the Heritage Lottery Fund which is carrying out a community 'Big Dig' in the museum grounds in May and June, local people will have several opportunities to learn more about archaeology in 2018.

For further details about the 8-16 Fenland Archaeology group visit www.wisbechmuseum.org.uk

News from A14 Cambridge to Huntingdon improvement scheme from Helen O’Hara, Senior Community Archaeologist for MOLA headland Infrastructure:

We’d love to see some of your members at any of these and do introduce yourselves if you see me there, I can tell them about other upcoming activities!

  1. Our media launch was last week and there was wide coverage across local and national press, TV and Radio Cambs and the website is live: www.molaheadland.com/a14c2h There is  a series of regular news blogs now and an events sections where they will find all details of public events such as our open day and Time Truck activities.
  2. Social media can be found on facebook and twitter @a14c2h (where the news of diversions & construction is posted) and using #A14Archaeology you will find some @mola and @headland social media posts.
  3. A14 Archaeology Open Day based at Brampton site offices near Huntingdon – this Saturday 7th April 10am – 5pm, drop in for free (no booking needed for this) to see: displays, hear a 15 min overview, meet archaeologists, see environmental and data team, do family dig box & recording, craft activities and view drone and general slideshows, also a live link and recorded site tour. Bookings for site tours on that day are now full as a result of the media last week.
  4. A14 Archaeology Open Day, groups only – this Sunday 8th April based at same location, at tour times starting at 14:15 (17 places max), 11:05 (28 places) , 10:25 (28 places) , 9:45 (28 places) in our order of preference, I have some availability to take additional groups, after booking all those on a long waiting list into their times.

    The intro talk + tour in our own minibuses departs from the same location, Brampton compound near Huntingdon, map attached.

    • Contact me as soon as you can by email to book a place, maximum of 28 at each tour time
    • Give your approx. number and confirm asap
    • Any physical access needs please ask if tour is suitable
    • Leave both your mobile number and email address
    • surfaces may be uneven underfoot, Strong footwear and outdoor waterproofs are needed
    • facilities at Brampton are fully accessible, less so on site but are available.
    • Bring own food if booking close to lunchtime, water and coffee/tea available.
  5. Time Truck family activities – the first one at Tesco, Bar Hill in half term on Thurs 31st May, 10:30 – 4:00, free of charge. Displays, selection of finds, activities including mini-dig with recording, craft activities.

    9th June Huntingdon River Festival

    14th July St Ives Carnival

    21st July Castle Hill Open Day, next to the HER archaeology open day behind Shire Hall.

 
'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

'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.

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