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On the 6th May 2015 and again on 7th March 2016 group training days in OASIS were provided for archaeological societies working within Cambridgeshire as part of the HLF funded Jigsaw initiative and hosted by Cambridgeshire County Council's Historic Environment Team.

Attending the 2015 session were representatives from

  • Covington Local History Group
  • Cambridge Archaeology Field Group
  • Warboys Archaeology Project
  • Fen Edge Archaeology Group

Together they disproved the belief that local societies are not up to date with the online side of archaeology as they had with them the software tools needed to overcome problems with the training room passwords at Shire Hall!

In 2016 the attendees were from:

  • Access Cambridge Archaeology
  • Cambridge Archaeology Field Group
  • Fen Edge Archaeology Group
  • Sawtry History Society

Both sessions were really enjoyable thanks largely to the fact that several diverse groups all got on together & shared questions and solutions springing from their first Oasis Forms. Recently the FEAG form for the Twenty Pence Project Excavations 2011–2015 in Cottenham was signed off & completed and is a fine reminder of the value of the two Jigsaw Days.

The report from Fen Edge Archaeology Group

It is still hoped that the Cambridgeshire Jigsaw experience can be spread to other counties.

Although not part of the Jigsaw initiative, the Community Archaeology reports produced by Access Cambridge Archaeology have started to appear in the ADS Library and demonstrate the growing number of Community projects being entered onto Oasis.

 

This article was written by Mark Barratt of Historic England and orginally posted on the OASIS blog here. For further advice on reporting and recording archaeological sites and finds in Cambridgeshire, including OASIS forms, please contact Cambridgeshire Historic Environment team at archaeology@cambridgeshire.gov.uk

Saturday 1st April 2017 from 9:30am
Madingley Hall, Madingley, Cambridge, CB23 8AQ
Find out about the part-time and short courses offered in subjects including Archaeology, the Historic Environment (landscapes and gardens), and History, Politics and International Relations. For more information and to book place, please see the website here: https://www.ice.cam.ac.uk/event/open-day-institute-continuing-education-2017
 
Cambridge Antiquarian Society - AGM & Monthly talk
“Losing track: transport in Cambridgeshire, 1900-2016" by Tony Kirby
Monday 3rd April 2017 at 6:00pm, AGM at 5:45 pm
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.

Fen Edge Archaeology Group - Monthly talk
"The Twenty Pence Project" by John Stanford
Tuesday 4th April 2017 at 7:30pm (doors open 7:15pm)
Tony Cooper Suite, Cottenham Village College
Open to everyone. Admission: Members £2; Non-members pay £3.

Cambridge Archaeology Field Group - Monthly talk
"Recent investigations into Fenland medieval salterns" by Dr Paul Spoerry (Oxford Archaeology East)
Wednesday 5th April at 7:30pm  
McDonald Institute for Archaeological Research, Downing site, Cambridge
All welcome (CAFG invite contributions of 50p).
 
Fourth Annual Building History Lecture
“'Enormous, complicated and highly articulated machines' (Girouard ,1979): the introduction of  Domestic technology in Victorian and early Edwardian Country houses" by Marilyn Palmer (University of Leicester)
Fitzpatrick Hall, Queens' College, Cambridge
Saturday 8th April at 6 pm. Followed by a wine reception in the college bar from 7.15pm
Marilyn Palmer has been a leading figure in the study, recording and advocacy of industrial archaeology for many years, and became the country’s first Professor of Industrial Archaeology in 2000.
Free admission; all welcome.
 
Visit the Jigsaw calendar for details of upcoming community archaeology events in Cambridgeshire. Please contact us if you have any other events to add.

We have a new artefact identification guide to add to the thirty-two existing Best Practice Users' Guides produced by Jigsaw.

'An Introduction to Neolithic to Mid Bronze Age Prehistoric Pottery of Cambridgeshire' has been written by Oxford Archaeology East's prehistoric pottery specialist Sarah Percival and complements the 'Late Bronze Age and Iron Age Prehistoric Pottery ' guide written by OAE's Matt Brudenell. Both guides cover the most common pottery types from the prehistoric period in Cambridgeshire. They do not cover all pottery types found, or in any great detail, but we hope you find them useful to give a good general overview of the types you are most likely to find when excavating in Cambridgeshire.

More artefact identication guides can be downloaded for free from our online Guides pages.

early prehistoric pot guide

Cambridge Archaeology Field Group - Monthly talk
'Reconstructing the built environment and institutions in Eighteenth Dynasty Armarna (Egypt) through textual data' by Kimberley Watts (University of Cambridge)
Wednesday 1st Marchat 7:30pm
McDonald Institute for Archaeological Research,
All welcome (CAFG invite contributions of 50p).

Cambridge Antiquarian Society - Monthly talk
'Settlement, society & legacy: the early Medieval rural communities of eastern England' by Duncan Wright (Bishop Grosseteste University)
Monday 6th March 2017 at 6:00pm
Faculty of Law, West Road,
There is no charge for visitors or guests at lectures. New members are warmly welcomed.

Histon and Impington Archaeology Group & Histon and Impington Village Society History Group - Monthly talk
'Our Prehistoric Neighbours: Archaeology at the Milton Park and Ride and Landfill Sites' by Tom Philips (Oxford Archaeology East)
Thursday 9th March 2017 at 7:30pm
Histon Baptist Church,
Members £2 Non-members £3. Refreshments Available.

Cambridge Science Festival 2017
Monday 13th - Sunday 26th March 2017
The Science Festival provides the public with opportunities to explore and discuss issues of scientific interest. There are several events this year highlighting scientific techniques used in archaeological research: http://www.sciencefestival.cam.ac.uk/events?search_api_views_fulltext=archaeology

FenArch - Monthly talk
'Lundenwic to Lundres, The Archaeology of Anglo Saxon and Norman London' by John Clark (Museum of London)
Tuesday 14th March 2017 at 7:30pm
Mendi's Restaurant, 21 Old Market Place, Wisbech
Members of the public are welcome to attend, entrance is £2 for non-members.
John Clark joined the staff of Guildhall Museum (City of London) in 1967, and worked on the project for its incorporation with the London Museum to form the Museum of London in 1976. As well as contributing to the design of the Museum of London’s first medieval gallery and overseeing the amalgamation of the two museums’ medieval collections, he also initiated and supervised the digitisation of the Medieval Department collections database. John also carried out various projects focused on updating the medieval gallery, particularly the Anglo-Saxon London displays, and produced a number of temporary exhibitions, including ‘Alfred the Great 849-899: London’s forgotten king’ and ‘Chaucer’s Londoners: “a compaignye of sondry folk”’.

Cambridge Council for Voluntary Service - Training event
'Running a Community Group'
Wednesday 15th March 2017, 10am - 1pm
Arkenstall Village Centre, 7 Station Road, Haddenham, Ely, CB6 3XD
Come and learn about constitutions, committees and their management, taking minutes, keeping simple accounts, and policies and procedures. In short, all you need to know about how to run your community group. The briefings will be short, easy to follow and supported by information sheets you can take away and share with other committee members. There will be time to meet and network with other groups, talk with support workers about your group and find out about funding. This FREE session will be led by Alan Turner, development Worker at CCVS. After the workshop you can book a 1-2-1 with Alan. Places must be booked in advance here: https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/running-a-community-group-tickets-31756182597?ref=ebtn

Fen Edge Archaeology Group - Monthly talk
'Excavations at Northstowe' by Alison Dickens (Cambridge Archaeological Unit)
Thursday 16th March 2017 at 7:30pm (doors open 7:15pm)
Rampton Village Hall,
Alison Dickens will talk about the excavations prior to the development of Northstowe – what was found during Phase 1 and the early stages of Phase 2 and looking forward to further work. Phase 1 was on the site of the old golf course near Longstanton and the archaeology there was completed in late 2015. Evidence was found for occupation in the Iron Age, Roman, Anglo-Saxon and Medieval periods. The Romano-British hamlet found in Phase 1 seems to have been a ‘standard’ Roman rural settlement, as actually a second Roman settlement has already been identified in Phase 2, just half a kilometre away to the south and potentially around the same size as Roman Cambridge. FEAG members spent two weeks digging on part of the Romano-British settlement in 2015. As part of the second phase of excavations, there will be community work, open days, and work with primary schools. Alison Dickens is a manager at the Cambridge Archaeological Unit and head of Access Cambridge Archaeology. For more information on the site, see: https://accesscambridgearchaeology.wordpress.com/2017/01/26/northstowe-phase-two/

 

Visit the Jigsaw calendar for details of upcoming community archaeology events in Cambridgeshire. Please contact us if you have any other events to add.

A warm welcome to the brand new Jigsaw Cambridgeshire website.

'Jigsaw - Piecing Together Cambridgeshire's Past' was a Heritage Lottery Funded project, designed to support and develop community archaeology in Cambridgeshire. The project ran from September 2011 until October 2016 and was a joint venture led by Oxford Archaeology East and Cambridgeshire County Council, with other partners including Huntingdonshire District Council and the Council for British Archaeology.

The key legacy of the Jigsaw project has been an active network of skilled volunteers and community groups across the county who are now able to engage and participate with their local heritage group. The Jigsaw community is continuing beyond the life of the HLF funded project, with OAE commited to supporting Jigsaw affiliated community groups into the future. With this in mind, we have re-developed our website and hope it will continue to prove useful and interesting to anyone wanting to learn more about their historic environment. OAE are also continuing to manage the community resource of equipment and guides and the Jigsaw social media accounts on Facebook and Twitter.

Jigsaw has been a ground breaking archaeology project, widely praised within the wider archaeological community and was shortlisted by the CBA in the 2014 British Arhcaological Awards for the Best Community Engagement Archaeology Project. We aim to continue helping more people to get actively involved in discovering, understanding and protecting their own local heritage. If you want to affiliate your community group with Jigsaw to make the most of our free resources, to create or join a new Archaeology Action Group, or to find out more about archaeological volunteering please contact us.

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