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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
 

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.

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

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.