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St Neots Local History Society - AGM and Monthly talk
'Mr Bartlett Begs to Inform... - Victorian St Neots' by Liz Davies (St Neots Museum)
Friday 1st February 2019 at 7:30pm
Eynesbury Junior School, Montagu St, Eynesbury, Saint Neots PE19 2TD
Victorian life is revealed through a remarkable printer’s scrapbook covering over a century of everyday life in St Neots. From bargains to banking, from paupers to posters, from golfing to grocers, the richness of Victorian life in a small market town is uncovered.
All welcome (Members: Free; Non-members: £3.00)
http://stneotslhs.org.uk/#/2019-programme/4594476047
 
Cambridge Antiquarian Society - Monthly Talk
'Buried with their belts on: people and architecture at the Cambridge Augustinian Friary ' by Craig Cessford (CAU)
Monday 4th February 2019 at 6pm
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
'Samian Ware: All you need to know' by Geoffrey Dannell
Monday 4th January 2019 at 7pm
The Parkway Sports & Social Club, Maskew Avenue, Peterborough, PE1 2AS

Samian (or terra sigillata) was a form of fine table ware popular throughout the Roman world in the early Empire. It is often associated with higher status Roman buildings. Potter’s stamps can provide valuable information about date and location of manufacture. We are fortunate to have a specialist who can explain all about this type of plain and moulded pottery. Geoffrey Dannell has been involved in logging Samian finds all over Europe – and he can also address the presence of Samian ware at Peterborough and Nene Valley sites.

All welcome (Members: Free; Non-members: £5).
 
Cambridge Archaeology Field Group - Monthly Talk
'Work at Pangani and its environs: discussion of the 19th century caravan trade in East Africa' by Paul Lane (University of Cambridge)
Wednesday 6th February 2019 at 7:30pm
McDonald Institute for Archaeological Research, Downing site, Cambridge - Parking is available on site from Tennis Court Road.
All welcome (CAFG invite contributions of £1 from non-members)
 
The Cromwell Museum - Performance
'Trial of Charles I'
Huntingdon Town Hall, Market Hill, Huntingdon, Cambridgeshire, PE29 3PJ
Friday 8th February 2019 at 7pm; and Saturday 9 February 2019 at 10.30am, 12 noon, 2pm and 3.30pm

The Cromwell Museum will be staging dramatised performances recreating the tumultuous events of the trial of King Charles I in January 1649, to be held in the atmospheric surroundings of one of the historic courtrooms in Huntingdon Town Hall. Working with members of the Sealed Knot historical re-enactment society, and using original trial records from the Parliamentary Archives, the Museum has produced an edited and dramatised version of the trial, which will be recreated with all the key figures including King Charles I and Oliver Cromwell being played by amateur actors. Performances will be staged during the daytime on Friday 8 February for schools who are studying the period, then on Friday evening and during the day on Saturday 9 February as ticketed shows for the general public.

Tickets for these performances are £7 per person, and can be booked via the Cromwell Museum or online via the Museum’s website or at: https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/the-trial-of-charles-i-tickets-53859491188


 
Histon and Impington Archaeology Group - Talk
'Update on Archaeology at Northstowe' by Alison Dickens (CAU)
Monday 11th February 2019 at 7:30pm
Histon Baptist Church, 2 Poplar Rd, Histon, Cambridge CB24 9LN
Alison Dickens is a senior manager at the University’s Cambridge Archaeological Unit, and has been investigating the archaeology of Cambridgeshire for over 25 years. Recent projects have included the Grand Arcade and Divinity School in Cambridge and she is currently running the huge project out on the site of Northstowe.  Alison’s interests range from the Romans and Saxons through to WWII and beyond – and there’s plenty of all those in Cambridgeshire to keep her busy!  She is President of the Cambridge Antiquarian Society and a Committee member of the Cambridge Association for Local History.
Open to all. Members free and visitors £3, accompanied children free. Refreshments available.

https://hiarchaeology.wordpress.com/whats-next/hiag-talks-programme-2018-2019/

 

Fen Edge Archaeology Group - Monthly Talk

'Shining light on an old treasure: the Iron Age hoards from Snettisham, Norfolk' by Jody Joy (MAA)
Thursday 14th February 2019 at 7:30pm
Cottenham Village College, High St, Cottenham, Cambridge CB24 8UA

Over the past 60 years, astounding discoveries of precious metal objects, including torcs, bracelets and finger rings, have been made at Ken Hill, Snettisham, Norfolk. In total, 14 separate groups of objects, or hoards, dating to the second and first centuries BC have been discovered. Jody Joy is currently coordinating a major research project including a comprehensive scientific analysis of the objects and a reassessment of the site. He will discuss the results of the project, specifically the discovery of sophisticated metalworking techniques such as surface enrichment and mercury gilding.

Jody Joy is Senior Curator of Archaeology at the Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology, Cambridge, responsible for British and European Archaeology. He previously worked at the British Museum, where he was Curator of European Iron Age Collections for eight years. He specializes in the archaeology of northwest Europe during the first millennium BC but his research interests also include the later Bronze Age and early Roman periods.All welcome. Admission: Members £2; Non-members pay £3.

 

FenArch - Monthly Talk

'The People of Roman Britain: Introducing the Romano-British' by Paddy Lambert (OA East)

Wednesday 27th February 2019 at 7:30pm

Mendi's Restaurant, 21 Old Market Place, Wisbech, PE13 1NB

Admission: Free to all, but booking is essential at info@fenarch.org.uk or Text: ‭07765 172450‬

http://www.fenarch.org.uk/2018-19-speaker-programme/

 

UPCOMING CONFERENCES

Cambridge Antiquarian Society - Spring Conference

'Gown, Town and Beyond'

Saturday 2nd March 2019

Faculty of Law, West Road, Sidgwick Site, University of Cambridge, CB3 9DZ

Programme and more details to follow. Check the CAS website for updates: http://www.camantsoc.org/conf.html

 

Medieval Settlement Research Group - Spring Conference

'New Discoveries in the Cambridge Region: Medieval Settlement in the A14 Corridor and its Wider Context'

Saturday 30th March 2019

Lucy Cavendish College, Lady Margaret Road, Cambridge, CB3 0BU

Programme and registration form available on the MSRG website: https://medieval-settlement.com/events/conferences/

 

Nene Valley Archaeological Trust - Conference

'Your Roman Past'
Saturday 30 March 2019
Castor CE Primary School, Stocks Hill, Castor, Peterborough, PE5 7AY

The one-day conference provides a unique opportunity to showcase the wealth of Roman archaeology in the Nene Valley. Six eminent speakers will address the topic of "Your Roman Past". The Conference is aimed at both those who live in the local area - and anyone with an interest in how 400 years of Roman occupation changed Peterborough’s landscape. The conference is taking place on the site of one of the largest Roman buildings in Britain - the so called Castor Praetorium. Castor is just a mile from the Roman town of Durobrivae alongside the Ermine Street bridge over the River Nene. It is close to Normangate Field which was an industrial suburb central to the Roman Nene Valley pottery and iron industries. ​The speakers have played a direct role in discovering and interpreting the Roman history of the Nene Valley - both as hands on archaeologists and as respected academics.

Programme and booking available on the Nene Valley website: https://www.nenevalleyarchaeology.co.uk/2019-conference-your-roman-past 

 

Spalding Gentleman's Society - Conference

'Understanding Fenland Landscape and Society'

Saturday, 13th April 2019

Broad Street Methodist Church, Spalding, PE11 1TB

This one-day symposium will give attendees insights into the latest research into the landscape and society of the Fenland from the Roman to the Early Modern period. It will also highlight the role of Spalding Gentlemen’s Society as a centre for local research and highlight recent projects that have developed out of the Society’s museum, library and archive collections.

Programme and booking available on the Spalding Gentleman's Society website: https://www.sgsoc.org/understanding-fenland-landscape-and-society-past-and-present

 

 

St Neots Local History Society - Monthly talk
'St Neots & District in Old Photos Part 2' by Rodney Todman
Friday 4th January 2019 at 7:30pm
Eynesbury Junior School, Montagu St, Eynesbury, Saint Neots PE19 2TD
All welcome (Members: Free; Non-members: £3.00)
 
Cambridge Antiquarian Society - Monthly Talk
'The After the Plague Project: new insights on medieval lives through scientific analysis of bodies: what can the 'kitchen sink' approach deliver?' by John Robb and Sarah Inskip
Monday 7th January 2019 at 6pm
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
'The Civil War in Peterborough' by Stuart Orme (The Cromwell Museum, Huntingdon)
Monday 7th January 2019 at 7pm
The Parkway Sports & Social Club, Maskew Avenue, Peterborough, PE1 2AS

Not just Roundheads and Cavaliers! Discover the true and horrific story of the English Civil War and its impact upon Peterborough, including local building, landscape and recent archaeological clues as to how these tumultuous events affected our city.

All welcome (Members: Free; Non-members: £5).
 
Cambridge Archaeology Field Group - Monthly Talk
'A Review of CAFG's Work in 2018' by Mike Coles and Terry Dymott
Wednesday 9th January 2019 at 7:30pm
McDonald Institute for Archaeological Research, Downing site, Cambridge - Parking is available on site from Tennis Court Road.
All welcome (CAFG invite contributions of £1 from non-members)
 
Fen Edge Archaeology Group - Monthly Talk
'Evidence for Diet in Anglo Saxon England' by Sam Leggett
Wednesday 16th January 2019 at 7:30pm
Cottenham Village College, High St, Cottenham, Cambridge CB24 8UA
Admission: Members £2; Non-members pay £3.

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St Neots Local History Society - Monthly talk
'Folk Medicine and 'Doc' Rowlett in St Neots' by Liz Davies
Friday 2nd November 2018 at 7:30pm
Eynesbury Junior School, Montagu St, Eynesbury, Saint Neots PE19 2TD
What sort of alternative medicines did people rely upon before the introduction of the NHS in 1948? And what sort of medicines and cures were available from local folk healers? This talk looks at the remedies many people used at that time including the story of St Neots road sweeper, antique dealer and local folk medicine expert Alfred ‘Doc’ Rowlett.
All welcome (Members: Free; Non-members: £3.00)

 
Cambridge Antiquarian Society - Monthly Talk
'Legacies of the First World War: discovering the archaeological traces of the Home Front' by Wayne Cocroft
Monday 5th November 2018 at 6pm
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
'The Snettisham Hoard' by Jody Joy (Cambridge Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology)
Monday 5th November 2018 at 7pm
The Parkway Sports & Social Club, Maskew Avenue, Peterborough, PE1 2AS

At least 12 separate hoards of artefacts have been discovered at Snettisham, northwest Norfolk. Collectively they are known as the ‘Snettisham Treasure’ and form the largest deposit of gold, silver and bronze artefacts dating from the Iron Age found in Europe. A combined total of over 200 torcs, over 100 bracelet and ring ‘ingots’, large amorphous ingots, 234 coins and many fragments have been recovered, with a total weight of over 40 kilograms. In addition to its sheer quantity, the metalwork is famous for its quality of artistry and workmanship. Most of the hoards were buried 100–60 BC, and were found towards the centre of a large eight-hectare enclosure. Extensive excavations have failed to establish its purpose or date.

All welcome (Members: Free; Non-members: £5).
 
Cambridge Archaeology Field Group - Monthly Talk
'Landscape Archaeology - learning from documents: the example of a 14th century terrier from Wimpole' by Bill Franklin
Tuesday 6th November 2018 at 7:30pm
McDonald Institute for Archaeological Research, Downing site, Cambridge - Parking is available on site from Tennis Court Road.
All welcome (CAFG invite contributions of £1 from non-members)
 
Peterborough Museum - Talk
'The Barnack Beaker burial: The grave of an important man from the first age of metal' by Neil Wilkin (British Museum)
Tuesday 6th November 2018 at 7.30pm
Peterborough Museum, Priestgate, Peterborough, PE1 1LF
Discovered in 1974, the rich (4,200 year old) burial from Barnack, Cambridgeshire, has continued to yield secrets ever since. This talk presents recent research on the special set of objects that were placed with his body in the grave, including some of the most spectacular stone and gold objects found anywhere in Britain during this period: the first age of metal. It also presents the results from cutting edge scientific analysis of his human remains. These insights will then be set in the wider context of recent DNA studies that suggest the Barnack man belonged to a period of dramatic change that transformed Britain forever. Dr Neil Wilkin is Curator of the Bronze age collection at The British Museum.
Open to all. Tickets £3 per person. To book, please click here or call Peterborough Museum at 01733 864 663.
 
Histon and Impington Archaeology Group - Talk
'The First Five years of Warboys Archaeology Project' by Roger Mould
Monday 12th November 2018 at 7:30pm
Histon Baptist Church, 2 Poplar Rd, Histon, Cambridge CB24 9LN
Roger started the Warboys Archaeology Project in 2012. Training with professionals and practical experience with the Cambridgeshire lottery-funded Jigsaw group then led to their excavation of a large 16th century site.  Since then they have had considerable success in investigating local Iron Age and Roman sites. Their current challenge is to use their own recent lottery grant to unravel the mysteries of the exact whereabouts of the lost Ramsey Abbey.
Open to all. Members free and visitors £3, accompanied children free. Refreshments available.
 
Cambridge Antiquarian Society - Autumn Conference
Recent archaeological work in Cambridgeshire
Saturday 17th November 2018
Faculty of Law, West Road, Sidgwick Site, University of Cambridge, CB3 9DZ
The Cambridge Antiquarian Society's Autumn Conference generally focuses on recent archaeological work in Cambridgeshire and is an opportunity to discuss local archaeological discoveries with staff from local contractors and members of community archaeology groups.
More information will be available on the CAS website in due course: http://www.camantsoc.org/conf.html 
 
Fen Edge Archaeology Group - Monthly Talk
'Herculaneum: an archaeological postcard from the Edge' by Andrew Wallace-Hadrill
Thursday 22nd November 2018 at 7:30pm
Cottenham Village College, High St, Cottenham, Cambridge CB24 8UA
Admission: Members £2; Non-members pay £3.
 
FenArch - Monthly Talk
'Before the flood: the last upper Palaeolithic and Mesolithic of the Fenland' by Lawrence Billington (OA East)
Wednesday 28th November 2018 at 7:30pm
Mendi's Restaurant, 21 Old Market Place, Wisbech, PE13 1NB
Lawrence Billington s a Project Officer at Oxford Archaeology East and his talk will look at the early and middle period of the Stone Age in the Fens.
Admission: Members of the public are welcome to attend. Entry is £3 for non-members. Booking is essential at info@fenarch.org.uk or Text: ‭07765 172450‬
 
Jigsaw Best Practice Guides
Throughout 2018, we are 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 archaeological sites, identifying archaeological artefacts and on recording and reporting the results of archaeological investigations.
This month's featured best practice guide is: Historical Research Methods for Archaeologists - a guide for archaeologists wishing to conduct historical research
 

 

 

Peterborough Museum - Talk

'The inside story of the Becket Casket' by Diana Heath (Victoria and Albert Museum)
Saturday 1st December at 2pm
Thomas Becket is possibly the most famous saint from Great Britain, killed in cold blood in 1170. The Abbot of Peterborough commissioned the Becket Casket to hold relics of the murdered saint and took them to Peterborough for safe keeping in 1177. Find out more about this famous casket by the conservator who recently worked upon it. This talk includes aspects of its history, creation and conservation and includes a gallery tour of the Becket Casket itself – currently on loan to Peterborough Museum from the V&A.
Open to all. Tickets £3 per person. To book, please click here or call Peterborough Museum at 01733 864 663.

 
Cambridge Antiquarian Society - Monthly Talk
'Hold fast, hold firm, hold OUT: Millicent Garrett Fawcett and the campaign for women's suffrage' by Gill Sutherland
Monday 3rd December 2018 at 6pm
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.
 
Cambridge Archaeology Field Group - Monthly Talk
'OA East's Excavation at Lamp Hill, Wimpole' by Paddy Lambert
Wednesday 5th December 2018 at 7:30pm
McDonald Institute for Archaeological Research, Downing site, Cambridge - Parking is available on site from Tennis Court Road.
All welcome (CAFG invite contributions of £1 from non-members)
 
Saturday 8th December between 10am - 3pm
Mill Common, Huntingdon
Archaeologists are excavating along the route of the Pathfinder Link Road into Huntingdon. This is revealing some Romano-British and Medieval remains including; a possible Roman Road, ditches and pits. Finds so far include; Romano-British, Medieval and Post Medieval pottery, animal bones and evidence for later activity and we are also hoping to find evidence from the Civil War and the Early Medieval period.
Free guided tours of the site will be available every 30 minutes from 10am – 12noon and 1pm until 2.30pm. Visitors should wear stout shoes - boots and warm clothing on site.
Visitors to the site on Mill Common (opposite Huntingdon Bus Station) will be able to see some of the finds so far, meet some of the archaeologists and find out more about the excavations along the A14.
For further information, contact: Steve Sherlock, Archaeology Lead A14 (07804 698322) or A14 Public information helpline (0800 270 0114).
*Please note there is no parking available on site
 

Monday 10th December 2018 at 7pm

Our first ever archaeology quiz will test your knowledge of archaeology – both local and further afield. You can arrange your own team of four – or just come along and we’ll organise you into groups.

Prize for the winners – and nibbles at half time. Refreshments available from the bar.

Free for FRAG members. Non-members welcome but please complete the registration form (https://peterborougharchaeology.org/event/frag-archaeology-quiz/) so we can plan accordingly. A £5 charge applies for non-members.
 
 
Jigsaw Best Practice Guides
Throughout 2018, we are 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 archaeological sites, identifying archaeological artefacts and on recording and reporting the results of archaeological investigations.
This month's featured best practice guide is: Flint Identification - an introductory guide to distinguishing deliberately modified from naturally occurring rocks.

 

Cambridge Antiquarian Society - Monthly Talk (Jointly with the Prehistoric Society)
'Rivers of Bronze: the eastern fens of East Anglia in the Late Bronze Age and the Early Iron Age' by Rob Wiseman (OA East)
Monday 1st October 2018 at 6pm
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
'Nassington Roman Barn – Year 3' by Derek Roberts (MidNAG)
Monday 1st October 2018 at 7pm
The Parkway Sports & Social Club, Maskew Avenue, Peterborough, PE1 2AS
FRAG members have been excavating a Roman Barn at Nassington in conjunction with MidNAG. Derek Roberts will provide details about the latest discoveries and what we are learning about agriculture, industry and daily life in the Nene valley during the Roman period.
All welcome (Members: Free; Non-members: £5).
 
Cambridge Archaeology Field Group - Monthly Talk
'Aspects of some recently excavated Anglo-Saxon cemeteries from Cambridgeshire' by Paul Spoerry (OA East)
Wednesday 3rd October 2018 at 7:30pm
McDonald Institute for Archaeological Research, Downing site, Cambridge - Parking is available on site from Tennis Court Road.
All welcome (CAFG invite contributions of £1 from non-members)
 
Fen Edge Archaeology Group - Monthly Talk
'The Relhan collection: recording south Cambridgeshire’s antiquities in the early 19th century' by Alison Taylor
Wednesday 3rd October 2018 at 7:30pm
Landbeach Village Hall, 1 The Green, Landbeach, Cambridge, CB25 9FD
Richard Relhan was an apothecary who worked in Cambridge in the early 19th century and was able to devote time to travelling around south Cambridgeshire in a horse and cart, making water colour record drawings of attractive sites and buildings in many villages. There are over 300 of these drawings, many illustrating church monuments and scenes of topographic interest. Unusual items include Barnwell Priory and the Cellarers’ Chequer, Anglesey Abbey and Bartlow Hills. As the drawings were made before Victorian repairs etc were made to churches, and when memorials were still comparatively fresh, the drawings are a valuable historic record. They now belong to Cambridge Antiquarian Society. The University Library has digitised the drawings on behalf of the Society, whose members will prepare notes on many of the monuments recorded, and all will be made publicly available.
Admission: Members £2; Non-members pay £3.
 
Longthorpe Tower - Medieval Experience Day
Saturday 6th & Sunday 7th October 2018
10am, 12.30pm and 3pm daily
Have you ever wanted to time travel and become a valiant knight or fine noble lady? Now's your opportunity with this very special event at Longthorpe Tower. You'll be dressed in authentic medieval costume before getting to sample medieval food, have a go at traditional crafts, make medieval cures, and try on a suit of armour – with the help of your very own squire of course! Sessions last 2 hours and each workshop only has 4 places - so booking is essential! £15 per person, over 18s only.
To book, please call Peterborough Museum at 01733 864663. If you require any further information, please call the Museum or email longthorpe.tower@vivacity.org
 
Histon and Impington Archaeology Group - Talk
'Pre-Construct Archaeology: Recent Surprises in East Anglian Commercial Archaeology' by Mark Hinman (Pre-Construct Archaeology)
Monday 8th October 2018 at 7:30pm
Histon Baptist Church, 2 Poplar Rd, Histon, Cambridge CB24 9LN
This talk will counter the commonly espoused view that ‘surely archaeologists have found everything there is to find by now’ with Mark’s own impression from a career in commercial archaeology  that ‘we have barely scratched the surface of British archaeology’ . He will use some of the finds from the last 7 years at PCA’s Cambridge office to illustrate this.
Open to all. Members free and visitors £3, accompanied children free. Refreshments available.
 
St Neots Local History Society - Talk
'Revolutionary State? Royal Palaces in Cromwell's England' by Dr Simon Thurley
Thursday 11th October 2018 at 7:30pm
Guest Hall, Priory Centre, St Neots, PE19 2BH
The execution of Charles I brought about the sale of the century. Royal palaces were sold, as were their contents. Just a small number of royal buildings were reserved for the republican regime. Oliver Cromwell was King in all but name and his need for magnificent residences and buildings was as great as any monarchs. In this talk he is shown in an unfamiliar light - interested in French furniture and fashions and holding court in princely style.
Simon Thurley is one of the country’s leading historians, and for thirteen years was Chief Executive of English Heritage. He is a regular broadcaster, presenting a number of television programmes on history, archaeology and architecture as well as author of several books.
All welcome. Cost £5 per person. Tickets available from St Neots Museum, The Old Court, 8 New Street, St Neots, PE19 1AE. Tel. 01480 214163 (or on the door, subject to availability)
 
Witham Archaeology - Finds Display
Sunday 14th October 2018 between 2:30pm and 4pm
Display of archaeological finds by Witham Archaeology
Rampton Village Hall, Church End, Rampton CB24 8QA
Finds from an archaeological dig carried out in Rampton in January this year will be on display along with finds from HEFA test pitting in 2014, 2015 and 2016. The Fen Edge Archaeology Group’s test-pitting display will also be on show. During January 2018 Witham Archaeology carried out an archaeological dig in advance of development at 31 High Street, Rampton. Finds from the dig show that the site was occupied mainly during the 12th and 13th centuries. Ditches found at the site probably formed boundaries to a toft which fronted onto the High Street. Finds included pottery, quern stones and animal bone, which came mainly from a cluster of pits on an area of slightly higher ground. The environmental samples from the site show it was a place where people were living rather than farming. The decline in activity at the site after the 13th century is similar to that identified by the HEFA test pit surveys. Refreshments will be available. Proceeds to the Friends of All Saints’ Church.
Everyone welcome. Admission free – drop in at any time.
 
Peterborough Museum - Talk
'Peterborough Abbey and the Peterborough Chronicles' by Nicholas Karn (University of Southampton)
Tuesday 23rd October 2018 at 7.30pm
Peterborough Museum, Priestgate, Peterborough, PE1 1LF
The Anglo-Saxon Chronicle from Peterborough is not just a book, for it tells us much about the monks' ideas on identity, place and nation. There were other chronicles and histories written at Peterborough, more than at almost all other English abbeys. These often tell a more local story, about the monks and their links to local society, about the great men who passed through, and about the holy and not-so-holy abbots who ruled the place. Dr Nicholas Karn, Senior Lecturer in History at the University of Southampton and an expert on Benedictine monasticism.
 
FenArch - Monthly Talk
'A Landscape through time: Archaeology of the A14 Cambridge to Huntingdon improvement scheme' by Tony Walsh (MOLA Headland)
Wednesday 24th October 2018 at 7:30pm
Mendi's Restaurant, 21 Old Market Place, Wisbech, PE13 1NB
This illustrated talk explores the evidence uncovered so far, including Neolithic henge-like monuments, industrial Roman kilns and Saxon settlements. Tony Walsh is one of four Project Managers for MOLA Headland Infrastructure working on the A14 Cambridge to Huntingdon improvement scheme on behalf of Highways England. He will discuss the fascinating archaeological findings from one of the UK’s largest infrastructure projects, which has brought together the skills and knowledge of over 250 archaeologists.
Admission: Free to all, but booking is essential at info@fenarch.org.uk or Text: ‭07765 172450‬
 
Peterborough Museum - Exhibition
Treasures Exhibition
Open 10am-4pm (except Mondays during term time and Christmas) until Sunday 9th January 2018,
Peterborough Museum, Priestgate, PE1 1LF
National treasures with a connection to the Peterborough area from institutions around the country (including the British Museum and Victoria and Albert Museum) are being displayed together at Peterborough Museum and Art Gallery for the first time ever.
Each of the treasures on display has either been found in or has a very strong link to Peterborough, such as the Water Newton Treasure found at Durobrivae (Ancient Roman Peterborough) and the Casket of St Thomas Becket which was commissioned by Abbot Benedict of Peterborough in 1177.
Free to all.
 
 
Cambridge Antiquarian Society News
The Cambridge Antiquarian Society have published the latest edition of The Conduit, a guide to Cambridgeshire's local history and archaeology organisations, societies, events and lectures for September 2017 - August 2019. It is available to download as a PDF from their website here. Please note that the CAS Autumn Conference on 'Recent archaeological work in Cambridgeshire' takes place on Saturday 17th November 2018. More details will be available on the CAS website here in due course.
 
 
Community Volunteer Archaeologist Resource Review
A reminder that Oxford Archaeology is currently undertaking a review of community archaeology 'how to' guides on behalf of New Forest National Park Authority, as part of their 'Our Past, Our Future' Landscape Partnership Scheme supported by the Heritage Lottery Fund. We have launched an online survey aimed at community volunteer archaeologists who undertake supervised or self-guided archaeological projects, either as part of a community group or as an individual. We are interested in finding out what about where you currently seek guidance on investigating archaeological sites and what you find useful.Here is a link to the online survey: http://surveys.oxfordarchaeology.com/index.php/497754/lang-en The survey will be open until midnight on Sunday 7th October 2018. The review is not about ranking or critiquing existing guidance but getting an understanding of what exists, what is accessible and what volunteers and community groups engage with. It is hoped that this review will be of interest to the wider archaeological sector and help to inform the creation of new resources in the future. Please could you circulate the survey to your contacts in community archaeology and encourage people to respond. If there are people without computer access we would appreciate it if some assistance could be provided for them to complete the survey as we would value their feedback. You can indicate at the end of the survey about whether you would like to be contacted about the results of the survey and our research into community archaeology resources. If you have any questions or queries about the review please contact: community@oxfordarch.co.uk or 01223 850515
 
 
Jigsaw Best Practice Guides
Throughout 2018, we are 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 archaeological sites, identifying archaeological artefacts and on recording and reporting the results of archaeological investigations.
This month's featured best practice guide is: A Basic Introduction to Archaeological Excavation - an introduction to setting up and running an archaeological excavation