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Fane Road Archaeology Group - Monthly Talk
'Paradis Found? Archaeology of Bahrain' by Michael Olney
Monday 3rd June 2019 at 7pm
The Parkway Sports & Social Club, Maskew Avenue, Peterborough, PE1 2AS
All welcome (Members: Free; Non-members: £5).
https://peterborougharchaeology.org/event/paradise-found-archaeology-of-bahrain/

Huntingdonshire Archives - Book Launch
'The Singing Milkmaid - Life in Post-Restoration Huntingdonshire'
Tuesday 4th June 2019 at 2pm
Huntingdon Library and Archives, Princes St, Huntingdon PE29 3PA
To celebrate the reopening of Huntingdonshire Archives in June 2019, the authors of a new book ‘The Singing Milkmaids’ will be giving a free illustrated talk. An exhibition of archives used in researching this new history of the county will be on display in the newly opened archives. Signed copies of the new book will be available for purchase.
All welcome. Refreshments will be provided.

Cambridge Archaeology Field Group - Monthly Talk
'Snailwell: A Late Iron Age Elite Burial from Southern England' by Jody Joy (Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology)
Wednesday 5th June 2019 at 7:30pm
McDonald Institute for Archaeological Research, Downing site, Cambridge - Parking is available on site from Tennis Court Road.
In 1952 a well-furnished cremation burial was discovered by accident during the construction of a new housing estate at Snailwell, Cambridgeshire. Some objects from the grave are well known, such as the beautiful spiral bracelet with its fearsome animal-headed terminals. But others which tell us a lot about the grave occupant, like the belt buckle thought from a Roman military belt, are not. In this presentation, Jody Joy will discuss his recent work re-examining these artefacts, telling the story of this fascinating burial.
All welcome (CAFG invite contributions of £1 from non-members)
http://www.cafg.net/item.aspx?id=440

St Neots Local History Society - Monthly Talk
'The Great Northern Railway through St Neots' by George Howe
Friday 7th June 2019 at 7:30pm
Eynesbury Junior School, Montagu St, Eynesbury, Saint Neots PE19 2TD
In this talk George will reveal the origins and fascinating history of the Great Northern Railway, its route, and how it evolved into the southern part of the East Coast Main Line.
But how did all this affect St Neots Station and goods yard? And how did the town cope with the consequent growth in traffic over the years? Come along to find out.
All welcome (Members: Free; Non-members: £3.00)
http://stneotslhs.org.uk/#/2019-programme/4594476047

Fen Edge Archaeology Group - Monthly Talk
'Sites in a landscape: ongoing investigations at Northstowe' by Alison Dickens
Friday 14th June 2019 at 7:30pm
Rampton Village Hall
The Cambridge Archaeological Unit excavations are continuing at the New Town of Northstowe. Project leader Alison Dickens will update about the latest findings on the large Iron Age and Roman settlement site (almost 1km long) on the airfield, and give a brief preview of the newest areas of investigation. The site, which is larger than Roman Cambridge, has produced thousands of artefacts providing evidence of the settlement, its industry, trade, religion and domestic life. Alison is a senior manager at the Cambridge Archaeological Unit and has been investigating the archaeology of Cambridgeshire for over 25 years. She lives in Rampton.
All welcome. Admission: Members £2; Non-members pay £3.
https://feagblog.wordpress.com/events-for-2019/

St Neots Local History Society - Additional Talk
'Love's Farm Excavation Update' by Mark Hinman (Pre-Construct Archaeology)
Friday 14th June 2019 at 7:30pm
Loves Farm House, Kester Way, St Neots, PE19 6SL (NOTE: Parking is limited at Loves Farm House. If possible, please use public transport (it is next to the railway station) or car share)
Mark has updated the Society on progress with the excavations and post-excavation work on a number of occasions but now the final report on this nationally important project has recently been published. Hear the latest about the largest archaeological operation ever to be undertaken in St Neots.
All welcome. Tickets £5 from St Neots Museum (01480 214163) or on the door (subject to availability).
http://stneotslhs.org.uk/#/2019-programme/4594476047
 
15th - 16th June 2019
Cathedral Square, Peterborough, PE1 1XH
The UK's largest multi-period city centre living history festival. This year it returns to Cathedral Square in Peterborough city centre for another year of traditional family fun.

Wimpole History Festival 2019
20th - 23rd June 2019
Wimpole Estate, Arrington, SG8 0BW
Booking has opened for events taking place during the third annual Wimpole History Festival at the National Trust's Wimpole Estate. Advance booking is required for many of the talks and activities. One of the talks will be on 'Investigations of the Roman Landscape at Wimpole' by the National Trust's archaeologist, Shannon Hogan, reviewing the finds of OA East's excavations at Lamp Hill last year.
http://www.wimpolehistoryfestival.com/

Norfolk Archaeological and Historical Research Group - Seminar
'A Norfolk Miscellany: A Day of Norfolk Local History Talks'
Saturday 22nd June 2019 10am - 5pm
Thomas Paine Lecture Theatre, University of East Anglia, Norwich Research Park, Norwich, NR4 7TJ
This will be a day of talks on various aspects of Norfolk's local history, aimed not only at our members but also at interested members of the public. Talk topics include Seahenge, Medieval graffiti, monastic archaeology, Broadland heritage and the impact of USAAF airfields on the landscape. The late local historian Chris Barringer's long-awaited book 'A Norfolk History' is about to be launched and will be on sale.
Members: £20 and Non-Members: £24 (including lectures, refreshments and buffet lunch). To book email enquiries@nahrg.org.uk or ring 01953 453915.

Friends of St Mary's Church, Godmanchester - Book Launch
'The Parish Church of St Mary the Virgin, Godmanchester - A History' by Ken Sneath
Saturday 22nd June 2019 at 7pm
The launch of a new book, which has been written for all with an interest in the history of the Parish Church, not just for the church or its members! An illustrated talk by the author and historian, Ken Sneath and another on 'The Roman Secrets of Godmanchester' by Kate Hadley. There will be lots of delicious food, wine and raffle.
Tickets £10 from: Kate Hadley 01480 454154; Ken Sneath 01480 450686; Sue Worthington 01480 411242; adrian@sington.co.uk (All profits to the Transformation Project).

Festival of Archaeology 2019
13th - 28th July 2019
A national festival of events to showcase the work of archaeologists and archaeological discoveries. It is being coordinated by the Council for British Archaeology as part of their 75th anniversary celebrations in 2019. For more information and to discover events taking place,
http://www.archaeologyfestival.org.uk/

Come and see the archaeological excavation taking place as part of Highways England’s A14 Cambridge to Huntingdon improvement scheme. An open day is taking place on Saturday 18th May from 10am to 3pm at Mill Common, Huntingdon where archaeologists are excavating along the route of the Pathfinder Link Road into Huntingdon. Please note there is no parking available on site.

A14 open day may 2019

Cambridge Antiquarian Society - AGM & Monthly Talk
'Archaeological Textiles and What we can learn from them' by Margarita Gleba
Monday 1st April 2019 at 6pm (AGM: 5:45pm)
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.
http://www.camantsoc.org/events.html

Cambridge Archaeology Field Group - Monthly Talk & AGM
'Investigating the Medieval Salterns of Kings Lynn' by Paul Spoerry (OA East)
Wednesday 3rd April 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)
http://www.cafg.net/item.aspx?id=440

St Neots Local History Society - Monthly talk
'Sex, Sin and Scandal: the history of the Reynolds Family of Paxton Hall' by Canon Annette Reed
Friday 5th April 2019 at 7:30pm
Eynesbury Junior School, Montagu St, Eynesbury, Saint Neots PE19 2TD
All welcome (Members: Free; Non-members: £3.00)
http://stneotslhs.org.uk/#/2019-programme/4594476047

Fane Road Archaeology Group - Monthly Talk & AGM
'Itter Crescent Roman Villa' by FRAG Team
Monday 8th April 2019 at 7pm
The Parkway Sports & Social Club, Maskew Avenue, Peterborough, PE1 2AS
A review of what we know about the Roman villa located between Itter Crescent and Fane Road in Peterborough. This will include an update on what was learnt from the exploratory excavtion in October 2018. 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).
https://peterborougharchaeology.org/event/itter-crescent-roman-villa-agm/

Fen Edge Archaeology Group - Monthly Talk
'All together now: analysis of human–animal burials in Neolithic Britain' by Leah Damman (University of Cambridge)
Thursday 11th April 2019 at 7:30pm
Tony Cooper Suite, Cottenham Village College, High St, Cottenham, Cambridge CB24 8UA
In this talk Leah Damman will share with you her fascination with just how much bones can tell the story of those they belonged to – how much of the puzzle of the past they can represent. Fragmented, mixed assemblages of human and animal bones are common in archaeological deposits, particularly in prehistoric contexts across Europe and the British Isles. Leah’s  research is focused on such mixed burials from Neolithic Britain (4000–2500 BCE), a period where not much more than the skeletal evidence remains. Standard approaches to studying human remains in these contexts yield only limited understanding of the burials; animal bones are usually analysed separately. Leah is studying both the human and animal material by using human osteological and zooarchaeological methods, combined with specialised methods such as cut mark analysis and ZooMS. The aim is to understand more fully what happened to these remains (human and animal) around the time of death, when they were buried and subsequently.
All welcome. Admission: Members £2; Non-members pay £3.
https://feagblog.wordpress.com/events-for-2019/

Histon and Impington Archaeology Group - Monthly Talk
'The Must Farm Pile-Dwelling Settlement – Britain’s Pompeii!' by Mark Knight (CAU)
Monday 29th April 2019 at 7:30pm
Histon Baptist Church, 2 Poplar Rd, Histon, Cambridge CB24 9LN
Open to all. Members free and visitors £3, accompanied children free. Refreshments available.
https://hiarchaeology.wordpress.com/whats-next/hiag-talks-programme-2018-2019/

Wimpole History Festival 2019
20th - 23rd June 2019
Wimpole Estate, Arrington, SG8 0BW
Booking has opened for events taking place during the third annual Wimpole History Festival at the National Trust's Wimpole Estate. Advance booking is required for many of the talks and activities. One of the talks will be on 'Investigations of the Roman Landscape at Wimpole' by the National Trust's archaeologist, Shannon Hogan, reviewing the finds of OA East's excavations at Lamp Hill last year.
http://www.wimpolehistoryfestival.com/

Cambridge Archaeology Field Group - Monthly Talk
'Roman Graffiti' by Paddy Lambert (OA East)
Wednesday 1st May 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)
http://www.cafg.net/item.aspx?id=440

St Neots Local History Society - Monthly Talk
'Flag Fen to Must Farm' by Stuart Orme (Cromwell Museum)
Friday 3rd May 2019 at 7:30pm
Eynesbury Junior School, Montagu St, Eynesbury, Saint Neots PE19 2TD
Peterborough has some of the most remarkable Bronze Age archaeology in the world, from the amazingly preserved prehistoric causeway at Flag Fen, comprising more than 60,000 upright timbers and 250,000 horizontal planks, to the incredible find of a burnt village dating back some 3,000 years at Must Farm. Excavation at these sites has revealed not only incredibly well-preserved artefacts but a real glimpse into Bronze Age life.
All welcome (Members: Free; Non-members: £3.00)
http://stneotslhs.org.uk/#/2019-programme/4594476047

Cambridgeshire Bird Club - Monthly Talk
‘Wild birds in human history: the archaeological approach’ by Umberto Albarella (University of Sheffield)
Friday 10 May, 2019 at 8pm
Tony Cooper Suite, Cottenham Village College, CB24 8UA.
Many people love birds because of their beauty, songs and overall contribution to our countryside. We love birds but we also need birds and in that respect they are worthy or our care and protection. It is less often considered, however, that birds have also had a fundamental role in shaping our past and that, as such, they are part of our historical as well as natural heritage. In this talk Umberto Albarella will provide some examples of how archaeologists have studied birds in order to understand past human societies and the way the relationship between humans and birds has operated. Umberto Albarella has a first degree in Natural Sciences from the University of Naples (Italy), but he has been interested in anthropology and then archaeology since his undergraduate days. He has worked in the UK since 1993 and is now Professor of Zooarchaeology at the University of Sheffield.
All welcome. Non-members pay £2
https://www.cambridgebirdclub.org.uk/

Cambridge Antiquarian Society - Monthly Talk
'A Place of Arrivals: Archaeologial investigations on the Cape Verde Islands' by Marie Louise Sørensen (University of Cambridge) and Chris Evans (CAU)
Monday 13th May 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.
https://www.camantsoc.org/meetings-and-events/

Fane Road Archaeology Group - Monthly Talk
'Lost and Found: Grave Goods of the Abbots of Peterborough' by Hannah Saunders
Monday 13th May 2019 at 7pm
The Parkway Sports & Social Club, Maskew Avenue, Peterborough, PE1 2AS
This talk draws on recent research by the speaker on the thirteenth-century Benedictine Abbots of Peterborough, and the funerary culture associated with the monastery. Hannah is an Artist and Medieval Art Historian currently based in Cambridgeshire. In 2015 she completed her BA HONS in Documentary Photography at The University of Wales, Newport, and in 2018 she graduated from The Courtauld Institute of Art with an MA specialising in The Supernatural Middle Ages.
All welcome (Members: Free; Non-members: £5).
https://peterborougharchaeology.org/event/advancing-the-happy-dead/

Fen Edge Archaeology Group - Monthly Talk
'Archaeology along the East Anglia ONE cable route: changing the landscape of the River Deben Valley in east Suffolk' by Andy Peachey (Archaeological Solutions)
Wednesday 15th May 2019 at 7:30pm
Tony Cooper Suite, Cottenham Village College, High St, Cottenham, Cambridge CB24 8UA
The excavation of a cable route to serve the East Anglia ONE off shore wind farm has allowed an unprecedented opportunity for archaeologists to investigate the landscape of the Deben Valley and its tributaries to the east and north of Ipswich.  Archaeologists have recorded remains of every period, including new evidence for late Bronze age settlement and enclosures, with field systems similar to those still present today; as well as Roman farmsteads that relate closely to a Saxon hall and village.  But most notable is a monumental prehistoric enclosure situated on a hill slope that contains a wooden trackway. The preservation of this trackway is exceptional due to the presence of springs that kept the vast ditch system waterlogged. The trackway may have acted as a platform within a monument that was designed to be viewed at the head of the river valley, with initial radiocarbon dates indicating it was established close to the beginning of the early Neolithic period, and re-laid subsequently in that period, coinciding with the establishment of agrarian communities in Britain. Prehistoric pottery is rare on the site, but other artefacts have suggested a hugely symbolic purpose.
All welcome. Admission: Members £2; Non-members pay £3.
https://feagblog.wordpress.com/events-for-2019/

Wimpole History Festival 2019
20th - 23rd June 2019
Wimpole Estate, Arrington, SG8 0BW
Booking has opened for events taking place during the third annual Wimpole History Festival at the National Trust's Wimpole Estate. Advance booking is required for many of the talks and activities. One of the talks will be on 'Investigations of the Roman Landscape at Wimpole' by the National Trust's archaeologist, Shannon Hogan, reviewing the finds of OA East's excavations at Lamp Hill last year.
http://www.wimpolehistoryfestival.com/

Festival of Archaeology 2019
13th - 28th July 2019
A national festival of events to showcase the work of archaeologists and archaeological discoveries. It is being coordinated by the Council for British Archaeology as part of their 75th anniversary celebrations in 2019. For more information and to discover events taking place,
http://www.archaeologyfestival.org.uk/

St Neots Local History Society - Monthly talk
'Genealogy: The lopsided barge' by Robert Parker
Friday 1st March 2019 at 7:30pm
Eynesbury Junior School, Montagu St, Eynesbury, Saint Neots PE19 2TD
This is the story of our speaker’s ancestor, Edward Parker, who was born in 1848 in the fenland village of Prickwillow in Cambridgeshire. By 1861 Edward had become a maltster and he eventually emerges as a mariner, sailing from Colchester. But what about the title of this evening’s talk: ‘The Lopsided Barge’? How does this dovetail into the story? Come along to the talk to find out…
All welcome (Members: Free; Non-members: £3.00)
http://stneotslhs.org.uk/#/2019-programme/4594476047

Saturday 2nd March 2019 Drop-in between 10am - 4pm
Histon Baptist Church, 2 Poplar Rd, Histon, Cambridge CB24 9LN
Archaeological activities, display and information with updates on discoveries in 2018 adding to the story of Histon and Impington.
All welcome, no charge.

'Gown, Town and Beyond'
Saturday 2nd March 2019
Faculty of Law, West Road, Sidgwick Site, University of Cambridge, CB3 9DZ
Full programme of speakers available on the CAS website: http://www.camantsoc.org/conf.html
All welcome. £10 for members, £15 for non-members (payable on the door).

Cambridge Antiquarian Society - Monthly Talk
'ldborough (N Yorks): new perspectives on the Roman town of Isurium Brigantum and the Roman North' by Martin Millett
Monday 4th March 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
'Prehistoric Settlement in the Welland Valley' by Bob Hatton (University College Peterborough)
Monday 4th March 2019 at 7pm
The Parkway Sports & Social Club, Maskew Avenue, Peterborough, PE1 2AS
The Welland valley was a focus for prehistoric settlement, just as was the case in the Nene valley.Archaeologists are piecing together the scant evidence – often drawn from excavations in advance of gravel extraction which then removes all traces. Find out about the most recent research.Andrew Hatton was involved with the 1990s excavation at Stowe Farm near Greatford and has recently completed a review of Bronze Age field systems located along the Welland Valley as part of studying for his MPhil. The aim of the research was to place the site at Stowe Farm, Lincolnshire, in a local and regional context.All welcome (Members: Free; Non-members: £5).
 
Fen Edge Archaeology Group - Monthly Talk
'The Great Gold Torc: a 'new' middle Bronze Age torc from near Ely' by Neil Wilkin (The British Museum)
Tuesday 5th March 2019 at 7:30pm
Willingham Baptist Church, George St, Willingham, Cambridge CB24 5LJA remarkable Middle Bronze Age twisted gold bar torc, one of the largest found in Britain, was discovered in East Cambridgeshire in 2015. In his talk Neil Wilkin will highlight the skill required to make this spectacular item. He will compare it to other examples from across Britain, Ireland, and France and will then consider where the torc fits into the story of the Bronze Age, with special mention of the way fashions and ways of dressing the body changed over the course of 1,500 years. The talk will then address the big questions we all want to answer: what was the function of such a large and ostentatious torc, and why was it made and deposited, seemingly on purpose at the edge of the fens? Dr Neil Wilkin has been curator of Early Europe in the department of Britain, Europe and Prehistory at the British Museum, since 2012.All welcome. Admission: Members £2; Non-members pay £3.https://feagblog.wordpress.com/events-for-2019/

Cambridge Archaeology Field Group - Monthly Talk
'Archaeolink's work in Tanzania with Paul Lane' by Patricia Hart (Archaeolink)
Wednesday 6th March 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)

Histon and Impington Archaeology Group - Talk
'Community Archaeology Projects' by Carenza Lewis (University of Lincoln)
Monday 11th March 2019 at 7:30pm
Histon Baptist Church, 2 Poplar Rd, Histon, Cambridge CB24 9LN
Open to all. Members free and visitors £3, accompanied children free. Refreshments available.
https://hiarchaeology.wordpress.com/whats-next/hiag-talks-programme-2018-2019/
 
McDonald Institute for Archaeological Research - Cambridge Science Festival
'The Science of Archaeology'
Saturday 16th March 2019 Drop-in 10:30am - 4pm
McDonald Institute for Archaeological Research, Downing Street, Cambridge, CB2 3ER
Were Neanderthals fussy eaters? What can bones tell us about a person's life? How were these stone tools made? What happened to this animal after its death? What did ancient Mesopotamia smell like? Science can help archaeologists answer these questions and many others. Discover the secrets revealed by pots, plants, soil, bones, textiles and maybe even fossilised poo! A hands-on drop-in event for the whole family.Open to all, no charge.
https://www.sciencefestival.cam.ac.uk/events/science-archaeology
 
Department of Geography - Cambridge Science Festival
'Tree rings at the interface of archaeology, climatology and ecology'
Tuesday 19th March at 6pm
Mill Lane Lecture Rooms , 8 Mill Lane, Cambridge, CB2 1RW
Professor Ulf Büntgen presents a short introduction into modern tree-ring research, including wood anatomy, followed by timely examples of how different tree-ring archives and parameters can help to identify and shift research frontiers and cross disciplinary boundaries; not only within the natural sciences but also to the humanities.

FenArch - Monthly Talk
'Saxon Bed Burials' by Alison Dickens (CAU)
Wednesday 27th March 2019 at 7:30pm
Mendi's Restaurant, 21 Old Market Place, Wisbech, PE13 1NB
This type of burial is extremely rare and the recent find at Trumpington has stimulated a lot of interest. The speaker is Alison Dickens who is the Archaeological manager at the Cambridge Archaeological Unit.
Admission: All welcome. £3 for non-members. Booking is essential at info@fenarch.org.uk or Text: ‭07765 172450 http://www.fenarch.org.uk/event/saxon-bed-burials/

'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

Ongoing
The Fitzwilliam Museum, Trumpington Street, Cambridge, CB2 1RB
The Museum is hosting a display of finds from Cambridge Archaeological Unit's recent excavations at Eddington, formerly known as North West Cambridge, in gallery 21. The team found seven Late Iron Age/Roman farmsteads, five cemeteries, and an impressive Late Roman villa complex that includes an enormous aisled timber hall and a stone bathhouse. The display includes mosaic tesserae, coins, a pair of tweezers, and a copper alloy spoon from a toiletry set.