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Introduction to Landscape Archaeology

posted 8 Mar 2016, 02:56 by Paul Brayford

Historic England Residential Training School

Fountains Abbey and the Dales
Monday 16th May - Wednesday 18th May 2016

A three day residential training school introducing landscape archaeology.
For professional and independant archaeologists, historians and heritage managers.
Closing date for early bird applications (£225)
Friday 22nd April 2016
For more information and application form please contact: Sarah Prince 01793 414809

2016 April 16 Sheffield: Making History For A Successful City

posted 7 Feb 2016, 08:47 by CBA Yorkshire

Saturday 16th April
Please find information below about the Making History for a Successful City Conference, 16th April 2016. Please forward on to anyone who you think might be interested or who you would like to see there. Please let us know if you have any thoughts or suggestions for the conference. Further details to follow, get the date in your diary.
A one-day Heritage Conference, a key event in Sheffield’s Year of Making, will be held in the city on Saturday 16 April. It will be a major feature of the Year of Making.
‘This is a first for Sheffield - a conference that explores how our past shapes the present and how it can guide the future’ said Brian Holmshaw, chair of the conference steering committee. ‘We have an opportunity to talk over the future of this city's heritage - from our world renowned industrial legacy to the lesser known corners we all cherish - picture houses of the 1920's, Tudor buildings fit for a Queen, churches, cemeteries and civic buildings, pubs and parks ... right through to the gritty histories of our established and more recent communities in their homes, streets and workplaces.
‘We want to inspire and challenge the many people in Sheffield that we know have a keen interest in heritage to discuss the place of heritage in Sheffield’s life’ added Brian. ‘This conference should foster an understanding of the contribution heritage makes to a successful city, and to community cohesion, better awareness of Sheffield’s heritage players, and knowledge of how we can design and deliver a city heritage strategy – something Sheffield conspicuously lacks at the moment’.  
He added, 'I'm very excited about the keynote speakers – Harry Bowell of the National Trust and Paul Seddon from Nottingham City Council. They are experts in their field. I hope they will put the jump leads on Sheffield's heritage offer, bringing us into the league of twenty-first century cities that truly care about their history. Sheffield needs a heritage strategy, drawing together its diverse people, buildings, archaeology and other community assets and rewarding the volunteers who keep them going. It will bring in investment by showing what Sheffielders know already; that we've some of the finest buildings, green spaces and views in the country. Just because we're an industrial city that doesn't mean that’s all we are.’
The one-day conference, supported by the University of Sheffield and hosted by Sheffield Hallam University, will be built round four main themes: Economic Vitality and Tourism; Health and Wellbeing; Cohesion and Community Pride; A Quality Heritage Environment. Delegates will take part in workshops looking at how heritage can contribute to each of these.
‘The workshops will be active and participative, added Brian. ‘And we’ve secured a highly experienced group of individuals to lead and contribute to them’.
The conference will take place at Sheffield Hallam University. Bookings will open soon and full details will be published shortly; register for all the details via
Notes for Editors
1. The Year of Making is a year-long celebration of Sheffield’s past, present and future as a city of makers, to promote a world city with an international reputation for excellence and innovation.  A number of key events will take place throughout the year, celebrating manufacturing, heritage, culture and making in all its forms.  The Year of Making is being promoted by the Sheffield Culture Consortium and an Advisory Group with representatives from business, education and industry.
2. Joined Up Heritage is a major theme within the Year of Making, with its own planned programme of events, which will be announced separately.
3. Enquiries to Brian Holmshaw on 07845 265547 or to

Dearne Valley Archaeology Day 2016

posted 7 Feb 2016, 08:31 by CBA Yorkshire

The conference will be held on Saturday the 28th of May at the Dearne Valley College Manvers Campus.


Elemet Archaeology would like to officially announce a call for papers for the 2016 conference.

Papers can cover any topic on local, national or international archaeological subjects, and we encourage applications from professionals, academics and students alike.

Papers should be 20 minutes long with accompanying PowerPoint presentations. 5 minutes will be allocated at the end of each talk for any questions.

If you are interested in presenting at the 2016 Dearne Valley Archaeology Day, please send your title, a 200 word abstract and 6 key words to

Finds from Roman York, Brigantia and Beyond

posted 7 Feb 2016, 07:56 by CBA Yorkshire

Roman Finds Group Spring Meeting in York

Friday 1st and Saturday 2nd April 2016 - University of York, Philip Rahtz lecture theatre, Kings Manor, York

The 2016 RFG Spring Meeting is based in York. It will be a two day conference from lunchtime on Friday 1st April until late afternoon on Saturday 2nd April and is to be held in the Philip Rahtz Lecture Theatre, Kings Manor, Uni-versity of York, jointly hosted by RFG, the Department of Archaeology at the University of York and the Yorkshire Museums Trust. RFG are grateful for the support given to arrangements for the meeting by these organisations.

There are five sessions of papers, with seventeen illustrated talks, on various aspects of finds from British sites con-centrating on York and Yorkshire, but with a range of papers from outside these areas. This is an excellent opportunity to hear about recent finds and research in the York area, as well as an opportunity to explore the Yorkshire Museum galleries.

Although we have a larger room than last years meeting in Newcastle (which was oversubscribed), space remains limited (maximum of 80 places) so early booking is strongly advised. The cost of the meeting is £40 for fully paid up RFG members, £30 for students, £48 non members and a £25 day rate (students £20).

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Yorkshire Dales Archaeology Day School 2016

posted 1 Feb 2016, 13:59 by Paul Brayford

Saturday 9 April 2016 - Grassington Town Hall - 10am to 4:30pm 

The Yorkshire Dales National Park has some of the most iconic and best preserved historic landscapes in the country.

Come along to the 2016 day school to discover and discuss the results of recent archaeological and historical research.

The 2016 day school will have book stalls and poster displays and include talks on:

Under the Uplands - Brendon Wilkins (Digventures)

Earthworks and stones: a micro analysis of prehistoric land divisions near Grassington - Mary Saunders (Bradford University)

Field barns, farmsteads and change in the Yorkshire Dales - James Brightman

A hay rake making business at West Mill, Askrigg - Shaun Richardson

Investigation along pipelines in the Yorkshire Dales - Olly Cooper (NAA)

Life and death in prehistoric Craven - Keith Boughey

Managing industrial monuments in the National Park - Yvonne Luke (Historic England)

Bookings via

York: The 2016 Richard Hall Symposium. Lost Landscapes AD 400-1100

posted 1 Feb 2016, 13:52 by Paul Brayford

Sunday 21st February, King's Manor, York Flier attached The Richard Hall Symposium 2016 celebrates the work done by Dr Hall and his York Archaeological Trust colleagues to research the lost landscape of Viking-era York and to bring it to the attention of the widest possible audiences. In considering comparable projects today, the symposium welcomes plenary speakers including Ailsa Mainman and Julian Richards (University of York) and Gareth Williams (British Museum) to speak on a range of themes in archaeology and related disciplines, for a lively discussion of the changing landscapes of the late antique and early medieval period. Pre-booking essential via Julian Richards, University of York, with Dave Haldenby - The Arrival of the Viking Great Army in Yorkshire - revisiting Cottam Santa Jansone, University of Latvia, with Artis Aboltins - Lost Scandinavian Settlement in the Eastern Baltic: Seeburg Stephen Moorhouse, independent - The Post-Roman Township Structure and Road System between the Rivers Tees and Ure Gareth Williams, British Museum - A Viking Camp from North Yorkshire: a forerunner to Viking York? Gareth Perry, University of Sheffield - Fifty Shades of Clay: landscape and pottery production in the Trent Valley Andrew Woods, York Museums Trust - Making Money in Early Medieval York Tony Abramson, University of York - Where There's Muck There's Brass: coinage in the Northumbrian landscape and economy c. 575 - c. 867 Ailsa Mainman, University of York / York Archaeological Trust - Aspects of Urban Topography in Early Medieval York For more information, please call 01904 615505

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