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Summer Field Trip - 30 July

posted 27 Mar 2017, 15:26 by Paul Brayford   [ updated 27 Mar 2017, 15:34 ]

As part of the Festival of Archaeology 2017 we are visiting the excavations at Hanging Grimston, near Kirby Underdale, North Yorkshire Sunday 30 July 2016 

The Hanging Grimston Community Archaeology Project is a joint venture of the High Wolds Heritage Group and Scarborough Archaeological & Historical Society. Its principal aim is to test, mainly through excavation, ideas derived from recent earthwork and geophysical surveys about the phasing and history of medieval and earlier settlement remains at Hanging Grimston - a deserted village on the western scarp edge of the Yorkshire Wolds, just north of Garrowby Hill (OS grid ref SE 79903 59971). 

Excavations at the site began in 2015 with the investigation of a probable manorial enclosure and included the discovery of the site of a medieval dovecote. Trenches elsewhere revealed the foundations of part of a later, possibly 16th or 17th century house and a much earlier Iron Age or Romano British field system. 

An interim report on the 2016 season is available at 

The visit to the excavations will start at 10.30 and last for 1.5 to 2 hours. It will include a tour of the village earthworks and a chance to look at some of the finds unearthed in the current excavations which begin again in July. 

There is ample free car parking on site and further details including a location map will be sent on registration. Please register by contacting Trevor Pearson, Secretary, CBA Yorkshire at 

Field Trip - Byland Abbey and Helmsley Castle - 11 June 2017

posted 27 Mar 2017, 14:10 by Paul Brayford   [ updated 27 Mar 2017, 14:14 ]

Byland Abbey Photo (c) English Heritage
Our next field trip is on Sunday 11 June and includes two outstanding mediaeval sites- Byland Abbey and Helmsley Castle in the North Riding.

In the morning, we shall assemble at the Byland Inn opposite Byland Abbey for registration and tea/coffee followed by a talk on the site and a guided tour.

In the afternoon, we visit Helmsley Castle again with an introductory talk and guided tour.

The cost of the day is £25 which includes refreshments, lunch, entry to the two sites and contribution towards costs of guides.

All transport is self-organised.

Please complete and return the attached form with your payment.

Please email for further information

Post-Medieval Archaeology Congress 2017 - Special Offer

posted 23 Mar 2017, 15:39 by Paul Brayford   [ updated 24 Mar 2017, 15:23 ]

The Society for Post-Medieval Archaeology is holding its annual Congress in Hull as it celebrates being UK City of Culture. 

The conference forms part of the Roots and Routes season, a theme highly relevant to post-medieval and historical archaeology (1500 AD – present day).

A special offer is available to members of local archaeological societies, allowing access to the parallel sessions of papers (over 50 talks in all from speakers from UK, Europe and North America) at the Congress partners, the University of Hull, on Saturday and Sunday 1 st – 2nd April. 

This is a unique opportunity to hear and meet archaeologists from many different countries who are coming specially to Hull for this event. 

Local Delegates can sign up on Eventbrite at the special rate for both day sessions (inclusive of lunch, morning & afternoon refreshments) of £45 (plus Eventbrite booking fee); tickets for either Saturday or Sunday only can be purchased at £25 (plus booking fee). If Local Delegates wish to participate in the Society’s social activities then the full registration fees will have to be paid. 

The full programme is available on the Society for Post-Medieval Archaeology web site at

University of Hull, United Kingdom Saturday 1 April – Sunday 2 April 2017 

Booking now open on Eventbrite: 

RAI Conference 2017 - York - Arras 200 – Celebrating the Iron Age

posted 20 Mar 2017, 06:38 by Paul Brayford   [ updated 23 Mar 2017, 15:32 ]

Burnby Lane, Pocklington (c) MAP
Royal Archaeological Institute in partnership with the University of Hull and Yorkshire Museum and in association with Yorkshire Archaeological and Historical Society and East Riding Archaeological Society

17 – 19 November 2017 
Yorkshire Museum, Museum Gardens, Museum St, York YO1 7FR

RAI 2017 conference booking form and programme

The conference will celebrate the 200th anniversary of the first excavations on the Middle Iron Age cemetery at Arras in East Yorkshire and will coincide with a special exhibition at the Yorkshire Museum displaying artefacts from those excavations.

Friday 17th November: Tempest Anderson Hall, Yorkshire Museum, Museum Gardens, Museum St, York YO1 7FR
Key-note speaker: Dr Fraser Hunter (National Museums Scotland), A view of the Arras culture from Scotland: We have chariots too, followed by a wine reception in the Yorkshire Museum

Saturday 18th November: The Hospitium, Museum Gardens, Museum St, York YO1 7FR
Dr Peter Halkon (University of Hull)
Professor Ian Armit (University of Bradford) and Dr John Dent
Paula Ware (MAP Archaeological Practice)
Dr Melanie Giles (University of Manchester)
Dr Janet Montgomery(Durham University) and Dr Mandy Jay (Durham University)
Dr Anna Lewis
Robert Hurford
Dr Helen Chittock (Institute of Archaeology, Oxford)
Dr Yvonne Inall (University of Hull)
Dr Manuel Fernandez-Gotz (Edinburgh University)
Professor Timothy Champion (University of Southampton)

Sunday 19th November: Optional field visit by coach (£10): Arras cemetery and Hull and East Riding Museum

Accommodation: Delegates should arrange their own accommodation. Please visit the York Tourist Information Centre for accommodation details: is external).

Conference fee: £70 (includes tea and coffee)

Early Bird Discount (booked before 31 July): £50 for members of the Royal Archaeological Institute, YAHS and ERAS members; £60 for non-members

Student Bursaries: Ten £25 bursaries towards the conference fee are available from the RAI’s Cheney Fund on a ‘first come, first served basis’. (See Booking Form)

Booking deadline: 1 November 2017

Forum vol5 2016

posted 5 Feb 2017, 10:33 by Paul Brayford   [ updated 6 Feb 2017, 14:47 ]

Cover Image of Forum volume 5 2016
Our annual publication Forum volume 5 for 2016 has now been published. Members attending the AGM received a copy of the summary printed volume together with a password to access the full digital volume which can be downloaded from our library . Other members will receive their copies in due course.

Back-copy content and availability
A limited supply of printed New Series vols 1, 2, 3 and 4 and older Foundation Series back-copies are available to CBA Yorkshire members and non-members. Enquiries about back-copies, including overseas customers, should be emailed to

Digital copies of the of New Series vols 1, 2, 3 and 4 are available as PDF files in our library and on the digital newsstand Issu 

Dales Archaeology Day 2017 - Saturday 8th April

posted 24 Jan 2017, 04:38 by Paul Brayford   [ updated 19 Mar 2017, 09:18 ]

Outline Programme

The 2017 day school will be based at Barbon Village Hall, (LA6 2NN). As with previous day schools, there will be book stalls and poster displays and refreshments.

The days talks will include:
Excavations at Haggs Brow Cave: Tom Lord
Every Barn Tells a Story: Karen Griffiths (Yorkshire Dales NPA)
Excavations at the Malham Chapel: Mark Roberts (University Col-lege London)
"There are no known Anglo-Saxon sites in the North West": an alternative view. David Johnson
The NAIS survey in Lunesdale: Matthew Oakey (Historic England)
Brockholes, a Romano-British site in the Lune Valley: Graham Hooley and Jan Hicks (Lunesdale Archaeology Society).

The day school fee is £15 (£12.50 for full-time students/full Yorkshire Archaeological Society members) and includes refreshments but not lunch.
Online debit/credit card bookings are available at
Alternatively please call 01969 652353 and we can process your credit/debit card details over the phone.
We can be reached via email at

The Power of Archaeology

posted 6 Jul 2016, 16:34 by Paul Brayford   [ updated 6 Feb 2017, 14:27 ]

The Power of Archaeology Logo

You can help to keep the pressure on government and ensure that your local MP and counsellor is aware of how important heritage is to your community as part of CBA's Power of Archaeology campaign.

This campaign aims to get MPs and local Councillors more closely engaged with archaeology and heritage issues, raise the profile of threats posed by cuts and planning policy reform, and make sure that decision-makers understand what archaeology does for us all and why people care passionately about it.

We need your help to do this but we want to make it as simple as possible to do, so the CBA have pulled together a range of tools, including guides, template letters and key facts about the discipline, to make sharing your passion for archaeology as easy as possible.

Home Front Legacy Project update

posted 6 Jul 2016, 16:32 by Paul Brayford   [ updated 6 Feb 2017, 14:28 ]

Home Front Legacy Project Logo

The Council for British Archaeology, Home Front Legacy 1914-18 project has made great progress over the past 12 months.

The ‘Map of Sites continues to be updated with new red pins, each one highlighting a site relating to the First World War home front, with 70 sites being added between March and April 2016. With over 1500 sites we are now starting to build up a picture of how the First World War affected people throughout the country.

Find out how recording your local First World War sites can help to build up a picture of the home front in the latest Local Case Study on Barnsley 

Adopting Archaeology

posted 11 Jun 2016, 13:45 by Paul Brayford   [ updated 6 Feb 2017, 14:29 ]

If you are interested in caring for your heritage, the Adopting Archaeology project is about you - so we really want you to get involved!

Together with the Department of Archaeology at the University of York, the CBA is investigating how local community groups can best be supported in their efforts to take care of their local heritage. The Adopting Archaeology project focuses on both the impact and sustainability of local volunteer involvement in caring for heritage. David Jennings ( is heading up ‘impact’ while Harald Fredheim ( takes charge of the ‘sustainability’ strand.

As the project continues, this webpage will be updated with news and opportunities about how you can get involved. In the meantime, contact us at if you would like to be added to our mailing list, or follow us on Twitter  where we are: @adoptarchy, @folkdeejay and @haraldfred.

Take a look at Harald’s initial call for participants to help design tools to support your efforts to care for your heritage ( Similar opportunities will be extended to a wider range of groups in the Autumn. Please do get in touch if you are interested in participating. 

Please do fill out the Caring for Your Heritage survey, to help us understand who you are and how we can best support you through our project.

If you would prefer to print the survey and fill it in by hand, please download the PDF version below.

Membership subscription rates

posted 4 Feb 2013, 15:46 by Paul Brayford

From 1 April 2013 our annual membership subscription rates for UK based members will be:
    £12.50 individual member
    £15.00 joint membership for two people living at the same address
    £5.00 student member
    £15.00 institutional affiliation

To join us complete the form at

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