Monthly Archives: December 2015

NHAS News & Events

CHRISTMAS GREETINGS!

Tuesday 15th December 2015: Members Christmas Evening. Gil Burleigh will give a short presentation on “Some Archaeological Sites in Aberdeenshire, Orkney and Shetland”. Wine, soft drinks, cheese and nibbles, £3 per person. Letchworth Free Church, 8 pm.

Tuesday 19th January 2016: “A High-Status Roman Burial and Cemetery near Royston”, by Keith Fitzpatrick-Matthews, NHDC Archaeology & Community Outreach Officer. Letchworth Free Church small hall, 8 pm.

Sunday 28th February 2016: Martin Cuthbert, Community Archaeologist for a three year Heritage Lottery Funded project exploring the legacy of the US 8th Army Air Force during their time here in WW2, is leading a Free heritage walk around Nuthampstead airfield:


A WALK THROUGH HISTORY
NUTHAMPSTEAD AIRFIELD.
SUNDAY 28TH FEBRUARY 2016 9:30 am.
Join us as we lead a walk through the historic airfield at Nuthampstead, home to the 55th Fighter Group and the 398th Bomb Group of the 8th USAAF during World War Two. If you’re interested in landscape history, airfield archaeology, or just fancy the chance to have a walk in the unique landscape of this
World War Two airfield, this walk is for you. Parking is at Antsey Village Hall, Antsey, SG9 0BY. The Village Hall is situated to the rear of Anstey First School.
Distance: Guided Walk 3.5 miles (from the Village Hall to the Woodman Inn, Nuthampstead). Un-Guided 1.6 miles (from the Woodman Inn back to the Village Hall). Total 5.1 miles. We should arrive at the Woodman Inn, Nuthampstead at 12:30pm. The guided walk will finish here and you must make your own way back to Antsey Village Hall of your own accord. Directions can be given. Please bring your own refreshments or alternatively book lunch at the
Woodman Inn. An alternative lunch venue can be found at the Blind Fiddler Pub, Antsey. Bookings are Essential. Terrain – Leisurely. Cost – Free.
What to bring- Outdoor shoes and clothing appropriate to the weather.
www.8theast.org

Thursday April 28th 2016: “The Use of Tree-Rings in Dating Historic Timbers”, by Dr. Martin Bridge, Lecturer in Dendrochronology, Institute of Archaeology, University College, London. One of the examples Dr Bridge will tell us about is the Tudor warship, the Mary Rose. British Schools Museum, Queen St, Hitchin, 8 pm.

Exhibitions at The British Museum:

Celts: art and identity

24 September 2015 – 31 January 2016
Sainsbury Exhibitions Gallery
£16.50, Members/under 16s free

This is the first major exhibition to examine the full history of Celtic art and identity, and is organised in partnership with National Museums Scotland. It is a story that unfolds over 2,500 years and across Britain and Europe – from the Atlantic coast to the Black Sea. Beginning with the first recorded mention of ‘Celts’ and ending with an exploration of Celtic expression today, uncover the wider picture of how this identity has been reinvented and revived over the centuries – as fluid as a Celtic motif.

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Disaster Recovery: New Evidence for the Impact of the Black Death – a lecture at the Society of Antiquaries by Carenza Lewis on 19 November 2015

On 19 November 2015, Professor Carenza Lewis gave a lecture to the Society of Antiquaries of London, in which data from the test pits at Pirton figured heavily. See a video of her lecture here.