Tuesday 17th November 2015: “Medieval Castles of Luton”, by Joe Abrams, Regional Manager, Headland Archaeology, Wrest Park, Beds. Letchworth Free Church small hall, 8 pm. Members free; non-members £3.

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.

March 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.

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.

Bronze mirror. Reflecting surface with green patination, back of mirror highly decorated. The mirror is made from three pieces - a cast handle, the main mirror plate and a tubular binding strip around the edge. The pattern is very complex: a basic clover-leaf pattern is symmetrically repeated on the left- and right-hand side of the mirror. The pattern may have been laid out using a pair of compasses. Parts of the decoration are engraved, using a graver, with a basket-weave pattern and hatched texturing to make the pattern stand out.

Desborough Iron Age Mirror

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