Keith Fitzpatrick-Matthews

Monday 24th April: Richard Mortimer, Senior Archaeologist (Oxford Archaeology East) – ‘Middle Saxon Village Development in Cambridgeshire and the -ham/-ton Divide’. Baldock Community Centre, Simpson Drive, off High St, SG7 6DH, 8 pm.

Tuesday 16th May: Annual General Meeting. Our Field Officer will give us a short preview of some of the revelations soon to be published in the British Museum Research Report, Dea Senuna: treasure, cult and ritual at Ashwell, Hertfordshire. Letchworth Free Church hall, 8 pm. Wine and cheese, etc. £3 each.

Our Member, Daniel Phillips, has kindly written to notify us of the independent archaeological pressure group RESCUE’s AGM in Salford on Saturday 29th April, and to remind us of some of the pressing issues currently facing archaeology and the heritage sector. Do read what he has to say and follow the links he helpfully provides (attached).

Also, on 29th April is the AGM of the East Herts Archaeological Soc. when they’ll have a talk on the Must Farm Bronze Age settlement (poster attached – in case of difficulty, open it with Adobe Acrobat Reader).

Ros Allwood, NHDC Cultural Services Manager, has kindly written to us with good news (at last) about the opening of the new North Hertfordshire Museum in Hitchin (attached).

There is another opportunity to learn about human skeletal remains using inhumations excavated from Baldock under the expert tuition of Dr. David Klingle, Osteoarchaeologist, on a weekend course 17th – 18th June (details attached).

Hitchin Historical Society’s History Day will be on Saturday 1st July, organised by Dr. Gerry Tidy. Our Society has taken a stall so we require volunteers to man it, please (details attached).

Current exhibitions and displays

Museum of London Docklands

The most complete range of archaeological objects unearthed by Crossrail, Europe’s largest infrastructure project, will go on display alongside the story of this great feat of engineering in a major new exhibition at the Museum of London Docklands, E14 4AL.

The construction of London’s newest railway, which will be known as the Elizabeth line when services begin in 2018, has given archaeologists a unique chance to explore some of the city’s most historically important sites. Since work began in 2009, the project has undertaken one of the most extensive archaeological programmes ever in the UK, with over 10,000 artefacts shining a light on almost every important period of the Capital’s history.

The wide variety of items on display will explore 8,000 years of human history, revealing the stories of Londoners ranging from Mesolithic tool makers and inhabitants of Roman Londinium to those affected by the Great Plague of 1665.

These finds were discovered in locations as diverse as suburban Abbey Wood in the south east, through Canary Wharf, across to Liverpool Street, Tottenham Court Road and ending in Westbourne Park and Acton. The finds will sit against a backdrop telling the engineering story of the largest infrastructure project currently underway in Europe, with key facts and figures presented throughout.

Subscriptions

2016/17 Subscriptions became due on 1st June 2016. Please renew now. The Society cannot continue to function without all members’ subscriptions. In particular, lecturers fees and expenses and hall hire have to come from subscriptions. Lack of sufficient income from subscriptions may result in fewer lectures. It’s up to us members.

Outstanding subscriptions may be paid in person at any meeting when membership cards can usually be issued also. Otherwise subscription cheques may be posted to Diane Burleigh, NHAS, 10 Cromwell Way, Pirton, Hitchin, Herts SG5 3RD.

Please note 2016/17 Membership cards are now available and may be collected at any of our lectures.

Adult £19, Family £24, Concessions (over 65, under 16), £10.

Non-members are welcome at any of our meetings. There will be a charge of £4 for entry.

Please renew your subscription otherwise you may be removed from our membership and circulation lists.

Thank you.

www.nharchsoc.org

Poster0417.Saxville dev1.pdf

osteoarchaeological workshop 17th-18th June 2017.pdf

osteoarch course booking form.doc

RESCUE by Dan Philips.docx

Rescue.Poster 2017.docx

AMHF Newsletter Apr 2017.doc

Hitchin Historical Society – History Day 2017.docx

This time with the attachments I forgot!

From: Gil Burleigh
Sent: Friday, March 17, 2017 11:17 AM
To: dianeburleigh
Cc: grb
Subject: NHAS News & Events

Tuesday 21st March: ‘Ablutions and Absolutions: a dip into the recent files of the Heritage Network’, David Hillelson, Managing Director, The Heritage Network Ltd, Letchworth Free Church Hall, 8 pm. David, who last gave us a talk in February 2013, will talk about some subsequent fieldwork projects by his organisation.

Monday 24th April: Richard Mortimer, Senior Archaeologist (Oxford Archaeology East) – ‘Middle Saxon Village Development in Cambridgeshire and the -ham/-ton Divide’. Venue to be arranged.

Tuesday 16th May: Annual General Meeting. Letchworth Free Church hall, 8 pm.

Current exhibitions and displays

Museum of London Docklands

The most complete range of archaeological objects unearthed by Crossrail, Europe’s largest infrastructure project, will go on display alongside the story of this great feat of engineering in a major new exhibition at the Museum of London Docklands, E14 4AL.

The construction of London’s newest railway, which will be known as the Elizabeth line when services begin in 2018, has given archaeologists a unique chance to explore some of the city’s most historically important sites. Since work began in 2009, the project has undertaken one of the most extensive archaeological programmes ever in the UK, with over 10,000 artefacts shining a light on almost every important period of the Capital’s history.

The wide variety of items on display will explore 8,000 years of human history, revealing the stories of Londoners ranging from Mesolithic tool makers and inhabitants of Roman Londinium to those affected by the Great Plague of 1665.

These finds were discovered in locations as diverse as suburban Abbey Wood in the south east, through Canary Wharf, across to Liverpool Street, Tottenham Court Road and ending in Westbourne Park and Acton. The finds will sit against a backdrop telling the engineering story of the largest infrastructure project currently underway in Europe, with key facts and figures presented throughout.

Subscriptions

2016/17 Subscriptions became due on 1st June 2016. Please renew now. The Society cannot continue to function without all members’ subscriptions. In particular, lecturers fees and expenses and hall hire have to come from subscriptions. Lack of sufficient income from subscriptions may result in fewer lectures. It’s up to us members.

Outstanding subscriptions may be paid in person at any meeting when membership cards can usually be issued also. Otherwise subscription cheques may be posted to Diane Burleigh, NHAS, 10 Cromwell Way, Pirton, Hitchin, Herts SG5 3RD.

Please note 2016/17 Membership cards are now available and may be collected at any of our lectures.

Adult £19, Family £24, Concessions (over 65, under 16), £10.

Non-members are welcome at any of our meetings. There will be a charge of £4 for entry.

Please renew your subscription otherwise you may be removed from our membership and circulation lists.

Thank you.

www.nharchsoc.org

BedsArchRev.Haynes 2017 programme and map.pdf

osteoarch course booking form.doc

osteoarchaeological workshop 17th-18th June 2017.pdf

Poster21.03.17.Heritage Net1.pdf

Tuesday 21st March: ‘Ablutions and Absolutions: a dip into the recent files of the Heritage Network’, David Hillelson, Managing Director, The Heritage Network Ltd, Letchworth Free Church Hall, 8 pm. David, who last gave us a talk in February 2013, will talk about some subsequent fieldwork projects by his organisation.

Monday 24th April: Richard Mortimer, Senior Archaeologist (Oxford Archaeology East) – ‘Middle Saxon Village Development in Cambridgeshire and the -ham/-ton Divide’. Venue to be arranged.

Tuesday 16th May: Annual General Meeting. Letchworth Free Church hall, 8 pm.

Current exhibitions and displays

Museum of London Docklands

The most complete range of archaeological objects unearthed by Crossrail, Europe’s largest infrastructure project, will go on display alongside the story of this great feat of engineering in a major new exhibition at the Museum of London Docklands, E14 4AL.

The construction of London’s newest railway, which will be known as the Elizabeth line when services begin in 2018, has given archaeologists a unique chance to explore some of the city’s most historically important sites. Since work began in 2009, the project has undertaken one of the most extensive archaeological programmes ever in the UK, with over 10,000 artefacts shining a light on almost every important period of the Capital’s history.

The wide variety of items on display will explore 8,000 years of human history, revealing the stories of Londoners ranging from Mesolithic tool makers and inhabitants of Roman Londinium to those affected by the Great Plague of 1665.

These finds were discovered in locations as diverse as suburban Abbey Wood in the south east, through Canary Wharf, across to Liverpool Street, Tottenham Court Road and ending in Westbourne Park and Acton. The finds will sit against a backdrop telling the engineering story of the largest infrastructure project currently underway in Europe, with key facts and figures presented throughout.

Subscriptions

2016/17 Subscriptions became due on 1st June 2016. Please renew now. The Society cannot continue to function without all members’ subscriptions. In particular, lecturers fees and expenses and hall hire have to come from subscriptions. Lack of sufficient income from subscriptions may result in fewer lectures. It’s up to us members.

Outstanding subscriptions may be paid in person at any meeting when membership cards can usually be issued also. Otherwise subscription cheques may be posted to Diane Burleigh, NHAS, 10 Cromwell Way, Pirton, Hitchin, Herts SG5 3RD.

Please note 2016/17 Membership cards are now available and may be collected at any of our lectures.

Adult £19, Family £24, Concessions (over 65, under 16), £10.

Non-members are welcome at any of our meetings. There will be a charge of £4 for entry.

Please renew your subscription otherwise you may be removed from our membership and circulation lists.

Thank you.

www.nharchsoc.org

Tuesday 21st February 2017: ‘Recent fieldwork at the Royal Woolwich Arsenal’, Mark Stevenson, Archaeological Planning Adviser, Historic England. Letchworth Free Church hall, Gernon Rd/Norton Way South, 8 pm.

Friday 24th February 2017: Kris Lockyear of Welwyn Archaeological Society writes: “We have Tom Williamson coming to talk to WAS on Friday 24th. Tom is Professor of Landscape History at the University of East Anglia in Norwich, and author of a great many books. He wrote “The Origins of Hertfordshire” which was published in two editions, as well as co-authoring the Landscape of Hertfordshire with Anne Rowe, and Dury and Andrews’ Map of Hertfordshire by Andrew Macnair, Anne Rowe and Tom. He will be speaking on “Reading Hertfordshire’s Landscape: Dury and Andrews and beyond.” I attach a poster.
The University of Hertfordshire Press will be there selling Tom’s books (and others I guess).”

Tuesday 21st March: ‘Ablutions and Absolutions: a dip into the recent files of the Heritage Network’, David Hillelson, Managing Director, The Heritage Network Ltd. Letchworth Free Church Hall, 8pm. David, who last gave us a talk in February 2013, will talk about some subsequent fieldwork projects by his organisation.

Monday 24th April: Richard Mortimer, Senior Archaeologist (Oxford Archaeology East) – ‘Middle Saxon Village Development in Cambridgeshire and the -ham/-ton Divide’. Venue to be arranged.

Tuesday 16th May: Annual General Meeting. Letchworth Free Church hall, 8 pm.

Exhibitions:

10 February – 3 September 2017

Museum of London Docklands

Tunnel: The Archaeology of Crossrail

Discover objects spanning 8,000 years of human history unearthed by Crossrail.

Exhibition
For: Anyone
Min age: No minimum
Entry: Free

Roman_horseshoes_Hippsandals_CCrossrail_MOLA.jpg

Roman iron horse shoes or hipposandals

Found near to Liverpool Street Station in the City of London © Crossrail/MOLA.

Tudor_Bowling_ball.jpg

Tudor bowling ball

A wooden bowling ball found at the site of the Tudor King John’s Court manor house in Stepney Green © Crossrail/MOLA.

Medieval_animal_bone_ice_skates_CCrossrail_MOLA.jpg

Medieval animal bone skate

Found near Liverpool Street Station in the City of London © Crossrail/MOLA.

Ginger_jars.jpg

Ginger jars

One of the thousands of vessels found near Tottenham Court Road station at the Crosse & Blackwell bottling factory, late 19th century © Crossrail/MOLA.

Burial_ground_at_Bedlam.jpg

Human remains

Three skeletons will be on display, including one of those found in a mass grave at the Bedlam burial ground. aDNA showed this individual died of the Plague © Crossrail.

The most complete range of archaeological objects unearthed by Crossrail, Europe’s largest infrastructure project, will go on display alongside the story of this great feat of engineering in a major new exhibition at the Museum of London Docklands, E14 4AL.

The construction of London’s newest railway, which will be known as the Elizabeth line when services begin in 2018, has given archaeologists a unique chance to explore some of the city’s most historically important sites. Since work began in 2009, the project has undertaken one of the most extensive archaeological programmes ever in the UK, with over 10,000 artefacts shining a light on almost every important period of the Capital’s history.

The wide variety of items on display will explore 8,000 years of human history, revealing the stories of Londoners ranging from Mesolithic tool makers and inhabitants of Roman Londinium to those affected by the Great Plague of 1665.

These finds were discovered in locations as diverse as suburban Abbey Wood in the south east, through Canary Wharf, across to Liverpool Street, Tottenham Court Road and ending in Westbourne Park and Acton. The finds will sit against a backdrop telling the engineering story of the largest infrastructure project currently underway in Europe, with key facts and figures presented throughout.

Tweet us your thoughts to @MuseumofLondon with the hashtag #TunnelArchaeology.

The British Museum – ends 26th February 2017

TSouth Africa

the art of a nation

27 October 2016 – 26 February

Discover the history of South Africa through an incredible 100,000 years of art.

Your journey starts with examples of some of the earliest examples of human creativity – from rock art to perhaps the world’s oldest necklace. From there, be amazed by 800-year-old gold treasures from the kingdom of Mapungubwe, be moved by powerful anti-apartheid pieces, and be inspired by cutting-edge contemporary works. See the history of a nation from a new perspective and celebrate the diverse art created by the many people who have helped shape South Africa’s story.

Subscriptions

2016/17 Subscriptions became due on 1st June 2016. Please renew now. The Society cannot continue to function without all members’ subscriptions. In particular, lecturers fees and expenses and hall hire have to come from subscriptions. Lack of sufficient income from subscriptions may result in fewer lectures. It’s up to us members.

Outstanding subscriptions may be paid in person at any meeting when membership cards can usually be issued also. Otherwise subscription cheques may be posted to Diane Burleigh, NHAS, 10 Cromwell Way, Pirton, Hitchin, Herts SG5 3RD.

Please note 2016/17 Membership cards are now available and may be collected at any of our lectures.

Adult £19, Family £24, Concessions (over 65, under 16), £10.

Non-members are welcome at any of our meetings. There will be a charge of £4 for entry.

Please renew your subscription otherwise you may be removed from our membership and circulation lists.

Thank you.

www.nharchsoc.org

PosterWAS.Williamson 2017 small.pdf

Poster.Woolwich Arsenal1.pdf

Tuesday 31st January 2017, Lucas Room, North Hertfordshire Museum, Brand St, Hitchin, 8 pm: Keith Fitzpatrick-Matthews, NHDC Archaeology Officer, will give a talk on “Odd pots and foreigners: forgetting Romanitas, becoming Angelcynn”.

Saturday 4th and Sunday 5th February 2017: Osteoarchaeology course to be led by Dr. David Klingle, Osteoarchaeologist, at North Hertfordshire Museum, Town Hall, Brand St, Hitchin. Learn how to identify, record, analyse and interpret human bones, using specimens from excavations at Baldock. Details attached.

Subscriptions

2016/17 Subscriptions became due on 1st June 2016. Please renew now. The Society cannot continue to function without all members’ subscriptions. In particular, lecturers fees and expenses and hall hire have to come from subscriptions. Lack of sufficient income from subscriptions may result in fewer lectures. It’s up to us members.

Outstanding subscriptions may be paid in person at any meeting when membership cards can usually be issued also. Otherwise subscription cheques may be posted to Diane Burleigh, NHAS, 10 Cromwell Way, Pirton, Hitchin, Herts SG5 3RD.

Please note 2016/17 Membership cards are now available and may be collected at any of our lectures.

Adult £19, Family £24, Concessions (over 65, under 16), £10.

Non-members are welcome at any of our meetings. There will be a charge of £4 for entry.

Please renew your subscription otherwise you may be removed from our membership and circulation lists.

Thank you.

www.nharchsoc.org

osteoarchaeological workshop 4th-5th February 2017.pdf

osteoarchaeological workshop 4th-5th February 2017.pdf

Poster.Dark age pots1.pdf

From: Gil Burleigh
Sent: Friday, November 18, 2016 4:34 PM
To: dianeburleigh
Cc: grb
Subject: NHAS News & Events

Tuesday 6th December: Members’ Christmas evening at Letchworth Free Church small hall, 8pm. Our Field Officer will give a talk on “A Sacred Landscape around Iron Age and Romano-British Baldock: an aerial perspective”. Wine, cheese, soft drinks, & nibbles, £3 per person.

Sunday 11th December: Pirton Bury Trust is looking for volunteers required Sunday 11th December 9.30 am – 12.30 pm to cut and clear brambles, saplings and undergrowth from the top and sides of Toot Hill, the Medieval castle mound, a Scheduled Monument. Please bring your own tools: brush cutters, chain and bow or other saws, shears, pruning cutters, rakes, etc.

Tuesday 31st January 2017, Lucas Room, North Hertfordshire Museum, Brand St, Hitchin, 8 pm: Keith Fitzpatrick-Matthews, NHDC Archaeology Officer, will give a talk on “Odd pots and foreigners: forgetting Romanitas, becoming Angelcynn”.

Saturday 4th and Sunday 5th February 2017: Osteoarchaeology course to be led by Dr. David Klingle, Osteoarchaeologist, at North Hertfordshire Museum, Town Hall, Brand St, Hitchin. Learn how to identify, record, analyse and interpret human bones, using specimens from excavations at Baldock. Details attached.

Stop press: Dea Senuna: treasure, cult and ritual at Ashwell, Hertfordshire – main authors Ralph Jackson and Gilbert Burleigh – will be published by The British Museum as a Research Report in June 2017.

Subscriptions

2016/17 Subscriptions became due on 1st June 2016. Please renew now. The Society cannot continue to function without all members’ subscriptions. In particular, lecturers fees and expenses and hall hire have to come from subscriptions. Lack of sufficient income from subscriptions may result in fewer lectures. It’s up to us members.

Outstanding subscriptions may be paid in person at any meeting when membership cards can usually be issued also. Otherwise subscription cheques may be posted to Diane Burleigh, NHAS, 10 Cromwell Way, Pirton, Hitchin, Herts SG5 3RD.

Please note 2016/17 Membership cards are now available and may be collected at any of our lectures.

Adult £19, Family £24, Concessions (over 65, under 16), £10.

Non-members are welcome at any of our meetings. There will be a charge of £4 for entry.

Please renew your subscription otherwise you may be removed from our membership and circulation lists.

Thank you.

www.nharchsoc.org

New N Herts Museum letter to Comet.docx

CASLectures2016-17.docx

osteoarchaeological workshop 4th-5th February 2017.pdf

osteoarch course booking form 4-5.02.2017.doc

From: Gil Burleigh
Sent: Saturday, October 8, 2016 12:39 PM
To: dianeburleigh
Cc: grb
Subject: NHAS News & Events

Wednesday 23rd November 2016: Dr. Kris Lockyear, University College London, will give a talk on “Mapping Verulamium” – the latest results of his now very extensive geophysical surveys at the Roman city of St. Albans in which some of our members assist. Letchworth Free Church small hall, 8pm.

Saturday 26th November: “Archaeology in Hertfordshire: Recent Research”, a Conference at Hitchin Town Hall, Brand Street, 9am – 5pm. Details attached. Speakers include:

1.40pm Keith Fitzpatrick-Matthews Odd pots and foreigners: forgetting Romanitas, becoming Angelcynn
2.10pm Gil Burleigh 118+ Tons of History: results from community test pitting and other fieldwork in Pirton: the origins and development of the Medieval village – latest results.

Tuesday 6th December: Members’ Christmas evening at Letchworth Free Church, 8pm. Our Field Officer will give the second part of his talk on “A Sacred Landscape around Iron Age and Roman Baldock”. This time on “The aerial perspective”. Wine, cheese, soft drinks, & nibbles, £3 per person.

Tuesday 31st January 2017, Lucas Room, North Hertfordshire Museum, Brand St, Hitchin, 8 pm: Keith Fitzpatrick-Matthews will give a talk on recognising sub-Roman (‘Dark Age’) pottery in the archaeological record. Archaeologists have been misidentifying it for decades, and still do. Helen Ashworth was first to recognise it from our Baldock excavations in the mid-1980s. Keith has now completed a lot more research with an American colleague which will be published in America (!) in the new year:

“Odd pots and foreigners: forgetting Romanitas, becoming Angelcynn”.

Stop press: Dea Senuna: treasure, cult and ritual at Ashwell, Hertfordshire – main authors Ralph Jackson and Gilbert Burleigh – will be published by The British Museum as a Research Report in June 2017.

NB. Please note the various attachments giving details of exhibitions, talks, a conference on archaeology in Hertfordshire, and our Chairman’s letter about the situation at the new N Herts Museum in preparation, published recently in The Comet newspaper. The situation is actually worse than Diane’s letter states. We know now that not only are the dedicated and hard working museum staff and volunteers prevented from accessing their office by Hitchin Town Hall Ltd (a charity) and Hitchin Town Hall Finance Ltd (which wants NHDC, i.e. us community charge payers, to pay them a further £600,000 to allow the museum to operate as it should) , but also the education and local studies rooms. This means that school classes can’t be taught and students and others cannot use the local archives. In addition, the new lift for disabled access is out of bounds, as are the proposed entrance and foyer and cafe, and a large area of one of the galleries because of this action. Please question your district councillors about this unacceptable situation and please write more letters to councillors, the NHDC CEO, the press, and contact local radio and tv. If we want our new museum ever to open as it was designed to be, we’re going to have to fight for it. Thank you.
Update: Another excellent letter on this problem from our Member, Nigel Harper-Scott, was published in The Comet a couple of weeks ago. Keep them coming!

Please note this forthcoming conference in Hitchin Town Hall in November organised by Kris Lockyear and Welwyn Archaeological Society. See attachment and the web link for full details.

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Archaeology in Hertfordshire: Recent Research. The second “Archaeology in Hertfordshire: Recent Research” conference will be held on Saturday November 26th 2016 in Hitchin Town Hall, Brand Street…

Exhibitions at The British Museum:

Sunken cities
Egypt’s lost worlds

19 May – 27 November 2016

Supported by BP BP logo

Organised with the Hilti Foundation and
the Institut Européen d’Archéologie Sous-Marine

Members free
Book tickets

Submerged under the sea for over a thousand years, two lost cities of ancient Egypt were recently rediscovered. Their story is told for the first time in this blockbuster exhibition.

Vanished beneath the waters of the Mediterranean, the lost cities of Thonis-Heracleion and Canopus lay at the mouth of the Nile. Named after the Greek hero Heracles, Thonis-Heracleion was one of Egypt’s most important commercial centres for trade with the Mediterranean world and, with Canopus, was a major centre for the worship of the Egyptian gods. Their amazing discovery is transforming our understanding of the deep connections between the great ancient civilisations of Egypt and Greece.

Subscriptions

2016/17 Subscriptions became due on 1st June 2016. Please renew now. The Society cannot continue to function without all members’ subscriptions. In particular, lecturers fees and expenses and hall hire have to come from subscriptions. Lack of sufficient income from subscriptions may result in fewer lectures. It’s up to us members.

Outstanding subscriptions may be paid in person at any meeting when membership cards can usually be issued also. Otherwise subscription cheques may be posted to Diane Burleigh, NHAS, 10 Cromwell Way, Pirton, Hitchin, Herts SG5 3RD.

Please note 2016/17 Membership cards are now available and may be collected at any of our lectures.

Adult £19, Family £24, Concessions (over 65, under 16), £10.

Non-members are welcome at any of our meetings. There will be a charge of £4 for entry.

Please renew your subscription otherwise you may be removed from our membership and circulation lists.

Thank you.

www.nharchsoc.org

Poster WAS-Herts.conference flier.docx

Poster 11-16.Mapping Ver1.pdf

New N Herts Museum letter to Comet.docx

CASLectures2016-17.docx