One of my favourite museums in the north of England is the Ryedale Folk Museum in the beautiful village of Hutton-le-Hole on the southern flanks of the North York Moors. It actually sits at the boundary of the high moors—a … Continue reading →
“Moving into an election in 2015 means archaeology should really be thinking about leveraging some of the anger in the discipline to lobby for our own interests. But how to do this without falling into the structural traps within archaeology? Is there room for a bottom-up grass-roots movement, driven by fearless, passionate and enthusiastic individuals in archaeology, when others have tried and failed to harness wider support?”
Lorna Richardson is studying for—and blogs about—a PhD at UCL Centre for Digital Humanities. Her key research areas are “the impact of Internet technologies on archaeology and cultural heritage, Public Archaeology, and the politics and sociology of community participation and social and participatory media.” Lorna is co-founder of the now renowned and international Day of Archaeology. She is also much of the energy behind the new (Committee-less) Waveney Valley Community Archaeology Group. And much more besides.
In addition to the Mesolithic and lithics research I’m doing, I’m also involved in the Teesside Archaeological Society where I’m Chair and eCommunications officer. We’ve made excellent progress in building the 2014 lecture and events programme—plenty of big names, fascinating topics, finds-handling and an extra bonus lecture in early summer. Catching up with the twenty-first century, we’ve now launched an official page on Facebook where you can stay up to date with news, events, fieldwork, lectures and download our quarterly eMagazine—TEESSCAPES. We’re up to 75 followers after just two days. Thanks for the “Like”! Our TAS NEWSFLASH emails will continue for eNews subscribers.
Alongside this page, there’s an informal Facebook Group where members and friends can share their adventures, discussions, pictures, news and ask questions.
Donation window is now closed but was very successful!
Digital heritage professional Marcus Abbott is using Kickstarter, an innovative way to fund projects, to raise donations for his Virtual Prehistoric Worlds project—an explorable visualisation of a 3D digital world generated from archaeological and palaeo-environmental data.
“This project is a visual representation of what we know about a past landscape, it combines archaeological data and scientific data with cutting edge digital recording and visualisation techniques to produce a virtual world.
This world is a representation of the Bronze Age in East Anglia and focuses on an area known to be of religious significance during this time. The landscape is a wetland environment and has been generated entirely digitally. The archaeology has been reconstructed from actual evidence found on sites in the area. Round houses and wooden platforms, track ways, fences and the great causeway structures of Flag Fen are all present in the landscape.”
You can pledge as little as £1 to support this exciting project and join more than 58 backers who have already offered over £1,000. There are just seven days to go—and every extra pound helps bring the project to realisation. The funding window closes on 7 October 2013.
Just published and eagerly anticipated: Tybrind Vig | Submerged Mesolithic settlements in Denmark
Part of the series Jysk Arkæologisk Selskabs Skrifter (77) and the subject area Archaeology | By Søren H. Andersen
With contributions by Bodil Bratlund, Kjeld Christensen, Hans Dal, Kasper Johansen, Lise Bender Jørgensen, Claus Malmros, Ole Nielsen, Kaj Strand Petersen, Kirsten Prangsgaard, Kaare Lund Rasmussen and Tine Trolle
ISBN 978 87 88415 78 0 | Hardback: kr. 499.95+VAT+Shipping | 527 pages, ill. | Published 2013
Available from Aarhus University Press | Credit cards accepted in DKR NB | £ GBP doesn’t seem to work with Visa or Mastercard: use the Kr option
The latest media coverage and a short video from BBC Look North. The Storegga slide tsunami occurred around 6100BC, sealing the separation of Britain from continental Europe.
The thick layer of marine pebbles, stones and fragments of shell covers the site with later Mesolithic organic layers containing flints and charred hazelnuts sitting on top. One wonders about the effect on surviving coastal communities at the time and how long the fear of surging sea endured? We have more recent world experiences to ponder.
“The deposits we have found are in a gravel-type layer with quite large blocks of stone dating back about 8,000 years. “This material was dumped by the sea in what was a catastrophic event at the time.” Dr Clive Waddington said the site was a ‘staggering find’. “We hope this discovery will flesh out the story of how Britain became an island as well as tell us about what the environment was like at that time here in Druridge Bay.”
The last few weeks of the dig, which included Bronze Age beaker burials in stone cists, are underway and I’m privileged to be heading up soon as a volunteer for the final phase of a multi-year project of international importance, and the back-filling.
Druridge Bay was once the location for open-cast coal mining. It is now largely a restored landscape and hosts internationally important nature reserves as well as spectacular beaches, dunes, picturesque villages and Medieval castles such as Warkworth, Alnwick and Bamburgh. One of the UK’s best (if not THE best) second-hand bookshops is Barter Books in the old railway station at Alnwick and boasts an overhead model railway.