Mesolithic silly season | Seals in the Tees

Dear microburins,

Mesolithic Spence (or The Mighty Microburin as DigVentures labelled my dorsal face, ha!) is back in London. The digging season, I’ve been away pretty much since June, is complete so that I can focus on commitments around the festive season: a few lithics reports to finish, fieldwork to write up, two journals to edit, somebody important to hug, readiness for the Teesside Archaeological Society (TAS) AGM in January, an endless list although the phone still rings with offers of commercial work. That’s good news. Clear the decks! My formative commercial presence, embodied in a website, is also nearly finished as I sit eying up mam’s rum-laden Christmas cake, exuding its rich and mind-altering odours, on the almost-too-high-to-reach (a legal high?) shelf. Heavens: I’ve already procured the Wensleydale cheese to accompany it.

TeesProjectLast week in the north-east was jam-packed and rich with opportunity. The River Tees Rediscovered HLF Landscape Partnership project kicked off its heritage & archaeology steering committee with a great scoping and idea-sharing session at Tees Barrage (literally in the barrage’s south tower) overlooking a seal, yes in the Tees, with a whopping fish in its mouth.

Saturday last saw the equally compelling AASDN (Durham and Northumberland Arch & Archs) day workshop, supported by CBA North and TAS, focused on the planning process and building stakeholders around ‘heritage at risk’ advocacy. It was fantastic to meet old friends, some throwback blasts from the past, and to make new friends too. I’ll write more about both very soon. I also wish all the candidates good luck for the Local Heritage Engagement Network officer (LHEN) at the Council for British Archaeology – interviews underway. Congratulations too to Tara-Jane Sutcliffe on her new role as Antiquity’s operational editor. I know she’ll be missed at CBA after a compelling and energised tenure there.

Durham day workshop on the planning process and heritage advocacy. I’m hoping we can do a Teesside-based follow-on session in 2015.

 

Meantime, my friend David Mennear, aka These Bones of Mine blogger, published another excellent post about the Bradford Uni Lithics Lab and lithics use-wear PhD research – as always an excellent and read. Likewise, another great friend Lorna Richardson has just published an insightful paper, based on her doctoral thesis (she is Dr Lorna now with bells on), concerning themes of authoritativeness, expertise, reputation and inclusion (or otherwise) in a social-media-mediated digital world. I highly recommend the read. And celebrate the fact that Internet Archaeology is a fully free open access journal – hurrah!

RFS_Tale_01Lastly, Clive Waddington published the popular book about Low Hauxley and the Rescued from the Sea project which completed last summer. It’s lovingly written, celebrates the community venture that made it all possible, certainly isn’t a dumbed down rendition of complex archaeology, and is beautifully illustrated – a bargain at £10 from the Northumberland Wildlife Trust’s website.

Hopefully I’ll come up for air soon, and perhaps I’ll see you at TAG (Theoretical Archaeology Group) Manchester later in December?

Spence

Council for British Archaeology | Yorkshire | Now Editor and Trustee

ArchaeologyYorkshire_croppedI’m humbled and honoured to have been elected as the Hon Editor (CBA Yorkshire FORUM Journal) and a Trustee of Council for British Archaeology: Yorkshire Group. I’ll be calling for papers shortly—for FORUM New Series Volume 2 (2013). If you’re doing anything in the heritage and archaeology space—this is the place where we can help you spread the word about your projects, findings and achievements.

CBAY_Forum_smallMeantime, New Series Volume 1 (2012) is now out and being distributed to more than 600 CBA Yorkshire members and affiliate organisations across the county and country.

So why don’t you join—you’ll get the current journal too?* Play your part in preserving and exploring Yorkshire’s fine heritage, and making Archaeology for all a reality.

Individual Membership is a bargain at £12.50, Families and Organisations for £15.00 and Under 18s & Full-time Students for £5.00.

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Spence

Teesside Archaeological Society | eNews | Oct 2012

TAS eNewsThe latest edition is out—packed with news and events!

  • Editorial Review | Autumn Programme | 2013 AGM | Time called on Time Team
  • Activities & Events | October Lecture : Prof Nicky Milner on the Star Carr Project | Tees Archaeology Day School | Regional Events
  • Site Notes | Crimdon Dene Latest | Bronze Age Wearside | Iron Age Chilton | Roman South Shields Community Archaeology
  • Members’ Voice | TAS Member Chris McLoughlin shares summer heritage travels
  • Browser | This month’s recommended Browsing, Listening and Reading items
  • About TAS | How to Join | eNews Archives

Remember | eNews is free—spread the word about TAS!

Love the rich, distinctive heritage of north-east England

Spence

 

Teesside Archaeological Society | eNews | Sep 2012

TAS eNewsThe latest edition is out—packed with news and events!

  • Tees Archaeology news & project updates
  • November Stockton buildings & history day school | York Archaeology 2012 conference
  • History of British Pottery exhibition opens at Hartlepool – including local finds from the Bronze Age to Medieval
  • Register interest for the new Ure-Swale Archaeology Forum (USAF) | visit the Bronze exhibition at the British Academy of Arts in London – a chance to see the Crosby Garrett Roman Parade Helmet (otherwise held in an anonymous private collection)
  • Loftus Excavation latest news – more Romans in over 5,000 years of north-east heritage – Neolithic mortuary structures, Bronze Age ritual monuments and settlements, an Iron Age village and salt working, now a Romano-British chieftain’s farm with jet working, Anglo-Saxon settlement, cemeteries and a Princess’s bed burial with jewels galore! | What next?

Love the rich, distinctive heritage of north-east England

Spence