Kiplin Hall 2014 | Lithics Chapter and Bibliography

◊ Dear Microburins

There are noises that suggest the delayed Charting Chipeling monograph about the archaeology of the Kiplin Estate in North Yorkshire may be heading towards print presses soon. In the meantime, and with Jim Brightman’s kind permission, here is the chapter on Lithics analysis and interpretation together with the full bibliography. I’m also pleased to have contributed to three other chapters, with Jim, on the excavations.

Download as PDF (Dropbox.com) »

On a personal note, things have been a bit on the quiet side much of this year due to some significant health issues. I’m glad to say the slow road to recovery is being travelled.

Spence

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Lithic Studies Society Conference 19-Nov-2017 | New Research from Old Assemblages

◊ Dear Microburins

The Lithic Studies Society is holding a day conference in Oxford on Sunday 19 November. The theme is a hot topic with a great line-up of speakers who will present their experiences of gleaning valuable new insights from legacy lithics collections.

Conference info and booking »

I’m booked, so hopefully see you there!

Spence

Yorkshire Archaeological Journal | Digital copy now free to download

YAJ volumes◊ Dear Microburins

The Yorkshire Archaeological & Historical Society has completed a major investment in digitizing their journal from volume 1 (1870) to volume 82 (2010). The journals are also searchable and can be downloaded in a range of formats. There are many important Mesolithic and prehistoric articles.

Volumes from 2011 until present are commercially published by Maney, followed by Taylor and Francis, and so digital and print copies are available for a charge to non-members.

View the journals online »
Read more about what is available and planned next »

Spence

Mesolithic Infamy? | Interview with These Bones of Mine

Guest Interview: Turbulence Ahead? Introducing Archaeologist and Agitator Spencer Carter

◊ Dear Microburins,

It’s been a huge pleasure to be interviewed by David Mennear – over the last few months due to some medical challenges we have both faced, and survived.

Read the interview »

Spence

Scotland’s earliest people, their landscape and houses | Alan Saville Memorial Conference 17-Jun-2017

◊ Dear Microburins,

There are still places available for this conference in Edinburgh, Saturday 17 June 2017, free entry. Hope to see you there!

Spence | FSA Scot

ICE AND FIRE | Taskforce meeting at Cleveland Police HQ | School visits scheduled

◊ Dear Microburins

Momentum continues across local government, emergency services and community groups to coordinate sustainable solutions to problems on Eston Hills – devasting fires, burned out vehicles and illegal off-roaders. Friends of Eston Hills campaigner Craig Hornby is adamant that solutions ‘are not rocket science’ but need the will, resources and concerted effort to put in place. Watch the video and read the Evening Gazette 10 May article »

“I think the biggest problem is not allocating sufficient funds and resources fast enough to tackle the issues. I have been lobbying the authorities for three and a half years for robust barriers to be installed at the points of access being used by illegal vehicles.

Barriers are now in place at Lazenby and Eston but the Flatts Lane barrier and plans for an earthwork barrier have been delayed six months, so the problems have persisted.”

Cleveland Police Commissioner, Barry Coppinger, has called the first meeting of an action group at Police Headquarters on Ladgate Lane at 1.30pm, Monday 15 May 2017.

School Visits

Adam Mead, ICE AND FIRE project director, has also scheduled talks in local primary schools and a further visit to the hills:

  • Whale Hill Primary School, Eston | Talks on Fri 12 and Fri 19 May
  • Parkend Primary School, Parkend, Middlesbrough | Visit to Eston Hills on Mon 22 May

Look out for a feature article on Teesside’s archaeology in the forthcoming Council for British Archaeology Newsletter no. 40!

♦ Spence | Get Involved!