Newsletter 2008/9

Revised Programme for 2008/9.

Due to an unhappy clash of bookings for Claremont, the Xmas meeting of the Prehistory Research Section has had to be brought forward by one week to Saturday 29th November 2008. Fortunately both our speakers have now confirmed that they can still make the revised date and we hope that you can do likewise.

Saturday, 29th November 2008: 1400hrs at Claremont for our Xmas meeting:-

"Traversing the Pennines - New Sites along the Gas Pipeline between Lancaster and Goole"
We will have two presentations on this unique trans-Pennine archaeological traverse:
- Stuart Noon, Patrick Daniel and Simon Jeffery of Network Archaeology will talk on 'The Deep Road Through the Long North: Archaeological Investigation of the Pannal to Nether Kellet Gas Pipeline and the Aberford Dykes Scheduled Monuments’
- Fraser Brown of Oxford Archaeology North will then tell us about their discoveries along the Pannel to Asselby section of the same gas pipeline during 2007/8.

PS: Thus enabling members to attend the 6/12/08 Cave Arch. conference (see below).


Saturday, 7th March 2009: 1400hrs at Claremont for our AGM, preceded by:-

“Prehistoric Houses and Households: Recent Work in Northern Britain”
Dr Rachel Pope, Lecturer in Prehistoric Archaeology, University of Liverpool will brief us on the latest developments in settlement archaeology in the region.

NB: Readers of 'Current Archaeology' may have noted that Issue No222 had articles a) from Network Archaeology on their pipeline excavations (p33-39), b) from WYAS on their work at Easington (p40-44) and c) from Rachel Pope on her Roundhouse project (p14-21) - so there can be little doubt that Yorkshire archaeology is currently very active and that our 2008-9 programme (as above) will be 'cutting edge'.

PRS Bulletin No 46 for 2009:

Our Editor, Keith Boughey reports receipt of a wide range of items from (very welcome) new, as well as from existing, contributors. Bulletin No 46 is now full and will be launched at our Xmas meeting – providing yet another reason to come along!

British Archaeological Awards nomination success:

The excavation at Streethouse, N Yorks, led by Steve Sherlock for the Teeside Arch Soc (which the section visited in 2006) has been nominated for consideration as the ‘Best Amateur/ Independent Project’. The result will be announced on 10th November.

Buck Wood Project, Thackley, Bradford:

Section members have been invited to join the Friends of Buck Wood (SE 175.395) in their HLF supported exploration of a possible prehistoric enclosure in the wood. Details on

Updated Diary of Future Archaeological Activities

4th October: Giggleswick Scar Project: Day-school on recent research: Victoria Hall, Settle: £10: Contact 01729-825-773

25th October: Field Systems through Time: Prehistory to Modern: Joint day-school by YAHS-Med. Section/ CBA Yorkshire/ Leeds University at R Beckett Lecture Theatre, University of Leeds: £12.50: contact S. Moorhouse: 01924-475-618.

28th October: Recent Research in the Neolithic of the Great Wold Valle”, Alex Gibson talk at 1715hrs: Bradford University seminar: (details below)

3rd November: Neolithic Studies Group: “Round Mounds and Monumentality”:
Day meeting at British Museum, London: £10: details from

4th November: The Beaker People Project: Isotopic Data from the Skeletal Organics
Mandy Jay (Durham) 17.15hrs: Bradford University seminar: (see below)

8th November: Prehistoric Ritual and Burial: Tees Archaeology day-school at Stockton Campus, Univ. of Durham: £8.75: contact 01429-523-455

15th November: South Yorkshire Archaeology Day: Day-school at Showroom Cinema, Paternoster Row, Sheffield: £10: contact D Marsh; 0114-273-4223

22nd November: West Yorkshire Archaeology 2008 – Day-school at Royal Armouries, Leeds: £12.00: contact

22nd November: “Iron Age to Roman: Archaeology in Lowland NE England”: Arbeia Society day school, at South Shields: contact

22-23rd November: Bronze Age Forum: conference at Dept of Archaeology, University of Sheffield: contact

29th November: YAHS Quern Study Group AGM: 10.30am @ Claremont

6th December: “Cave Archaeology in Britain: Recent Work” day conference at Bradford University: £20: contact:

24th January 2009: Derbyshire Archaeology Day: Chesterfield

30th May 2009: ‘The Pleasure of Finding Things Out: Searching for the Mesolithic’: Prehistoric Society day conference at Tempest Anderson Hall, York, including a keynote lecture by Prof. Peter Woodman.

John Cruse
Hon Secretary 29/9/08