News Update October 2017

With just two talks left in the 2017 programme we can claim to have had some really good speakers and are very grateful to all of them for supporting SLA.

Click here for details about the last two courses for 2017

NEWS UPDATE November 2017: Our speaker for the 22nd November has had to be changed.  We now have a fascinating talk from Phil Abramson, an Archaeology Advisor on the MOD Historic Environment Team since 2004 covering the North of England, Scotland…..and Cyprus.  Full details can be found here

Even better news is that the 2018 programme is now finalised and you can find the details here.

The group have been busy over the summer and we have completed the first phase of our excavations at the site near Birstall.  We hope to have a preliminary report published soon and will put the important details up on this website.


Full List of speakers SLA Speaker Programme 2017

We now have a full list of speakers from March 2017 to November 20217.  It should prove an exciting and informative programme for anybody interested in archaeology.  There is a good mix of speakers including professional archaeologists, members of our voluntary groups and members of our own group.  Hopefully you will come along to the Rothwell Community Hub and join our audience.  The cost for an evening is £4.00 to include refreshments.  If you decide to join our group then admission is only £2.00 and represents a significant saving over the year.  There is free parking behind the hub building and a bus stop immediately outside.

Click here for details of the programme change for Wednesday 22nd November

South Leeds Archaeology Opening Night

ianroberts2 Our opening night for Speaker Evenings will be on Wednesday 22nd March 2017.
7.30 – 9.30 at the Rothwell Community Hub, Marsh Lane Rothwell, LS26 0AEWe are very pleased that Ian Roberts has agreed to be our first guest speaker.Forty years ago there had been relatively little archaeological investigation of the extensive crop mark landscapes which had begun to be recorded on the limestone and coal measures to the east of Leeds. This talk looks at how, particularly over the last 25 years, research and development-led investigations have begun to reveal the nature and chronology of these landscapes, from the early prehistoric to the early post-Roman period.Ian was until recently the Principal Archaeologist at West Yorkshire Archaeological Services.
His career has included many of the most important excavations in West Yorkshire.
Ian will be sharing with us some of his favourite sites and finds that he has been associated with.There will also be an opportunity to find out more about South Leeds Archaeology, our plans for future talks and our own investigations.

All are welcome to come along, entry is £4.00 including refreshments for non-members.
To help with numbers please let us know if you are planning to come along.


We Are Moving

After enjoying three years at the Oulton Institute, South Leeds Archaeology are moving to a new venue at the Rothwell Community Hub.  Some of you may know the building as the Rothwell Library.


The move will mean we will have adjacent free parking; a bus stop connecting with the centre of Leeds outside the main hub entrance and for our meetings we will also have wi-fi facilities which were not available at Oulton.

Find out more.

Oakwell Conference Review

The Oakwell Conference went ahead in July and in the event we had an audience of over sixty who enjoyed a full days programme covering a wide ranging look at different aspects of community based archaeology.

Neil Redfern got the day off to a brilliant start with a somewhat unorthodox approach to how we might consider the role of Her Majesty’s Inspector of Ancient Monuments and also his secret passion for historic bricks and drain covers.  Our own member, Rebecca Ellis, provided thought provoking suggestions as to the different ways community archaeology is addressed.  From the ‘top down’ to the ‘bottom up’ models, examples of which we can all relate to.  It was interesting to note how many of the following speakers referred to Reb’s ideas within their talks.  Overall we were extremely grateful to all those who provided the talks and indeed to all who came along and participated in a final thought provoking discussion.

South Leeds Archaeology were also very grateful to the staff at Oakwell Hall for providing such a good venue and the support we were given.

Thanks are also due to all those members of South Leeds Archaeology who contributed towards the conference in so many ways.  No doubt when we have all recovered, we will be contemplating another conference in the not too distant future.



SLA Relaunched – Review

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Our relaunch open afternoon proved to be a considerable success.  Jon Kenny provided an excellent presentation describing his ideas on Community Archaeology with plenty of examples as to how people might want to get involved.


Mike Turpin and Rebecca Ellis from SLA offered  some illustrated examples of past activities and suggested potential projects for the future of SLA.  After the talks there was an opportunity to have refreshments including a variety of home-made cakes provided by the ladies of the SLA.

We hope that as a result there will be a number of new members joining in with our activities.


South Leeds Archaeology Summer Conference 2016


Community Archaeology – The Future for Community Volunteer Archaeologists
Oakwell Hall, Birstall, Nr. Leeds

South Leeds Archaeology have been planning a summer conference and we now have a full programme which will provide for a most interesting and thought provoking day.
If you are involved with or have contact with Archaeology Community Volunteers, this will be an opportunity to share ideas on how the different sectors involved in
practical archaeology can use this pool of knowledge and, in many cases, considerable experience.

We would strongly advise you to book early as conference places are limited.

Download Conference Programme and Booking Form

Conference Programme 2016


9.30 – 9.50      Welcome and Introduction to Oakwell Hall
Carole Bloom, SLA and Eric Brown, Oakwell Hall

9.50 – 10.20    Historic England – Setting the Scene
Neil Redfern, Principal Inspector of Ancient Monuments for West Yorkshire

10.20 – 10.50  Trends in Excavation and Publication
Tim Evans, ADS University of York

10.50 – 11.10   COFFEE/TEAS BREAK

11.10 – 11.40  Community Archaeology – Definitions in Practice
Rebecca Ellis, South Leeds Archaeology

11.40 – 12.10  Local Authority Support for Community Archaeology
Jason Dodds, West Yorkshire HER

12.10 – 12.40  The Contractors. Working with Community Groups
Pat Buchanan Head of Community Heritage AOC

12.45 – 1.45    LUNCH

1.45 – 2.15      Volunteers, Academic Research and Training
Peter Halkon, Senior Lecturer University of Hull

2.15 – 2.45      HLF Funded Projects – An Example of Good Practice
Brian Elsey, North Duffield    Jon Kenny, Community Archaeology

2.45 – 3.15      Getting to Grips with High Technology
Colin Dunn, Huddersfield & District Archaeology Soc.

3.15 – 3.30      COFFEE/TEAS BREAK

3.30 – 4.15      Plenary Discussion – Questions and Answers
Local Independent Consultants:      
Jon Kenny, Ian Roberts and Dave Weldrake