South Leeds Archaeology Programme of Talks 2018

lib1aOur monthly public presentation evenings will be on Wednesday evenings
7.30 pm to 9.30 pm at the:
Rothwell Community Hub
, Marsh Street, Rothwell, LS26 0AE
Starting Wednesday 24th January 2018
All are welcome.
Fees £4.00 Non Members  £2.00 Members, including refreshments.

24th January 2018                     Dr Chris Gaffney
Geophysics – The Next Twenty Years
Chris Gaffney has been a pioneer in Geophysics at Bradford University since 2005.
He is perhaps best known as one of the geophysicists who surveyed sites for the Time Team TV series, together with John Gater.
Chris provided South Leeds Archaeology with some really useful geophysics results which we have used alongside our survey of the project field at Birstall. Considering the advances made in Geophysics in the last twenty years, it will be fascinating to find out what Chris has to say about the next twenty years.

28th February 2018                    Mike Turpin
From Antiquarians to Archaeology
Mike as a member of SLA regards himself as a committed community archaeologist.
As well as being interested in all things technical, especially when it comes to surveying, he has a strong interest in how the study of antiquities developed into the modern subject of archaeology.  His talk will look at how antiquarians studied their past history through a series of case studies in areas that Mike has researched as part of his archaeological hobby.

28th March 2018                    Dr Hannah Russ
Archaeology and Outreach at Thorpe Park Leeds
Hannah is the Post-Excavation Manager for Northern Archaeological Associates.
She will be describing the archaeological excavations ahead of the construction of a mixed commercial and housing development at Thorpe Park Leeds which have revealed evidence of Iron Age/Romano-British settlement and agriculture and historic coal mining and pottery production, and allowed further investigation of a WW1 munitions factory that once stood next to the site. Excavations are now complete and the production of reports, including a monograph, are underway to present the findings from NAA’s work at the site.
A programme of outreach to increase local and regional knowledge of the site is also underway.

25th April 2018                    Katherine Baxter
Why Do You Have So Much Stuff in Boxes?
Katherine is the archaeology curator for Leeds Museums and Galleries.
The archaeological collections at Leeds Museums and Galleries are diverse, covering a vast amount of time from the Palaeolithic to the modern day, and representing ancient cultures from around the world. This talk will give an overview of how these collections were acquired over the last 200 years and how they are used today for education, research and enjoyment. Expect lots of lovely pictures of artefacts!

23rd May 2018                    Dr Peter Halkon
The Parisi – Getting to Know The Neighbours
Peter is a Senior Lecturer in Archaeology at the University of Hull.  
West Yorkshire was part of a large territory occupied in Roman times by a consortium of tribes known as the Brigantes, the nearest neighbours to the Brigantes were the Parisi who occupied the territory which roughly speaking coincided with the modern East Riding of Yorkshire.
Although neighbours, the culture of the Parisi was markedly different to that of the Brigantes.  Peter has studied the Parisi people for over 25 years and recently published his book ‘The Parisi – Britons and Romans in Eastern Yorkshire’ which is a definitive account of how they lived and their culture.  Peter is an amusing and entertaining speaker who plans to introduce this fascinating topic and to compare the lifestyle of the Parisi with that more usually associated with the Brigantes.

27th June 2018                  John Cruse
Beehive Querns in West Yorkshire and Beyond.
John is the Yorkshire Archaeology and History Society Quern Coordinator.
He will talk about the types of beehive quern that have been recorded in Northern Britain by the Yorkshire Quern Survey and, from the areas where they are mainly found, what this may tell us about regional identities.  He will then discuss the differing views of scholars about the focal areas of the group called the ‘Brigantes’ by the Roman authors and see how well these theories mesh with the beehive quern evidence, with a continuing focus on the evidence from the lower Wharfe and Aire valleys.
The talk will be an opportunity to see how much can be learnt about a culture from one ordinary artefact found in the daily life of our ancestors. 

25th July 2018                  Dave Weldrake
West Yorkshire Castles and Their Archaeology
Dave is both an archaeologist and freelance heritage educator.
There are over a dozen medieval castles in West Yorkshire.  They range from the small earthwork castle at Sowerby to the impressive royal castle at Pontefract. The earliest were created soon after the Norman Conquest of England. Many only lasted for a few decades but the impressive keeps of Pontefract and Sandal were only finally demolished during the English Civil War. This fully illustrated talk looks at the history, form and function of West Yorkshires castles as well as examining their place in the landscape of the county.

22nd August 2018                  Rebecca Ellis
Animals in Early Celtic Art 
Reb is a post-graduate student at the University of Bradford and Secretary – South Leeds Archaeology
This research has been designed to fulfil a long recognized issue in the study of Iron Age art – how does it reflect the society that produced it?  To do that, the study specifically looks at the role of animals:  What objects were they used to decorate?  How were animals depicted?  Do certain animals relate to certain areas in the country?  This information has been compared to the archaeological remains of animals and the evidence as to how they were treated in Iron Age life.  Through the development of a database and photographic catalogues, this research has demonstrated the specific and unique importance of individual animals species in the Iron Age, with a first time recognition of a specific method of bovine management.  In a world of colour, community spirit and animal rearing pride, this talk will explore the importance of  specific animal species to the people who bred, worked, hunted and cared for them.

26th September 2018                  John Buglass
Boats in a Coal Mine
John is the MD of JB Archaeology Ltd.
As a result of a catastrophic flood of the open cast coal mine at Methley a section of the River Aire and adjacent Aire and Calder Navigation drained into the vast new lake formed in the open cast mine. The result of this was that a range of early 18th century river vessels along with a dry dock, locks and other associated riverine features where left high and dry. From the winter of 1997 to the summer of 1999 over the 45 members of eight different archaeological groups excavated and recorded these unique remains. This talk will present the results of the investigations into this unusual site and shed light on the development of the early years of the Aire and Calder Navigation.

24th October 2018                  Eric Houlder L.R.P.S
Site Photography – My Sixty Years in Context
Eric is currently chair of PontArc and past chair of CBA(Yorkshire)
Recording digs from the Victorian era to the present, using my own experiences and images.  Eric’s talk will illustrate many important excavations over his sixty years as a specialist archaeological photographer.  The talk promises to be of interest not only in terms of photographic technique but also a fascinating overview of one man’s career in archaeology.

28th November 2018                  Ian Roberts
Castle Hill Almondbury  — An Archaeological Review
Ian is an independent Archaeological Consultant.
As one of the few true hill forts in Yorkshire to have been the subject of significant archaeological investigation, we might expect our understanding of Castle Hill to be better established. Conventionally, the site is presented as having been used from the Neolithic to the medieval period, its defensive potential maximized in the form of a multivallate fort in the mid-late Iron Age. Yet, there remain many question-marks over the interpretation of the archaeological evidence, and how it has been employed in establishing the chronological development and function of the site. This lecture will consider the previous work at Castle Hill, and how future, community-led, investigations might address some of the outstanding research questions; investigations which commenced with HDAS’s  2017 excavations  in the ‘annexe’. Ian is both a member of SLA and HDAS and was the site director for the HDAS 2017 excavations