South Leeds Archaeology Programme of Talks 2017

Our 2018 speaker programme is now confirmed and can be seen here

Our 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 22nd March 2017
All are welcome.
£4.00 for non-members, £2.00 for members including refreshments.Please see below details for our speaker for Wednesday 22nd November

22nd March 2017                     Ian Roberts
An Evolving Story. Archaeological investigation of the rural landscapes to the east of Leeds
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 is an independent archaeological consultant but was until recently the Principal Archaeologist for West Yorkshire Archaeological Services. Ian will be including a number of his favourite sites as part of his talk.

26th April 2017                        Mike Haken
The Antonine Itineraries and the Roman Roads near Leeds.
A look at any map of Roman West Yorkshire will give the impression that our understanding of the Roman road network in and around Leeds is fairly complete, but is that really the case?

Mike Haken is chair of the Roman Roads Research Association.  He has spent a number of years comparing what is commonly regarded as our knowledge of Roman Roads with recent research and discoveries.

24th May 2017                        David Hunter 
Industrial Archaeology in West Yorkshire and the North East
David is going to examine the birth of the Industrial Revolution and why West Yorkshire
developed further than the North East.

Davis is Senior Archaeologist at the West Yorkshire Archaeology Advisory Service responsible for Planning enquiries.  His career has involved many industrial archaeology sites.  David is also involved with community volunteer archaeology in his spare time!

28th June 2017                                    Rebecca Ellis
Silver Animals: A study of zoomorphic decoration in the contents of British Viking Hoards.
Though varying in their contents and despite the wealth of multi-cultural animal based art throughout the North Atlantic, Viking Age silver hoards in Britain have one thing in common – the notable lack of this form of decoration.  From a study exploring the contents of fifty-one Viking hoards, this talk will introduce the few exceptions to the rule.  It will take place in the multi-cultural Britain of the early medieval era, exploring the reactions of our ancestors to the Great Army, how our fashion sense spread over an ocean, and the great importance of animals to society that went beyond that of the dinner tables.

Rebecca is one of the longest serving members of South Leeds Archaeology.  She is currently studying for an M.A. in Archaeology  at Bradford University and in this talk she is sharing one of her specialist interest topics with us.

26th July 2017                         Dave Weldrake
The Lost Kingdom of Elmet
This talk aims to shed light on the Dark Ages by examining the evidence for the British Kingdom of Elmet, one of several small principalities which sprang up after the Roman administration collapsed. Consideration of the scattered and fragmentary information offers a fascinating glimpse of life in the landscape of South and West Yorkshire 1,500 years ago.

Dave offers courses and talks on many aspects of local history and archaeology.  This talk focuses on a period of history which is becoming better understood with recent research and discoveries.

23rd August 2017                    Brian Elsey
Prehistoric North Duffield – Glimpses of the past
How a small community group gained Heritage Lottery Funding to investigate its historic landscape driving the evidence for settlement in North Duffield back from 1086AD to 2545BC(+ or – 28 years). What we did to convince HLF of our ability to deliver and our determination to succeed. I believe we offered value-for-money, achieved everything we set out to achieve, delivered everything on time and under budget. In the process we created an education pack based on the Iron, built a reconstruction of an Iron Age roundhouse which we still use for primary school education purposes, held two test pit surveys to establish the origins of the village, a Celtic Festival on the village green, a conference with the top Iron Age experts for East Yorkshire giving papers, wrote a book, and excavated a significant Iron Age roundhouse that exceeded our wildest dreams

Brian has been the director of the North Duffield project since the first ideas were established.  Brian provides an enthusiastic and practical approach to how other groups might approach similar projects.

27th September 2017             Helena Jenks
Armchair Archaeology
Archaeology is more than just digging holes in muddy fields!  Helena is going to explain how volunteers can get involved with archaeological projects without the need to physically work on sites, which may be inaccessible to them and still make a positive contribution to their success.

Helena is another of our longer serving members and hopes that some of the ideas in her talk will provide opportunities for new members wanting to get involved with South Leeds Archaeology projects.

25th October 2017                  Ian Sanderson
Roman West Yorkshire: What was it like to live here?
Covering a mixture of excavations, both recent and over the last 50 years, and using some of the most recent research nationally, Ian will attempt to provide a picture of what he thinks it might have been like to live in Roman West Yorkshire & how things appear to have changed over the course of the Roman period.

Ian is the Principal Archaeologist for West Yorkshire Archaeological Advisory Services with a special interest in all things Roman.

22nd November 2017              Steve Sherlock  Phil Abramson

From Barrow to Bunker: Archaeology on the MOD Estate.

Phil’s  principal task, as a subject matter expert, is to provide accurate, up to date and informative advice on the historic environment to customers in all three branches of the armed forces. In addition, there are over 1800 designated heritage assets on the MOD Estate and it is important to monitor the condition of these assets to ensure that they do not deteriorate as a result of any action by the estate users. Initiatives such as Operation Nightingale, which applies archaeology to assist the recovery of wounded, injured and sick soldiers have been applied over a number of years with a considerable degree of success. During the talk our speaker will address these issues, and others, and then take questions from the audience.

Phil has been an Archaeology Advisor on the MOD Historic Environment Team since 2004 covering the North of England, Scotland…..and Cyprus.