2017 Programme

Once again we look forward to a fascinating mix of talks on a wide variety of subjects.

We start the year with a talk from Northern Archaeological Associates on the recent archaeological  excavations as part of the A1 Improvement Scheme. This coincides with an exhibition of finds at The Bowes Museum. Mags Felter from York Archaeological Trust joins us in April to tell us about the Aldborough Roman Burial and is joined by Nick Wilson on whose land this was found.

A visit to Stanwick in the company of Colin Haselgrove, Leicester University follows on from his talk last year, ” Stanwick, North Yorkshire: the rise and fall of the first capital of the Brigantes.” Alex Croom, from Tyne and Wear Museum, will also be back in Aldborough by popular demand with “Running the Roman Home”.

In June we look forward to welcoming Prof Simon James from the University of Leicester with “Eagles and Wolves: Roman Soldiers in Peace and War” and to finding out more about ” John Clayton, the Man who saved Hadrian’s Wall” from Frances McIntosh, Curator of Roman Collections at Corbridge. Following this we visit Housesteads and Chesters where we see The Clayton Collection at first hand and have a tour of the site in the company of Graeme Stobbs, assistant curator. We also get the chance to see “Hadrian’s Cavalry” a major exhibition celebrating the cavalry regiments that once guarded the empire’s northwestern frontier.

At our Open Days in September we will be joined by Heuristics who have worked for many years at historic sites and museums. They will be bringing Aldborough Roman site to life with their hands on approach to Roman inventions.

Gareth and Nicole Beale will be with us in September talking about their innovative work using creative digital technologies with community groups to record archaeological and historical features. The first part of the talk will focus on the workshop held at Aldborough, which aims to train local volunteers to work with the Aldborough Roman Town Project to record the Roman stone work at the site. For the second half of the presentation, they will outline their new project ‘Discovering England’s Burial Spaces’ (DEBS). This new Historic England funded project will support community-led burial research, creating training materials and recording technologies.

This replaces Dr Sophie Hay’s talk on the extensive survey work she has undertaken in Pompeii and the wider Mediterranean. Sophie has had to postpone this talk until 2018 due to the extension of a project with which she is currently involved.

Martin Millett and Rose Ferraby will return to give us the latest Cambridge University presentation. This is always a highly anticipated and well attended event. “Digging Deeper at Isurium Brigantum” will show how the last 8 years has seen a huge expansion in their knowledge about Roman Aldborough. The extensive geophysical surveys (featured in previous talks) have allowed them to map the town itself as well as vast tracts of the land around it. As a result, they have been able to gradually form a clearer picture of the development of the town and its wider context in Roman Britain. The results of this year’s excavations will be discussed in the context of this broader overview, showing how they fit into the wider picture.

We look forward to welcoming Anne Jenner, York Archaeological Trust’s pottery analyst to Aldborough in October. She will share some of her vast wealth of knowledge with us during our Finds Day in October and will then talk to us about Roman pottery finds from York on which she is currently working. Following this we will be visiting the Hull and East Riding Museum in the company of Peter Halkon from Hull University.

Our final talk of the year will be given by Dominic Powesland, Director of the Landscape Research Centre whose ground breaking work on archaeological landscape is world renowned. He will tell us about the work that he has been doing at West Heslerton for almost 40 years and his more recent involvement in The Aldborough Roman Town Project.

We hope that you are able to join us for some of this year’s fascinating talks and look forward to seeing you there.