Newsletter 2011/12

YAS – Prehistory Research Section: Newsletter No 24


Sunday 1st July 2012: Field Trip to Creswell Crags Excavations

Dr Paul Pettitt (University of Sheffield) has invited the Section to visit his excavations outside the Church Hole cave system. In 2003, its cave walls yielded the first evidence of English Palaeolithic cave art. Where the depictions were covered by flowstone, U-series dating has shown that this happened ca12,800 years ago, thus fixing the minimum age of the art. The current excavations have been focused on investigating the old ground surface outside the cave, which is sealed by cave floor debris, dumped by earlier, 19th century cave explorers. Noni Donajgrodzki will lead the visit.

We’ll meet at 1400hrs on Sunday 1st July 2012 at the Creswell Museum and Education Centre, where Dr Pettitt will give an introductory talk and then escort us around the excavation. For first-time visitors to the area, the site at SK537.743 can be accessed from J30 of the M1 (via A616 to Creswell, then B6042) or from the A1(M) (via the A57 round Worksop, to A60, then B6042).

To join this field trip, please return the slip below (preferably including your e-mail address – Noni is accessible on ). Bring suitable clothing for the weather conditions. We’ll be walking short distances, mainly on footpaths, without any serious gradients. .

Costs: Car Parking on-site costs £2: Entry to the site coffee shop is free: Although Dr Pettitt is receiving no fee, PRS participants will be encouraged to contribute to the ‘volunteers entertainment fund’: If you want to visit the Creswell exhibition or see the cave art, the site opens at 10am and has a web-site which provides more information, including their entry cost.

Winter 2012/ 13 PRS Lecture Programme

Saturday, 8th December 2012 at 10.30am: Quern Survey AGM + Speaker (TBC)

Saturday, 8th December 2012 at 2pm: Xmas meeting at Claremont with:-
Paul Preston: (Institute of Archaeology, Oxford University): ‘Our Local Flints’: Early Prehistoric People, and the Microlithic Industries of the Pennine Watershed.
Ian Roberts: (WYAS): Understanding the Cropmark Landscapes of the Magnesian Limestone*

Saturday, 2nd March 2013 at 2pm: AGM meeting: at Claremont:-
Keith Boughey & Andrew Morrison (TBC): Re-Presenting of the Lamplough-Lidster collection*
* Provisional titles only

Booking form for PRS Field Trip to Creswell Crags excavataions 67k zipped pdf


Future Archaeological Activities Elsewhere

9th June 2012: Landscapes, Monuments and Society: Prehistoric Soc conference at Reading Univ. plus the presentation of the Europa Prize to Prof R. Bradley: contact

26th June 2012: Ending & Beginnings: the impact of change in the 1st Millennium AD: First Millennia Studies Group: Seminar: Edinburgh contact

21-24th June 2012: Cave Archaeology and karst geomorphology in NW England: Joint QRA/ British Cave Research Association Field Meeting: Dalesbridge Centre, Austwick:

6th July 2012: Ure-Swale Archaeology Forum Workshop: at Research Beehive, University of Newcastle: contact

21st-23rd Sept 2012: Reflections on Memory, Monuments & History in Scotland & Sardinia: conference at Magdalene College Cambridge: contact Simon Stoddart,

22nd Sept 2012: Piltdown Centenary Conference: Truth & Lies from the Deep Sussex Past: day-school at Lewes Town Hall: Sussex Arch Soc: contact:

19th-20th Oct 2012: Insight from Innovation: New Light on Archaeological Ceramics: day-school dedicated to work of David Peacock: details: see Arch Dept section of Southampton Univ website.

?? November (TBC): Movement and Mobility in the Neolithic: Neolithic Studies Group conference at the British Museum: contact

24th November 2012: Archaeology in South Yorkshire: Day-school in Sheffield: contact Christine Ball (Tel: 0114-236-1471)

John Cruse

Hon Sec PRS (7/6/12)