Newsletter 2015/16

YAS – Prehistory Research Section: Newsletter No 41


2016/ 17 Activities

Summer Field Trip:

Saturday 3rd September: Stanwick Earthworks
Please reserve this date in your diary, as Yvonne Luke is currently organising a visit to the Stanwick site, described in Colin Haselgrove’s March lecture. AHA Hogg said “these earthworks are the most notable in the north of England”. Current plans assume our meeting at the church at Stanwick St John (NZ 185.120) at ca.12am, for an introduction to the site and to Colin’s 1980’s excavations. After a picnic in the church yard, we will visit key areas of the 3km of surrounding earthworks, enclosing more than 50 acres. At Mortimer Wheeler’s 1951-2 excavation trench, we will see that the rampart top is c.7m above the restored ditch base.

The trip will be Free. However, as there is no public transport, we will need to travel in cars. With limited car parking around the earthworks, it may be desirable to initially gather in Richmond, before progressing to the site in a limited number of fully-loaded vehicles. Details of the final arrangements will be circulated in a subsequent Newsletter, - so watch this space!

Winter Lecture Programme: dates for your diary:-

29th October 2016: YDLRT Dayschool at Grassington Town Hall, Britons and Romans in the North Pennines

3rd  December 2016: 10.30am: at Swarthmore,
Yorkshire Quern Survey AGM + Visiting Speaker [TBA]

3rd December 2016: Xmas PRS meeting at Swarthmore,
2.00pm: Prof Terry O’Connor: (University of York)
3.30pm: Debbie Hallam (University of Bradford):
'The Bronze Age Funerary Cups of Northern England'.

11th March 2017: 11.00am ‘Members Morning’ meeting at Swarthmore.
Following the success of our inaugural morning session, we’ve decided to focus on two 30 minute talks, allowing more time for subsequent discussion. One candidate is known (Rachel Wood – on a [new] later prehistoric ‘hillfort’ at Crambeck, N Yorks). Please contact me with any ideas for a second presentation.

11th March 2017: 2.00pm AGM meeting at Swarthmore; Speaker: TBA.

Prehistoric Yorkshire 54:The deadline for final submissions of your articles is end-September 2016.

E-Mail Addresses: If your details have changed, please let me know, so our list remains up-to-date.


John Cruse                                                           1/5/16

Possible Archaeological Items for Your Diary


6th-11th May: Dartmoor Tin-working Research Group: Lectures, social events and field visits: Based in Tavistock, Devon; details on DTRG website:

13th -15th May: Neolithic Study Group: Anglesey Visit: £40: details

19th May: Palaeo 2020 conference: Soc. Ant. London: Burlington House, London W1J 0BE, £20.

19th – 22nd May: Iron Age Research Student Symposium: Univ of Leicester: book

20th – 31st May: Haggs Brow Cave excavation, Lower Winskill, Settle;

22nd May: Lithic Studies Society conference: From Lithics to Landscapes, Rewley House, Oxford,

28th May: Dearne Valley Archaeology Day: Manvers Campus:

28th May: Archaeology Scotland/ Soc.Ant.Scot conference: Archaeological Research in Progress: £25: Galashiels, TD1 3JX,

3rd-4th June: Prehistoric Society: Europa conference Dynamics of Art, Design and Vision in Iron Age Europe: Prof Peter Wells: University of Edinburgh:

21st June: First Millennia Studies Group Seminar Interpreting ‘Celts’ in the 21st millennium: Edinburgh: Details

4th-8th July: QRA/ Sea Level & Coastal Change: Field Meeting: Whitby museum:
13-14th Aug: Commemorative Symposium to Prof Oliver Rackham, Corpus Christi College, Cambridge

21st – 23rd October: RAI Conference: The Neolithic of Northern England, Tullie House Museum, Carlisle: £75 for RAI, Prehistoric Society & CWAAS members: contact

25th Oct: Last day of National Museum of Scotland exhibition in Edinburgh on Celtic Art

29th Oct: Joint YDLRT/YAS day-school: Romans and Britons in Central Britain: Grassington Town Hall

Guest lectures continue in autumn at the Archaeological Dept of Bradford University on Tuesdays, at 17.15 hrs in the Richmond Building. Open to all section members. Info will be circulated, when it is available.

John Cruse: YAS-PRS Hon Sec                                                                                                         1/5/16