Newsletter 2015/16

YAS – Prehistory Research Section: Newsletter No 42


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, the topic of Colin Haselgrove’s March lecture. AHA Hogg said “these earthworks are the most notable in the north of England”. Current plans assume that we’ll meet at the church at Stanwick St John (NZ 185.120) ca.12am for an introduction to the site and to Colin’s 1980’s excavations. After a picnic in the church yard, we’ll visit key areas of the 3km of surrounding earthworks, enclosing more than 50 acres. At Mortimer Wheeler’s 1951-2 excavation trench, we’ll 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’ll need to travel in cars. With limited 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. Noni will be co-ordinating people and cars (Email: ; TEL: 01423 711 024) – so please ‘Watch This Space’

Winter Lecture Programme:

29th October 2016: YDLRT/ YAHS day school at Grassington Town Hall,
‘Britons and Romans in the North Pennines’
Flyer will be circulated to members, with details of the speakers, when it becomes available.
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)
‘New Thoughts on Animals in Prehistoric Yorkshire’
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’ll 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 your ideas for the second presentation.

11th March 2017: 2.00pm AGM meeting at Swarthmore;
 Speaker: Don Henson (University of York)
‘The re-colonisation of the north: early Mesolithic settlers make Star Carr their home’.


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                                                           23/6/16

Possible Archaeological Items for Your Diary


4th-8th July: QRA/ Sea Level & Coastal Change: Field Meeting: Whitby museum:
16th July: South Leeds Archaeology: Conference on The Future of Community Volunteer Archaeologists: Oakwell Hall, £!2, see South Leeds Archaeology website, or phone Mike Turpin 0113.264.3045

13-14th Aug: Commemorative Symposium for Prof Oliver Rackham, Corpus Christi College, Cambridge

24th Sept: Council of Independent Archaeologist conference: Toddington:

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 to visit the 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. Prehistoric speakers include:-

  • 27th Sept:         Dr Julia Farley (BM)               Curating the Celts
  • 4th Nov:           Prof Ian Barnes (NHM)          DNA Sequencing of Human and Faunal Bone
  • 11th Oct           Dr Yvonne Inall (Univ Hull)  Living by the Spear in Iron Age Britain
  • 29th Nov          Dr Mike Copper (Univ Bfd)   Ceramic Variation in the Hebridean Neolithic

John Cruse: YAS-PRS Hon Sec                                                                                                         17/6/16