We are very happy to report that our Stonehenge Special report is getting some major coverage in the media. Since the release of the latest issue of British Archaeology, several major news outlets have featured stories from it. This has highlighted not only the A303 Stonehenge Consultation, but the importance of British Archaeology in general to a wide and diverse audience.
Europa Nostra, the leading heritage organisation in Europe, and the European Investment Bank Institute have announced the most threatened heritage sites in Europe for 2018. Taking pride of place on this list is Grimsby Ice Factory, alongside sites such as the historic centre of Vienna, post-Byzantine churches in Albania the and the Buzludzha Monument in Bulgaria.
We have commissioned a special feature issue of British Archaeology to inform debate about the proposed A303 road tunnel at Stonehenge. Written by Mike Pitts, editor of British Archaeology magazine, it describes the new fieldwork and discoveries in and around the world heritage site, much of which has not yet been published.
The Council for British Archaeology (CBA) have launched a survey about community archaeology volunteering. We want to find out who takes an active part in community archaeology and what kind of things you get involved with. Most importantly we’d like to know about the kinds of additional support you need to thrive and how the Council for British Archaeology might be able to help you. The last time we asked you about this was 10 years ago and a lot has changed since then!
In a letter printed in The Times today, nine national heritage organisations, including the Council for British Archaeology and SAVE Britain’s Heritage, are calling on the Welsh Law Commission and the Welsh Assembly to reject proposed changes to legislation that would abolish listed building consent and merge it with planning permission.
The Festival of Archaeology will be taking a year off in 2018 as part of a plan for a bigger and better festival to form part of 75th anniversary of the Council for British Archaeology next year. The Festival of Archaeology has been running for 27 years – from a single day in 1990 to two weeks in 2017. Last year over 1,000 events were put on by 318 organisers across the UK and we want to build on this success for 2019.
The Law Commission has been asked by the Welsh Government to examine the operation of the planning system in Wales. The CBA is concerned at proposals to merge Listed Building Consent with Planning Permission.
Archaeological excavations taking place at Sherford have revealed that the landscape was once home to historic communities, dating back over 6000 years. The work, carried out by Wessex Archaeology, alongside Devon County Council and consultants AECOM, has unearthed exciting artefacts that have helped to provide more information on the lives of early Devon settlers, including prehistoric pottery, Bronze Age tools, roundhouses and barrows.
The Chartered Institute for Archaeologists (CIfA) Voluntary and Community Special Interest Group has launched a survey of community archaeologists to get a better idea of who is working in community archaeology and to find out what everyone would like to have, or need, in terms of support and training.
The EU (Withdrawal) Bill resumed its passage through Parliament earlier this month, and the CBA and Chartered Institute for Archaeologists (CIfA) have published a briefing which summarises CIfA and CBA’s advocacy position and what our organisations will be working on in the coming months.
The new Welsh Culture Minister, Dafydd Elis-Thomas, has announced that Cadw is to remain an arms-length Welsh Government body, after the Historic Wales steering group considered a business case for it to be moved into a charitable body or agency outside it.
We are proud to announce this year’s winners of the Marsh Community Archaeology Awards. The Marsh Community Archaeology Awards, supported by the Marsh Christian Trust, celebrate excellence in community archaeology and recognise the passion and dedication of the many people working so hard to protect and understand British Archaeology. There are three categories:
As any archaeologist will appreciate, the Halloween we know today is the result of a cultural melting pot of ideas accumulated over thousands of years. But given modern culture's focus on the supernatural, and often terrifying, aspects of the tradition we thought you might appreciate a little guidance on the ways our ancestors have avoided the attentions of what they perceived were very real supernatural threats.
The Council for British Archaeology (CBA) has received notification this morning (12 September) that the UK government has formally ratified the 1954 Hague Convention for the Protection of Cultural Property in the Event of Armed Conflict and acceded to its two Protocols of 1954 and 1999.
As we approach the final year of the centenary of the Great War, the Council for British Archaeology’s Home Front Legacy team are pulling out all of the stops to ensure we record as much of the legacy of this conflict as possible before they are lost and forgotten forever. Two new workshops have been announced, whilst August has been designated a big recording month for the project. The team have also started to recruit champions who have shown their skill at recording sites, in order to inspire others to take up the challenge.
Whether you are inspired by Flag Fen fancies, Star Carr cookies or Maiden Castle muffins, you now have the chance to show off your skills with the 2017 Festival of Archaeology baking competition launched today. The competition is part of the Festival of Archaeology that runs across the UK from 15 to 30 July, organised by the Council for British Archaeology.
UCL archaeologists, with support from the CBA, are working with experts from 24 other universities to create the UK’s first University Archaeology Day, aimed at inspiring a much needed next generation of archaeologists.
As the results of last night’s general election are digested and a new Government is formed, we have an opportunity to reflect upon and encourage a broad new agenda for cultural heritage, environment and archaeology. The CBA and CIfA have worked together to outline their vision for the future archaeology environment.
New work on samples taken from a lesser-known site in Avebury have revealed startling results that affect not just the world heritage site, but our understanding of Neolithic Wessex and other great political and religious centres over 4,000 years ago. The latest issue of British Archaeology magazine reports on these findings.
New teaching resources that make use of a special recording app can inspire young people to unearth hidden stories from the home front of the First World War, says historian Dan Snow.
An important new report has been published by the British Academy on the current state of archaeology in Britain. The report emphasises the need for a single authoritative voice for the discipline and recommends that, as a matter of urgency, the major stakeholder organisations come together to find a solution to the problem that in its considered view threatens the future health of the discipline.
The Council for British Archaeology has a long-established interest in the conservation and management of the World Heritage Site (WHS) around Stonehenge. Over the last year we have consulted our members, held an open public debate, and engaged with our trustees in updating our position statement on the management of the WHS.
The Cultural Property (Armed Conflicts) Bill successfully passed its final parliamentary stages in the House of Commons this week and has now received Royal Assent today, 23 February.
Trustees of the Council for British Archaeology met yesterday (17 January) and considered the charity’s response to the latest proposals for the A303 in the World Heritage Site around Stonehenge in Wiltshire.
The Government has announced plans to upgrade a seven-mile single carriageway stretch of the A303 near Stonehenge in Wiltshire into a dual carriageway.
The single carriageway section of the A303 currently runs alongside the stones and the Government’s proposed option is “to construct a 1.8 mile dual carriageway tunnel to improve journey times, remove the sight and sound of traffic and enhance the world heritage site”.
British Archaeology, the UK's most talked about archaeology magazine, has partnered with digital publishing specialists Exact Editions to launch its complete archive. As of today, leading institutions such as universities, government departments, colleges and libraries will be able to instantly access all issues, dating back to 1995, via the app or online. This allows users to browse more than 150 issues on their preferred device, with IP authentication allowing users access both on and off site.
We are proud to announce this year’s winners of the Marsh Community Archaeology awards. The Marsh Community Archaeology Awards, supported by the Marsh Christian Trust, celebrate excellence in community archaeology and recognise the passion and dedication of the many people working so hard to protect and understand British Archaeology.
On 12 October we received the devastating news that Archaeology was no longer going to be offered as an A-level qualification by the AQA – the only remaining examining board to offer the subject. Our own research has previously shown that 74% of A-Level Centres saw a clear correlation between students choosing A-Level Archaeology and their proposed Higher Education or career path so this move could have a critical impact on Britain’s Heritage so such a cut could have a devastating impact on our discipline.
Now that the Hague Convention looks set to be ratified by the UK's Government, we need to think ahead to how best to empower both protocols and how to make best use of the UK's new Cultural Protection Fund. The CBA and other sector leaders have written to the government to help polarise their thoughts on the matter.
This afternoon the government published its new Neighbourhood Planning Bill, which CBA members will recall from May, when it was announced in the Queen's speech and caused concern amongst the archaeological community for its potential to impact the use of 'pre-commencement conditions' to secure archaeological mitigation in the planning system.
The Plymouth Archaeology Society recently met with Oliver Colville MP to discuss local heritage issues. They had a very productive meeting and Mr Coleville even showed his commitment to the #archaeologymatters campaign by being photographed with one of the campaign pledge cards. A great start to the campaign and a positive example for us to follow when approaching our own MPs.
The archaeological sector recognises that there will be impacts upon the way archaeological work is done in this country following the decision to leave the European Union. There is a lot of heated debate and conjecture throughout the archaeological community so we wanted to outline some of the concerns as well as potential opportunities for UK archaeology.
On 5 July we received the sad news that Beatrice de Cardi, distinguished archaeologist and founding Secretary of the Council for British Archaeology, passed away at the age of 102. Beatrice was well known and much loved at the CBA as our first ever member of staff and long-term supporter and inspiration. She was also widely admired for her achievements as an explorer of the archaeology of the countries of the lower Persian Gulf. A life as full of achievement and adventure as hers is difficult to summarise, but her is a brief overview of the life of an icon of archaeology.
In 1986 Stonehenge and Avebury, along with 6 other sites in the UK were inscribed onto the World Heritage List by UNESCO. In 2016, English Heritage, the National Trust, the Wiltshire Museum, CBA Wessex and the RSPB and others are all helping to celebrate this anniversary with events taking place throughout the year. The highlight will be a conference taking place in Devizes on Saturday 19 and Sunday 20 November this year.
Local historians and amateur archaeologists are being asked to harness their local knowledge to help to record some of the lesser-known sites and structures and their associated stories of the First World War using a new app and site recording guide.
The Government has today released a response to the petition, which currently has over 17,000 signatures. The response provides assurances that there is no intention to damage archaeological protections, however, the CBA remains concerned that Government's reforms will continue to impact upon archaeology.
The CBA has been working with colleagues from the Chartered Institute for Archaeologists (CIfA) and Association of Local Government Archaeological Officers in response to recent announcements of planning reform made recently during the Queen's Speech.
CBA's recent publication on Stonehenge has been shortlisted for the 2016 British Archaeological Awards Best Archaeological Book Award
The CBA has written to the Planning Minister, Brandon Lewis, regarding the recently announced Neighbourhood Planning & Infrastructure Bill.
The Housing and Planning Act 2016 and the forthcoming Neighbourhood Planning & Infrastructure Bill were both mentioned on 18 May during the Queen’s Speech to mark the start of the new parliamentary session at Westminster, and both could have unintended consequences for the way in which archaeology is embedded in the planning process. Archaeology is at risk, and we have outlined these risks below in brief.
The Queen’s Speech announcing the legislative programme for the forthcoming parliamentary year was delivered this morning in Parliament. Amongst the Bills announced there are two that are of particular interest to the Council for British Archaeology:
The Adopting Archaeology project aims to support local groups involved in taking care of local heritage. If you are interested in caring for your local heritage, this project is about you – so we really want you to take part. This is an early opportunity for a small number of groups in Yorkshire to start co-creating and shape the future of the project before it is promoted more widely this summer.
CBA and colleagues in the archaeology sector have been actively lobbying Government over proposals, included as part of the Housing and Planning Bill, to introduce an automatic planning permission in principle for areas of land, including the vast majority of brownfield sites, in order to speed up housebuilding.
Few travellers crossing the North Sea are aware that these grey northern waters cover a prehistoric landscape that once stretched without break between the English and Danish coasts. This was the case until between 18,000 and 5500 BC, global warming raised sea levels to the extent that an area larger than the United Kingdom, was engulfed by water. A vast landscape sank beneath the North Sea, its physical remains preserved under the sea but memory of it is lost through time. This is the story of Doggerland, Europe's lost world.
Wales Heritage Group Launches Manifesto for Heritage
in Advance of 2016 Election. A recently formed alliance of high profile heritage organisations urges politicians to recognise the economic, social, cultural and environmental benefits of Welsh Heritage.
“I’ve never done anything with heritage before but I want to save this gas holder behind my house and I don’t know where to start.” An unlikely start to a phone conversation that would lead to the listing of an iconic piece of Victorian architecture. But thanks to one man’s concern for a local landmark, Gasholder no.1 overlooking the Oval has been saved from destruction and is now a listed structure.
Proposals to cut a variety of services by Norfolk County Council, which included the Historic Environment Record, the finds recording scheme and community archaeology services appear to be about to be dropped.
Following news that, despite widespread criticism, Channel 5 are going ahead with broadcasting 'Battlefield Recovery' this weekend, the CBA wishes to express that we are appalled and outraged at the apparent irresponsible glorification of the looting of war graves that this programme portrays.
The Council for British Archaeology has submitted a response to the Department of Culture, Media, and Sport, outlining its vision for archaeology and heritage in a vibrant and joined-up culture sector.
Excavation of two quarries in Wales by a UCL-led team of archaeologists and geologists has confirmed they are sources of Stonehenge’s ‘bluestones’– and shed light on how they were quarried and transported.
Earlier this week the Chancellor of the Exchequer, George Osborne, announced his Government’s Spending Review for 2015, which brings mixed news for the historic environment.
The CBA AGM this year was a packed event. Held at the British Academy, it incorporated the Marsh Community Archaeology Awards, Cultural Heritage / Europa Nostra Award presentation, De Cardi lecture, Stonehenge debate, and book launch, plus our annual general meeting. However, as you will see from our photo gallery, the event didn’t disappoint.
The results are in for this year's Marsh Archaeology Awards. Winners were announced last night at the annual De Cardi lecture held at the British Academy in London.
The Portable Antiquities Scheme’s 2015 conference celebrates the launch of PASt Explorers, the Scheme’s five year Heritage Lottery Funded project to recruit and train volunteers from local communities, increasing the capacity of the PAS to record archaeological objects found by members of the public.
Thousands of archaeological sites along England’s coast and tidal estuaries are being destroyed by extreme weather, rising sea levels and tidal scour. CITiZAN, the Coastal and Intertidal Zone Archaeological Network, is the first national community-led project to tackle the alarming threat to our heritage. Today, CITiZAN is calling for an army of volunteers to help survey and monitor these nationally-important but vulnerable archaeological sites before they disappear.
The Chancellor George Osborne last week announced the Government's new productivity plan which contains plans to radically alter the way permitted development on brownfield lands works, with potential impacts for archaeological protections.
Historic England has commissioned Worcestershire Archive and Archaeology Service to find out how much archaeology, historic building and local history research is carried out by voluntary groups in England. The project will also assess the value or potential value this research has for enhancing Historic Environment Records (HERs) and Research Frameworks.
A recently issued government statement has given us some very positive signs that the Hague convention for the Protection of Cultural Property in the Event of Armed Conflict may finally get the parliamentary time it requires to become ratified.
The Hague Convention is the primary piece of International Humanitarian Law concerning the protection of cultural heritage during conflict. However, despite numerous examples of the abuse and destruction of cultural heritage, the UK government remains one of the few governments active on the world stage – and the only full-time member of the UN Security Council – yet to ratify the Convention.
New legislation for the care and protection of the Welsh historic environment is to be introduced into the Welsh National Assembly today. The Historic Environment (Wales) Bill aims to protect ancient monuments and historic buildings as well as the landscapes that surround them.
Sunday 19 April saw the grand unveiling of the new Young Archaeologists' Club (YAC) website within the spectacular surroundings of Stonehenge.
Northamptonshire County Council are proposing a further cut of £25,000 from their Archive and Heritage Service for 2015/16. This follows multiple budget cuts and staff loses over the past 3 years and outsourcing of Northamptonshire Archaeology.
The Young Archaeologists’ Club has just been declared a laureate of the prestigious EU Prize for Cultural Heritage / Europa Nostra Awards. YAC is one of just 5 UK prize winners from a field of 263 nominees from 29 countries. The Young Archaeologists’ Club will find out at a ceremony in Oslo on 11 June whether they have beaten 28 other laureates to become a Grand Prix laureate and win a prize of €10,000.
The ‘Adopting Archaeology’ project will examine the impact and sustainability of archaeological stewardship of heritage. These three-year PhD studentships are fully funded, thanks to the Arts and Humanities Research Council, and are a collaboration between the CBA and the University of York’s Department of Archaeology.
The CBA will be hosting a debate on the future management options for the landscape around Stonehenge at our Annual General Meeting on 9 November in London. Details of our engagement and the development of the CBA’s view can be found on our Stonehenge Saga archive web page.
At the CBA Winter General Meeting on 2 March community archaeologists from across the UK came together to mark the culmination of our Community Archaeology Training Placement project.
The successor Bodies to English Heritage set out programme for the years ahead.
CBA director Mike Heyworth is a co-signatory to a letter published in The Times today alongside other prominent signatories calling on the British government to ratify a convention to protect looted antiquities, art, books and archives from sale and destruction.
Join Time Team favourite Phil Harding and expert guide Pat Shelley for a unique exploration of the Stonehenge landscape at our exclusive Council for British Archaeology and English Heritage members’ event on Sunday 19 April 2015.
On Saturday 14 February the CBA participated in a huge heritage love-in organised by local campaigners HOOOH (Hands Off Old Oswestry Hillfort).
AQA announces new A-Level qualifications including archaeology to start from September 2017.
The CBA has responded to proposals by Newport City Council to close the City Museum and Art Gallery. The highly regarded institution contains important collections of Newport's archaeological heritage from prehistory to the 20th Century, including material from the Roman fortress at Caerleon, and objects telling the story of the city's association with the Chartist movement, along with the internationally important 15th Century Newport Ship.
The Council for British Archaeology has responded to a budget consultation which proposes cutting all dedicated historic environment services in Gateshead. You can read the CBA's letter below.
Fans from all over the world have been signing an online petition to see Time Team come together one final time to do a Time Team special dig episode in memory of the late Professor Mick Aston.
Tuesday 9 December 2014 saw the formal launch of the Chartered Institute of Archaeologists - a momentous occasion for both the professional body and the profession of archaeology.
The Government has announced that it will fund a road tunnel under the Stonehenge World Heritage Site to remove the traffic bottleneck near the world-famous prehistoric monument.
Read the Council for British Archaeology response to the consultation on the future of the Cheshire West and Chester Council archaeology service - closing 28 November.
Professor Graeme Barker marked 70 years of the CBA and the 100th birthday of archaeologist Beatrice de Cardi, with a retrospective of his career in world archaeology at the 36th Beatrice de Cardi Lecture on 10 November 2014 at the British Academy.
Awards were presented for Young Archaeologist of the Year, Community Archaeologist of the Year and the Marsh Award for Community Archaeology at the CBA's Annual General Meeting on 10 November.
The NVQ in Archaeological Practice is a vocational qualification that accredits professional competency via a portfolio of candidate's work. Over the past three years the NVQ has been undertaken by trainees as part of the Community Archaeology Bursaries Project coordinated by the CBA.
The Government has just announced that it has confirmed the plans for the English Heritage new model which will ‘go live’ on 1 April 2015.
On Friday 19th September CBA coordinated two half-day events in collaboration with the Wilberforce Trust and hosted by the Treasurer's House, York. Focus was on widening access to the historic environment for individuals with visual impairment, in pursuance of the CBA's vision of 'archaeology for all'.
The CBA have joined with partners from across the heritage sector to call on the British Government to ratify the Hague Convention on the Protection of Cultural Heritage.
Can you help us to track down a series of lesser-known ‘National’ munitions factories to try and get a more complete picture for the Home Front Legacy project?
The Roman stronghold Ravenglass, once a fort at the southern tip of Hadrian’s Wall, will see the second season of a £125,000 community study into the key civilian settlement site.
A team from the University of Leicester is to investigate the potential use of UAV (Unmanned Aerial Vehicle) technology to advance understanding of our heritage.
Roman finds, including human remains, discovered in a utility trench close to a known Roman burial site in York.
The winners of the 2014 British Archaeological Awards were announced yesterday (Monday 14 July) at an exclusive awards ceremony, compèred by Loyd Grossman, Chair of the Heritage Alliance, and Dan Snow, President of the Council for British Archaeology at the British Museum.
More than 2,000 visitors from around the world attended the grand opening of Salisbury Museum’s new £2.4 million world-class Wessex Gallery of Archaeology on Saturday 12 July which was opened by anthropologist and TV presenter Professor Alice Roberts.
Team CBA are taking to the river Ouse on Sunday 13th July to compete in the annual York Dragon Boat Race. The team are fundraising to support the Young Archaeologists’ Club (YAC). Show your support through SPONSORSHIP today
'Training and Trenches' is a community archaeology project using historical research and archaeological recording techniques to investigate three First World War sites in the Settle area of the Yorkshire Dales National Park.
On Sunday 6th July the second stage of the Tour de France Grand Départ started in York, passing directly by the Council for British Archaeology's office: Beatrice de Cardi House
On 28th June 2014 CBA ran a training day that coincided with Armed Forces Day. Field-based and focusing on the extant military remains at Reighton Sands, North Yorkshire, the aim of the day was to further understanding of twentieth-century defence landscapes.
On Thursday 26th June 2014, colleagues from across the UK heritage sector came together for a Graduation event in York, organised by the Council for British Archaeology to celebrate the achievements of the Community Archaeology Bursaries Project
CBA Chair of Trustees, Jane Grenville, has been recognised in the Queen's Birthday Honours 2014 for her outstanding contribution to higher education.
Minister of Culture, Communications and Creative Industries, Ed Vaizey MP praises Young Archaeologists’ Club (YAC) member for his involvement in a local campaign to protect the archaeology of Didcot.
On Monday 2nd June 2014, colleagues from across the UK heritage sector came together for a Graduation event at National Museum Cardiff, organised by the Council for British Archaeology to celebrate the achievements of the Community Archaeology Bursaries Project
Beatrice de Cardi, the first Secretary of the Council for British Archaeology, celebrated her 100th birthday at a special party at the Society of Antiquaries of London yesterday.
It was announced today that the Council for British Archaeology’s recent book, Star Carr: Life in Britain after the Ice Age, has been short-listed for the Best Archaeological Book prize in the prestigious British Archaeological Awards.
On 14 May 2014 the CBA hosted a one-day seminar to discuss common issues facing the historic environment information management sector and make progress towards a shared vision and agenda. Get involved with ongoing discussions and recap on the day through YouTube, Storify and Twitter!
The CBA have written to Sheffield City Council to stress the archaeological significance of Ancient Woodland in response to a public consultation over plans to create a new motorway service station close to junction 35 of the M1.
The Whitehawk Camp partnership formed of Centre for Applied Archaeology (University College
London), Brighton & Hove City Council’s Royal Pavilion & Museums and Brighton and Hove
Archaeological Society, has today received £99,300 from the Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF) for an
exciting community archaeology project based in Brighton.
The CBA have written to the Prime Minister over concerns about bio-diversity off-setting and the impact this could have on the archaeology of the UK's historic and ancient woodlands.
The CBA have responded in favour of proposed changes to the Scheduled Ancient Monuments Act in Wales which will make it easier to prosecute anybody who causes damage to a scheduled site.
Council for British Archaeology launches online app to enable local people to record the surviving remains of the First World War across Britain and help to protect them.
Great news in the case of the Dissenter's Graveyard in Exeter, which has been saved from development, and is now the subject of an archaeological investigation and restoration project.
North Yorkshire County Archaeology Service at risk after new budget cuts agreed by Yorkshire County Council (March 2014)
The CBA have responded to an outline planning application for a housing development next to Offa's Dyke near Oswestry, including concerns over the lack of heritage information.
Welsh Minister for action over Welsh Chapels
In a last minute move, Oswestry Town Council has voted to reverse its decision on the final parcel of housing by Old Oswestry hillfort.
The 34th Beatrice de Cardi Annual Lecture at the British Academy on 24 February 2014 was presented by Michael Wood who with Brian Marsh OBE of the Marsh Christian Trust, presented the 2013 Marsh Award winner for Community Archaeology to Matt Champion, director of the Norfolk Medieval Graffiti Survey project.
Save Cardiff Coal Exchange! A concerned local has launched a petition to stop the local council from demolishing the interior of one of the finest Victorian buildings in Wales, leaving only the facade.
The CBA has written to Northamptonshire County Council after the BBC reports on proposed budget cuts to the region's Heritage and Archives service.
The CBA responds to the inquiry for the Culture Minister in England on the future of local government archaeology services.
Northamptonshire County Council are proposing to cut the budget for Archives and Heritage by £75,000 over the next 5 years.
IfA’s Petition for a Royal Charter of Incorporation was considered by the Privy Council at its meeting on 11
February 2014, and Her Majesty the Queen was pleased to sign the Order of Grant. Celebrate now, but save some capacity for later! Several profound formalities need to happen before the
new Chartered Institute for Archaeologists (CIfA) comes into being.
Read the official CBA response to the English Heritage new model proposals.
The CBA respond to potential cuts to heritage services at Cheshire West and Chester Council
Funding has been confirmed for the first stages of an exciting new project to help local communities to record at risk coastal heritage sites in England.
CBA Director Mike Heyworth talks to Adjacent Digital Politics about the role of archaeology in the planning system.
In a speech given at the British Library, Culture Secretary Maria Miller looks at why culture matters.
More information about proposed budget cuts to the Worcestershire Archives and Archaeology Service.
English Heritage has commissioned an evaluation of the role, impact and value of Research Frameworks for the historic environment sector in England (including, but not limited to, archaeology and the built environment).
CBA respond to proposed budget cuts to Tyne and Wear Specialist Conservation Team
As part of their support for a broad range of projects supporting public understanding of the environment and countryside, the NINEVEH Charitable Trust are now including archaeology within their funding remit. This could include any projects that inform the public about countryside use historically and how such use has influenced land occupation and use today.
Culture Secretary Maria Miller announced at weekend English Heritage's plan to double the number of listed war memorials using the volunteer input of the War Memorials Trust.
Exploration of Wales’ archaeological treasures is set to be transformed, not only for those with limited knowledge of archaeology but also seasoned archaeologists alike, with the launch of the fun and interactive Archwilio app – a world first for Wales.
The Council for British Archaeology has announced The Norfolk Medieval Graffiti Survey as the winner of the 2013 Marsh Award for Community Archaeology.
Historian, broadcaster and television presenter, Dan Snow was inaugurated as the new President of the Council for British Archaeology (CBA) at the organisation's AGM at the British Academy in London yesterday.
Given today's travel disruption, our annual De Cardi Lecture with Michael Wood has been cancelled. We are hoping to rearrange the lecture for a date early next year to be announced on our website.
The CBA's AGM will take place as planned from 4-5pm today at the British Academy, 11 Carlton House Terrace, London.
On Monday the BBC's One Show looked at the site of Epiacum near Alston in Cumbria where moles have been helping archaeologists uncover Roman artefacts.
Six members of staff from the Council for British Archaeology will be donning their trainers to take part in the Yorkshire corporate relay marathon, as the New YAC Dolls team, to raise funds for the Young Archaeologists’ Club (YAC).
Our submission of Deptford Dockyard and Sayes Court Garden for the 2014 World Monuments Watch has been successful! This is brilliant news for Deptford dockyard and will bring deserved recognition of the immense wealth of heritage that currently lies hidden beneath the concrete. Perfectly timed, as Deptford celebrates its 500th anniversary this year.
The Nov/Dec issue of the magazine includes features on Richard III, excavations at Burrough Hill, a lake village at Wigtownshire, Ecton Mines and finding the Romano-British underclass in the archaeological record.
A Graduation ceremony was held on 20th September at All Saints North Street, York, to congratulate our 2012 intake of Community Archaeology trainees on successful completion of their placements and to express thanks to their host supervisors and mentors.
The first phase of the long-awaited improvements to the setting and visitor experience of Stonehenge will be launched to the public on Wednesday, 18 December 2013.
New exhibition Creative Spirit: Revealing Early Medieval Scotland opens this autumn at the National Museum of Scotland.
This month a further 13 individuals take up post as Community Archaeology Trainees with host organisations located across England, Scotland and Wales. This is the fifth cohort of the popular scheme of year-long training placements in Community Archaeology run by the Council for British Archaeology and funded by the Heritage Lottery Fund through the Skills for the Future programme.
The Council for British Archaeology (CBA) faciliated a UK forum in March 2013 for local archaeological and historical societies and community groups. Read the discussion paper and take part in our UK survey.
We estimate that leaders of our Young Archaeologists' Club (YAC) branches volunteer at least 70 hours each per year, the equivalent of 40,000 hours or 5,600 days across the whole network. Help support a branch near you by sponsoring the YAC relay team 'The New YAC Dolls' in the Yorkshire Marathon on Sunday 20 October.
This new blog developed by the WEA Digability Project aims to provide a space for the discussion and debating of issues relating to inclusive archaeology and heritage education.
The Chancellor's Spending Review announcement for 2015-16 contained a
significant piece of news for the heritage sector in England, that "the
Government will work with English Heritage to consult on establishing a
charity to care
for the historic properties in the National Heritage Collection on a
self-financing basis, supported by Government investment of £80 million
Council for British Archaeology Director Mike Heyworth pays tribute to the man who championed 'Archaeology for All'.
As part of English Heritage’s project to transform the setting and visitor experience of Stonehenge, a section of the A344 road running right past the monument, almost touching the Heel Stone, will be permanently closed from Monday 24 June.
Presentations and case studies from the Forum are now available online with a discussion paper. Share your views to help us support the future of societies.
The CBA's 23rd Festival of Archaeology has been undergoing a rebrand with a refreshed name, logo and visual identity. A new website has also been launched with an enhanced 'what's on' area to help visitors to choose the activities which interest them from over 1,000 events on offer throughout the UK.
The Council for British Archaeology is pleased to announce that 12 further organisations have been confirmed to host youth-focused Community Archaeology Training Placements from September 2013.
First peer-reviewed paper on the University-led archaeological search for Richard III in the latest issue of Antiquity.
Several CBA Community Archaeology trainees attended the Institute for Archaeologists' Conference in Birmingham between 17th and 19th April 2013. This provided an excellent opportunity to share their work with colleagues from the across the sector with poster displays, session presentations and general enthusing!
ICOMOS-UK 2013 Summer Meeting and AGM to be held at Creswell Crags Museum where Britain’s only example of Palaeolithic cave art was discovered in 2003.
The ATF Award was presented to the Thames Discovery Programme in recognition of its work with volunteers recording the archaeology of the Thames Foreshore over the last five years.
The HLF funding stream 'Remembering the First World War' will provide funds to help people explore the history and legacy of the war and how it impacted on their community.
IfA welcomes Scottish Government announcements on historic environment strategy and structures.
Applications still open for the awards that celebrate efforts of local people in saving their heritage. Closing 19 May.
From 3.30pm the session will be streamed live with the opportunity to join the conversation via social media.
One of the most important Roman naval bases in the north of England will be investigated by a community investigation in a study funded by the Heritage Lottery Fund.
'Europe's Lost World: The rediscovery of Doggerland' investigating the submerged landscape of the North Sea Basin is back in print by popular demand.
The Society of Antiquaries is the oldest provincial antiquarian society in England being founded in 1813.
A project part-funded by a £54,800 Heritage Lottery Fund grant has started this week to uncover the Roman archaeology of Navenby.
The fire that began on Monday at the Cuming Museum in Southwark has destroyed the museum's roof and two displays.
Birmingham Museums has been awarded over £700,000 by the Heritage Lottery Fund to create new gallery for the Staffordshire Hoard.
As part of the celebrations for the centenary of the 1913 Ancient Monuments Act and the rise of the popular movement to protect the historic environment, 21st century conservation charities, supported by English Heritage, have launched a Heritage Help advice portal.
A unique project to recreate a 4000 year old boat will reach its dramatic conclusion on Wednesday 6 March as the replica is launched into the waters of Falmouth Harbour.
Archaeologists probing potential foundation areas for Chester’s iconic new theatre have discovered the remains of two Roman roads.
The next issue of Briefing is almost due. This is the CBA's listing of fieldwork, conferences, notices and other events published in our British Archaeology magazine every two months and online.
The Council for British Archaeology has welcomed the decision to withdraw controversial plans for the rebuilding of a pub on the historically sensitive site of Castle Hill, Huddersfield.
A new Heritage Lottery Fund small grant scheme was launched yesterday by historian and broadcaster Michael Wood at the People’s History Museum in Manchester.
Nominations are sought for the 2013 ATF Training Award to recognise and promote best practice in training or professional development in archaeology.
For more information about fieldwork opportunities during April and Summer 2013 see CBA Briefing in British Archaeology magazine and online.
A facial reconstruction commissioned by the Richard III society reveals what he might have looked like.
University of Leicester and Channel 4 release first image of battle-scarred skull - potentially that of King Richard III - ahead of announcement of identity of skeleton.
The Council for British Archaeology will offer 12 year-long 'youth-focused' work-place learning bursaries from September 2013. Organisations from across the UK are sought to host these placements.
A scaled model of a Belgian battlefield built on Cannock Chase during the
First World War to prepare soldiers for trench warfare is to be unearthed.
Archaeologists from around the globe were told that UNESCO’s World Heritage Convention was under serious threat at the launch of the 7th World Archaeological Congress (WAC-7) at the Dead Sea in Jordan on Sunday night.
Applications are invited for Community Archaeology Training Placements, managed by the Council for British Archaeology and located with host organisations across the UK
The Council for British Archaeology has announced another eight organisations to host Community Archaeology Training Placements from April 2013. The fourth cohort in the highly popular programme of year-long work-based learning placements will build upon partnerships and forge links with organisations new to the scheme. In a significant development the reach of the project will be extended to placements in west Scotland, East Anglia, and South West England.
Wakefield Council has secured £39,000 towards the cost of the Ackworth Hoard and is now displaying a selection from the Hoard in Pontefract Museum. The Council expects to secure around £49,000 toward the cost of the Hoard from national funders with the remaining funds to be raised through public donation and Council support.
Guide to the to the henges, cursus, barrows, standing stones and other monuments within the A1 corridor now available to download.
English Heritage launch 'Disability in Time and Place' an online resource for disability history showing that disabled people have had a major influence on many well known and less well-known buildings that we see every day.
Recent news on the NHPP includes the launch of the annual survey, progress report 12/13 and improved general coverage of the plan online.
A rare 1st century Iron Age helmet discovered just outside Canterbury is the only example of its kind in Britain.
A meeting organised by the British Academy on Tuesday provided the opportunity for research funders, academics, learned societies and subject associations to discuss in more detail the implications of open access publication for humanities and social sciences.
Gold and silver decorations on iron ‘grave goods’ found in two Anglo-Saxon cemeteries in east Kent more than 140 years ago are being revealed by X-ray and XRF (X-ray fluorescence) spectrometry analysis.
The Council for British Archaeology is backing the campaign to preserve the grade II listed spillway of the Butterley Reservoir at Marsden, near Huddersfield.
'Scotland's Community Heritage' conference, 11-12th November 2012, provided opportunity for all three cohorts of the Council for British Archaeology's Community Archaeology trainees in Scotland to get together
Wakefield Council’s campaign to keep The Ackworth Hoard is appealing to the public to help raise funds to buy the hoard for future display in Pontefract Museum.
The IfA is offering 8 training posts based within a number of different archaeological organisations and in various areas of archaeological practice to start in January/February 2013. Earliest application deadline 19 November.
A recent ground survey has revealed traces of roundhouses and field boundaries indicating that the tiny island of Grassholm was once home to a thriving prehistoric community.
It has been announced that Time Team has been axed by Channel 4, though they have been commissioned to make a small number of one-off 'specials'
A team of volunteers have helped to uncover Roman artefacts at Arbeia Roman Fort in South Shields.
York Young Archaeologists' Branch celebrates 40th birthday on Saturday 13th October with a Stonehenge cake at the York Archaeological Trust's History and Archaeology Fair.
The Pitt Rivers Museum has been awarded £76,654 to to study and document the early collections of General Pitt Rivers.
French and British archaeologists have entered the network of tunnels beneath the Somme Battlefield that have been untouched for almost 100 years.
Construction on a £20m leisure centre in south-east London has been stopped after more than 500 skeletons dating back to the medieval period were unearthed.
SAVE Britain’s Heritage has won two major high court rulings in their decade-long campaign to end housing destruction in the north of England.
A team from the University of Leicester is today announcing a dramatic development in the search for King Richard III.
Crossrail have announced the return of Bison to Bedlam archaeology exhibition in October.
The Council for British Archaeology is very disappointed to learn that the post of Tourism and Heritage Minister has been dropped.
On-going, educational, oral-history, team research initiative in which senior archaeologists and public figures are invited to share their memories, life stories and past experiences with students.
The popular Heritage Open Days are back between the 6th and 9th September. Experience buildings and sites usually closed to the public or gain access to top heritage attractions for free.
Archaeologists uncover world's most northerly Roman fort at Stracathro, near Brechin in Angus.
Dame Helen Ghosh DCB will be the next Director-General of the National Trust.
The IfA are offering a further 9 training posts under the HLF’s Workplace Learning Bursaries scheme. These posts are based within a number of different archaeological organisations and in various areas of archaeological practice.
The consultation draft of the Association of Diocesan and Cathedral Archaeologists' guidance notes on fabric recording of churches and cathedrals has been released. Have your say by the end of October 2012.
A major training boost has been provided to twelve organisations which have been selected as hosts for the second Community Archaeology Bursaries Project for 24 placement opportunities. The Council for British Archaeology, coordinators of this highly successful project, have selected host organisations with an established track-record in delivering support to communities with an interest in archaeology.
The City of London Archaeological Trust (CoLAT) invites applications for small grants to assist archaeological work in the City of London and its environs.
The Council for British Archaeology has been working in collaboration with ITV, the British Museum and the Portable Antiquities Scheme on ITV1's new series Britain's Secret Treasures to ensure that everyone fully understands all the issues involved in the search for 'treasure' and can seek expert advice and guidance. 'If you are thinking of rushing out to buy a metal detector to search an area near you and seek out your very own "treasure"', CBA Director Mike Heyworth comments, 'there are reasons why you should think again or ask the experts.'
At a well-attended awards ceremony at the British Museum this afternoon, many of the best projects, discoveries and communications relating to British archaeology over the last two years were officially recognised by the biennial British Archaeological Awards.
Between 4th and 6th July volunteers will be undertaking an archaeological survey at a rough sleeper site, which forms part of a project examining the material remains of homeless life in York.
Google Under the Earth: Seeing beneath Stonehenge was launched in November 2011 as an interactive multimedia layer tracking the progress of six years of excavation undertaken by archaeologists as part of the Stonehenge Riverside Project.
Sarah Dhanjal and Suzie Thomas have successfully completed their walk of all 84 miles of Hadrian’s Wall, to raise money for the CBA.
Saturday 14 July London Concert Choir present the first London performance of The Chalk Legend, an exciting theatrical event by award-winning composer Stephen McNeff and librettist Richard Williams, celebrating and inspired by the rich history and folklore of Dorset.
Thousands of individuals and heritage organisations are campaigning to overturn the Budget proposal to withdraw the current zero rate of VAT on approved alterations to listed buildings. Only 2 more days to comment!
This year's FAME Forum will focus on skills and employability in UK archaeology. Held in association with the Archaeology Training Forum, it will bring together a wide range of practitioners to discuss what we can do both to attract new entrants to the profession and to develop and retain those we already have.
A vampire slaying kit – inspired by 19th century folklore and fiction – has been bought at auction by the Royal Armouries Museum in Leeds.
Two thousand years of Chester’s rich and colourful history have been earmarked to create one of Europe’s finest heritage trails.
Those involved in the historic environment sector need to take more action to ensure success in developing the ethnic diversity of its work and volunteer force. This is the conclusion of a ground-breaking research report, launched today, which examined ethnic diversity within the historic environment workforce.
A lecture to to mark The Queen’s Diamond Jubilee and rededication of the Victoria County History (VCH), entitled '“Head of Our Morality”: why the twentieth-century British monarchy matters’, will be presented by Dr David Starkey at Senate House in London on 25 June.
Following a review of the Institute of Archaeology and Antiquity (IAA) at the University of Birmingham, the review group recommended that the IAA be closed.
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Archaeologists from the University of Salford have acted as supervisors to a group of volunteers involved in the excavation of one of Tameside’s most historic sites.