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Graeme Barker retrospective at CBA Beatrice de Cardi Lecture

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.

Marsh Awards for Community Archaeology announced

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.

CBA support for the NVQ in Archaeological Practice

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.

New model for English Heritage confirmed

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.

The Future of Cheshire West and Chester Archaeology Services Consultation

A consultation has been launched by Cheshire West and Chester Council to consider the future of the region’s archaeology services, which are linked to planning. The services are shared across the authorities of Cheshire West and Chester, Cheshire East, and Warrington and Halton, the majority of the historic county of Cheshire.

Britain's lost munitions factories

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?

Romans Return to Ravenglass

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.

British Archaeological Awards 2014 winners announced

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.

New Wessex Gallery of Archaeology

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.

All aboard the Good Ship YAC

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

CBA celebrates home-front military heritage on Armed Forces Day

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.

Cross sector professionals celebrate skills for the future

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

Council for British Archaeology commends cross-sector collaboration

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

CBA book short-listed for major prize

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.

Get involved with the future of historic environment information management

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!

Whitehawk Camp Community Archaeology Project wins Heritage Lottery Fund support

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.

CBA joins the campaign to protect Ancient Woodland

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.

Home Front Legacy project launch

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.

From a grave to a promising future

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.

Beatrice de Cardi Lecture 2014

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.

Cardiff Coal Exchange Controversy

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.

Excellent news about the Institute for Archaeologists’ Petition for a Royal Charter!

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.

England's Coastal Heritage Under Threat

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.

NINEVEH Trust extend their funding remit to include archaeology

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.

App to reveal a whole country’s archaeological treasures

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.

Dan Snow becomes CBA President

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.

De Cardi Lecture cancelled

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.

Moles help to unearth Roman Finds

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.

New YAC Dolls run for Young Archaeologists

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).

Delighted for Deptford Dockyard!

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.

New issue of British Archaeology magazine out now!

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.

Welcome to our new cohort of Community Archaeology Trainees!

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.

Feedback your views on the future of societies

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.

Help support YAC branches

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.

Launch of the 'Inclusive Archaeology Forum'

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.

English Heritage split announced

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

Mick Aston (1946 - 2013)

Council for British Archaeology Director Mike Heyworth pays tribute to the man who championed 'Archaeology for All'.

Forum on the future of local societies

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.

Festival website launched

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 King in the Car Park

First peer-reviewed paper on the University-led archaeological search for Richard III in the latest issue of Antiquity.

The social impact of Community Archaeology

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!

First World War projects launch with HLF funding

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.

Cuming Museum Fire Update

The fire that began on Monday at the Cuming Museum in Southwark has destroyed the museum's roof and two displays.

Heritage Help advice portal launched

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.

Bronze Age boat to be launched

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.

Deadline for Briefing issue 130

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.

Castle Hill

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.

New HLF small grants scheme

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.

Archaeology Training Forum Award 2013

Nominations are sought for the 2013 ATF Training Award to recognise and promote best practice in training or professional development in archaeology.

Fieldwork opportunities 2013

For more information about fieldwork opportunities during April and Summer 2013 see CBA Briefing in British Archaeology magazine and online.

Archaeologists Warned World Heritage Under Threat

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.

Training Placement Boost for Community Archaeology

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

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.

British Archaeology Magazine out Friday

Issue 128 of British Archaeology magazine is in shops on Friday. For subscribers who are yet to receive issue 127 please email info@archaeologyuk.org

Kent Iron Age helmet discovery

A rare 1st century Iron Age helmet discovered just outside Canterbury is the only example of its kind in Britain.

X-rays reveal secrets of Kent Anglo-Saxon graves

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.

CBA joins fight to save historic spillway

The Council for British Archaeology is backing the campaign to preserve the grade II listed spillway of the Butterley Reservoir at Marsden, near Huddersfield.

Help Save the Ackworth Hoard for Yorkshire

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.

HLF funded Workplace Learning Bursaries

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.

Time Team to be axed

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' next year.

The Personal Histories Project

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.

Heritage Open Days 2012

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.

IfA HLF workplace learning bursaries

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.

Church Fabric Recording Consultation

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.

Hosts announced for major new community archaeology training scheme

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.

Grants for Archaeological Work in London

The City of London Archaeological Trust (CoLAT) invites applications for small grants to assist archaeological work in the City of London and its environs.

Archaeology is about knowledge, not treasure

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.'

Britain’s Secret Treasures series starts tonight

The ITV1 series on “Britain’s Secret Treasures” starts this evening at 8pm and runs throughout the week, building up to the final show on Sunday evening which reveals the top ten finds discovered by amateurs reported over the last 20 years.

British Archaeological Awards 2012

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.

Homeless Heritage Survey at Monkbar, York

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.

Seeing beneath Stonehenge

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.

Hadrian’s Wall Walk Complete!

Sarah Dhanjal and Suzie Thomas have successfully completed their walk of all 84 miles of Hadrian’s Wall, to raise money for the CBA.

First performance of The Chalk Legend

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.

VAT Raid on Listed Buildings – say NO Campaign

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!

FAME Forum 2012: Fit for purpose? Skills and employability in UK Archaeology

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.

Celebrating the rededication of the VCH to HM Queen Elizabeth II

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.

Sale of archaeological book collection

The late Douglass Hopkins was a parish priest in the Peterborough Diocese and a canon of the cathedral, but architecture and archaeology were his life-long passion. His extensive collection of books has been made available to buy for future generations to appreciate and enjoy.

New British Archaeology app

Readers of *British Archaeology* can subscribe to the digital edition of the award-winning magazine by downloading the new app for the iPhone and iPad from the iTunes Newsstand. Find out more...

Iron Age Age Helmet Burial

Iron Age Age Helmet Burial found just outside Canterbury in October is believed to date to the 1st century BC.

New Vacancy - Freelance Bibliographer

The Council for British Archaeology (CBA) is offering periodic freelance contracts to assist the Information Officer to create bibliographic records for the British and Irish Archaeological Bibliography (biab).

Britain’s Secret Homes

New five-part series starting on ITV at 9pm on Friday 7 June looking at the 'homes where history happened'.

CBA elects new Chair of Trustees

The Council for British Archaeology has elected Dr Jane Grenville into the role of Chair of Trustees at its AGM which took place in London earlier this week.

CBA commends cross-sector collaboration

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