|Our monthly public presentation evenings
will be on Wednesday evenings
7.30 pm to 9.30 pm
Rothwell Community Hub ,
Marsh Street, Rothwell, LS26 0AE
Starting Wednesday 22nd January 2019
All are welcome.
Fees £4.00 for Non Members; £2.00 for Members
Covid-19 update: Reluctantly we have postponed the talks for March through to June 2020.
Further updates will be forthcoming as the situation develops.
|22nd January 2020 Dave Williams
The Bare Bones of Burials in Archaeology:
A Commercial Archaeologist View
Dave’s talk will cover an aspect of archaeology that is both interesting and yet fraught with all kinds of dilemma and ethical considerations. He will share how archaeologists go about excavating and looking after the people that once populated the past. This will be illustrated with plenty of examples from around the Leeds and Yorkshire region.
|26th February 2020 Dave Russ
‘Lost’ Industries of Wakefield
Wakefield has a history of many and varied industries and companies. Many of these no longer exist in their original form. Dave’s talk will highlight some of these and describe what if anything has survived to the present day.
|25th March 2020 Mike Haken — Postponed
Early Arrival of Romans in Brigantia
Recent research is suggesting that the Romans came further north into Brigantia before the accepted date of 71AD. Magnetometry surveys carried out by Mike and the Roman Roads Research Association support this idea. Mike will be describing some of his research.
|22nd April 2020 Chris Atkinson Postponed
Celebrating Our Woodland Heritage
Led by Pennine Prospects, the ‘Celebrating Our Woodland Heritage Project’ is a National Lottery Heritage Fund, concerned with the investigation and promotion of woodlands within the South Pennines. Community groups, families and youth organisations have undertaken five excavations, including platforms relating to the charcoal industry, First World War practice trenches and a Roman Road. This presentation will serve to highlight the results of the project.
|27th May 2020 Postponed Reb Ellis
“All Creatures Great and Small” – The Celtic Menagerie Revisited
Last time Reb spoke at South Leeds she introduced her MA research into the use of animals in Early Celtic Art. Her PhD research is returning a set of even weirder and wackier characters, including humans too! The talk will introduce you to new findings on animal-human relations of the later Iron Age and show how the public have unknowingly helped contribute to it, whilst also showcasing particular pieces from Yorkshire that have enhanced this unique slice of art history.”
|24th June 2020 Hannah Russ Postponed
Jam, Bovril and Shippam’s Paste: eating and drinking habits in the North York Moors in the late 19th and early 20th centuries
Community excavations have been undertaken in the North York Moors National Park. The excavations have resulted in the recovery of finds that provide evidence for the day to day lives of the people who lived and worked in the area. As a result large ‘dumps’ of rubbish close to settlement and working locations accumulated. These ‘dumps’ provide a valuable insight into the eating and drinking habits of these people. Hannah will discuss the evidence for the use of ‘medicines’ long considered ineffective or poisonous to health, for children’s play time, for changes in fashion for crockery, a love of Bovril, jam and Shippam’s paste, and the enjoyment of the odd local beer or two in the local and regional context of the sites excavated.
22nd July 2020 Dave Weldrake Will review situation in June.
|26th August 2020 Vivien Deacon
The Rock-art of Rombalds Moor, West Yorkshire: a landscape approach
Vivien completed a study of the rock-art of Rombalds Moor for her PhD, and will present an overview of British rock-art and then her own findings. The image given here seems not to show any rock-art. However, there are carvings on this rock, but all of them are on the topmost surface. They cannot be seen unless you climb right up there. The figure gives the scale and shows that climbing up to, and working on the carving surface is risky. The significance of this will become clear during the discussion of the findings of the research.
|23rd September 2020 Alison Spencer
FFWAP ON THE WOLDS ‘
The when, why, what and WOW ! !
FFWAP is a community archaeology group created specifically to look at crop-marks on the wolds.
Alison’s talk will cover the formation of FFWAP, our first excavation project (in partnership with RRRA) and how it led onto magnetometry.
|28th October 2020 Janet McNaught
Pontefract Castle and Other Recent Local Archaeology
There has been a lot of recent archaeology and conservation at Pontefract Castle. Janet, a member of Pontefract Archaeology Society, will be describing some of this work and other recent finds in the locality.
|25th November 2020 Peter Halkon
The small town of Brough was once Petuaria, almost certainly the tribal centre of the Parisi of Roman Eastern Yorkshire. no formal excavation was done there until the 1930s.Since 2014 geophysics and other research has been undertaken as part of a wider community project run through the Elloughton cum Brough Playing Fields Association. Results have been impressive revealing much more about this neglected Roman site.