Monday, May 21, 2012

EMAS Field Trip to Kenilworth & Ludlow Castles

EMAS Field Trip to Kenilworth & Ludlow Castles
Saturday, 14th July 2012

David  Beard M.A. will be our guide to the castles of Kenilworth and Ludlow in Shropshire.

English Heritage describes Kenilworth Castle as “the largest castle ruin in England”.

Originally built by Geoffrey de Clinton in 1122 the castle was taken into royal ownership by Henry II and remained as such until 1253 when Simon de Montfort and the Dudley family respectively took possession.  This variety of ownership has resulted in some splendid castle ruins incorporating a massive Norman keep, a 14th century Banqueting Hall and a Tudor great Gate-house.  Also in 1266 Kenilworth was besieged and the castle held out for 9 months before disease forced surrender.

After lunch we will visit Ludlow, which is another splendid castle with extensive ruins.  This was a Norman fortification dictated by the natural landscape, as originally a rock-cut ditch sealed off the north-west area of the hill, in which the Norman castle was sited.  The resulting oval enclosure was surrounded by a curtain wall with 4 projecting towers and a gate-house.  Remains of a circular chapel remain within these walls, of which the circular nave still stands.  Like Kenilworth, Ludlow passed into royal ownership and stayed as such for 350 years.  From 1811 the castle has been in the possession of the Earls of Powis.

Early Medieval Day School

Two visitors at the Court of King Alfred:
The Voyages of Ohthere and Wulfstan.
David Beard M.A. Saturday, 7th July 2012

In the late ninth century, two Scandinavian seafarers visited the court of the West Saxon king, Alfred.  One of these seafarers was called Ohthere, the other’s name was Wulfstan.

Despite the fact that King Alfred had spent much of his adult life fighting Scandinavian invaders, he made these visitors welcome, plied them with questions about their lives and their homelands, and incorporated a written version of their accounts into his translation of Orosius’ world history.

These accounts are remarkable for their straightforward, to-the-point approach, and they constitute the most important, contemporary description of Viking Age seafaring.

This day school looks at the written accounts and compares them with the archaeological information to give an account of settlement, ships and seafaring in Viking Age Scandinavia.

EMAS Update

I am sorry to inform members that there have been difficulties with the dates of the field trips to Roman Wroxeter and the castles at Kenilworth and Ludlow.

This has meant that the trip to Wroxeter has been postponed to Saturday 8th September, instead of Saturday 23rd June.  Then Dr. Roger White, Senior Lecturer at the Institute of Archaeology and Antiquity, University of Birmingham, can be our guide to the recent ‘construct’ of the villa urbana at Wroxeter as well as to the rest of the Roman city.  Dr. White was involved in all phases of the construction of this Roman town house and has been involved with work at Wroxeter.

The field trip to Kenilworth and Ludlow Castles will now be on Saturday 14th July instead of Saturday, 7th July, so as to avoid the Ludlow Festival, which somewhat takes over the castle.  The Day School will now be on 7th July.  Details for both these July events are included in this mailshot.

David Beard has put a Survey on the EMAS website.  Please complete it, if you have access to the internet.  The Survey can be found here...

Also in connection with the internet and the huge rise in postage rates, if any members who have not opted to receive EMAS information electronically, now wish to do so, please contact David Beard on-line or myself.

Many thanks and apologies for the above alterations.

New Look for the Current Archaeology Website

Current Archaeology now has a dedicated news editor in-house, and the news articles are now posted on our website as the stories break rather than simply published in the magazine.  You can also subscribe to receive an email newsletter, and there are RSS feeds for your newreader as well.

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The Current World Archaeology website has also been updated.

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Sunday, May 6, 2012

Archaeological Events in Europe

We now have a new website:

As its name implies, this site is a diary of forthcoming archaeological events of all types.

You can view events by the month, or you can select categories of events (e.g. courses, exhibitions, field trips, lectures, study tours, training digs, etc).

There is also an online form to submit new events.

You can find the site here...

Friday, May 4, 2012

Ireland in a Roman World

Sponsored by The Discovery Programme
Saturday, October 20, 2012 - 9:00am - Sunday, October 21, 2012 - 2:00pm
Trinity College Dublin
Dublin, DB

The Discovery Programme is proud to announce the first international interdisciplinary conference that will consider how communities in Ireland engaged with the Roman world. We have invited leading academics from Ireland, England, Scotland, Germany, Denmark and the USA to present papers from across the subjects of Archaeology, History, Classics, Earth Sciences, Iron Age studies and 'Celtic' Studies, covering the Iron Age through to Late Antiquity.

Tuesday, May 1, 2012

Oxford Online Courses in Archaeology

The University of Oxford's online courses in archaeology for Trinity term are now open for enrolment.

"Cave paintings, castles and pyramids, Neanderthals, Romans and Vikings - archaeology is about the excitement of discovery, finding out about our ancestors, exploring landscape through time, piecing together puzzles of the past from material remains.
"Our courses enable you to experience all this through online archaeological resources based on primary evidence from excavations and artefacts and from complex scientific processes and current thinking. Together with guided reading, discussion and activities you can experience how archaeologists work today to increase our knowledge of people and societies from the past."
You can find the full list of courses here...