Sunday, April 18, 2010

Social Networks for Archaeology

The power and importance of social networks are growing all the time, not least in the field of archaeology.

I thought that it would be useful to compile a list of these sites for archaeology. The list as it stands at the moment can be found here….

Obviously, this list is very incomplete at the moment, so if you know of any archaeological social network site that should be added, please give details on the form here…

Saturday, April 10, 2010

Photos from the EMAS Easter Study Tour

You can find photographs from this year’s EMAS Easter Study Tour and other earlier trips at:

Wednesday, April 7, 2010

EMAS Easter Study Tour – Day 6

We left Chesterfield and drove to Lincoln.

Here we visited the Cathedral, with its wonderful Angel Choir. Walking from west to east in the cathedral is a visual demonstration of the progression from Early English to Decorated Gothic.

We then visited the Bishop’s Palace, and then down the aptly-named Steep Hill to see the two excellent 12th century buildings: the Norman House and The Jews House.

Then Lunch and the drive back to London.

Tuesday, April 6, 2010

EMAS Easter Study Tour - Day 5

A Day of Anglo-Saxon churches, or architectural fragments thereof,

We started the day with a visit to Repton church, with its wonderful 8th century crypt. The vicar and his wife were very friendly and allowed us to visit their garden – the site of the mass grave excavated by the Biddles.

We then went to Bredon on the Hill. Here the earliest surviving parts of the church are Norman, but there is a wealth of Anglo-Saxon sculpted stone set into the walls of the later church.

After a superb lunch in the Bull’s Head, Repton, we went to Stanton-by-Bridge Church – here most of the visible fabric is Norman, or later, but the long and short quoins at the east of the nave suggest an Anglo-Saxon date for the original church.

Finally, we went to Hough on the Hill. This church has a fine Anglo-Saxon west tower with an interesting round stair turret.

Sunday, April 4, 2010

EMAS Easter Study Tour – Day 4

Today’s itinerary had a variety of different types of sites. We started at Mattersey Priory – the remains of a Gilbertine Priory founded in 1185. This is a charming site, although most of the remains are from the 13th century frater. We then visited Gainsthorpe Medieval Village – a DMV that has impressive earthworks from c. 30 house platforms, a large courtyard building and two dovecotes. We then went on to St Peter’s Church, Barton-upon-Humber, with its famous Anglo-Saxon tower. Finally, we visited Tattershall Castle – originally a stone-built 13th century castle, but mostly famous for its brick great tower, which was built in 1434 for Ralph, first Lord Cromwell.

Saturday, April 3, 2010

EMAS Easter study tour - Day 3

We started the day at Wirkworth Church with its superb Anglo-Saxon sarcophagus. This is probably of late 7th century date (the date is based on the crucifixion scene which shows an Angus Dei on the cross instead of Jesus – a motif which was banned by the church in 692) and shows 8 scenes: Christ washing the feet of the disciples; the Crucifixion; the burial of the Virgin; the Presentation in the Temple; the descent into hell of the worst sinners; Christ ascending to heaven; the Annunciation; The Virgin holding Christ as a baby who holds a scroll in one hand and points to Peter with the other, indicating that the Word should be spread through him.

Next to Tides Low Neolithic barrow which is in a rather sorry state of preservation.

We then visited Peveril Castle – a Norman keep in a superb situation, well worth the rather steep climb to get to it.

Finally, we visited Roche Abbey, a Cistercian abbey founded 1147, although the surviving buildings date to c. 1170.

EMAS Easter study tour - Day 2 Afternoon (2)

Finally, we visited Bakewell Church with its two Anglo-Saxon crosses and its superb collection of sculpted stone.

Friday, April 2, 2010

EMAS Easter study tour - Day 2 Afternoon

Of course, the weather changed when we headed for the open country!

Our visit to the sites of Arbor Low Henge and Gibb Hill Barrow were in pouring rain with a very strong wind.

Needless to say, soon after we left the site, the rain eased off!

EMAS Easter study tour - Day 2 Morning

We began the day with a memorable visit to Creswell Crags. The new visitors’ centre is very well designed and the staff are very friendly.

We took the Rock Art tour and had an excellent guide – Becky (the one in the yellow helmet).

I can certainly recommend a visit to this site. There is also a very nice small museum with some first class computer graphics showing the rock art.

At this point the weather was reasonably good – i.e. overcast with occasional showers.

Two more pictures from Thursday's Visits

Thursday, April 1, 2010

The EMAS Peaks and Fens Study Tour: Day 1

The weather was much kinder than promised and we got off to a good start. An early departure from Baker Street, and we were at our first stop, Rushton Triangular Lodge at 11:00.

The building is an amazing structure. It was planned by Thomas Tresham (d. 1605) when he was in prison and is a celebration of his Catholic faith. The triangular shape and the trefoils that decorate each group of three triangular windows not only reflect the Trinity, but also Tresham’s nickname of Tres. The walls are 33 feet long and 3 Latin texts, each 33 letters long, run around the building on each fa├žade.

After lunch at the Anne of Cleves in Melton Mowbray, we drove on to Rufford Abbey, a Cistercian monastery, founded by Gilbert de Gant in or about 1147, and colonized with monks from Rievaulx abbey.

Finally, arrival at Chesterfield which will be our base for the trip.