Next Society Lecture Saturday 9th December

Professor David Breeze will present a lecture entitled: Hadrian’s Wall: J.C. Bruce, Henry Richardson and the creation of the modern view of Hadrian’s Wall
It will be held on Saturday 9th December 2017 at 2:30pm
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Conservation Areas at 50

The Chester Conference: A focus on the next 50 years.  This one day conference to be held on November 15th in the Wesley Church Centre.  It will explore how Conservation Areas can add value to the quality of life in our cities, towns and villages.
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Cheshire History Day – Literary Cheshire

Cheshire History Day will be held on Saturday 4th November 2017 at the new Memorial Court in Northwich. The days’ topic will be Literary Cheshire with presentations on Ranulf Higden, Sir Gawain and the Green Knight, Anna Barbauld, Elizabeth Gaskell and Beatrice Tunstall.
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Historical Metallurgy Society – 2017 research in progress meeting

On November 9th The Historical Metallurgy Society will be meeting at the University of Liverpool for their 2017 research in progress meeting.
This one day session includes archaeology (Bronze Age, Iron Age, Roman) as well as historical metallurgy.
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CBA NW Autumn Conference

The CBA NW Autumn Conference 2017:
‘Old and New Worlds:The Late Medieval / Post Medieval Transition’
This event will be held in West Kirby on Saturday 4th November 2017
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Menai Bridge Book Fair

Menai Bridge Book Fair will be held on Saturday 14th October 2017
Ysgol David Hughes (School), Pentraeth Road, Menai Bridge, LL59 5SS
Fifty tables of books in Welsh and English, old, new and antiquarian; postcards, collectables, etc. You can watch a bookbinder demonstrating his craft.
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The Roman Amphitheatre of Chester Volume 1

Just published! The Roman Amphitheatre of Chester Volume 1, by Tony Wilmott & Dan Garner
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The Roman Amphitheatre of Chester Volume 1

By Tony Wilmott & Dan Garner
Hardback, 496 pages, Published by Oxbow Books, ISBN:9781785707445
Details:
This is the first of two volumes dealing with the major research excavations on the Chester Amphitheatre in 2004–2006. The amphitheatre was discovered in 1929 and partially excavated in the 1970s, after which the northern half was laid out as a public monument. Subsequent questions about the future of the site and the original interpretation prompted the recent work which was part funded by English Heritage and the (then) Chester City Council. The first amphitheatre was built in the 70s AD. It had a stone outer wall with external stairs and timber framed seating, the structure of which can be reconstructed. The second amphitheatre was built concentrically around the first, sealing deposits relating to the behaviour of spectators and the economy of spectacles in the first building. Amphitheatre 2, probably built in the later second century, was the largest and most impressive amphitheatre in Britain, featuring elaborate entrances, internal stairs and decorative pilasters on the outer wall. Although heavily robbed, sufficient survives to enable a confident architectural reconstruction to be proposed. Arena furniture hints at the type of spectacles that took place here. Beneath the seating banks of the amphitheatres evidence for prehistoric settlement was recovered – the first substantial prehistoric archaeology to be found in Chester. Occupation began with a Mesolithic phase, followed by a Middle Iron Age agricultural settlement and finally Late Iron Age cord-rig ploughing. This fully integrated volume tells the story of the site from the Mesolithic to the end of the life of the amphitheatre. It contains full stratigraphic and structural detail, including CGI reconstruction of Amphitheatre 2, artefactual and ecofactual evidence, and takes account of the findings of all excavations on the site since 1929. A second volume will deal with the robbing and reuse of the amphitheatre in the post Roman period, and the development of the medieval and post-medieval urban landscape of the site.

CIfA launches important new guidance

The Chartered Institute for Archaeologists (CIfA) has published important new guidance entitled “A Review of the Standard of Reporting on Archaeological Artefacts in England – 24 July 2017”
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Additions to the Links page!

New additions to the Links page include:
The Offa’s Dyke collaboratory: A Research Network for Offa’s Dyke, Wat’s Dyke and Early Medieval Western Britain
Atlas of hillforts of Britain and Ireland
Key to English place-names
The rural settlement of Roman Britain
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