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Cornwall Archaeological Society
Winter Lectures 2014/15
Truro Winter Lectures 2014/15
Thursday evening at 7.30pm
Truro Baptist Church, Chapel Hill. Truro. TR1 3BD
Corfield Nankivell lecture.
Dr Richard Buckley: The King under the Car Park’: Greyfriars, Leicester and the Search for Richard III.
Dr Buckley was the lead archaeologist from the University of Leicester on the Search for Richard Project in 2012, which caught the public imagination.
Area reps evening
Dr Ben Pears.
AC Archaeology: Digging dirt: Anthropogenic soils in Cornwall: a rare archaeological resource.
Anthropogenic soils are deposits created either deliberately or accidentally as a result of human occupation or as a conscious attempt to increase the quality of farmland. In many cases it can be the only evidence of human activity in a landscape as more traditional archaeological features are not present. This presentation will illustrate case studies of sites around the world where these deposits have been identified and then discuss sites in Cornwall where current research is being conducted using geoarchaeological techniques and finally look to the future of these key resources.
Dr Kate Verkooijen: Making Beads in Bronze Age Britain faience and amber (with hands on display)
Archaeological finds show that during the Bronze Age, the exotic ‘new’ materials of natural amber and man-made faience started to be used in Britain. Although only in very small quantities, these represent some of the most spectacular artefacts from this period. In this talk Dr Verkooijen shares insights about her practical work and her research findings as well as bringing along the actual things she has made for people to handle/look at.”
Saturday 18th April AGM
Julian Richards: ‘What’s wrong with archaeology?’
There will be an additional lecture in May, from David Jacques on Vespasian’s Camp, Avebury, date to be confirmed.
Liskeard Winter Lectures
Friday evenings 7.30pm St.Martins Church Hall, Church Street, Liskeard. PL14 3AD
Paul Holden FSA (National Trust): The Lanhydrock Atlas
The Atlas illustrates the widely scattered Cornish landholdings of a single gentry family ─ the Robartes of Lanhydrock. They not only lay bare their patron’s wealth and affluence but also represent a material embodiment of their power. The maps are an important resource for archaeologists, geographers and historians alike. This talk will give some background behind the Atlas and look specifically at features that make them so important.
Brian Sheen: Astronomical alignments at the Hurlers
16th January: Area reps evening
Prof Michelle Brown: The Bodmin Gospels, Cornwall's Earliest Book
This talk will consider the materiality of the Bodmin Gospels, a Breton Gospel book which served as the Book of the High Altar at St Petroc's, Bodmin, from the 10th century and which contains manumissions containing early Cornish names. It will discuss its significance and its place in the history of Cornwall during the early Middle Ages.
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