Greg Speed The Romans Are Coming!

Just a quick reminder that Greg Speed will be speaking at Aldborough Village Hall tomorrow night Thursday 30th October 2014.

The talk starts at 8.00 pm, half an hour later than usual and is free to FORA members and costs only £4.00 for non-members  —  All are welcome!

The talk will be looking at the impact of the Romans and Dere Street on the population of the Vale of Mowbray in Roman Times

Stonehenge – What did you think?

The BBC recently screened a two-part programme featuring the geophysical survey recently completed at Stonehenge using some of the latest techniques, led by Birmingham University and the Ludwig Boltzmann Institute.  After the programmes were shown I was discussing them with a local history group who thought them very good.  However, the WYHF team in the shape of Paul and myself had been very disappointed at the superficial way in which the programme makers had dealt with the subject.  ‘Clever’ camera shots of people tearing across the countryside on quad bikes towing weird looking trailers hardly explained what the Geophysics technology did or why it was so much more advanced than what is usually deployed.  Geophysical interpretation of the results was included in flashy animated graphics but no attempt was made to explain how this was achieved from the data.  Also interesting conjecture was presented as irrefutable proof which is surely not acceptable to modern archaeology?

It would appear that Mike Pitts, editor of the CBA British Archaeology Magazine, has similar views and you might want to read his blog to gain a better insight into what has been going on around Stonehenge in recent years.

What did you think about the programmes and the current coverage of archaeology and other Heritage Themes on television?  Click on the Comments button and lets have a discussion.

By the way, how many of you are following the Future Learn course on Hadrian’s Wall, something else we could talk about?


The Romans are Roaming Yorkshire!

I have recently added various programmes of speakers and events happening over the next few months

Mike Haken, RAS webmaster, and expert on Roman Roads in Yorkshire has been compiling a list of events specifically to do with the Romans.

This has just been published on the Roman Antiquities Section of the YAS website.

Mike also  kindly agreed that I could use his compilation to distribute as one of our usual pdf files.  Click here to download a long list of things Roman happening in Yorkshire


The Roman Roads of Yorkshire Thornton Le Street

Just a reminder that next Saturday 11th October 2014, the Roman Roads series of talks continues with a English Heritage Workshop on LIDAR in the morning and a talk by Hugh Toller entitled ‘Roman Roads – From Warburton to LIDAR’ in the afternoon.

It will be necessary to book for both, there are two places left for the morning workshop.

For full details and how to book you can click here


York University Seminars

The new academic season of YOHRS (York Heritage Research Seminars) is upon us! They have a knock-out line-up of speakers spanning the Autumn and Spring terms, beginning next week with the University of Leed’s Helen Graham at 5.15pm, Tuesday 7 October in King’s Manor 111. Wine will be served from 5.15pm, with Helen’s presentation starting at 5.30pm.

Click here to see the full schedule of YOHRS talks online


All seminars will be live-streamed on:  Click here for the YouTube link

Friends of Roman Aldborough — Winter Programme 2014

We have just received details of the winter programme put out by FORA.

Greg Speed is one of the team of archaeologists currently working on the next stretch of the A1 in the Catterick area.  Their open day earlier this year was certainly interesting and he promises to say more as part of his talk in October.

Patrick Ottaway is also giving a talk in November comparing the Roman History of York with that of Aldborough.

Both of these talks should prove to be well worthwhile a visit to Aldborough.  Click here for further details of these and other events in planning for the next few months.