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One hundred years ago this month, the Representation of the People Act 1918 made political history, giving British women the vote for the first time. Electoral rights were only extended to a select portion of the female population (I wouldn’t have qualified) but it was a watershed moment. This might seem more like social history […]

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Uncovering Bilton Water Main’s ‘warrior burial’

Archaeological work in the East Riding of Yorkshire has uncovered a possible Iron Age warrior burial. Northern Archaeological Associates was commissioned by Morrison Utility Services, on behalf of Yorkshire Water Services, to carry out excavations between Burstwick and Rimswell, ahead of the installation of a replacement water main. Initial archaeological appraisal in advance of this groundwork had identified that the pipeline route crossed an extensive landscape of later prehistoric to Roman date.

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Protecting historic wrecks

Two shipwreck sites spanning some 300 years and lying 280 miles apart have been safeguarded under the Protection of Wrecks Act 1973. Off Chesil Beach in Dorset, the remains of two vessels 200m apart were found by divers from the Weymouth-based Shipwreck Project in 2010. Thought to be wooden merchant vessels, they held 15 cast-iron […]

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Current Archaeology 327

Why were Pictish symbols carved into Trusty’s Hill, far to the south of where they usually occur? Investigation of a hillfort towering over the images reveals that the site developed into a prosperous centre in the 6th century AD, and may even have been at the heart of the lost kingdom of Rheged. If so, […]

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The archaeology of the domestic cat

Of mousers and men When did cats graduate from convenient pest-control to one of the world’s most popular pets, and how can you tell the difference in the archaeological record? The answer, John Buglass and Jennifer West suggest, may lie in Roman Yorkshire. Today, the image of a pet cat purring on its owner’s lap […]

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Rievaulx Abbey

Nestled in the green, wooded hills of the North York Moors lie the ruins of Rievaulx Abbey. English Heritage has recently opened a new museum on the site, more than doubling the number of artefacts on show. Lucia Marchini discovered how the state-of-the-art displays explore over 400 years of Cistercian abbey life. Founded in 1132 […]

Huddersfield & District Archaeological Society

The Society actively studies, explores and records the archaeology of the Huddersfield area. It covers Pre-history, the Roman and Mediaeval periods and more recently, Industrial Archaeology. A Roman Interest Group has just been formed, whose priority is to find more links of the Roman Road across the Pennines A winter lecture series is held on […]

Halifax Antiquarian Society

Publishes transactions. Individual members have taken part in excavations and in recording for Sites and Monuments Record. Contact details Web: halifaxhistory.org.uk Email: halifaxantiquarian@gmail.com

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South Leeds Archaeology Group

South Leeds Archaeology (SLA), brings together individuals who are interested in archaeology, share information, learn from each other and further everyone’s understanding. Founded in 2005 by a group of like minded individuals and spearheaded by their archaeology teacher, SLA now has over 20 members. It works closely with the West Yorkshire Achieve Service (WYAS). What […]

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Forest of Galtres Society

Holding infrequent meetings since 1953, the society now offers those from Easingwold Rural District with an interest in local history a varied programme  of events, lectures and summer outings. They seek to foster an appreciation and preservation of local historical treasures and heritage both tangible and intangible. Contact Details Website: www.forestofgaltressociety.org E-mail: helen@forestofgaltressociety.org

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