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February 2018

Jen Deadman (Historic Buildings Consultant): Out of Nidderdale and Over The Hill: A Valley Lost in Time

February 3 @ 2:30 pm - 4:00 pm
Harlow Hill Methodist Church, Otley Road
Harrogate, North Yorkshire HG2 0AG United Kingdom
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An exploration of the landscape of a remote valley which since prehistory has been home to many but now supports just a few isolated farmsteads. Here Man has tilled the earth for centuries, a battle hard won and easily lost. Today the evidence for past habitation is there for those who seek to see in the hut circles and enclosures of early farmers to the carefully planned farmsteads and regular field patterns of the 19th century.    

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March 2018

John Buglass: The Archaeology Around Yorkshire Reservoirs

March 3 @ 2:30 pm - 4:00 pm
Harlow Hill Methodist Church, Otley Road
Harrogate, North Yorkshire HG2 0AG United Kingdom
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As a result of a survey of 1300 ha of the woodlands that surround Yorkshire Water's reservoirs over 400 archaeological and historic sites were recorded of which nearly half had never previously been identified. These sites range from abandoned medieval villages and farmsteads through to highly unusual Second World War reservoir defences. The sites also included a navvy camp which once housed 1200 people; drown mills and villages; long lost pubs and evidence for who came and went around the reservoirs as…

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April 2018

Bob Barker: Recent excavations uncovering prehistoric Nidderdale

April 7 @ 2:30 pm - 4:00 pm
Harlow Hill Methodist Church, Otley Road
Harrogate, North Yorkshire HG2 0AG United Kingdom
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The talk will cover the excavations undertaken by the Iron Age Nidderdale community archaeology group over the last few years. These include mysterious platforms, prehistoric settlements and the truth about some of the lumps and bumps in the dale.

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May 2018

Joyce Hill: The Two Worlds of Libya – A Classical Perspective

May 5 @ 2:30 pm - 4:00 pm
Harlow Hill Methodist Church, Otley Road
Harrogate, North Yorkshire HG2 0AG United Kingdom
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Since the fall of Colonel Gaddafi, Libya has shown itself to be a deeply divided country, with little or no cooperation between the western half centred on Tripoli, and the eastern half centred on Benghazi. Yet in fact history shows us that this divide has always been profound, going back to Phoenician, Ptolemaic and Carthaginian times and continuing within the Roman Empire and beyond. The talk, in exploring this history with reference to the amazingly well-preserved archaeological remains, gives a…

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June 2018

Ann & Stuart Wilkinson: The Value of Geophysical Survey

June 2 @ 2:30 pm - 4:00 pm
Harlow Hill Methodist Church, Otley Road
Harrogate, North Yorkshire HG2 0AG United Kingdom
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July 2018

Mike Gill: The Greenhow Mines

July 7 @ 8:00 am - 5:00 pm
Harlow Hill Methodist Church, Otley Road
Harrogate, North Yorkshire HG2 0AG United Kingdom
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Lead mining on Greenhow Hill has a long history, yet many traces of it have been removed or changed by later mining, quarrying and farming. During his talk the speaker will attempt to reconstruct the industry with various pictures and give an impression of its changing fortune.

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September 2018

Jennifer Crangle: Rothwell’s bones; medieval curation of the dead

September 1 @ 2:30 pm - 5:00 pm
Harlow Hill Methodist Church, Otley Road
Harrogate, North Yorkshire HG2 0AG United Kingdom
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An illustrated talk will be given by Dr Jennifer Crangle entitled "Rothwell's bones; medieval curation of the dead". Dr Crangle, together with Dr Elizabeth Craig-Atkins and Prof Dawn Hadley, established the 'Rothwell Charnel Chapel Project' based on the medieval crypt and collection of human skeletal material at Holy Trinity Church, Rothwell, Northamptonshire.   This subterranean charnel chapel houses one of only two remaining in situ medieval ossuaries (collections of human bones) in England. The Project aims to further the understanding of charnelling…

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October 2018

John Buglass: Boats in a Coal Mine – The 18th Century Ships in the River Aire at Methley

October 6 @ 2:30 pm - 4:00 pm
Harlow Hill Methodist Church, Otley Road
Harrogate, North Yorkshire HG2 0AG United Kingdom
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After the catastrophic flooding of the open cast mine at Allerton Bywater the remains of up to nine 18th century river vessels along with ferry crossings and a series of dry docks and locks on the River Aire were left high and dry. After two years of excavation and 20yrs of research the results of this award winning project show that these remains were a very rare survival from the early years of the Aire and Calder Navigation. Also surviving…

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November 2018

Dr. Cathy Batt: Magnetic Moments in the Past

November 3 @ 2:30 pm - 4:00 pm
Harlow Hill Methodist Church, Otley Road
Harrogate, North Yorkshire HG2 0AG United Kingdom
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Find out how the Earth’s magnetic field can be used to date archaeological sites, with examples from Orkney to Iran. The talk will give an insight into the behaviour of the geomagnetic field and the ways in which archaeologists can use that information to date human activity. There will be the opportunity to see how the method works in practice and to hear about the latest research.

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December 2018

Short Talks

December 1 @ 2:30 pm - 4:00 pm
Harlow Hill Methodist Church, Otley Road
Harrogate, North Yorkshire HG2 0AG United Kingdom
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1 Brian Hiscutt -  'There were Giants in this Land' 2 Tricia Cowell - Beckwithshaw 3 Janis Heward - Green Men Others TBC nearer the time Followed by our annual Christmas party!

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