Lecture Program 2020 - 2021
All meetings will be held at Friends Meeting House, Hill Street, Coventry, at 19:30 on the 2nd Tuesday of the month.
There is a £1 door charge per member (excluding children of family members) to defray room hire fees. Door fee for non members is £3. Non members door fee is refunded if you join CADAS on the evening.
Membership is £15 for individuals; £20 for family. Membership includes am e mail bulletin.
January 14th Dr Daniel Reynolds At the Crossroads of Empires
Dr Reynolds is Lecturer in Byzantine History at the University of Birmingham. His research interests include the culture of the Byzantine empire and the Byzantine and early Islamic Levant. He has published journal articles and books and is co-director of the project “At the Crossroads of Empires: the Longobard Church of Sant’Ambrogio at Montecorvino Rovella (Salerno)”. www.birmingham.ac.uk/.
Excavations have revealed the remains of the 9th century church of Sant’Ambrogio in Southern Italy which show beautifully preserved wall paintings and other features usually associated more with Byzantine Constantinople and Papal Rome than with the culture of the Lombards in whose territory it stood. The project is conducting a full archaeological and historical analysis of the church with the aim of having it incorporated in the World Heritage List.
11th February Title: The Archaeology of HS2
Lecturer: Rob Early is Head of Heritage and Archaeology at WSP UK. and has over thirty years archaeological and heritage experience. Recent work has included the first large-scale archaeological research project of a German POW camp in France and heritage consultancy for the Daming Palace Heritage Park regeneration project in Xian, China.
His publications range from the prehistoric time period to the Second World War.
The work being done in preparation for HS2 is s the largest archaeology project undertaken in the UK. The northern section alone covers more than fifty miles as it travels in to Birmingham and already many finds have been discovered. The project will uncover.the remains of a medieval manor in Warwickshire, find out more about the Black Death and its impact on medieval villages and compare and contrast the lives of the population in London and Birmingham by studying two Georgian / Victorian burial grounds.
March 10th Title: Heavy Metal!
Paul Thompson is an assistant project officer with Museum of London Archaeology ( MOLA ) based in Northampton. He has given a variety of entertaining and highly informative lectures to CADAS over the years - frequently in period costume.
The talk will include a large handling collection of original and replica artefacts and include Luga’s guide to everyday living in the middle ~ later Bronze Age in Britain, approximately 3,000 years ago. It will incorporate the latest knowledge that has been learned about this period.
14th April Title: Band of Brothers at Bullecourt: Operation Nightingale Excavations on a First World War Battlefield
Lecturer: Alex Sotheran is the archaeological Advisor for the Defence Infrastructure Organisation, covering the North of England and Scotland. and has been involved in archaeology for almost twenty years. He has worked on sites in various parts of the world. His work has included First World War archaeology and he has also worked on several television documentary series on First World War sites.
Operation Nightingale is a project intended to help rehabilitate injured soldiers by involving them in archaeological excavations. Teams of wounded service personnel and veterans have worked very successfully on various sites. Some have gone on to become professional archaeologists One such site is Bullecourt in France which was the scene of a major tank battle in 1917 and was the subject of one Digging for Britain programme.
POSTPONED UNTIL SEPTEMBER 2020
September 8th The Margaret Rylatt Memorial Lecture: The Burrough Hill Project
Lecturer: John Thomas. John is a Project Manager at the University of Leicester Archaeological Services who has directed many large-scale excavation projects including that of the extensive Iron Age settlement at Glenfield and he co-directed research excavations at Burrough Hill. Burrough Hill is the finest preserved Iron Age Hillfort in the region. Between 2010 and 2014 this project recovered nationally important prehistoric metalwork.
He has published widely. www2.le.ac.uk/services/ulas/about/staff-folder/
NB: It is currently planned that the AGM will be held before this lecture, starting at 6:30pm.
October 13th Roman Warwick
Caroline Rann is Archaeological Projects Manager at Archaeology Warwickshire and has worked for them since 2000. She has manged a variety of projects, is a committee member of the Birmingham and Warwickshire Archaeological Society and has a particular interest in prehistoric and Roman periods.
During construction work for a new school on the Banbury Road in Warwick archaeologists discovered a previously unknown villa. The excavation brought to light the largest ancient building in the region. It was constructed out of local sandstone and was used for agricultural purposes.
November 10th The Body in History
Dr Harris is Associate Professor of Archaeology at the University of Leicester. In 2016 he was awarded the Philip Leverhulme Prize for Archaeology and he is co-director of the Ardnamurchan Transitions Project. As well as publishing numerous journal articles and papers and a number of books he is co-author of The Body in History which won two Professional and Scholarly Excellence awards presented by the Association of American Publishers Professional and Scholarly Publishing Division. www2.le.ac.uk/.../people/academics/harris
Archaeological discoveries show that during the past 40,000 years people have depicted the human form in many ways and treated the body in life death and art in varying fashions over the ages. The lecture will be based findings in the award-winning book.
December 8th John Shelton Memorial Lecture: Piety, Patronage and Place - The Carthusian Priory of St. Anne’s, Coventry.
Richard Walsh from the University of Leicester researched the Charterhouse for his degree and ULAS excavated a section of the site in 2019. Two speakers will be sharing their findings and talking about the Carthusians in Coventry and the history that was revealed by the Charterhouse excavations. The Charterhouse was founded in the 14th century and dissolved at the Reformation. It was one of the sites excavated by CADAS under Margaret Rylatt. CADAS has worked there more recently as well. The part of the Monastery which survived above ground was used as a house and then for educational purposes. It is now in the care of Coventry Historic Trust.