EVENTS

Fieldwalking: we don’t have any fieldwalking to do until next year but other groups are walking this Sunday 8th December, contact julialmanley at yahoo.com for info….You don’t need any experience, it’s easy enough to do and you’ll be looked after.

Thursday 28th November
at 7:30pm. We’re spoiled for Egyptology this November as
Fen Edge Archaeology Group present ‘Seeing the unseen: research into ancient Egyptian funerary culture at the Fitzwilliam Museum, Cambridge’. The talk will be given by Melanie Pitkin, a post-doc researcher based at the Fitzwilliam. Venue the Tony Cooper Suite, Cottenham Village College, High St, Cottenham, Cambridge CB24 8UA. Entrance is £2 for members and three pounds non-members.

…and on the same subject, King Tut has just started what will be his last ever European tour…more info here and here and here.

Wednesday 27th November 2019 at 7:30pm. FenArch present ‘Egyptian Coffins’, a talk by Helen Strudwick of the Fitzwilliam Museum. Venue is Mendi’s Restaurant, 21 Old Market Place, Wisbech, PE13 1NB. You need to book in advance. Entry is free for members otherwise three quid in. Contact info@fenarch.org.uk

Wednesday 27th November at 7:45pm. One of Eltisley History Society’s monthly talks, ‘Enclosure in Cambridgeshire and changes to Eltisley fields from medieval times to 1886’ to be given by Bill Franklin at The Cade Pavilion, The Green, Eltisley, Saint Neots PE19 6TN. Members free, else three quid in.

Wednesday 27th November at 7:30pm. The good folk of Ickleton will hear the results of excavations undertaken there by our neighbours the CAFG group. The talk will be at the Meeting Room, Ickleton Village Hall. The drive to the Hall is off Frogge Street, directly opposite the junction with Church Street & between the bus shelter & the old school. No info about the entry charge, likely in the region of £3.00 as that’s the usual kind of rate.

Tuesday 26th November 7.30 for an 8pm start. Longstowe History Society present an illustrated talk by Iona Robinson ‘Must Farm – Life in the Bronze Age Fens’ at Longstowe Village Hall, School Lane, Longstowe. Iona, a prehistoric wood specialist, was involved in excavations at Must Farm. Only Three quid in, free for members. Gamarch visited the site – a jaw-dropping, stonkingly amazing site if ever there was one. Info about Must Farm

Saturday 23rd November the Cambridge Antiquarian Society will hold one of their regular conferences devoted to ‘Recent Archaeology in the Cambridgeshire Region’. No other detail at the mo but their gigs are usually at LG19, Law Faculty Building 10 West Road Cambridge CB3 9DZ. Best keep an eye on their website news for this
https://www.camantsoc.org/conferences/

Thursday 21st November, 7-30 for an 8.00pm start (tea and biccies beforehand). The Wrestlingworth History Society present a talk by Keith Fitzpatrick-Matthews titled ‘Anglo Saxons – Invasion or Merger?’ at the Memorial Hall, Church Lane, Wrestlingworth. £3.00 entrance.

Monday 18th November at 7:30pm.Histon and Impington Archaeology Group  present ‘Bog Bodies: The 2000 year old mystery of Lindow Man’, a talk by Jody Joy (MAA) at Histon Baptist Church, 2 Poplar Rd, Histon, Cambridge CB24 9LN. Free for members, three quid for visitors.

Monday 11th November at 7.30pm. Our friends at the Gamlingay History society present a talk by Ken Bonham on ‘The Barns of Cambridgeshire and adjacent counties’. Venue is the Kier Suite, Eco Hub, Stocks Lane, Gamlingay. Free for members else £3.00 at the door.

Thursday 7th November at 7.30pm. GamArch group meeting at Blythe Way Community Room (Blythe Way is off Stock’s Lane opposite the EcoHub) Gamlingay, SG19 3EH. Meetings usually last about an hour. All welcome.

NEWS

Saxon Heritage Update  – We are well advanced in our plans to provide an information board and marker on Millbridge Brook Meadows to commemorate the Saxon inhabitants of what was to become Gamlingay. Update: Our info/display board has arrived, we plan to install it on the Meadows on Friday 6th December.
Update: We heard very recently that our application to the Gamlingay Community Turbine Tithe Fund has been approved, many thanks to them. The money will cover the cost of an information board (materials, artwork, installation) by the Saxon memorial stone on the Meadows. More info about the Saxon site there and of the re-interment and memorialisation of Gamlingay’s early inhabitants can be found on our Saxon Heritage Project.

Mid-October saw us visiting a site being excavated ahead of house-building. We won’t say exactly where this is because the dig is still running and they have had problems with so called ‘nighthawks’ – illegal metal detecting by unscrupulous treasure hunters. Anyway, what we saw at the dig site was astonishing, a fabulous site. Check the blog (after 8th November) for more info and photos. Update: the site is still in need of protection whilst excavations are winding up and so there isn’t a blog post covering it as yet. Meanwhile, regarding the hugely destrctive impact illegal detecting has on our national heritage, check out this news