Dearne Valley Archaeolgy Day 2015 Final Update!

With preparations for DVAD 2015 having reached the final stages, we thought it would be a good time to introduce you to the rest of our speakers!

This year’s conference will be taking place on Saturday the 30th of May, from 10AM until 5PM, and if any of the following should pique your interest, you can learn more and book your place here!

Registration at a reduced price for the conference closes tomorrow (Thursday 28th May) at 12:00, after which we will only be selling tickets on the door at full price. As we cannot guarantee that tickets will be available on the day, we advise booking now to avoid disappointment!

Andrew Allen will be speaking this year, with his presentation ‘What have the Romans done for me?’

141821-06 Elmet Archaeological dig Toll Bar lane Swinton

‘This presentation charts the story of the discovery of Roman pottery in a local garden and the developments from these chance findings into a crowd funded excavation led by Elmet Archaeological from the perspective of the home owner.

Andrew is the Chair of the Dearne Valley Archaeology Group and lives in Swinton. He is a Teaching Assistant at one of the Swinton Primary schools. Andrew was excited by his discovery of a range of Roman pottery in his garden. From this a crowd funded excavation project develop and led by Elmet Archaeological Services Ltd.’

Nigel Page will also be presenting at this years conference, with a talk entitled ‘…a few old walls mantled in ivy’: recent work at Cardigan Castle by NPS Archaeology’.


‘Cardigan Castle has a long and rich history and is the recognised home of the first eisteddfod in 1176, however, it is not as prominent or as well known as many other castles in the region or throughout the rest of Wales. This is because for much of its recent history, certainly from the 18th century, it has been a private home with no public access, which, while lending it an intriguing air of mystery, has in its later years resulted in the house and gardens being abandoned and allowed to become virtually derelict. The lack of access to the site meant that until very recently the castle had seen little previous archaeological or historical study.

The development of the site as a private house and gardens in the 18th and 19th century resulted in the large-scale removal of many of the original castle structures, so few of the medieval buildings were thought to survive. However, the recent works by NPS Archaeology, Norwich, have shown that more of the castle survived than was suspected and it is a tantalising possibility that some of the structures revealed may have been standing at the time of the first eisteddfod.’

Our next speaker is Dr Malcolm Lillie, who will be presenting his talk ‘Farming: It can be a bit of a headache but it’s probably not worth losing your head over it!’


‘This talk will outline the results of the recent palaeopathological analysis of human skeletal remains from the Trypillia farming culture burial cave of Verteba, near Bilche Zolote in western Ukraine. The analyses undertaken to date appear to indicate that, not only was the adoption of farming as a subsistence strategy stressful in terms of the overall health of the population, but that period inter-personal/inter-group violence is also occurring at a time when there may be external impacts (such as climate variability) on the viability of farming as a lifeway in Neolithic Ukraine. Evidence for violence and the post-mortem treatment of the dead is discussed along with a general overview of the transition to farming in this region.’

Finally, we have the CITiZAN north team, with Megan Clement and Andy Sherman. They will be telling us about ‘Recording our coastal heritage’.


‘The wealth of archaeology located on our coast ranges from Mesolithic footprints and Bronze Age submerged forests to modern military defense’s.  These sites are battered by winds, waves and tidal scour.  An alarming rate of loss and lack of a systematic standardized system to record these vulnerable sites are a significant problem in British archaeology.

This is being addressed in Scotland with the SCAPE project and in Wales with the Arfodir scheme. The CITiZAN initiative (Coastal and Intertidal Zone Archaeological Network) aims to mitigate the problem in England with a community based recording scheme.

CITiZAN has recently been awarded significant funding by the Heritage Lottery Fund, with additional support from the National Trust and The Crown Estate’s Marine Stewardship Fund.  The three-year project will monitor and survey archaeological sites that are at risk from erosion along our coastline and tidal estuaries.’


And that is everything for now! If anything has grabbed your interest, do have a look at our website for more information on the conference, and maybe even book a place!




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