TAS Lecture | Reminder for Tuesday 31st May | Community Archaeology: Getting Involved with Research | Dr. Jon Kenny

31st May | Community Archaeology: Getting Involved with Research Dr Jon Kenny, Independent Community Archaeologist7.30pm at Stockton Central Library TS18 1TU. Guests are welcome for £4 each on the door.

At a time when a great deal of archaeological activity is decided upon by the interests of developers and planners less opportunity seems available for research with the hope of discovery. As some archaeological societies and local archaeology groups are finding there fceff9_c4ea01607f78424cbd1da12640160681are opportunities for volunteer led archaeology to make discoveries about the past. In this talk I would like to present results of two projects from the Vale of York, south of York at Cawood and North Duffield. In both instances local history and archaeology groups have obtained funding to carry out excavations, answering questions that they have about the past in their historic landscape. In both instances the work was supported by the Heritage Lottery Fund.
In this talk Jon will outline work carried out on the Iron Age landscape around North Duffield situated on the western margins of the river Derwent. At North Duffield evidence for Iron Age enclosures and settlement were revealed. The latter was represented by an unexpectedly large round house. At the second site at Cawood, some 10 miles away on the west bank of the river Ouse, Jon will tell us about a project, evaluating the deposits on a moated manorial centre located alongside the Arch Bishop’s palace. In both cases the community teams have successfully completed archaeological projects. But as part of the community they have found exciting and interesting ways to involve as much of the community as possible. The result of their work is not only a better understanding of the past around them but also inclusion in the management of the historic environment where they live.
About the Speaker
Jon Kenny is an independent community archaeologist working Jon-Kenny_low1-310x410-226x300in Yorkshire based in and around York. He worked in local government housing until going to study archaeology at the University of York where he obtained a degree and a Masters in Archaeological Heritage Management. Jon completed his academic career by obtaining a doctorate at Lancaster University in 2001. Following time working as a project manager with the Archaeology Data Service at the University of York he became Community Archaeologist at York Archaeological Trust. At YAT Jon was involved with many community projects supporting local groups and involving people from all walks of life in different aspects of archaeology. Jon was also instrumental in ensuring that a volunteer team was involved with the multi million pound excavation at Hungate in central York. After 9 years with YAT Jon set up his own business, continuing to make archaeology accessible to all. In November 2015 Jon was awarded the prize as Community Archaeologist of the Year by the CBA and Marsh Christian Trust. It was Jon’s work with North Duffield and Cawood in particular that led to this award.

CHANGE TO TAS LECTURE | Tue 29 September | A talk on Community Archaeology with Rebecca Hearne

September 29 | Community Archaeology Rebecca Hearne, Community Archaeologist at AOC Archaeology Group7.30pm at Stockton Central Library TS18 1TU. Guests are welcome for £4 each on the door.

Unfortunately, Mitchell Pollington of AOC is unable to give this months lecture as scheduled. He sends his apologies, however we are delighted that his colleague, Rebecca Hearne, has agreed to stand in to give us a talk on community archaeology generally as well as an overview of some of the community projects that AOC have been carrying out.

About the speaker

Rebecca Hearne is a Community Archaeologist with AOC Archaeology GroRebeccaup in York. After graduating with an MGeol in Applied and Environmental Geology with the University of Leicester and an MSc in Archaeological Materials with the University of Sheffield, Rebecca worked as a community archaeologist with Portals to the Past and as a field archaeologist with ULAS (University of Leicester Archaeological Services).

TAS LECTURE | Reminder for Tue 31 March | Crowd-funding and Crowd-sourcing in Today’s Archaeology: Lisa Westcott Wilkins & Brendon Wilkins

March 31 | How Far from the Madding Crowd? Crowd-funding and Crowd-sourcing in Today’s Archaeology | ,DigVentures 7.30pm at Stockton Central Library TS18 1TU. Guests are welcome for £4 each on the door.

Numerous community archaeology projects are undertaken every year in the UK on a wide range of sites by a variety of public, private and third sector organisations. Building on this provision, a new social, digital and collaborative economy is also emerging, creating an access step-change that has made it radically easier for communities to form. The emerging field of digital public archaeology has struggled to adequately theorise these new developments, assuming that all community archaeology projects can be simplified into one of two overarching methodological orientations: ‘top down’ or ‘bottom up’. In the former, projects can be conceived as a stage-managed collaboration between expert and public, with the expert retaining control over design, fieldwork and analysis. In the latter, the agenda is set according to the needs of communities themselves, with the expert relinquishing control of the process into the hands of non-professionals.

Drawing on our ‘Digital Dig Team’ innovation, this presentation will consider new approaches that enable archaeologists to co-fund, co-design, co-deliver and co-create value with their respective communities—innovations that make no sense in terms of top down or bottom up, and demand a rethink of community-based models that rely on economic theory. The digital and collaborative economy is more akin to an ecological system, where socially embedded technologies (often bracketed under the term ‘citizen science’) present archaeologists with a multitude of opportunities to do things radically differently. They open new vistas for archaeological knowledge creation, ultimately realising the value of research through a truly social method.



Lisa is Managing Director and Brendon is Projects Director at DigVentures, a social business at the forefront of culture, technology and entrepreneurship, committed to raising seed capital and increasing participation for sustainable archaeology and heritage projects worldwide.
Their innovative model works to connect heritage sector managers and archaeologists with a worldwide crowd of interested and actively engaged participants, creating a platform for the public to financially support interesting projects as well as to join in, learn new skills and contribute to internationally important research. As a Chartered Institute for Archaeologists Registered Organisation (RO) and the first-ever CIfA Accredited Field School, their work and opportunities are quality-assured at the top of the industry standard.
Over the last two years DigVentures has raised over £65K in seed funding from a globally networked crowd of supporters—money that has gone on to leverage four times that amount for their project partners in match funding.