How has the the COVID-19 pandemic affected archaeology in North West England? How much fieldwork has there been and where has this been undertaken since March 2020? If you follow CBA North West’s twitter account (@cbannorthwest) or their Facebook group (CBA Northwest) you will have seen that commercial archaeology digs have been taking place throughout the three lockdowns, with some major research finds, such as the new Mesolithic site on The Fylde. In between lockdowns university digs and some local society digs have also been throwing up new discoveries, whilst 16 archaeology and heritage museums and sites in the region have received emergency COVID funds to keep them going.
Therefore, the CBA North West Spring Conference and AGM 2021 will take as its theme regional ‘Archaeology in Lockdown’ during the COVID-19 Pandemic. This will be an online event with a variety of talks from across the region. The costs is £4 for Members and £7 for Non-Members, and will help CBA North West continue to support archaeological research and dissemination across the region through their online work, conferences, publications (two are due very soon with a third not far behind), lobbying (against for instance the threat to cut archaeology lectureship posts at the Archaeology and History Department at Chester University that emerged this spring), and grants. The CBA NW AGM will take place beforehand at 10.45am on the same platform. CBA North West has been working in the region since 1944 – this is your chance to help shape archaeology in the third decade of the 21st century.
CBA NW Spring Conference Programme
11.40: Conference Zoom registration and open for chat
11.50: Conference Introduction
12.00: “Thriving on the margins: the late Mesolithic and early Neolithic transition in the Fylde” – Fraser Brown, Oxford Archaeology North
12.30: “Isle of Man Ferry Terminal” – Mark Adams, RSK Environment Ltd
13.00: Comfort break
13:30: “Excavations at the site of Rossett, Wrexham” – Dr Caroline Pudney, The University of Chester
14.00: “The Archaeology of Lockdown” –Prof Howard Williams, The University of Chester
14.30: Questions and Close
To book the conference follow this link: CBA North West Spring Conference 2021 Tickets, Sat 15 May 2021 at 11:00 | Eventbrite