Archaeology Matters: Give the Past a Future

Archaeology Matters: Give the Past a Future What links rescue archaeology, wrecks, the campaign against treasure hunting, archaeology insurance, industrial archaeology, the Young Archaeologist Club and the Festival of Archaeology? Answer: the Council for British Archaeology (CBA). These are all subjects that the CBA has campaigned about over the last 70 years. Indeed, without the…

Saving the Silverdale Hoard

  The news that the Silverdale Viking hoard has been bought for the nation and will go on permanent display in Lancashire is the culmination of the work of many organisations. This positive outcome is particularly cheering for me since CBA North West had an important role to play. The initial discovery of 201 pieces…

Dig Greater Manchester Two Years In

Assessing the impact of community archaeology projects is something that archaeologists have been grappling with for years, and a central feature of Dig Greater Manchester which completes its second year next month. The jargon in the profession often focuses around top-down and bottom-up projects (guided and empowered might be friendlier terms), whilst press coverage captures…

Excavating Peterloo

Picture the scene on a summer’s day: tens of thousands of protesters campaigning for the vote; a government fearing revolution; the army brought into to break up a large rally; hundreds of protestors injured and dozens killed. This situation is not Cairo in 2013 but Manchester in 1819. August 16th marked the anniversary of the…