The Must Farm pile dwelling

A new addition to the programme for YAHS Prehistoric Research Section, who are teaming up with The Prehistoric Society to present a free annual lecture, in a new venue, aiming to attract both PreRS members and the general public. The inaugural lecturer is David Gibson of the Cambridge Archaeological Unit, on

The Must Farm pile dwelling: Taste, appearance, lifestyle and communication in the Late Bronze Age

It’s on Saturday 30 September 2017, Leeds City Museum, 2pm in the Denny Room.

‘It now seems that the Must Farm Bronze Age pile dwelling (aka Fenland’s Pompeii) was built, occupied and burnt down in quick succession. The brevity of settlement and its catastrophic demise provided a rare set of circumstances which in turn ensured exceptional preservation. Individual roundhouses replete with entire household inventories (whole pots, tool kits, textiles, wooden vessels, weapons, food remains etc.) were preserved within the gentle sediments of a small river buried deep beneath the fens.

This talk will present the context, circumstance and public outreach of the excavation and, at the same, attempt to come to terms with the sheer intensity of materials and what they might tell us about taste, appearance, lifestyle and communication in Late Bronze Age Britain and beyond’.

After the talk, free tea and coffee refreshments will be provided, enabling attendees to discuss the talk and to meet the speaker.



Lead Mining and Textile Heritage in the Yorkshire Dales

We were pleased to support the Dales Countryside Museum in their HLF bid for the Rich Seam mining and textiles project. The application was successful, and the museum has now asked us to pass their news to YAHS members.

There’s a free talk by David Joy, related to his book Men of Lead, on Wednesday 20 September at 2pm at the Dales Countryside Museum.

More details of the project are here. It involves re-housing and exhibiting one of the country’s most fascinating lead mining collections.

A total of 860 objects, including mining wagons and tools, were given to the DCM by the Yorkshire Dales Mining Museum in Earby when it closed in 2015. Now with a fantastic grant of £90,600 from the Heritage Lottery Fund the artefacts can be re-examined and displayed, while the stories of miners and of the members of Earby Mine Research Group who assembled the objects over 50 years can be told.