The CIA Conference 2016

Launch of the TR/CIA resistivity meter

24th/ 25th of September, Toddington

Bob displays tablet DSC_1632The highlight of the 2016 conference will be the launch of the Mark 2 TR/CIA resistivity meter which will be demonstrated at the conference.

The conference will be held on Saturday, 24 September  2016 with an optional second day for visits to local sites and hands-on demonstration of the new meter. The conference will be held at the Poplar’s Garden Centre near Toddington (Dunstable) which is just off junction 12 of the M1 motorway. It will be held in conjunction with the Ampthill and District Archaeological and Local History Society.

The programme for the conference will be as follows:

Reception                                        09:30 Coffee / Tea with biscuits.

AGM                                                09:55 AGM of the Council for Independent Archaeology.

Andrew Selkirk (Chairman)       10:15 Welcome statement.

Professor Steve Upex                   10:25 Recent research work in Nene valley, including                                                                      excavations at the Water Newton fort and the                                                                      re-dating of the founding of Durobrivae.

Break                                               11:10 Coffee / tea with biscuits.

Mike Turner                                   11:30 Digging in the Archives of Ampthill Castle. How                                                                   the study of Henry VIII’s accounts can assist in the                                                                   interpretation of archaeological work on Ampthill Castle

Kevan Fadden                                11:55 The archaeology and resistivity surveys at Ampthill Castle.

Lunch                                               12:40 Lunch at own expense in Poplars dining room.

Adrian Farnsworth                        13:50 Lidar, how to obtain it and what you can get from it.

Roy Friendship-Taylor                  14:30 Some Samian ware copies and other imports from                                                                         Piddington Roman Villa, Northants.

Roger Ainsley                                  15:00  Some interesting magnetometry results

15:20  Tea / coffee with biscuits

Andrew Selkirk                               15:40  50 Years as editor of Current Archaeology – what I                                                                         have learned and why Independent Archaeology is                                                                         still important.

Bob Randall                                      16:10 Launch of the new TR/CIA resistivity meter (demonstration later).

Kevan Fadden                                   16:40 Arrangements for the Sunday.

Bob Randall                                       16:45 Demonstration of the new TR/CIA resistivity meter.


Sunday (Optional).                              


Demonstration with hands-on experience of the new meter in Ampthill Park close to the scheduled area of the Castle. An opportunity to view the park and its historic landscape.

The mediaeval deer park was restyled by Capability Brown and the trees have recently been cleared to restore the views he envisaged from the Park House. This has been carried out by the Ampthill Town Council with the aid of a grant from the heritage lottery fund to celebrate the Tercentenary of Capability Brown’s birth.

Meet at 10:30 in west car park of Ampthill Park. (close to junction B530/A507). Advice will be given on nearby locations of archaeological and historical importance that are worth visiting.

The cost of the conference is £17: to book your place, please email Keith Foster at SKFoster@BTInternet.com


For a full report on the 2015 conference, click here.

The Council for Independent Archaeology was formed in 1985 to champion the interests of independent archaeology, that is archaeology carried out independently of government funding. It promotes the interests of local societies and amateur archaeologists and historians and those who seek to explore our history without using government funding.

The main activity of the Council is holding an annual meeting, usually in the autumn. For long, meetings were held at universities, but these have proved too expensive, and recent meetings have been held in village halls, sponsored by local societies. In 2011 the meeting was held at Swadlingcote  in Derbyshire, in 2012 at Hackleton in Northamptonshire, in 2013 at Shipham in Somerset, and the 2014 conference was held at Wallingford. Offers and suggestions for future meeting places are welcome.

The council also promotes the production of a Resistivity Meter  for archaeological prospection, and played a major role in the concerns over the Valletta Convention of the Council of Europe, which sought to restrict or abolish the activities of amateur archaeologists

For further information please contact Keith Foster   the Hon Treasurer, Kevan Fadden, the Hon Acting Secretary, or Andrew Selkirk, the Chairman and Webmaster.

 Andrew Selkirk,

 Chairman and Webmaster


21 September 2016 

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