The CIA Conference 2016
Launch of the TR/CIA resistivity meter
24th/ 25th of September, Toddington
The 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.
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
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
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