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April 2019

Since July 2017 PCA has made numerous visits to Bristol to undertake targeted phases of archaeological investigation during the reconfiguration of the Temple Circus Gyratory system close to Bristol Broadmead station, recording the medieval and post-medieval development of the area. As the scheme nears completion we will shortly be returning to undertake the final phase of archaeological investigation, focussing primarily on the detailed recording of a southern section of the Portwall, the 13th-century city wall. Click here for more information on the scheme.

Newcastle University Student Placements - 2019

Rowan and Ella joining pottery sherds from different contexts within the same pit

It has become a bit of a PCA tradition to host four Newcastle university students over the Easter vacation, in our London offices. This year we have been joined by Abbie, who is assisting with processing and sorting of environmental samples, and Ellie who has been recording details such as root etching on animal bones. We are also delighted to welcome Ella and Rowan to our new Chester-le-Street offices – they have been looking for (and finding) cross-context joins across a Roman pottery assemblage and sticking the pieces together. All are working really hard and hopefully enjoying their time with us too.

Look out for two more of our student placements in a couple of weeks’ time.

 

Abbie processing environmental samples
Ellie recording animal bone

LAMAS 2019

Saturday the 16th March saw the 56th London and Middlesex Archaeological Society Conference, with an fabulous turn-out and full lecture hall. PCA were well represented this year with no less than three speakers, an exceptionally successful stand and bookstall, run by Vicki Ridgeway and Becky Haslam, and many staff turning out to provide support and enjoy the lectures.

Shane Maher opened the day with his excellent presentation on recent excavations at on the edge of the City at 56-62 Moorgate, with its complex sequence of Roman clay and timber buildings and tantalising hints of industrial activity. Later in the morning we were treated to Joe Brook’s absorbing talk on recent excavations at the Adrian Boult Music centre. Focussed on the Abbey’s kitchen range, Joe further put the findings into context with highlights of our previous excavations in and around the Abbey complex.

The afternoon session, inspired by a forthcoming exhibition on Secret Rivers of London at the Docklands Museum, focused on the Thames and its tributaries. Barry Bishop provided a fascinating tour of the River Wandle in prehistory from its earliest Palaeolithic origins to the Iron Age.

PCA Durham has Moved!

PCA Durham has just completed relocation to newly-refurbished premises in Chester-le-Street; after nearly 17 years in their previous offices this was quite an undertaking.

The new premises have had a long and chequered history and have been used for a variety of purposes over the years, with one part of the building originally constructed as a rope works. The building has been renamed The Ropeworks to reflect this original use. In recent years the building had fallen into some disrepair and the refurbishment has transformed the premises both externally and internally, with the space designed for the wide variety of requirements of an archaeological unit. As soon as everything is in place we will post further pictures of our lovely new office space.

The full address is: PCA Durham, The Rope Works, Broadwood View, Chester-le-Street, Durham DH3 3AF

PCA's Book on Awards Shortlist!

PCA is delighted that the monograph ‘An Immense and Exceedingly Commodious Goods Station; The Archaeology and History of the Great Northern Railway's Goods Yard at King's Cross, 1849 to the Present Day’ has been shortlisted for the Transport History Book of the Year award 2019, presented by the Railway and Canal Historical Society. Well done to all involved and good luck for the next stage!

Triforum Galleries Tour – Westminster Abbey

The Council for British Archaeology – CBA (London) arranged a special visit with an introduction to the archaeology by PCA Director Peter Moore on Saturday 9th February. Peter described the discoveries excavated by PCA: the external corner where the new access tower has been built yielded everything from monastic burials to shop foundations, and centuries of surprises were extracted from thousands of bags of dust retrieved from beneath the triforium floor.

The new Queen’s Diamond Jubilee Galleries in the triforium space of Westminster Abbey are simply stunning. This once hidden section of the Abbey shows off its treasures brilliantly, and all has been enhanced by the archaeological efforts that have helped create the galleries.

This event was popular and fully booked, so if you were one of the lucky ticket holders, we hope you enjoyed this fascinating visit!

An exhibition was held on Saturday 19th January presenting the archaeological findings from PCA’s site at the Boleyn Ground, formerly West Ham Football Club’s ground, in London Borough of Newham. Click the button for a  news article about the site in the Newham Recorder.  

Boleyn Ground News