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Dr Charlotte Roberts to speak at our next meeting
At our next Members' Meeting, 7pm on Tuesday September 10th, at The Buck Hotel in Reeth, Dr Charlotte Roberts of Durham University will be giving us a talk entitled

"From nursing to the archaeology of disease: a life caring for the living and the dead"

Dr Roberts specialises in the study of human bones. She says, "I am a bioarchaeologist, and have a background in archaeology, environmental archaeology and human bioarchaeology. I have studied and interpreted human remains from archaeological sites for the past 35 years, and I am specifically interested in exploring the interaction of people with their environments in the past through patterns of health and disease (palaeopathology), and especially those health problems that are common today."
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News Record: 99     Updated: 18-08-2019 13:27:41

Is this a souterrain?
Towards the end of the fortnight, this interesting feature emerged in Area 2. It appears to be a large, stone-lined pit with a paved floor. We have also found a concentration of hefty rim sherds, mostly Huntcliffe-ware, in this part of the site.
A souterrain is an underground structure associated with Northern Europe in the Iron Age. Regionally also known as an Earth House or Fogou, there are souterrains open to the public, on Skye and Orkney for example. From experience it's best to take a torch!
While no-one knows for sure what they were used for, the most likely answer is for food storage. So this might have been a larder where pots of food, probably dairy products, were stored.
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News Record: 97     Updated: 24-07-2019 09:49:43

Saying goodbye for another year
Today marked the end of this year's dig and brought a heatwave. Refilling and returfing proceeded well with the help of a minidigger and a lot of very hard work. Diggers were treated to yet more delicious treats courtesy of Hilary. Still some turf to relay tomorrow but then we're done for another year.
Many thanks again to landowner David Clarke for all his interest and support.
Backfilling... ...with some help
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More treats from Hilary Team photo!
News Record: 96     Updated: 23-07-2019 15:34:36

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