- Please follow this link to read Timandra French’s moving tribute to Nigel Macpherson-Grant, whose passing we recently announced: https://theisleofthanetnews.com/2020/06/16/remembering-truly-unique-beautiful-soul-and-thanet-archaeology-pioneer-nigel-macpherson-grant/
- IOTAS MEMBERS’ UPDATE NOVEMBER 2020
- LOCAL FOLLOWERS – BOOKS AND MAGAZINES FOR SALE!
- Lidar Map of England
- New Link Added – England’s Places
Please follow this link to read Timandra French’s moving tribute to Nigel Macpherson-Grant, whose passing we recently announced: https://theisleofthanetnews.com/2020/06/16/remembering-truly-unique-beautiful-soul-and-thanet-archaeology-pioneer-nigel-macpherson-grant/
Little has changed since I last updated our news: we are currently in another lockdown, which does not end till early December.
We have now cancelled all live activities until our AGM in March 2021, including our social activities. As I write, there is still little certainty that our AGM will be in person, and may have to be by Zoom. I am currently in contact with our members about this and we will be having practice Zoom sessions in the early New Year.
We have a skeleton Talks Programme in mind for next year, but until we know whether this will be online or in person it is difficult for us to publicise this.
Strangely, we almost seem to have Lockdown Weather again – a distinct improvement on the endless rain of October. I hope you are all managing to get out for exercise – I understand that many English Heritage outdoor sites are still open, and National Trust outdoor sites as well.
I do hope that we have better news for Christmas and getting together with our families and friends. IOTAS normally has a quiet period after mid-December until the end of February – extended in the current pandemic till April 2021. Let’s hope for a better Spring!
COVID-19: Latest News Summer 2020
Unfortunately, the world is rather upside down at the moment, and in common with most other organisations and services, IOTAS is unable to bring you its normal service. Currently we are unable to host live talks and outings, but our course Lecture No. 2 is available online. Most archaeology on site is suspended until further notice.
However we have been working behind the scenes! If you are a member you will have been receiving monthly Bulletins to keep in touch and our Facebook page has been operating throughout the Coronavirus lockdown, with opportunities to see virtual exhibitions and any other information we can glean to brighten up your days while we wait to resume our usual activities.
***WHAT WE’RE DOING NOW – COURSE UPDATE 28 June!***
John Grigsby’s course ‘Magic Circles’ : was postponed on a revised schedule till Monday 29 June. However, as it is still impossible to hold lectures indoors, we are moving online, at least for the lectures planned for 29 June, 13 July and 3 August. The second lecture in the series, ‘Stones and Star-gates’ is already online for course members. Lecture No. 3 will be available online shortly, and course members will be informed.
Talks: We have postponed all talks till we resume in September, but will not be able to publish our usual Programme till we are clear about the exact dates when we will be able to reopen.
Social Gatherings: There’s a big question about whether we would be able to hold any social gatherings, such as our Wine and Wisdom Evening and Christmas Dinner in November and December, as it would be impossible to maintain a safe distance between those who attend. I think it is unlikely that restrictions will be relaxed sufficiently by then, but who knows?
So all we can really say is that we will keep the situation under review and updated, and let you have further details about our future plans as soon as we are able.
In the meantime, we hope that you are able to enjoy the summer weather, and that you all keep safe and well until we are able to get together again, hopefully later this year.
IOTAS has a wide selection of Current Archaeology, World Archaeology and Ancient Egypt magazines for sale, as well as a number of books on Archaeology which may interest you. If you are interested, please message us via this page or contact us on firstname.lastname@example.org, let us know where your interests lie, and we’ll give you full details of what we have available.
A new link has been added to our links page, a Lidar map of England. Lidar is one of the newest scanning techniques used by archaeologists. An article from the Guardian helps to explain why Lidar is such a useful tool.
One of the most well-known collections in the Historic England Archive, the Architectural Red Box Collection, has now been scanned and made available online. The collection consists of over 600,000 photographic prints taken of cities, towns and villages around England, attached to cards housed in red boxes. You can now browse this fantastic collection on the England’s Places website!
If you don’t have time to have a look now fear not, we’ve added the link to our ‘Useful links’ page.
Several IOTAS members took part in a dig in October 2016 to find the site of a Camp from the first Roman invasion of Britain. Andrew Mayfield, Community Archaeology Liaison Officer for Kent was leading this dig, which followed some promising geophysing in 2015.
‘Two slots were dug through the ditch and heroically excavated down to natural. We also identified at least one phase of trackway and an entrance. Not to mention a series of features ?cut? by the ditches…
We recovered some excellent dating evidence in the form of pottery, metalwork, animal and human bone.’
If you join IOTAS you can take part in activities such as finds processing and geophysing, as well as enjoying all the talks and visits to places of interest. To join, visit the Membership Page and follow the link to download the membership form or e mail the Society at email@example.com.