Computer mapping of ancient wrecks

Interesting piece on Roman Archaeology blog on creating virtual ships from remains of wrecks,

‘probably the most remarkable Roman object ever found in Hartlepool. ‘

ONE of the most fascinating
archaeological finds to be discovered in the area in recent years has
gone on display in a town museum.

early Roman item, which is thought to be a mount for a horse harness,
was unearthed during the public excavation run by Tees Archaeology in
the Catcote Road area of Hartlepool in June.

Made of leaded brass and measuring about two square inches, it is elaborately decorated with inlaid blue and red enamel panels.

its discovery, the harness mount was taken to the Conservation Unit at
Durham University’s Archaeology Department where it was analysed and
carefully conserved.

It is now part of Hartlepool Museums Service’s permanent collection at its Marina base.

Stienne, Archaeology Documentation Assistant at the Museum of
Hartlepool, said: “This is probably the most remarkable Roman object
ever found in Hartlepool.

“We knew it was special when it was unearthed but when it came back from conservation everyone was spellbound.”

Archaeology has the responsibility of recording, researching and
conserving the archaeology of the Tees Valley area and informing and
educating people about it.

It organises guided walks, lectures, excavations and surveys.

Hadrian’s Wall to be lit

Not sure I fancy the idea, but it’s just temporary, I think.

Newcastle Journal

PLANS are under way to light up the 73-mile length of Hadrian’s Wall as the highlight of the Northumberland Lights festival of 2009.

Bottrell, director of the festival, said yesterday that the
illumination of the path of the Roman wall – both lighting the
remaining sections and marking its original path – was one of the main
profile-raising plans of Hadrian’s Wall Heritage for 2009.

be working with partners in the North West to enable us to get right
across,” she said. Meanwhile the programme for this winter’s
Northumberland Lights has been announced. It opens on November 2 with
the popular Blyth in a New Light. It will feature innovative
architectural lighting followed by a spectacular fireworks display on
the quayside. Kielder – Out of Water, billed as a “magical experience”,
is due to take place over two weekends between November 8 and 16.
Organisers promise a unique journey through Kielder Forest on the newly
developed Lakeside Way, featuring art and music. The festival continues
at the end of November (28-30) with The State of Berwick, a celebration
of the town coinciding with the Berwick Film and Media Arts Festival and featuring artistic installations, music and radio broadcasts.

Guerrilla Lighting will illuminate the public’s favourite nominated
landmarks for one night only, creating temporary splashes of colour
across the county.

Zoe Bottrell said the Northumberland Lights
festival, first held in 2006, had been a great success, bringing 45,000
winter visitors to attractions across the county. Phil Supple was once
again appointed creative director of the festival. He said: “I was
delighted to be asked back and am looking forward to the third year of
Northumberland Lights. 2008 promises to be our most exciting programme
yet, with our creative and production team hard at work putting
together this unique series of events.”

For full details of the festival visit

Classics in new humanities/ social sciences diploma

Dear All
I’ve volunteered to
represent JACT (stand in for Alan Clague..) on a couple of meetings about the
new humanities/ social sciences diploma due to come on stream in a couple of
years. It seems to be at a very preliminary stage & they seem keen to
hear opinions from interested parties including teachers. Classical civilisation
is likely to be included in the program of study: as far as I can gather the
emphasis is to be on skills as much as content, and clearly the classical world
has a lot to offer an interdisciplinary skills based course. It won’t dulplicate
current CC GCSEs or A levels but may apparently include some as study options
although I’m not sure how that will work & whether it wouldn’t defeat the
object of the excercise.
If anyone is interested please contact me asap,
there seems to be quite a lot of pressure to make decisions and it could be a
great opportunity to introduce classical philosophy art literature history etc
into state schools even if only as part of an overview followed by options. Hope
to hear from some of you ….
Thanks a lot

Ancient History – a Cinderella on the ArLT site

A query on the OCR Classics Community and an excellent brochure put out by Southdowns have reminded me of the existence of Ancient History, and teachers’ needs.

JACT have produced teachers’ notes ‘to support the OCR Classics (Ancient History) specification, papers AH1, AH2, AH3, AH4. ‘

The suggestion on the OCR Community is for pupils’ handouts to be produuced co-operatively by teachers up and down the country.

There may be copyright problems, but in principle it seems a good idea.

Is there any role that ArLT can usefully play in all this? We can store on line either open or password-protected stuff, just as we do for Latin and Classical Civ.

If any Anc Hist teacher has ideas, please share them.