Young Archaeologists' Club
Central Southern England Branch

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   bursaries: 16-18 year olds until 15.05.04
   course: Summer 2005 (New)
   holidays: (National)
   on TV
   information: (CBA fact sheets)
   save GCSE archaeology? (Poll closed 30.09.04)
    (Read the YAC / CBA Press Release - Act Now!)

Branch Info:
   membership: (New) & (Renewals)
   newsletter: (Latest) (New) October
   next meeting
   news updates
   reports: (2004) (2003) (2002)
   team members
BBC "Archaeology History Trail"
Exhibition: 19-31 High Street, Bagshot
Invitation 2002: Bietigheim-Bissingen, Germany
Meetings: (2005) (past)
   Coach Visits:
   Explore Butser
   Weald & Downland Museum
The John Jillings Bursary: 2004 Competition
Website: comments
Young Archaeologist of the Year Award: 2004

Branch Membership
Membership Renewal 2004

Branch Membership runs January - December each year
(National: annually from date of application)

The initial combined National and Branch individual membership subscription is £14.50
(Please enquire about National Family memberships)
We welcome existing National members joining the Branch at £5.00 per member

The Branch Subscription of £5.00 is payable on 1 January of each year and 50p at each meeting attended. There is no meeting fee for the Xmas party, Coach trips or where otherwise notified.

New Branch Members
If you join July - December of any year, you will have the following year "Free" !
Apply for
membership today

You may also write to:
YAC Central Southern England Branch,
The Archaeology Centre, 4-10 London Road, Bagshot, Surrey, GU19 5HN
(Please mark the envelope: New Membership).

Medical Form
Is the information up to date ?
Did a Parent / Guardian complete one for you ?
A completed Form is a requirement of Branch membership
If you are not sure, please ask!  We must hold a Form for each member

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Next Branch Meeting

Saturday 14 May 2005
Visit to the Amberley Working Museum - see Application Form for details
(9.00am - 6.00pm)

Saturday 23 April 2005
(10.00am - 1.15pm)

Junior Members
Senior Members
Aztec & Mayan Art & icons
"Change to arrangements at End of Meetings"
The normal 3 hour Branch meeting times of 10.00 - 1.00pm are to be extended by 15 minutes (until 1.15pm) with effect from the November 2004 meeting. This has become necessary by virtue of activities requiring the full 3 hours with the increasing use of the ½ hour social / recreational mid-morning break period. While activities will stop at 1.00pm the extra time will allow the session presenters to sum up the issues covered.
"Branch Meeting Parking Arrangements"
It is evident with the increasing Branch membership, that parking immediately outside of the Archaeology Centre (at the beginning and end of Branch meetings) has now become extremely difficult - as witnessed at the end of recent meetings. It has thus become necessary (on safety grounds alone) to ask all parents to consider the use of the Pantiles car park as an alternative arrangement, which you are already doing for the various Coach visits! It is just a short walk to the Archaeology Centre

Membership Renewal
Branch membership renewal was due on 1 January 2005

Advance Notice
Meetings : Coach Visits : Summer Course
Visit Branch Programme 2005 - for a complete list of meetings
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Branch News Updates

The Branch email service for Breaking News and TV programme Updates
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(Newsletters and Application Forms are available by postal services)

Branch Meeting Reports | Next Branch Meeting

*Meetings - Advance Notice*

Coach Visits

Two Coach visits are planned during 2005

'14 May Meeting'
Amberley Working Museum

Application Form
9.00am to 6.00pm

'15 October Meeting'
Imperial War Museum
9.00am to 6.00pm
Visit Branch Programme 2005 - for a complete list of meetings

Summer Course

15 - 19 August 2005

Following the success of the course in 2004, this year it is intended to continue the excavation started last year and there will also be an opportunity to work on an experimental archaeology project!

"Practical Archaeology"
A week's non-residential course

Learn the principles and techniques at the Archaeology Centre

Experience excavation and post-excavation activities!
The course includes a day's visit to Portsmouth and the historic dockyard

(National and Branch membership of YAC is a requirement)

Registration & Booking Form
(Please print, complete and forward with appropriate payment)

Initial applications must be received by 31 May 2005

Next Branch Meeting

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Branch Meeting Reports
(2002) (2003) (2004)

Saturday 19 March 2005
(10.00am - 1.15pm)

Junior Members
Senior Members
Mayan Temples
Report to follow

Saturday 19 February 2005
(10.00am - 1.15pm)

Junior Members
Senior Members
The Civil War - local and national
Report to follow

Saturday 15 January 2005
(10.00am - 1.15pm)

Junior Members
Senior Members
Tudor Houses - Why half-frame?
Report to follow
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The John Jillings Bursary

"Win" The John Jillings Bursary - 2005 Competition "£50"

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An archaeologist’s job is to carry out a thorough examination of the evidence left by past societies and use this to reconstruct what life would have been like for these people. How did they live? What technology was available to them? What did their settlements look like? The archaeologist can be thought of as being a little like an artist, gradually building up a picture of the past, piece by tiny piece.

The task is to carry out your own small-scale “reconstruction”, designing and building a model representing a building or monument which particularly appeals to you. The architectural feat you select must date from before AD 1700. (Read entry form for full conditions and restrictions)

Entrants have to live in the Borough of Surrey Heath or belong to the YAC Central Southern England Branch. There is a £50 prize for the best JUNIOR (9-12) and SENIOR (13-16) entry and £10 for each runner-up.

Closing date for entries is 31 October 2005

Entry Form
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The competition winner in 2003 was Thomas Hine and in 2004 Hazel Maclean
The competition is promoted by Surrey Heath Archaeological and Heritage Trust
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Exhibition: 19-31 High Street, Bagshot
Now at Surrey Heath Museum

A special exhibition of the archaeology and the artefacts excavated during the 1980's was provided, as a feature in 2002 of National Local History Week, by Surrey Heath Archaeological & Heritage Trust and continued at the The Archaeology Centre, 4-10 London Road, Bagshot, Surrey, GU19 5HN until earlier this year.

The artefacts from the Exhibition have now been returned to Surrey Heath Museum where they are a feature of a Special exhibition during the summer months (May-September 2004). Surrey Heath Borough Council had generously provided grant-aid not only to past excavations but particularly to enable the post-excavation processing of these finds. Processing is continuing and being carried out by the Trust membership with training provided by staff from MoLAS (Museum of London Archaeology Service).

National Local History Week (4-12 May 2002)
Sponsored by the Historical Association and the BBC, this was the first such event.

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Surrey Heath's Twin Town: Bietigheim-Bissingen, Germany

Invitation to the International Archaeology Week for Young People
Sunday 28th July to Sunday 4th August 2002

The Branch was advised in early 2002 by the Host organisation (Surrey Heath Archaeological & Heritage Trust), of the above opportunity for young people (aged 14-19 years) who are resident in the Borough of Surrey Heath. The invitation was for 4-5 participants from Surrey Heath with a similar number coming from the other twin-towns of Sucy-en-Brie - France, Szekszárd - Hungary and Overland Park, Kansas - USA. Accommodation being provided with host families whose own children were taking part in the programme.

4 students (one a Branch member) together with Alan departed on Sunday 28th July to represent Surrey Heath at this event. The finalised programme of the week's activities included Visits to Roman, Celtic and Neolithic sites, Lectures and Excavation experience on two sites - one a Roman settlement the other a Neolithic Village. A visit to the famous Celtic Chief site at Hochdorf was also included. Although there are full size replicas of the Chariot and grave goods at the excavation site, Alan arranged a visit for the Group (on the Sunday morning of departure) to visit the museum in Stuttgart where the originals are on display.

Due to the restricted invitation, this opportunity was not a YAC endorsed event and participation, therefore, was organised and run under the Trust. If you are interested and wish to have further details of the Week then send an email to the Branch. You may also write to: The Archaeology Centre, 4-10 London Road, Bagshot, Surrey, GU19 5HN (Please mark the envelope Bietigheim-Bissingen International Week).

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Information on Archaeology ?
CBA fact sheets should provide all the answers !!
Afraid to ask a Question?
Read fact sheet No 8!
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Save GCSE Archaeology?

You may have heard that AQA, the awarding body for GCSE archaeology, has announced that it is axing the GCSE on the grounds of cost. The decision to do this was taken without consultation with any of the subject communities which support the AQA.

Don Henson, the CBA Education Officer, is leading a campaign against this on behalf of the CBA. YAC forms an important part of this. In the next issue of the "Young Archaeologist" there will be a feature on this subject. All YAC and Non-YAC members have the opportunity to vote online to the question "If GCSE Archaeology was available in your school, would you want to study it?" A Vote on the issue was available on the Club’s Website together with the opportunity to register your Comments The poll was open until 30 September. The results will be forwarded on to the examination board to show them the potential demand.

A YAC / CBA Press Release [.doc 248KB] has been issued. Articles have already appeared in the Guardian, local press and there have been numerous radio interviews. Remember, you didn't have to be a YAC member to Vote. Pease let your friends and others know about the campaign, the Vote, and the continuing opportunity to support and register Comments.

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Full details and notice of previous winners

available here

National Archaeology Days in 2004 took place on 17 and 18 July
Organised by the CBA and YAC - Event details
Various programmes of local activities for all ages were available

YAC National Holiday programme for 2004
Has been published and details are available from the Branch
Information can also be obtained from the National office at York

Archaeology Fieldwork Bursaries for 16-18 year olds
The Schools Committee of the Roman Society,
in conjunction with the Roman Research Trust,
invites applications for its new archaeological fieldwork bursaries.
For information and application details Click here
Last Date for applications: 15 May 2004

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Visit TV for Current programme details & Series Status
Information for the programme archive since 2000

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BBC "Archaeology History Trail"

The BBC launched their "Archaeology History Trail" on Monday 18 March 2002
Further announcements and updates can be found on the BBC
History website

Please try it out the Trail and let us have your comments?

The Host organisation for the Branch (Surrey Heath Archaeological & Heritage Trust) had been working with the BBC on a "History" pilot project of which this Trail formed part.

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