Letter from Chair: Autumn 2015

Our many thanks to Edmund Southworth and Allison Fox of Manx National Heritage for welcoming us so warmly to the Isle of Man in April. A flavour of the weekend can be found on our Past Conferences and Meetings page. We all had a terrific time and Allison “did us proud”.   Whilst Allison organised a full and interesting itinerary for us, in the background Quita Mould very quietly and smoothly organised the group! Quita is standing down as Meetings Co-ordinator after two decades and I’d like to express all our appreciation for her hard work and dedication she’s shown on our behalf; not to mention the good humour!  Happily, she is staying on the Committee to provide membership support and Jackie Keily will step into the role liaising with meetings’ organisers. Please do keep offering topics and venues around the UK and beyond, Jackie will be pleased to hear from you!

We also very much enjoyed our day in Leicester last Autumn when we celebrated the life of Paul Courtney. Thank you to Yolanda Courtney and the Society for Post-Medieval Archaeology for inviting the Finds Research Group to be involved in what was a splendid day.

At our last Committee meeting we decided that we would move to one meeting a year, with perhaps some tripettes when the occasion arose. I am very happy that Dave Marchant of the East Riding Museum Service has offered to host our 2016 meeting in the lovely town of Beverley. We are just finalising dates and we are very much looking forward to an excellent meeting.

I am pleased to say that our latest publication is Datasheet 47 “Disc-on-pin” Buckles written by Tom Redmayne and edited by Robert Webley will be with members soon. Many thanks to them both. We have a number of authors in the pipeline and always like to hear of other potential topics so please contact our Editor in Chief Nicola Powell nicky.powell@aocarchaeology.com

Many congratulations to Aubrey Steingraber, our Geoff Egan prize winner for 2014 for her research into cultural identities along the medieval Anglo-Scottish border through close analysis of portable antiquities. Her work for the University of York, Region of Divisions, Region of Connections – Border Theory and the Archaeology of the Anglo-Scottish Border 1066-1400earned her a MA with Distinction in Medieval Archaeology. Aubrey has since returned to the U.S. where she is continuing her archaeological career in the Pacific Northwest. We wish her well.

Finally and as always thank you to all the committee members who work voluntarily and tirelessly behind the scenes, fitting the Finds Research Group around busy work lives, family and other schedules.

See you in Beverley, I hope, and meanwhile every best wish