CBA Yorkshire Videos

Our video collection is mainly videos from most of the Fireside Chats, speakers from conferences and videos we keep for associated groups.  Currently, the only group is the Bedale Archaeology and History Society but we have space for more groups if they would like some of their activities freely publicised this way.

Here you can browse through our collection of Fireside Chat Videos below:


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Series One

A Yorkshire Man at Sutton Hoo
Eric Houlder’s experiences as a photographer and supervisor during the post-war digs.

YAA Mapping
Tony Hunt describes his advanced drone
techniques involving the near infra red.

Elsecar: The Earl’s Village of Iron and Coal
Dave Went describes recent archaeological
investigations at this industrial heritage site.

Hints and Tips with PowerPoint
Mike Turpin suggests how ‘Presentations’
might be improved.

Series Two

A Tale of Two  Hillforts —
Two Prehistoric Excavations on the Yorkshire Wolds.  Peter Halkon describes two excavations within sight of each other.

One Person’s Junk, Another’s  Treasure
Reb Ellis describes the role of the Finds Coordinator on an archaeological dig. 

An Aerial View of Archaeology
Matt Oakey from Historic England explains how Aerial Photography and LiDAR  add value to archaeological investigations.

The North Duffield Experience
Brian Elsey describes how the North Duffield Group got started and how Community Archaeology can be organised.

Series Three

CBA Yorkshire Grants, Awards,  Equipment and Skills
Natasha Lawson and Dave Went introduce two  important ways in which CBA Yorkshire can support Community Archaeology

A Wander of Wonders
The FFWAP excavations on the Yorkshire Wolds described by Alison Spencer

A History of Geophysics at Geoscan Research
Roger Walker describes his career and the advances made in Geophysical Survey.

Hedgerows — A Living History Book to be Read
Archaeobotany and how Hedgerows provide additional information to the Archaeological Landscape explained by Barry Wright.

Series Four

The Abbot’s Staith
A Medieval Warehouse in Selby is being restored and investigated by Mark Simpson and Jon Kenny together with a dedicated band of volunteers

Conservation Work at York Archaeological Trust
Megs Felter, senior conservator at YAT explains how artefacts are restored and conserved.

Peturia Revisited – Roman Town at Brough
nr Hull

Peter Halkon and Maftin Credland describe the latest (2020) important Roman excavations at Brough

GeoArchaeology Applying Earth Sciences to
Ehren Smith explains what is meant by GeoArchaeology, a term which is being increasingly used.

Series Five

The Moated Sites of Yorkshire
There are many more moated sites across Yorkshire than you might think … Stephen Lonsdale describes those which were the basis for his research.
Finds From the Bishops’ Palace Excavation at Howden
Karen Adams looks at the finds and shows how they have helped to understand more about the historical and archaeological activity associated with this Scheduled Monument, describing how finds can be assessed and appropriately processed.
Photographing Small finds
Photographing finds is not a matter of snapping away. In this chat Eric Houlder shows a few techniques to make clear and meaningful pictures of finds … both on site and as part of the post excavation process.


Series Six

Roman Excavations at Eastfield, Scarborough
A significant Roman site uncovered just south of Scarborough. Paula and her team from MAP assisted by volunteers from the community sector excavated the site which has many features which are still raising important questions within the archaeological community.
Archaeological Manoeuvers in the Dark:
Brian Elsey from North Duffield describes how a group were formed and the activities in which they engaged..
Scandinavian Settlement in Yorkshire
Stuart Wraithmell describes settlement patterns in Yorkshire using placename evidence
The Skipwith Village Medieval Moated Manor House Excavation
Jon Kenny and Brian Worrall describe a village based community project
75 years of the Scarborough Archaeological and Historical Society
Founded in June 1947, 2022 marks the 75th anniversary of the Scarborough Archaeological and Historical Society. Trevor Pearson gives a brief overview of the history of the Society and recent projects, including Aldby Park and Buttercrambe
Behind the Scenes at the Great British Dig
Hannah Russ describes some of the finds from the popular television series.

Series Seven

The Archaeology of Excrement
Andrew Bone Jones describes how useful the analysis of animal, including human excrement can be when interpreting archaeological sites.
A Life in Ruins
John Buglass has had an exceptionally varied career as an archaeologist.  In this video John talks about some of his highlights.
Droning (Again)!
Tony Hunt as been specialising in the development of new photographic techniques for use with drone surveys.  An opportunity to look at Yorkshire Archaeology in a new light.
Uncovering Rievaulx Abbey’s Landscapes
Freya Horsfield describes her latest research at Rievaulx looking at the abbey in the context of a wider landscape.
2022 High Hunsley Community Excavations
Richard Coates and Emma Samuel describe the community dig at High Hunsley.
Medieval Wall Paintings Pickering
Kate Giles describes the paintings on view in the church of St. Peter and St .Paul and their conservation and fascinating story.
Communities and Communication – TV Archaeology
Chloe Duckworth is a lead archaeologist on the Great British Dig TV series. In this video she reviews the place of archaeology on television.
Cultural Heritage in the Westmorland Dales
Hannah Kingsbury describes a number of community based archaeology projects in the Dales.

Series Eight

Excavations at Garforth
Jane Richardson and Kylie Buxton describe the important Roman and possibly Kingdom of Elmet Cemetery
Kirk Leatham. A Hall, a Hospital and so much morePhil Abramson describes the archaeological investigations at an intriguing Yorkshire house

On My Doorstep
Mike Turpin takes a look at the Archeology and History close to where he lives and sets a challenge to all who view!
The Expendables
Rebecca Gowland describes the skeletal evidence for child labour in a northern mill