National Ice Age Network

Royal Holloway, University of London, University of Leicester, University of Birmingham, 2010 (updated 2011)

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Dr Danielle Schreve
Department of Geography
Royal Holloway, University of London
Egham
Surrey
TW20 0EX
England
Tel: 01784 443569

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Overview

There are several hundred active aggregates quarries in England with the potential to produce significant fossil and archaeological remains frm the Ice Age. The challenge of monitoring these quarries for significant finds can only be achieved through partnership: patnership between geologists, palaeontologists and archaeologists, partnership between professionals and amateurs, but most of all partnership with the aggregates industry. It is the quarry workers themselves who, day in and day out, have the best chance of making the important discoveries. This inclusive grouping of organisations and individuals sharing the goal of bringing the Ice Age world to light is known as the National Ice Age Network.

Partnership cannot be achieved without knowledge and understanding. A major goal of the project was therefore be the provision and sharing of information together with practical training. Equally, partnership cannot be achieved without interest, enthusiasm and inclusion. A linked goal was education and outreach. These goals were achieved both by the production of literature (and a web site) - attractive leaflets, fossil and artefact 'recognition sheets' and a practical handbook 'Quarrying and the Ice Age' - and by talks, training days, 'hands-on' sessions in museums and field trips across the country.

The Digital Archive

The leaflets, recognition sheets and a number of other promotional materials have been archived by the ADS, and are available from the downloads section.

The digital archive also contains the 'Palaeolithic GIS' created for the West Midlands by staff at Birmingham Archaeology (University of Birmingham). The GIS archive - available from the downloads page - comprises shapefiles derived from the HERs/SMRs of Derbyshire, Herefordshire, Leicestershire, Warwickshire and Worcestershire; and for which permissions for re-use have been given by the relevant organisations. The original GIS also contained base-line data provided by the British Geological Society (BGS), these have not been submitted to the ADS archive. A technical summary detailing the contents of the GIS accompanies the dataset held by the ADS.

Non-digital Archive and Publications

In addition to the digital material contained within the archive, the NIAN project also produced the following outputs:

Lectures / Events
Engineering Group of The Geological Society in London (9th March 2005)
PalMeso meeting organised by the Lithics Studies Society at the British Museum (10th March 2005)
ALSF Maritime Seminar (29th March 2005)
UK Rigs Conference (September 2005)
Horsham Geological Society (October 2005)
Birmingham Landscape Seminar Series (October 2005)
Yorkshire Museum - in conjunction with the 'Yorkshire in the Ice Age' exhibition(October 2005)
Royal Holloway seminar series (November 2005)
The Lyell Society (Royal Holloway) (November 2005)
Camberley and Bagshot Metal Detecting Society (November 2005)
SILA research group Technology Workshop (November 2005)
South West Hertfordshire Archaeological and Historical Society (November 2005)
Buckinghamshire County Council Resource Assessment launch (November 2005)
Southampton Museum Prehistoric Open Day (February 2006)
Birmingham and Warwickshire Archaeological Society (February 2006)
Yorkshire Archaeological Society / CBA conference (February 2006)
EH Outreach seminar (February 2006)
Presentation to Surrey Archaeological Society (February 2006)
EH/NIAN Palaeolithic Seminar (March 2006)
Geography Dept at loughborough University (March 2006)
Ice Age Environments and Adaptation talk presented as part of Royal Holloway 'Aim Higher' open day (May 2006)
NIAN stall at Extracting Warwickshire open weekend at Burmington (June 2006)
Isle of Thanet Archaeological Society (July 2006)
Wandsworth Historical Society (July 2006)
British Academy for the Advancement of Science (September 2006)
School of Archaeology and Ancient History, University of Leicester (October 2006)
Wildwood Trust (October 2006)
The Hunter Archaeological Society (October 2006)
Ravensbourne Geological Society (October 2006)
East Midlands Geological Society (October 2006)
Leicestershire Archaeological and Historical Society (October 2006)
SW Shropshire Historical and Archaeological Society (October 2006)
Hampshire Field Club, Winchester (October 2006)
East Riding Archaeological Society (October 2006)
Helmsley Archaeological Society lecture and lithic ID day (October 2006)
Pontefract Archaeological Society lecture and lithic ID session (October 2006)
Spelthorne Archaeological Society (November 2006)
Leicester Literary and Philosophical Society (January 2007)
Ely and District Archaeological Society (January 2007)
Orpington and District Archaeological Society (January 2007)
Derbyshire Archaeological Society/WEA (March 2007)
Bournemouth Natural Science Society (March 2007)
Meetings / technical forums
Engineering Group of the Geological Society in London (9th March 2005)
PalMeso meeting organised by the Lithics Studies Society at the British Museum (10th March 2005)
Warwickshire Geological Conservation Society's March 16th meeting and open evening (18th May 2005)
Southampton University during an international flint knapping research project (10th April 2005)
"Prehistoric Technology" International Congress in Verona (20-23rd April 2005)
'Welsh Marches Research Day' held in Hereford (10th June 2005)
Southwest Rivers Networking Day' held in Exeter (16th June 2005)
Meeting with representative from Quarry Products Association (14th July 2005)
UK RIGS conference (16th September 2005)
NIAN Birmingham have helped orgnaise and host a Palaeolithic meeting 'Palaeolithic ALSF work in progress meeting' held in Peterborough (March 2006)
CBA winter general meeting (March 2006)
Leicester Literary and Philosophical Society (March 2006)
East Midlands and Yorkshire Geology Societies at BGS (March 2006)
Geoarchaeology conference (September 2006)
PalMeso meeting (September 2006)
Educational Visits
Advice given to amateur collectors at Swalecliffe (March 2006)
Yr 12 School Ice Age activity day, Runneymede (March 2006)
Lithic id presentation at the Wessex Archaeology / BMAPA workshop in Salisbury (April 2006)
Ice Age lecture and Lithic ID session, Wrexham Museum (May 2006)
School Ice Age activity day, Donniford (PRoSWeB - co hosted) (May 2006)
Artefact training sessions were held at the Royal Cornwall Musuem in Truro and the University of Exeter (July 2006)
Lithic ID session, Rugby (July 2006)
PRoSWeB training day - Lithic ID, Exeter (July 2006)
Kennilworth Gorge Ice Age walk and talk (July 2006)
Lithic ID session, Polesworth (July 2006)
Helmsley Archaeological Society lecture anf Lithic ID day (October 2006)
Pontefract Archaeological Society lecture and Lithic ID session (October 2006)
Workshops
Solent Thames Project Seminar (October 2006)
NIAN is co-ordinating the latest revision of the Palaeolithic Research Framework (Autumn 2006)
Guided Tours
Ice Age landscapes of Runnymede (March 2006)
River Otter guided walk (PRoSWeB co hosted) (May 2006)
River Exe guided walks (PRoSWeB co hosted) (June 2006)
Kennilworth Gorge Ice Age walk and talk (July 2006)
Fieldwalking event at Copston Magna co-organised with Warwickshire ALSF funded project (September 2006)
Press Release
May 2006: Press release to promote 'Day in the Ice Age' event at Birmingham
May 2006: Press release to promote 'Day in the Ice Age' event at Royal Holloway
August 2006: Press release to promote 'Day in the Ice Age' event at Southampton
September 2006: Press release to promote 'Day in the Ice Age' event at Leicester
Radio / TV interview
Dr Schreve gave a radio interview to BBC Radio Sport (February 2006)
Dr Chambers gave a radio interview to promote NIAN 'Day in the Ice Age' event in Birmingham (May 2006)
CBA National Archaeology events
NIAN stall at Fort Cumberland for National Archaeology Week 26-30th July 2005: attended by all ages
NIAN stall at Creswell Crags for National Archaeology Week 24-28th July 2006: attended by all ages
NIAN stall at Fort Cumberland for National Archaeology Week 24-28th July 2006: attended by all ages
Contributed posters and leaflets to National Archaeology Week events at Leatherhead Museum

The Archaeology Data Service (ADS) do not hold any further information regarding these non-digital outputs, any queries should be directed to the depositor.


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