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A Portable Antiquities Scheme Conference: Advancing Archaeological Knowledge

Published: Thursday 9th March 2006 Author:

The running order is as follows:

10.00: Welcome (Neil MacGregor, British Museum).

Advancing knowledge of archaeological finds I (Chair - Ian Leins).

  • 10.05: Upper crust rust detecting social status from iron finds (Claire Heywood, British Museum).
  • 10.25: Interpreting Roman gold coins found in Britain (Roger Bland, British Museum).
  • 10.45: Pierced and reused coins - an overview (Laura Burnett, Ashmolean Museum).
  • 11.05: Stray coin finds in England, 1180-1351 (Julian Baker, Ashmolean Museum).
  • 11.25: Discussion.

11.35: Coffee

Advancing knowledge of archaeological finds II (Chair - Helen Geake).

  • 12.00: Late Iron Age and Roman bronze bovine vessel mounts (Angie Bolton, Worcester City Museum).
  • 12.20: Ingots and Thor's hammers: finding the Vikings at last? (Tim Pestell, Norwich Castle Museum).
  • 12.40: Regional trade in English and Continental textiles in England - the picture emerging from cloth seals (Geoff Egan, Museum of London).
  • 13.00: Discussion.

13.10: Lunch (please make your own arrangements)

Advancing knowledge of archaeological sites (Chair - Sally Worrell).

  • 14.00: Finding common ground: archaeologists and metal-detectorists... Anglo-Saxons and Vikings (John Naylor & Julian Richards, University of York).
  • 14.20: Tarde venientibus ossa - rescuing the Roman cremation at Beckfoot, Cumbria (Dot Bruns, Lancashire County Council).
  • 14.40: Finds from the River Tees at Piercebridge, Co Durham (Philippa Walton, Cambridgeshire County Council).
  • 15.00: Finds, sites, monuments and landscapes (Jude Plouviez, Suffolk County Council Archaeological Service).
  • 15.20: Discussion.

15.30: Coffee

Conserving the past (Chair - Roger Bland).

  • 16.00: 'From grot to bling? - some conservation advice to the PAS' (Jim Spriggs, York Archaeological Trust).
  • 16.10: Fulford: making sense of surface finds (Chas Jones, Fulford Battlefield Society).
  • 16.30: The Bromham mirror (Julian Watters & Phil Carter, Verulamium Museum).
  • 16.50: Discussion.

17.00: Close

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National Buried Treasures Revealed

Published: Wednesday 9th November 2005 Author:

The PAS, which is run by the Museums, Libraries and Archives Council (MLA), is the country's largest community archaeology project and its annual report (2004/5) contains information about finds reported by amateur archaeologists, metal detectorists, gardeners, farmers, builders and walkers.

The DCMS Treasure Annual Report includes details of objects reported under the Treasure Act 1996. Finders have a legal obligation to report potential treasure finds over 300 years old, generally gold and silver objects, and the Act ensures that, where possible, such items become available to the public in our museums.

Items discovered go back to the Prehistoric period and range from a first century nail cleaner to one of the most remarkable examples of ornate Roman Oil lamp found in Britain; a mystery seventh century head, beautiful jewellery, and a stunning coin which proves the existence of a little known Roman Emperor Domitian II.

A selection of the objects will be on view at today's launch at the Museum of London, including:

  • Eighteenth century apple or cheese scoops from London (c.1700) - three apple or cheese scoops made from the metapodial bones of sheep which were found on the Thames foreshore, City of London and are in excellent condition of preservation.
  • Roman copper-alloy figurine (50-100 AD) - Roman copper-alloy fitting from a table leg in the form of the deity Attys, found in Reigate, Surrey. The object appears to be unique in Roman Britain. The only known parallel comes from Pompeii.
  • Roman silver coin (c.271 AD) - a base silver Roman coin known as a radiate of the emperor Domitian II was discovered in Chalgrove, Oxfordshire - the first such coin found in Britain. The only other was found in France and was thought to be a fake until the discovery of the British coin proved the existence of the short-lived emperor.
  • Iron Age electrum torc (c.200-50 BC) - a fine example of a beautifully manufactured late Iron Age necklace. Found in South West Norfolk.
  • Iron Age scabbard mount (100 BC - 100AD) - a beautiful example of Late Iron Age copper-alloy scabbard mount.
  • Anglo-Saxon skillet (c.675 - 800 AD) - an important early Christian grave object, this find is made of sheet copper-alloy skillet, with a riveted mount in the form of a cross. Found in Shalfleet Parish, Isle of Wight. Anglo-Saxon jewellery (c.625-675 AD) - two gold pendants with polychrome glass settings, a gold spacer bead and a number of copper-alloy girdle accessories, were unearthed from a female burial site in Thurnham, Kent.
  • A silver coin (c.1062 - 1065) - unique silver cut halfpenny of Edward the Confessor found in Gloucester. Coins of this date are very rare.

Culture Minister David Lammy, who is announcing the launch of both reports today, says:

"Treasure and PAS are remarkable success stories. This past year has seen a four-fold increase in the reporting of Treasure finds and the reporting of 67,213 archaeological items by the public. This is largely thanks to the Finds Liaison Officers who are the experts on your doorstep - there to advise finders on their discoveries. It is encouraging that so many people, no matter what their background, are learning more about the history of their area through archaeology."

Mark Wood, Chair of the Museums, Libraries and Archives Council, which manages PAS says:

"Uncovering buried treasure is a dream which inspires thousands of amateur archaeologists in this country and the fact that a record number of finds has been discovered and registered this year shows that the Portable Antiquities Scheme is inspiring more and more people. Some of the country's most important archaeological finds are unearthed by members of the public and as a result important new archaeological sites are being discovered."

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CBA Day School

Published: Thursday 20th October 2005 Author:

CBA Day School, November 2005.

Title: Discovery and Display, Research and Reconstruction: Understanding and Presenting the Past.

Date: Saturday, November 12th, 2005.

Venue: The Ironbridge Institute, Ironbridge Gorge Museum, Coalbrookdale, Telford, Shropshire.

Description: The somewhat eclectic mix of themes that make up this day school reflect some of the wide ranging interests of Mike Stokes, in honour of whom this day has been arranged. There is something for everybody! The papers will range from Romanesque sculpture (or not?) in Herefordshire to medieval ceramics in Warwickshire, and from Roman Shropshire to an Iron Age Hill Fort and Experimental Archaeology in Pembrokeshire.

Fees: £6.00 per person (Please note that Lunch is not included as part of the fee).

Programme:

Chairman: Dr Michael Hodder, CBA West Midlands

10.00 Welcome and Introduction.
Dr Michael Hodder and Mary White (Shrewsbury Museums)

10.15 - 11.15 An enigma in stone: the Upton Bishop sculpture.
Dr John Hunt, CBA West Midlands and University of Birmingham.

11.15 - 11.45 Coffee

11.45 - 12.45 Medieval patterned floor tiles in Warwickshire since 1936: what do we know and where do we go from here?
Iain Soden, Senior Project Officer for Northamptonshire Archaeology, and formerly Coventry Planning Archaeologist.

12.45 - 1.00 Discussion.

1.00 - 2.15 Lunch (NB: Attendees should bring a packed lunch or find lunch locally).

2.15 - 3.15 Rebuilding the Iron Age: Excavation and Experiment at Castell Henllys.
Dr Harold Mytum, University of York

3.15 - 3.45 Tea

3.45 - 4.45 Investigating and Interpreting Wroxeter, 1950-2000.
Dr Roger White, University of Birmingham.

4.45 - 5.00 Discussion.

5.00 Close.

Enrolment Instructions:

To enrol for the Day School, please complete the enrolment form on this page;
Indicate the number of places that you wish to book and enclose the appropriate fee.

Please ensure that you include your full postal address and a telephone number where indicated.

Please return enrolment forms to:

Mr John Haslam
32 Turner Road
Chapelfields
Coventry
CV5 8FT

Tel 02476 672589

Cheques should be made payable to 'CBA West Midlands'.

Closing date for applications: Thursday, November 3rd, 2005.

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This event is supported by the Council for British Archaeology, West Midlands Regional Group; the Ironbridge Institute and the Institute of Antiquity and Archaeology, University of Birmingham; and the Shropshire Archaeological Society.

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No more digging around to find historical teaching resources!

Published: Friday 7th October 2005 Author:

Culture Minister David Lammy tries out the new web site with some help form Alistair (on left) from St George The Martyre School and his friend.

London, 7 October 2005 -- Key stage two teachers no longer need to spend hours trying to find resources for historical lesson plans with the launch of a new website by the Portable Antiquities Scheme (PAS), which is run by the Museums, Libraries and Archives Council (MLA). PAStexplorers - www.pastexplorers.org.uk - provides free stand-alone lesson plans which tie into the national curriculum for history, geography, ICT, citizenship and literacy.

Teacher trainer, Andy Bowles, Senior Lecturer in Education at Leeds Metropolitan University said:

"This website developed by archaeologists, education specialists and children contains neat simulations, an easily searchable database and includes a timeline and lots of images. For teachers of British and other histories from foundation to KS4, this unique tool contextualises history. It would support work in all units in the National Curriculum and makes a wonderful investigation tool. It promotes and develops real enthusiasm and total independence in personalised learning."

The content has been written for teachers by teachers with the help of archaeologists, while children chose the graphics and appearance of the site. Children have their own 'fun' section and they can play a Buried Treasure game and explore a virtual Anglo-Saxon Village called West Mucking.

Mark Wood, chair of the Museums, Libraries and Archives Council, which manages PAS says:

"We developed the website with a dual purpose in mind - to be a fun and educational site for children and to be a vital resource for teachers. In order to achieve both of those goals we have developed the website based on the feedback of children and teachers. For example, the characters that you see on the site were specifically chosen by children and teachers piloted the lesson plans on their classes."

A summary of the features included in the new website are:

  1. A virtual Anglo-Saxon village (West Mucking), which children can explore to learn more about life in the mid-sixth century.
  2. Lesson plans and support materials tying into the interactive Anglo Saxon village to teach the 'Settlers and Invaders' section of the National Curriculum as well as linking into other subject areas.
  3. A virtual archaeological survey, where children get to do their own field walking and metal detecting.
  4. Pack Your Bag, an exercise in decision-making skills based around virtual fieldwork planning, where children choose and pack their own fieldwork equipment.
  5. A 'Fun Zone', where children can get extra information about finds, archaeology, time periods and how to get involved in archaeology.
  6. An archaeological database of finds recorded by the Portable Antiquities Scheme which lets children (and adults) discover what has been found where they live.
  7. Period guides covering the prehistoric period, the Iron Age, the Romans, Medieval and post-Medieval period.
  8. A guide to archaeology and treasure.

Culture Minister David Lammy says:

"PAStexplorers is a fun and colourful website, teaching children all about unearthing the secrets of the past and exploring history in a fun way. Teachers are provided with all the resources they need to teach children about archaeology while tying in with the National Curriculum. It should encourage some exciting school projects and teachers can help children to go out and learn about the history of the area where they live and go to school."

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Notes to Editors

For further information please contact Emma Poole/ Gemma Crisp on 020 7273 1459, email emma.poole@mla.gov.uk and gemma.crisp@mla.gov.uk

MLA

MLA is the national development agency for museums, libraries and archives, advising the government on policy and priorities for the sector. MLA's roles are to provide strategic leadership, to act as a powerful advocate, to develop capacity and to promote innovation and change. www.mla.gov.uk

The Portable Antiquities Scheme (PAS)

The Portable Antiquities Scheme is the largest community archaeology project this country has ever seen. It was established in 1997 to encourage the voluntary recording of archaeological objects found by the public and to broaden public awareness of the importance of such finds for understanding our past.

PAS is managed by the Museums, Libraries and Archives Council. It was previously funded by the Heritage Lottery Fund, but the current grant runs out in March 2006. This new funding of £1.25 million a year was announced as part of the 2004 Spending Review at the end of last year.

PAS operates across the whole of England and Wales through a network of 36 finds liaison officers who also play a crucial role in the effective operation of the Treasure Act, encouraging finders to report their finds and guiding them through the Treasure process. The presence of a Finds Liaison Officer increases the reporting of Treasure by up to five times. The data recorded - itself an important educational resource - is published on the Scheme's website ( www.finds.org.uk ) allowing public access to over 127,000 records and over 50,000 images of finds, as diverse as prehistoric flints to post-medieval buckles - and new finds are going online everyday.

PASt explorers - www.pastexplorers.org.uk

PASt explorers is an exciting new and interactive children's website about archaeological finds. It has been developed by archaeologists with input from children and teachers at every stage of its development.

PASt explorers aims to be a teaching and learning resource, both for formal and informal learning, and links in with the national curriculum for subjects such as citizenship, geography, history, ICT and literacy.

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Emma Poole
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Museums, Libraries and Archives Council

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Exhibition opens at Marlipins Museum, Shoreham

Published: Sunday 21st August 2005 Author:

The exhibition was launched with an excellent speech from Tim Loughton MP, who is an archaeologist in his own right and a powerful advocate for the Scheme in Parliament. He complimented Liz on the great results in Sussex since her appointment two years ago as Finds Liaison Officer for the whole of Sussex. She has established excellent working relationships with the metal detectorists in the county.

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The theme is medieval objects, some of which come from sites in Shoreham and others from further afield such as Steyning and Henfield. The Curators of both those museums attended the Private View, along with Cllr. Brian Coomber of Adur DC and representatives of the West Sussex Library Service, the Record Office, detectorists, amateur archaeologists, Sussex Archaeological Society representatives and many many more.

The exhibition will be on view at Marlipins until 3rd September and provides a rare opportunity for people to see these objects from private collections which help us to build up a picture of our p

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Rare Roman souvenir is acquired in unique agreement by three British museums.

Published: Tuesday 16th August 2005 Author:

The pan, although lacking its handle, is an extremely well preserved enamelled and inscribed bronze trulla dating to the Roman period. It was made both as a functional vessel and as a 'souvenir' of Hadrian's Wall, and is a find of great national and international significance. Uncovered by a metal detectorist in Staffordshire in June 2003, it was promptly reported to the Portable Antiquities Scheme who drew the attention of relevant museums to the find.

Staffordshire Moorlands Pan
The Staffordshire Moorlands Pan, adapted from photos by S.Laidlaw, IOA.

The shared acquisition of the pan will mean that people across the country will be able to admire and enjoy this remarkable object. It will enable the pan to be seen in the context of the original find site, of Hadrian's Wall and as part of the foremost collection of Romano-British material in the UK. The pan will be displayed initially in the British Museum, it will then travel to the Potteries Museum for display during 2006 and to Carlisle for 2007. Replicas of the pan are being made as part of the acquisition grant to ensure that when the original is at one venue, a representation of the pan can still be displayed at the other venues.

The Inscription in black and white
The inscription rendered in black and white.

Kate Clark, Heritage Lottery Fund Deputy Director, Policy and Research, said:
"This two thousand-year-old souvenir of Hadrian's Wall is a very special part of our past and one which people across the country should have the chance to see. This unique sharing scheme is exactly the sort of innovative joint working that the Heritage Lottery Fund wants to encourage UK museums to undertake".

Hilary Wade, Director of the Tullie House Museum and Art Gallery in Carlisle, commented:
"This is a wonderful 'icon' to focus on the rich Roman heritage of Carlisle and the western end of Hadrian's Wall. Tullie House looks forward very much to displaying it in 2007 and to working with our new partners".

Ian Lawley, Stoke-on-Trent City Council's Head of Museums said 'The joint acquisition of the Staffordshire Moorlands Pan by the three museums is truly trail-blazing. It marks a new era in co-operation between National and regional museums and will enable this enormously significant national treasure to be seen and enjoyed by a large number of people at all three venues. We hope that this will be the first of many such partnerships'.

Ralph Jackson, Curator of Romano-British collections at the British Museum in London added:
"This little gem of British craftsmanship, a unique find of the greatest importance, shows us that Hadrian's Wall was as famous in the Roman world as it is today. Visually striking and replete with fascinating information, it is a most notable acquisition for the nation".

The Staffordshire Moorlands Pan dating to the mid 2nd century AD the pan is intricately decorated with a band of Celtic-style roundels. Spectacularly colourful, the roundels are inlaid with red, blue, turquoise and yellow enamel. The pan at its widest diameter is 94mm and it weighs 132.5g. Immediately above the band of roundels is an engraved inscription which lists four forts on Hadrian's Wall:

  1. MAIS (Bowness-on-Solway)
  2. COGGABATA (Drumburgh)
  3. VXELODVNVM (Stanwix)
  4. CAMMOGLANNA (Castlesteads)

The mention of Drumburgh is interesting as this is the first time the name of this fort has been found on a Wall souvenir. The other part of the inscription is the most significant and reads RIGORE VALI AELI DRACONIS. The first ten letters appear to be a direct reference to Hadrian's Wall. The remaining letters may be interpreted as the personal name Aelius Draco (or Dracon) which may be that of the person it was made for, perhaps an officer whose command related to the Wall. Draco is a Greek name, suggesting an origin in the eastern Roman Empire. 'Aelius' is Hadrian's family name and would have been traditionally adopted by anyone obtaining Roman citizenship under his rule. This is the first time that a personal name has been found within the inscription on such a vessel. Further research on the inscription is being undertaken and may reveal yet more information about the find and about life in and around the Wall itself, the most potent symbol of the Roman province of Britannia.

The Scheme's record of this object can be found under PAS ID:
WMID-3FE965 and the link to the BM's compass record will be added in due course.
A high resolution image can be viewed at the http://www.finds.org.uk/patera.htm

For further information or images of the pan please contact Hannah Boulton at the British Museum on 020 7323 8522 or hboulton@thebritishmuseum.ac.uk or Tony Adams at tony.adams@civic2.stoke.gov.uk or Cheryl Eastburn at Tullie House Museum and Art Gallery on 01228 534781 or cheryle@carlisle-city.gov.uk


Notes to Editors
• The pan will be on display at the British Museum from 17 August 2005 until the end of December. It will go on display in the Potteries Museum and Art Gallery for the whole of 2006 and the Tullie House Museum and Gallery for 2007.
• The Heritage Lottery Fund enables communities to celebrate, look after and learn more about our diverse heritage. From our great museums and historic buildings to local parks and beauty spots or recording and celebrating traditions, customs and history, HLF grants open up our nation's heritage for everyone to enjoy. They have supported more than 16,000 projects, allocating £3.3billion, of which £1billion has been awarded to museums and galleries, across the UK.
Website: www.hlf.org.uk. For more information, please contact Katie Owen, HLF press office, on 020 7591 6036.
• The tripartite acquisition is in keeping with the aims of the British Museum's Partnership UK, the largest and most wide-ranging of any such scheme between a national institution and other museums around the country. Its principal purpose is to share collections and expertise with audiences across the UK. Over the past two years it has included tours of objects such as the Queen of the Night and the Throne of Weapons, and exhibitions such as Buried Treasure and Across the Board.

Related web pages:
http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/entertainment/arts/4155486.stm
http://www.unc.edu/awmc/moorlandspatera.html

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Artefacts stolen in Museum raid - Northampton

Published: Wednesday 1st June 2005 Author:

The following images and numbers below relate to the objects stolen from the Abington Museum. If you have any information about the whereabouts of these objects, please contact Will Brown, Information and Resources Manager at Northampton Museum.
T: 01604 837279
E: wbrown@northampton.gov.uk
 

Object Image

X.685 Blue glazed ushabti

Height 16.5cms
Width 5.31cms

Blue glazed Ushabti

X.683 Blue glazed ushabti with tools

Height 16.8cms Width 4.2cms
Ushabti with tools
X.678 Tomb model (one of the arms wasn't stolen) Height 16.7cms Width 4.4cms
Model worker
X.675 Cosmetic pot Height 6.4cms Width 4.5cms
Pot
X.717 Bronze votive figure Height 10.3cms Width 1.8cms
Broonze votive figure

X.712 Cream stoneware ushabti
Height 23.2cms Width 8.4cms

Ushabti

X.725 Wooden 'Ba' statue

Height 14.1cms Width 5.1cms Depth 8.9cms

Ba statue

X.724 Carved wooden head

Height 15.1cms Width 4.8cms

Head
X.748 & X.749 Mummy beads
Mummy beads
Mummy beads

X.779 Scarab seal in ivory

Height 1.5cms Width 1.1cms

Scarab seal

X.776 Scarab seal in grey stone

Height 1.5cms Width 1.1cms

Scarab seal

X.767.2 Pair of blue glazed wings X.767.1

Height 4.7cms Width 3.3cms Height 5.1 Width 3.6cms

Wing 1
Wing 2
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Serving Archaeology:Current Approaches to Sharing Archaeological Information Online

Published: Tuesday 17th May 2005 Author:

Serving Archaeology: Current Approaches to Sharing Archaeological Information Online

Institute of Archaeology, 28 May 2005

Introduction
9.15 Peter Ucko - Welcome
9:30 Ruth Tringham (UC Berkeley): Archaeology on the Web: Entanglement and Entrapment or Medium for Limitless Creativity and Communication
Session 1: Online Outreach, Entertainment and Education: Chair, Elizabeth Fentress (AIAC)
10:00 Carole Lazio (Independent Media Consultant):
Resisting Media Dyslexia
10:30 Carenza Lewis (Cambridge): Access Cambridge Archaeology - widening participation in archaeology
11:00 Coffee
11:30 Frederic Fol Leymarie (Goldsmiths): 3D Representation
12:00 Suzanne Keene (UCL): Virtual archaeology: what's the point of museums?
12:30 Martin Carver (York): Antiquity on-line: assessing, announcing, circulating and ranking research
1:00 Lunch

Session 2: Publishing SMRs, Fieldwork and Archives Online: Chair, Mike Heyworth (CBA)
2:00 William Kilbride, (York, Archaeological Data Service):
To infinity and beyond: digital scholarship and the long haul
2:30 Stuart Eve, Guy Hunt (LP Archaeology, AIAC):
Fasti OnLine.
3:00 - 4:00 Andrew Bevan (UCL),Tyler Bell (Oxford Archdigital): Current GIS and online provisions amongst English HERs
3:30 Adam Rabinowitz (University of Texas at Austin): Who needs what, and what goes where? Cosa, Chersonesos, and the integration of print and internet publication'.
 

Tea

Session 3: Beyond Electronic Paper: Techniques for Online Data Networking
4:30 Nick Crofts, (University of Geneva): CIDOC CRM and its implications for interoperability of online archaeological data
5:00 Matthew Stiff, (English Heritage): Linguistic Interoperability: multi-lingual thesauri
5:30 Tyler Bell (Oxford Archdigital): Technological Interoperability: the FISH toolkit
6:00 Closing Discussion
8:00 Dinner for Speakers

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New Minister for Arts, Heritage, Museums and Galleries, Libraries and the GAC

Published: Tuesday 10th May 2005 Author:

David Lammy

David Lammy, Member of Parliament for Tottenham, is the new Minister for Arts, Heritage, Museums and Galleries, Libraries and the GAC.

David Lammy was elected Member of Parliament for Tottenham at a by-election on 22nd June 2000.

David was born in Tottenham on 19th July 1972, one of five children raised by a black single mother. At eleven years of age, David won a scholarship as a chorister to attend a state choral school at The Kings School in Peterborough. He came back to London in 1990 to study law at the School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS) Law School. Admitted to the Bar of England and Wales in 1994, David became the first Black Briton to study a Masters in Law at the Harvard Law School in 1997.

He was politically active throughout university, and spent his holidays volunteering for the Free Representation Unit, representing people in tribunals or in cases brought before the Criminal Injuries Compensation Board. He did a placement in Jamaica, working for Amnesty International and volunteered in Thailand for Prisoners Abroad. David has practised as a lawyer in London and in California, specialising in medical ethics, negligence and commercial litigation.

David returned to England and stood as a Labour candidate for the newly created Greater London Assembly, securing a position as the GLA member with a portfolio for Culture and Arts. Following the sad death of Tottenham's longstanding MP Bernie Grant, David was elected as Labour MP for Tottenham at the age of 27 in June 2000.

David was appointed to Government as Parliamentary Private Secretary to Estelle Morris, the Secretary of State for Education, in June 2001. In May 2002 David was given his first Ministerial position in the Department of Health as Under-Secretary of State. 2004 saw David moving to the new Department for Constitutional Affairs as a junior minister.

He is a trustee of the international development charity AcitionAid and was formerly a director of the Church of England.

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The search is on for the Roman centre of Wetherby

Published: Monday 25th April 2005 Author:

The search for the Roman centre of Wetherby will be the quest for schoolchildren taking part in Leeds Metropolitan University's archaeology project, running from Monday 25 April until Thursday 28 April at Deighton Gates Primary School in Wetherby.

This year the project, which involves students from the School of Education and Professional Training at Leeds Met working with Leeds school pupils, has moved to Wetherby from its usual location of the university's Headingley Campus. It will involve the pupils taking part in excavations, learning about the processes involved in archaeology and discovering more about Roman Wetherby through re-enactments in period costumes by Leeds Met students. West Yorkshire Archaeology Service and the Portable Antiquities Scheme will partner Leeds Met in this project.

In past years this innovative project has seen over 1,000 inner city Leeds children visit Leeds Met's prestigious Headingley Campus to be involved in authentic excavations which have revealed evidence about Leeds Met's heritage.

The project runs from 1:30pm on Monday 25 April to 4:00pm on Thursday 28 April.
Ends

Photo opportunity: Leeds Met education students will be dressing up as a Roman soldier, his wife and a slave girl on Tuesday 26 April, Wednesday 27 April and Thursday 28 April to bring history alive for the schoolchildren.

For further information please contact Hannah Hughes, Leeds Met Communications, on 0113 283 6734.

Notes for editors:

• Leeds Metropolitan University is one of the country's largest higher education establishments, with over 41,000 students and 3,000 members of staff.

• Partnerships with further education colleges mean Leeds Met also has over 100,000 associate students.

• Leeds Met is the only English university that will charge a comparatively low fee of £2,000 for full-time undergraduates from 2006, with its straightforward
'low-charging, high impact' approach.

Further details can be found on the website: http://www.leedsmet.ac.uk/

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