To mark the Council for British Archaeology’s Festival of Archaeology, we are holding a series of free online events so you can get involved and find out more about what treasures are being unearthed as we build the country’s new high speed railway. The event, now in its 29th year, is being held from 24 October – 1 November, shining a light on our past and how our ancestors lived.
A day in the life of a HS2 Archaeologist
If you’ve ever wondered what an archaeologist does when they’re at work, then or webinar A day in the life of a HS2 Archaeologist on Monday 26 October (12.15 – 12.50pm) is for you!
The session will explore the academic choices and professional job roles which led some of our archaeologists to their careers working on HS2. Hosted by one of our Historic Environment Managers and main works civils contractor CSJV’s Archaeological Lead, this webinar focuses on the careers of Dr Emma Hopla and Dr Emma Tetlow.
They will discuss a typical week in the life of the Archaeological Client and the Archaeological Contractor, as well as some of the exciting discoveries they have made along the way. You will also be able to ask the team questions via a live Q&A chat.
An Introduction to HS2 Archaeology: Staffordshire and Cheshire
Our second session, An Introduction to HS2 Archaeology: Staffordshire and Cheshire, highlights how our archaeological works on Phase 2a from Fradley to Crewe, which cross north Staffordshire and East Cheshire, build upon our experiences and discoveries from Phase One, revealing new insights and findings about the history of this landscape.
Led by Chris Jordan, our Historic Environment Manager for Phase 2a, this talk will introduce the heritage along the Phase 2a route, including the influence of the landscape, and discuss what we are trying to discover, how we do it, and what exciting finds we might expect over the next few years.
You will be able to ask Chris and the team questions via a live Q&A chat during the online event which takes place on Tuesday 27 October (12.15 – 12.50pm).
An Introduction to St Mary’s in Stoke Mandeville
Our final webinar focuses on the archaeological works carried out at St Mary’s Church in Stoke Mandeville, Buckinghamshire.
An Introduction to St Mary’s in Stoke Mandeville on Wednesday 28 October (12.15 – 12.50pm) will be led by Guy Hunt, Partner at LP Archaeology, alongside experts from HS2 and Fusion. Guy and the team will explain how the site is a fantastic opportunity for archaeologists to examine and understand a landscape which has been occupied by humans for thousands of years, dating back to the Bronze Age.
The team will be available to answer your questions during a live Q&A chat option.