Council for British Archaeology announcement.
Like everybody else, the CBA has had to adapt fast to face the challenges of the COVID-19 pandemic.
Here’s how we are responding.
Our headquarters in York have closed for the time being but staff continue to work from home in accordance with current government advice.
Membership and general enquiries are still being processed and responded to, but please bear with us as we adapt to some of the extra challenges of home working.
The next issue of British Archaeology magazine is ready to go to press and should be sent to our members, subscribers and to newsstands next week. We remind you of options to access the magazine digitally, and we are exploring further options to ensure that as many people can access it as possible.
We will keep you as informed as we can on the postponement or cancellation of archaeology events and fieldwork as the situation develops.
The full range of CBA services continue to operate, though inevitably we have had to cancel all public events for the time being.
In addition, we are considering ways that the CBA may be able to help the sector during this period of uncertainty.
This may include support with communications, either between those engaged with archaeology or in helping to get messages out.
We will be sharing resources and activities that people of all ages can access to continue to engage with archaeology from home, and we would love to hear your own ideas. Those who are homebound with younger family members can find some ideas on the Young Archaeologists’ Club website.
The Chartered Institute for Archaeologists has released some advice on potential impacts of the pandemic on working practices and concerns related to adherence to the CIfA Standards and guidance.
Please do let us know what support you need and send your comments or suggestions to firstname.lastname@example.org
Beatrice de Cardi lecture 2019
Back in November 2019, the award-winning archaeologist Richard Osgood delivered the Beatrice de Cardi lecture at CBA’s Annual Archaeology Day. This fascinating and inspiring talk is now available to view on our YouTube channel.
Richard is the co-founder of Operation Nightingale, an initiative that uses archaeological fieldwork to aid the recovery of wounded veterans and former service personnel.
While many of us are beginning a period of isolation, it may seem ironic that Richard’s lecture: “The healing bones, archaeology as wellbeing” deals with the positive effect that active, outdoor participation in archaeology can have on mental wellbeing.
Nevertheless, we hope that you will find this a timely reminder of how the process of discovery and teamwork in an outdoor environment can help to change lives. In these uncertain times for everybody engaged with archaeology, it only goes to reinforce why it matters so much.