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A Northamptonshire Archaeologist"
"This book offers an insight into the dedication and achievements of a remarkable British archaeologist: It is also a significant contribution to the history of our vibrant discipline. Dennis's active and highly creative life in archaeology is a remarkable story of forty years of devotion, charting the determination of one man to rescue the fast disappearing remains of our past undeterred by pressure from quarry managers, unhelpful bureaucracy and bitter winters." (Professor Barry Cunliffe)
Northamptonshire Archaeological Society in collaboration with Dennis Jackson and his family has published the autobiography of "Dennis Jackson: A Northamptonshire Archaeologist".
The Jackson family has been living and working in Northamptonshire since the early 20th century, and Dennis did, in a way, follow the family tradition of working on the land. From life as a builder, Dennis was increasingly drawn towards archaeology, and in the mid-1960s he became one of the few full-time field archaeologists attempting to keep pace with the increasing rate of destruction caused by all aspects of modern development. Much of value would have been lost without record if Dennis had not been there to see it before it was machined away. Dennis's autobiography follows his career through the 'Rescue' archaeology of the 1960s, 70s and 80s, often working with little assistance and covering many of the ironstone quarries around Corby and gravel quarries along the Nene valley.
The end result is a body of work spanning most periods and site types: Neolithic and Bronze Age burials, Roman settlements and an Anglo-Saxon cemetery, but Dennis will be remembered more than anything for his work on numerous Iron Age settlements, including several almost completely excavated sites and the most recent investigations at the Hunsbury hillfort, Northampton.
While this is Dennis's personal story, it also chronicles the many changes that have taken place in the world of field archaeology over the past 40 years.
The book also includes reviews of pit alignments, Iron Age settlement studies and a proposed chronology for Iron Age pottery assemblages in Northamptonshire.
179 pages, illustrated throughout in colour and black and white.
"Dennis Jackson: A Northamptonshire Archaeologist" is available at £5.00, plus £2.50 postage and packing (cheques made payable to "Northamptonshire Archaeological Society").
Please print out a copy of the order form (pdf, 202KB) and send to The Northamptonshire Archaeological Society, c/o Andy Chapman, 4 Oat Hill Drive, Ecton Brook, Northampton NN3 5AL.
From Volume 35, 2008, the society journal is moving to A4 format and digital printing, making possible the direct insertion of colour photographs and colour plans. If you are planning to contribute to the next volume please read " Notes For Contributors " (pdf, 22KB).
Tables of Contents, with abstracts, are available for the following volumes:
Contents & Place-name Index (pdf,
The Society has a limited stock of back-copies of some journals.
These are available for £5 for a single volume or £10 for three volumes.
They can be collected from Andy Chapman, contact him at:
Northamptonshire Archaeology journals available online
With the closure of the CBA Archaeological Library in 2016, back copies of articles from the journal Northamptonshire Archaeology are not currently available online, but the society is looking towards making digital copies available through the Archaeology Data Service (ADS).
In the meantime, digital copies of any articles can be obtained directly from the Editor, Andy Chapman, by emailing NAS196674 @ gmail.com. Digital copies of chapters from the book "The Archaeology of Northamptonshire, 2004", Martin Tingle (editor), are also available.
Print copies of some back issues of the journal are also still available.
Pre-Volume 35: £5.00 per issue plus £2.50 postage and packing.
Volume 35 onward: £7.00 per issue plus £3.00 p&p
Please send your requests to the Editor, at NAS196674 @ gmail.com, to check availability.
Payment is by cheque, made out to "Northamptonshire Archaeology Society", posted to Andy Chapman at 4 Oat Hill Drive, Northampton, NN3 5AL.
Please have a look at the NAS material and the journals on offer from other societies.
The Archaeology of Northamptonshire
Thirty years later the NAS was still going strong and it was decided that a new account of the county's archaeological record should be published. The book, The Archaeology of Northamptonshire was published 30 November 2004, with 200 pages and 125 illustrations (B&W and colour). It was edited by Martin Tingle with the period chapters written by a variety of authors:
Martin Tingle: Archaeology in Northamptonshire
The Archaeology of Northamptonshire has sold out. However, that will not be the end of the life of this publication as the society will be making it available online, as a long-term resource for those researching the archaeology of the county.
A regular newsletter is sent to all members to inform them of meetings, conferences, public lectures and specially arranged visits to sites of archaeological or historic interest. It also publicises the activities of other historical and archaeological groups within the County.
The latest issue October 2017 is available (pdf, 463 KB).
Contents: NAS AGM and public lecture on 14th November at 7pm "The Rothwell Charnel Chapel Project" (poster, pdf 622 KB), subscription reminder, Northamptonshire Archaeology Vol. 39, "The Origins of Northampton" a walk on 1st June 2017, Chester Farm website, CBA South Midlands Conference on 5th November 2017, 35th Annual Brixworth Lecture on 28th October "Pleasure of the Pulpit: Anglo-Saxon Preaching as a Guide to Life in the Community".
|Back Issues available:|
|May 2017 (pdf, 263 KB)||
"The Origins of Northampton" - a walk and talk by Andy Chapman on Thursday June 1st at 7pm, MOLA has moved premises, Staffordshire hoard exhibition at Birmingham Museum, Eleanor Cross maintenance responsibility clarified, Chester Farm website and guided tours, "Northampton Archaeology Vol. 39" being copyedited, "Northampton Archaeology Vol. 40" special edition in progress, Spring bargains from Oxbow Books.
|September 2016 (pdf, 756 KB)||
NAS AGM and public lecture "People and pots in medieval Northamptonshire" by Paul Blinkhorn, subscription reminder, CLASP AGM details, CBA South Midlands Conference, 34th Annual Brixworth Lecture, new website covering all aspects of the Chester Farm development, upcoming publication of Northamptonshire Archaeology Volume 39 (2017), apologies for no summer NASNews and appeal for email details so members can be kept informed of updates.The posters mentioned as attachments within the September 2016 newsletter are available as a single download: posters (pdf, 756 KB)
|March 2016 (pdf, 542KB)||
Northamptonshire Archaeology, Vol. 38 2015 now available plus a Letter to the Society from
Northamptonshire County Council regarding the delivery of heritage services.
The documents mentioned as attachments within the March 2016 newsletter are available to download as these separate links:
|October 2015 (pdf, 252KB)||Details of NAS AGM and public lecture ("Continuity and change in the local landscape"), report on the summer meeting ("A walking tour of Towcester"), 33rd Annual Brixworth lecture in November, exhibition to celebrate 150 years of Northampton Museums and Art Gallery including "A History of Brewing in Northampton", British Museum exhibition "Celts: art and identity", Paul Blinkhorn giving 12 weekly talks on "The archaeology of Anglo-Saxon and Viking England", content of "Northamptonshire Archaeology Vol. 38" journal to be published in the New Year.|
|June 2015 (pdf, 434KB)||Summer meeting (A walking tour of Towcester on 30th July), history displays at new Northampton Station, Angel Street excavation information, recent book publications, NAS journal now out at upcoming November AGM, National Heritage List for England free download web address, letter to Councillor Harker regarding the pressure on heritage services.|
|October 2014 (pdf, 756KB)||Details about the upcoming NAS AGM and public lecture on Thursday 6th November - "Reflections on Medieval Northampton" by John Williams, new NAS Treasurer, subscription reminder, short report on NAS 40th anniversary celebrations at Sywell Country Park (Ancient Crafts weekend) in September, forthcoming and current events.|
|August 2014 (pdf, 1.2Mb)||Report on Chester Farm visit, new membership fees, upcoming AGM in November including talk by John Williams - "Reflections on Medieval Northampton", progress of Northamptonshire Archaeology journal Vol.38, comment on sale of Sekhemka statue by Northampton Borough Council, deserted medieval villages in Northants designated scheduled monuments, list of various events and talks including Ancient Crafts Weekend.|
|July 2014 (pdf, 227KB)||Information about archaeology open days at the Project Angel site of the new County Hall at Angel Street, Northampton.|
|April 2014 (pdf, 644KB)||Details of upcoming Chester Farm site tour on Saturday, June 7th 2014.|
|February 2014 (pdf, 171KB)||Possible visit to Chester Farm and Irchester Roman town, NAS 40th Anniversary weekend event at Sywell Country Park with "Ancient Crafts" theme, upcoming Northamptonshire Archaeology Vol 38, Northamptonshire Archaeology joins MOLA, English Heritage New Model: Consultation, Site of the Battle of Norhtampton 1460: Consevation Management Plan, link regarding article on Northampton Castle and excavations in British Archaeology.|
|October 2013 (pdf, 690KB)||NAS AGM 2013 details (including a lecture by Sarah Tarlow of Leicester University "The Criminal Corpse: Disposing of the remains of exectured criminals in the 18th Century"), subscription reminder, visit to Rothwell Crypt and Ossuary, NAS 40th anniversary celebration, November talks, Northampton Museum exhibit - King Richard III facial reconstruction.|
|July 2013 (pdf, 2.5Mb)||NAS visit to excavations at Piddington Roman Villa, book news, Northamptonshire Archaeology to merge with Museum of London Archaeology (MOLA), excavation of Northampton Castle before development at Northampton Rail Station.|
|April 2013 (pdf, 82KB)||NAS Spring meeting with a talk by Marcus Roberts entitled "History & Archaeology of the Northampton Jews", Northamptonshire Archaeology Vol. 37 not stocked by Northampton Library, Northamptonshire Archaeology Vol. 38 planned for 2014 to coincide with 40th anniversary of NAS, list of recent publications, excavation at Northampton Castle Station, new NAS email address.|
|September 2012 (pdf, 300KB)||NAS AGM and public lecture "Why medieval peasants are important" by Christopher Dyer Leverhulme Research Fellow Emeritus Professor of Regional and Local History, University of Leicester. Subscription reminder. Autumn events. Northamptonshire Archaeology information.|
|July 2012 (pdf, 69KB)||Northamptonshire Archaeology Vol. 37 news, summer and autumn events listings, NAS AGM 2012 information, NAS on Facebook.|
|Jan 2012 (pdf, 200KB)||Information about a joint talk with the Northampton Branch of the Historical Association - "The Origins of the English Village Revisited" by Prof. Christopher Dyer, University of Leicester.|
|October 2011 (pdf, 1.13Mb)||NAS AGM & public lecture "Recent work on the Roman small town of Irchester" by Ian Meadows, NAS on Facebook, Northamptonshire Archaeology Vol. 37 postponement, joint meeting with Historical Association (Northampton Branch) on 9th Feb 2012 "The Origins of the English Village Revisited" by Prof. Christopher Dyer of the University of Leicester plus list of their upcoming lectures, NAS visit to Buckingham Palace garden party, Portable Antiquities Scheme surgeries, order form for Dennis Jacksons' book "Dennis Jackson: A Northamptonshire Archaeologist", AGM & lecture flyer.|
|Sept 2011 (pdf, 44KB)||New NAS Facebook page, Heritage Open Days (Heritage Fair at the Holy Sepulchre Church Rooms, Sheep Street, Northampton& The buried Roman town at Chester Farm, Irchester).|
|May 2011 (pdf, 465KB)||AGM report, new Discover centre at Northampton Central Library, Dennis Jackson book sales disappointing, Summer events list, arson attack at Stanwick Lakes Iron Age roundhouse, cuts attack heritage at Northamptonshire County Council, future NAS events.|
|October 2010 (pdf, 987KB)||
NAS AGM includes book launch and public lecture, list of candidates for committee (new Treasurer needed), new book "Dennis Jackson a Northamptonshire Archaeologist", Northamptonshire Archaeology Vol. 36 available at AGM, new BIAB website, subscription reminder, winter lectures, Towcester Museum and Visitor Centre, Council for British Archaeology South Midlands Autumn Conference and Annual General Meeting - "Recent fieldwork in Bedfordshire by Albion Archaeology", 28th annual All Saints' lecture - "Who served the altar at Brixworth? Clergy in English minsters c. 800 to c. 1100" by Julia Barrow.
|June 2010 (pdf, 154KB)||New committee members, news of Northampton Archaeology Vol. 36, Dennis Jackson's autobiography near completion, archaeology & planning in Northants, online archaeology reports, NIAG summer walk programme, list of Portable Antiquities Scheme finds surgeries, new Corby Heritage Centre, list of summer events, Conference on the Battle of Northampton details, upcoming publication "West Cotton, Raunds: a study of medieval settlement dynamics AD 450-1450. Excavation of a deserted medieval hamlet in Northamptonshire 1985-89" by Andy Chapman, news from the Upper Nene Archaeological Society and Piddington Roman Villa, new publications.|
|October 2009 (pdf, 195KB)||NAS AGM and Public Lecture "Village Origins: Raunds, Furnells Manor and West Cotton" by Andy Chapman, Subscription reminder, Northamptonshire Archaeology Journal publication delayed, Upcoming publication of Dennis Jackson's autobiography, Northampton Archaeology journals online, Upcoming winter lectures|
|June 2009 (pdf, 258KB)||New Stanwick Lakes Visitor Centre, Archaeological Tour of Stanwick Lakes, Northamptonshire Archaeology journals now available online, Whitehall Roman Villa Open Day, Festival of British Archaeology, English Heritage Festival of History weekend, The Medieval Landscape of Nassington: a Guided Walk, NAS Visit to Piddington Roman Villa excavations.|
|April 2009 (pdf, 55KB)||RESCUE AGM and meeting, Council for British Archaeology (South Midlands) Spring Conference with the theme "Grist to the mill: recent work on windmills and watermills" , feedback on Northamptonshire Archaeology Vol. 35 (2008) and Vol. 36 (2009) in preparation.|
|October 2008 (pdf, 57KB)||NAS AGM details with public lecture by Professor Stephen Upex ("Roman Settlement and Landscape in the Lower Nene Valley") - Northampton Archaeology Vol. 35 published - subscription reminder - Higham Ferrers Archaeology and Research Society.|
|July 2008 (pdf, 1Mb)||National Archaeology Week - National Archaeology Day report - recent publications.|
|March 2008 (pdf, 127KB)||Northamptonshire Archaeology Day publicity - upcoming Northampton Archaeology Vol. 35 - Portable Antiquiities Scheme in Northamptonshire and list of surgeries - 2007 AGM minutes.|
|October 2007 (pdf, 24KB)||NAS AGM details with public lecture by Bill Boismier ("Fear and Loathing in the Middle Palaeolithic") - Northampton Archaeology Vol. 34 - subscription reminder - "A New Museum for Northampton?" article.|
|July 2007 (pdf, 24KB)||National Archaeology Week publicity - Northamptonshire Archaeology and Northamptonshire Record Office Open Day - archaeological walk and talk by Dewi Morrison - opportunity to help out at Prebendal Manor excavation.|
|October 2006 (pdf, 24KB)||NAS AGM with public lecture by Andrew Selkirk - recent publications - NAS journal back issues available as well as other older publications.|
|April 2006 (rtf)||"Council Axes Heritage Service" article - new Chair and Journal Editor - back issues of NAS journal available - Northampton Archaeology Vol. 32 out and 33 upcoming - 30th Anniversary photographic competition - Portable Antiquities Scheme newsletter no. 4 available.|
|October 2005 (rtf)||NAS AGM & public lecture by Steve Parry ("Landscapes of Uncertainty. New Questions Conceerning Ancient Settlements in the East Midlands; the View from Raunds") - "The Archaeology of Northamptonshire" book selling well - Northamptonshire Archaeology Vol. 31 in preparation - 30th Anniversary Photographic Competition closing date - Portable Antiquities Scheme newsletter no. 3 available and launch of children's website - 23rd Brixworth lecture ("Music to Adorn the Liturgy of the Anglo-Saxon church") - appeal to save fingerposts and milestones - interactive environmental mapping website - subscription reminder.|
|February 2005 (rtf)||NAS AGM report - appeal to support local museums - new book "The Archaeology of Northamptonshire" - 30th Anniversary Photographic Competition deadline extended - Northamptonshire Archaeology Vol. 31 now out - Portable Antiquities Scheme newsletter no. 2 out and their Annual Report 2003-4 - free English Heritage leaflets.|
|October 2004 (rtf)||NAS AGM & 30th Anniversary Lecture by Francis Pryor "Life in Prehistoric Flag Fen: 30 Years of Research in a Nutshell" - upcoming book "The Archaeology of Northamptonshire" - 30th Anniversary Photographic Competition - Time Team dig near Grafton Regis (technically in Bucks) - Portable Antiquities Scheme surgeries - subscription reminder.|
|April 2004 (rtf)||Daventry Museum closure - Northampton Archaeology Vol. 31 under preparation - Hunsbury Hillfort grant - Irchester, Chester Farm & Roman Town - Portable Antiquities Scheme Surgeries - subscription reminder.|
|November 2003 (rtf)||NAS AGM and public lecture by Stephen Young entitled "The Whitehall Villa and its Landscape" and copies of "The Archaeology of Northamptonshire" available - subscription reminder - "Historic Environment Records: Benchmarks for Good Practice" consultation - "Northamptonshire Stone": new book by Diana Sutherland - Heritage Link email digest|
|September 2003 (rtf)||Advance notice of AGM - Northampton Archaeology Vol. 30 under preparation - "The Archaeology of Northamptonshire" publishing delayed - "Protecting Our Historic Environment: Making the System Work Better": review consultation launched in July by the Department of Culture, Media and Sports (DCMS) - CBA South Midlands AGM and talk by Steve Lawrence "Higham Ferrers" - County Council Historic Environment Services Update - appeal for information on Marked Window Leads - New Northamptonshire Finds Liaison Officer -|
|January 2003 (rtf)||County Council plans savage cuts to Historic Environment Team - State of the Historic Environment Report 2002 (SHER) - South Midlands & Milton Keynes Study - 2002 AGM and talk by Dr Chris Burgess "The Lock Doon Scandal" - NAS excavation backfilling at Stowe Nine Churches.|