Seahenge Lecture (Friday, 27th April 2018)
Dr. Clive Jonathon Bond gave a public lecture on Friday evening, 27th April, on Seahenge, the earlier Bronze Age communities of West Norfolk and their beliefs, at the King's Lynn Town Hall in aid of the RNLI Lifeboat at Hunstanton. The aim of the lecture was: i]. To give a broader context to the discovery and other Bronze Age finds from the beach and; ii] To put forward an integrated interpretation of settlement, burial and beliefs, covering this unique archaeology of West Norfolk. The Mayor, Cllr. Carol Bower hosted the evening, and Morrison King's Lynn/Fakenham and Tesco Hardwick provided refreshments. Youngsters World, Norfolk Street provided a raffle prize.
The lecture was very well received, with the Assembly Room packed. Dr. Bond, focused on the cultural context for the unique find, with the archaeology of the earlier Bronze Age peoples of West Norfolk covering: Landscapes/Seascapes; Fen-edge Settlement and Burial; Hill Top Settlements and Burial; Seahenge and peoples' beliefs. Over 130 people attended the public lecture and a very healthy contribution of over £900 was raised for the RNLI. It was a great pleasure to work with the RNLI, and deliver this successful civic event.
Dr. Bond also met, John Lorimer, who was in the audience and who also bought along some of his archaeological finds (copper-alloy axes and pottery sherds), that he found on the beach next to Seahenge I and II. John, is widely acknowledged as the person who discovered Seahenge in the spring of 1998 and notified the authorities, which led to its monitoring and excavation. The event nicely also linked the Archaeological Society with Seahenge, again, as members were involved in monitoring the site of 1999, whilst it was being evaluated and excavated and Dr. Bond visited the site with academics and other field archaeologists in August 1999 when the final elements of the post setting were being excavated.
The lecture raised a substantial sum for the RNLI and The Town Hall's, Assembly Room was packed with people who were treated to wine, juices, biscuits and cheese. There was also a raffle that again boosted the lifeboat funds. The audience seemed to enjoy the event very much and was very keen; they also contributed some interesting questions for the speaker.
The talk was of great local interest and the whole event enjoyed which raised a considerable sum for the benefit of the lifeboat service at Hunstanton. I understand the RNL Hunstanton Guild and the Borough Council of King's Lynn & West Norfolk Mayor, Cllr. Carol Bower, were very pleased with the turn out.
In view of the public interest the local archaeology society is considering further opportunities to be involved with ongoing beach monitoring and with finds.
The program of lectures for the next season can now be found under the 'Lectures' tab above.
WNKLAS In The News
The society has been in the local Newspapers recently in coverage of the conference to celebrate our 50year anniversary and also the presentation to John Smallwood one of the founders.
King John's Treasure
The society's investigation of a local farm contributed to a programme made for US television as part of the Expidition Unknown series. This systematic survey of an area that was a likely route for the Royal Treasure was also the subject of a recent lecture evening.