NOTES and NEWS
Southampton University SOUTHAMPTON University looks like setting a very hot pace in archaeology. Having ap pointed Barry Cunliffe last year at the age of 26 to be the first professor, they have now appointed the first two lecturers: Arthur ApSimon in pre-history, and Peter Addyman in migration archaeology. Both are at present lecturing at Belfast, where Professor Jope has built up a very lively department. But two more appointments still remain to be made at Southampton before the academic year begins, one in Romano-British archaeology, and the other on the technical side.
The department is being housed is the new buildings designed by Sir Basil Spence, and the first 15 students for the 3 year degree course will be starting in the autumn. But if the department succeeds in living up to its formidable promise, the older universities will certainly have to start looking to their laurels!
Young Archaeologists Conference THE Conference next year will be held in Durham from 5th to 8th January, 1968. The organis ers are hoping, by this move to the North, to attract more people from Scotland and that the easy communications by air between Durham/Newcastle upon Tyne and Ireland will again lure across the Irish contingent who made such a successful contribution to last year's Conference. As well as lectures and discussions there will also be time to explore the fascinating medieval city of Durham, and on the last day visits to places of archaeological and historical interest will be arranged.
Accommodation will be at St. Mary's College at a cost of 16/- a day inclusive.
Further details may be obtained from the organiser:
David J. Breeze, Conference of Young
Archaeologists, Department of Archaeology, The Old Fulling Mill, The Banks, Durham.
Lydford and Bath OUR only major trip so far this year has been to the South- West, when we visited Lydford, Bath, and Pembrokeshire. Lyd ford, in west Devon, where Peter Addyman has been conducting his fifth season of excavations is one of the Saxon 'Burghal Hidage'
towns, which were laid out as a defence against the Danish raiders. His discoveries hold extremely important implications for the origins of town planning in England; several other Burghal Hidage towns are being excavated currently, including Winchester and Wallingford, and we are hoping to discuss them all together in the future.
We then went on to Bath, where Barry Cunliffe is continuing his exploration of the Roman temple. This is a quite fantastic enterprise, for it takes place under the cellars of the present-day Pump-room,
where the hot springs emerge from the Nether Regions. The scene resembles nothing so much as Hell itself, for the entrance is through a hole in the ground, with steam swirling everywhere and a heat that is almost unendurable, with the Stygian darkness occasionally pierced by a powerful shaft of light. Holding sway over the festivities is the Prince of Learning himself, a thickset bearded figure wearing a red shirt. The work consists mainly of simply mapping the Roman remains there—a preliminary account has already appeared in Antiquity—but it is incredible to think that it has never been done properly before.
Finally we went to Pembrokeshire and visited the new museum at Haverfordwest, and the excavations at Walesland Rath, both of which we report on in this issue.
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We have just returned from the CBA conference on "Christianity in Roman and Sub-Roman Britain", and we shall be reporting on this in our July issue.