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Water, War and the Making of Modern Europe: the archaeology of Breary Banks, Colsterdale

Lectures
Date
26 Nov 2019
Start time
7:30 PM
Venue
Tempest Anderson Hall
Speaker
Dr Jonathan Finch, Reader in Historical Archaeology, University of York

Event Information

Water, War and the Making of Modern Europe: the archaeology of Breary Banks, Colsterdale

Dr Jonathan Finch, Reader in Historical Archaeology, University of York

The remote site of Breary Banks in the heart of the Yorkshire Dales is where the volunteers of the Leeds Pals brigade trained before they were dispatched to fight. But in its short life between 1904 and 1926, the temporary camp originally built to house navvies building reservoirs to serve Leeds was arguably part of the grand scheme which built the modern nation. Excavations at the site, and associated documentary research, revealed a fascinating insight into a lost chapter of our history and a way of life that vanished in the later twentieth century. Although dominated by the preparations for war in 1914, the itinerant workers housed at the site laid the foundations for modern Leeds, whilst the German PoWs provide fascinating stories about the legacies of the First World War in Europe.

The Herman Ramm and Charles Wellbeloved Archaeology Awards will be announced and presented before the lecture