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July 2020 

We hope you are all continuing to stay fit and well since the last newsletter.

Anyone else delighted that the school holidays are finally here and therefore home schooling is (hopefully) a thing of the past?! 

Hopefully you are managing to enjoy some down-time over the summer and maybe even have plans to get away for a break.

The team here at WallCAP are continuing to work from home, but we are missing you all!

Here's your newsletter.....

The WallCAP Team

What's New
Moving WallCAP Training and Events Online
Thank you for voting for your preferences for moving some of the volunteer training online. We have looked at the results and are in the process of planning the next steps. Watch this space!
WallCAP Book Club
Thanks to those of you who expressed an interest in the new WallCAP Book Club! After voting for your preferred title, we can now reveal that the winning title is: 
Wallace Breem, Eagle in the Snow: General Maximus and Rome's Last Stand (Historical fiction)
- Set in the early 5th century, a commander from the Wall is posted to the Rhine, where he must negotiate the challenges of commanding in a frontier in the face of a barbarian invasion. Captures the government and bureaucracy of the late Roman Empire and frontier politics in an accurate way but still a good, compelling story.

If you haven't already expressed an interest but would like to join in, it's not too late. Please just drop me an email and I'll add you to the circulation list with more details!

For those who are already in the Book Club, I will email you next week with the schedule for our 'meetings'. In the meantime, you might like to find yourself a copy of the book!
Social Media 
If you don't yet follow us on social media but would like to, our platforms are:

Twitter: @WallCAP
Instagram: wall_cap
Facebook: 'Hadrian's Wall Community'
Heritage at Risk (HAR) Activity
HAR Activity on Short-Term Hold
Not much to report in this section while we wait for our new Community Archaeologist to come in to post. They are due to start in September. In the meantime, we have been looking at what activity we have to deliver over the next 18 months of the project. Obviously, we have missed a critical fieldwork season (over this summer) so we are looking at what is feasible to deliver as we go forward. We want the new archaeologist to be heavily involved in this scheduling so we will have to wait for another month or so to finalise our plans.
Stone Sourcing and Dispersal (SSD)
New SSD Guides!
We are pleased to announce that Ian (our Geologist) has now finished writing a set of guides to help explain the approach being used to gather geological data on the Wall stones. The guides also include some explanation of the geological processes responsible for creating the variation in the sandstones which make up the Wall.

There are 8 guides as follows: 

1. Investigating Wall Stone : Introducing the method 
A summary of the rationale and approach being taken to understand the stones used in Hadrian’s Wall. 

2. Investigating Wall Stone : Explaining why geological process creates variation
There are many subtle differences to be observed in the stones which make up Hadrian’s Wall, but what caused that variation? In this guide the geological processes that cause this variation are explored. 

3. Investigating Wall Stone : Categorising grain sizes and shapes
A more detailed description of how grain size and shape vary in sandstones and how to go about observing them 

4. Investigating Wall Stone : Categorising sandstone minerals 
A more detailed description of the different types of minerals to be found in sandstones and how to go about observing them 

5. Investigating Wall Stone : Categorising sandstone textures
A more detailed description of the different types of textures to be found in sandstones and how to go about observing them 

6. Investigating Wall Stone : A glossary of terms 
A list of technical terms used in the guides and a definition for each of them 

7. Investigating Wall Stone : Taking things further 
A guide to taking your understanding of the geology of the Hadrian’s Wall area further. This includes a resources list including further reading. 

8. Investigating Wall Stone : An A5 checklist for fieldwork 
A concise summary of the information to be observed in an A5 format for use in the field. 

The guides are all available online by clicking here.

This is the first edition of the guides, if there is anything that you come across which doesn’t make sense or if you feel there is something missing please do get in touch to tell us so that we can make sure these guides are as useful as possible.

Blog O'Clock
Another blog, written by Ian is now available on the WallCAP website called 'Going Downhill'.
Click here to read the 'Going Downhill' Blog
Mystery Rock Competition!
Last month's clue: 'Ebb and flow; Stop, pucker up and make a tune - set on fire'.
The answer is:
"Sandstone with laminae caused by subtle differences in grain size and mineral type brought about by small variations in the flow rate of the river in which they were laid down; location Haltwhistle Burn. There is more of an explanation for this in this month's blog." Ian
Mystery Rock Number 5!
Clue: The location of this rock is named after old English doves.  It's not on the Wall nor in most of the Wall but it does run under the Wall.

Answer next month!
Meet the Team
In this section we usually take the opportunity to get to know each other a bit better!

This month you've got  me! Most of you know me already but for those who don't, here a little introduction.
Kerry Shaw - Volunteer Co-ordinator and Community Liaison Officer for WallCAP
" I've worked on Hadrian's Wall for over 12 years developing and managing various wall-wide volunteering programmes, including managing the National Trail Volunteer Ranger team, Circular Walks Volunteer Rangers, developing a programme of wall-wide Volunteer Tour Guides, managing the Community Champions project (previous to WallCAP) and delivering one off wall-wide events such as Illuminating Hadrian's Wall in 2010.
But, here's my secret, my interest is not in archaeology or Roman heritage (shhhh, don't tell anyone!) but real, living people (not those from 2000 years ago!). I love developing worthwhile opportunities for people to get involved in and I love all things 'World Heritage'! "
And Finally.....
We're planning to have some outdoor WallCAP activities ready for you in September (yippee!). Watch this space!

That's all for this month, so please stay safe and stay connected.

The WallCAP Team
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June 2020 Newsletter
The Hadrian's Wall Community Archaeology Project (WallCAP) is very kindly funded by the National Lottery Heritage Fund between 2019 and 2021
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