Community Resources

Teaching school children about archaeology at the Glendale Show, Northumberland. © Copyright ARS Ltd 2018
The launch of a reconstructed Dark Age hall at Maelmin near Milfield, Northumberland. © Copyright ARS Ltd 2018
Showing school children a human skeleton at Tarmac's Black Cat Quarry. © Copyright ARS Ltd 2018

The Joy of Flint

The Joy of Flint by Clive Waddington

This is a free, downloadable document (in PDF format). It provides an exciting introduction to the study of stone tools as practiced in Britain, as well as offering a guide to the lithic collections held by the Museum of Antiquities of the University of Newcastle upon Tyne. It is by no means definitive nor in-depth but rather presents an accessible entry to the world of lithic studies, particularly suited for undergraduate students and interested newcomers to the subject.

> Download a PDF copy of ‘The Joy of Flint’

Community Archaeology Radiocarbon Dating Fund

Archaeological Research Services Ltd (ARS Ltd) and the Scottish Universities Environmental Research Centre (SUERC) have set up a new ‘Community Archaeology Radiocarbon Dating Fund (CARD Fund) as of January 2016.

The scheme is intended to provide support to community groups and projects to acquire radiocarbon dates for their projects. The scheme is open to community-based projects throughout all of the UK with a closing date of 30th September each year, shortly after which a decision will be made on which applications are successful. All the necessary information is available on the Fund’s website ( with applications via the on-line application form. To keep costs down and ensure that as much resource as possible is spent on funding new dates all communications are electronic. A total of ten radiocarbon dates will be available in the first year of the fund.

Clive Waddington of Archaeological Research Services Ltd said “I have always felt that it is crucial that archaeologists give back to society and support the amazing work that goes on in the wider community. We have worked with SUERC to establish a radiocarbon dating fund to assist the volunteer sector with obtaining much-needed dating evidence as we saw this as a way we could offer real practical help and maximise our support by making limited resources go as far as possible. We hope that community groups and projects will take advantage of this support and hopefully we can grow it over the coming years”. Gordon Cook from SUERC said “A significant proportion of the money that comes to the radiocarbon laboratory is from commercial archaeology. This is our way of putting a little of that back into the system.”

ARS Public Access Library

ARS Ltd has now made available our extensive library which includes complete runs of archaeological journals, over 1000 archaeological volumes and a substantial number of other offprints. The library is located in our Bakewell office and is available 9am to 5pm, Monday-Friday. If you wish to book a visit please call the Bakewell office on 01629 814540. Our Library Catalogue is available should you wish to access it before booking a visit.

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