Yearly Archives: 2013

This new-look website

By Jeremy Cooper (Webmaster)

This new-look website has much the same content as the old one, but it’s based on a completely different web maintenance system. Up to now the website has been run in the “traditional” manner, with me as webmaster being the only person able to update it using the files based on my computer and specialist web-authoring software. This new site has been developed using WordPress.

WORDPRESS

WordPress is a free Content Management System which has millions of users: it is “open-source” software which means that users can contribute to its improvement and development – nobody commercially owns WordPress (see wordpress.org). Once a site has been set up using WordPress, anyone who is registered as a user on the site can alter the site using just the web browser on their computer. The whole operation is managed entirely on-line!

PAGES & POSTS

This new site has two types of content: it has “static” pages like those on the old site: these are listed in the menu bar at the top of the page.

It also has posts: these are like a blog. The posts are what is shown in the “News and Features” section of the site – what you are now reading is a post.

USERS

There are several types of “users”. The following are the types relevant to this site:

  • Administrator – somebody who has access to all the administration features within a single site.
  • Editor – somebody who can publish and manage posts including the posts of other users.
  • Author – somebody who can publish and manage their own posts.
  • Contributor – somebody who can write and manage their own posts but cannot publish them.
  • Subscriber – somebody who can only manage their profile.

I am currently the only Administrator. If you are already familiar with WordPress and would like to share this role, let me know.

I envisage that most users will, to begin with, be Contributors – that is writing posts for approval before publication.

Only Members of CLASP will usually be registered as users.

WRITING POSTS

Writing a post is like using a blog, and a bit like using Facebook. Posts can include images (Contributors can upload images and add them to their posts) and documents like .pdf files (Contributors can upload these and link to them in their posts). So a post might consist just of notice that a new document, for example a report on an event, is available, with a link to it.

All posts will have to be approved by an Administrator before publication – the Administrator can sort out any problems a new Contributor might encounter, and reserves the right to sub-edit all posts. If things go well, a Contributor could be promoted to Author then Editor …

WANT TO GET INVOLVED?

If you’d like to write a particular post, or become a regular poster, let me know, telling me what you have in mind, and if I think it is appropriate I’ll register you on the site – you might like to suggest a user name and password, and also how you would like your name to appear on your post.

If you would like to post something, but would rather I did it for you, send me the text and any photos.

I hope you like the new look. Don’t hesitate to get involved if you want to!




Poster for public meeting September 10th

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AGM & Public Meeting 10th September

AGM and Open Meeting
10th September 2013
at Bugbrooke Community Centre, Camp Hill Close.

  • 7.00pm: AGM
  • 7.30pm: Open Meeting

Mark Holmes of Northampton Archaeology will speak on “Excavation of a Neolithic monument and burial pit at Pineham, Northampton”




Whitehall: iron age pot and enclosure ditch

by Jeremy Cooper

Five days of test pitting ended yesterday. Pits were dug in the Iron Age Field or IAF (better known as the villa car park) …

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and The Paddock just up the hill from the Anglo-Saxon Cemetery (labelled ASC) …

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Test pit 4 in the IAF proved to be the most interesting and soon became a fully-fledged  trench …

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Iron age pot was found in it …

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… and the enclosure ditch that Steve has been hunting at last put in an appearance …

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Reintering the Saxon remains

By Jeremy Cooper

Here are some photos of today’s event. Sorry there are no shots of people – I was videoing during the ceremony itself. The video, produced by Harry Young, will be on YouTube when it is ready. There will be a link to it from this site.

The grave was prepared just over the hedge from where the cemetery was found.

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These are the new grave goods buried with the remains, to replace the ones we have kept.

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The sun shone. The mood was serious but not sombre.

Wise words of thanks were spoken.

Earth was scattered …

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BBC Radio Northants preview of re-interment

Read the online article here:

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-northamptonshire-23000616#story_continues_1




Re-burial of Whitehall skeletons

The Whitehall skeletons will be re-interred in a simple ceremony near the villa on Wednesday 26th June at 11am. Please park in the Whitehall paddock. If you are coming along, please email Nick to let him know.




Public Meeting in May POSTPONED

Please note that the Public Meeting about Whitehall Villa, planned for May 20th, has been postponed. It will now take place in the Autumn. Please accept our apologies for any inconvenience caused.




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