Karen Adams

Location: York, Yorkshire
About me...

I am an archaeologist and historian.  I grew up in York and became very interested in the history of that city. I love looking at old maps and seeing how the area has changed, and which historical gems still survive.
I started working in archaeology on an excavation in York in the mid 1980’s, and by 2000 I had moved into the East Riding area.
Archaeological work has allowed me to excavate sites of many different periods, from Iron Age to modern, discovering items left behind by the people who lived and worked in those areas generations ago.
Personal research still reflects the interest of York’s history, and from this work and research I have created a number of talks, the list keeps growing, as I create a new one each month.

 

About my Talks...

My talks cover a wide range of topics within the history and archaeology subjects, and include archaeological methods, archaeological discoveries, general history of villages, towns etc, artefacts and even topics such as criminals and executions, and the fires of York Minster.
Most talks are about 1 hour in length, although some are a little longer, more details can be given on request along with an up to date list. They each have a powerpoint presentation providing illustration to the topic of choice.

I have a laptop and projector to project powerpoint show onto white wall, if needed, although preferable if you have this equipment at the venue.

Fee:

Cost of Talks: £40, within 15 miles of Market Weighton. Travelling expenses charged for venues outside this zone.

My Contact Details:
Phone:

01430427898; M: 07811877 469

1: Eboracum to York

Public Speaker Karen Adams talks about Eboracum to York

Discover how the city of York has developed from its Roman origins to the present day.

The Romans established a fortress on an area of land between two rivers, the Foss and Ouse. It would have originally been built in timber, to be later replaced by a stronger more permanent stone structure. A civilian area (Colonia) was built on the opposite bank of the River Ouse, and although little of the fortress and colonia survives above ground today, archaeology has provided the opportunity to take a glimpse at how people lived and worked during this period of the city’s history.

This presentation also guides you through the consecutive periods (Saxon, Viking, Norman etc) through to the present day. Looking at the archaeological discoveries and the hidden secrets still to be found amongst the buildings.

Length of talk – 1 hour

2: A Sitting Down Walk Around York City Walls - Take a walk around the walls without moving from your seat!

Public Speaker Karen Adams talks about  A sitting Down Walk Around York City Walls - Take a walk around the walls without moving from your seat!

York City Walls cover a distance of approx. 2.5 miles and this talk allows you to discover the history of these defences, from the Roman Fortress and Colonia walls, the walls of the medieval period and the Victorian restoration.

We will also step off the walls at various points to take a look at some the interesting buildings on the way round.

Length of Talk: Approx. 2 hours

3: A Day In the Life Of An Archaeologist

Public Speaker Karen Adams talks about  A Day in the Life of an Archaeologist.

Discover the work of an archaeological contractor from planning to report writing.

There is a lot more to archaeology than just the digging on site.

Find out the processes of deciding where to dig, the different methods of revealing the archaeology, identifying different features and artefacts, environmental sampling, through to that final report/publication.

Examples are taken from sites in York, Yorkshire and the East Riding.

Length of Talk: Approx. 1 hour

 

4: Archaeology Along the A63 

Public Speaker Karen Adams talks about Archaeology Along the A63 

Looking at the section of road between Howden and Hull this presentation takes a look at discoveries of archaeological work have helped to understand how the landscape looked and how people lived particularly in the Iron Age and Roman periods.  Their settlements, burials, crafts and industry.

Length of Talk: Approx. 1 hour

5: Trials and Executions at York

Public Speaker Karen Adams talks about Trials and Executions in Medieval York

Discover where the gallows of York once stood, and find out about some of the criminals whose trials took place in this city, and for those found guilty – their executions.

Some you will have heard of, such as Dick Turpin and Sir Robert Aske, others, although perhaps known at the time, their fame did not last through history quite so well, such as John Bartendale.

Where possible, additional slides will be added for criminals from the village/city associated with the venue of the group booking this presentation.

6: What did the Iron Age Leave (for us to find)

Public Speaker Karen Adams talks about What did the Iron Age Leave Behind.

Find out what evidence of the Iron Age occupation has been revealed by archaeological excavations, particularly in Yorkshire and the East Riding.

How does each new site and discovery help us to understand how these people lived, fought, travelled, constructed ‘roads’ and buildings, their trade and leisure.

Length of Talk: Approx. 1 hour

 

7: What did the Romans Leave (for us to find)

Public Speaker Karen Adams talks about What did the Romans Leave behind for us to Find.

Find out what evidence of the Roman occupation has been revealed by archaeological excavations, particularly in Yorkshire and the East Riding.

How does each new site and discovery help us to understand how these people lived, fought, travelled, constructed roads and buildings, their trade and leisure.

Length of Talk: Approx. 1 hour

 

 

8: What did the Vikings Leave (for us to find)

Public Speaker Karen Adams talks about What did the Vikings Leave Behind for us to Find.

Find out what evidence of the Vikings occupation has been revealed by archaeological excavations, particularly in Yorkshire and the East Riding.

How does each new site and discovery help us to understand how these people lived, fought, travelled, constructed roads and buildings, their trade and leisure.

Length of Talk: Approx. 1 hour

 

 

9: What did the Normans Leave (for us to find)

Public Speaker Karen Adams talks about What did the Normans leave behind for us to find.

Find out what evidence of the Norman occupation has been revealed by archaeological excavations, particularly in Yorkshire and the East Riding.

How does each new site and discovery help us to understand how these people lived, fought, travelled, constructed roads and buildings, their trade and leisure.

Length of Talk: Approx. 1 hour

10: What did the Medieval Period Leave (for us to find)

Public Speaker Karen Adams talks about What did Medieval Times Leave Behind (for us to find)

Find out what evidence of the Medieval period has been revealed by archaeological excavations, particularly in Yorkshire and the East Riding.

How does each new site and discovery help us to understand how these people lived, fought, travelled, constructed roads and buildings, their trade and leisure.

Length of Talk: Approx. 1 hour

11: Lendal Bridge

Public Speaker Karen Adams talks about Lendal Bridge

Find out about the story behind one of the bridges which crosses over the River Ouse in York.  From the first Roman crossing, the ferry, to the original bridge design, its collapse and the new design which stands today.

 

 

12: Clues above the Eyeline

Public Speaker Karen Adams talks about Clues above the eyeline.

As we hurry through the streets of York, as a visitor or resident we may miss the hidden secrets above us.  This presentation takes a look at some of those gems, including elephants, fire insurance shields and cats.

 

13: Clues at Foot Level

Public Speaker Karen Adams talks about Clues at Foot Level.

 

 As we hurry through the streets of York, as a visitor or resident we may miss the hidden secrets above us.  This presentation takes a look at some of those gems.

14: York Through the Eyes of the Historians

Public Speaker Karen Adams talks about York through the eyes of the historians

As York has developed through the centuries and the buildings have been demolished to be replace by new ones, the historians and antiquarians have recorded these changes.

This presentation takes a look at York through their eyes, including Francis Drake, William Hargroves, William Etty and George Benson.

15: Glass Bottles

Public Speaker Karen Adams talks about Glass Bottles

An opportunity to find out about some of the glass bottles which have been found during archaeological excavations in East Yorkshire and how they help to date the pits etc they are found in.  It is also interesting to see how far these bottles have travelled, are they from local breweries or those further afield?

MY WALKING TOURS

For groups who are able to get into York, walking tours are also available.  These can be adapted to your group’s requirements: eg: specific period or interest.

Cost of Walking Tours: £5 per person.

MY WORKSHOPS

Workshops/courses are also available for those wishing to know more about the archaeological methods/techniques.  It is preferable if they are booked for at least two hours in length, in order to discuss the subject(s) thoroughly.

Cost of Workshops: £50 for first two hour plus any travelling expenses outside 15 mile zone (as above) plus £10 for each hour thereafter.  In most cases equipment required would be provided.