22nd March to 30th June 2019: Excavations at Highwood

Invitation from South Oxfordshire Archaeology Group (SOAG)

High Wood MMXIX – the exploration continues

Come and help with our continuing excavations of a mysterious Roman site in woodland at High Wood, Harpsden, on the Phillimore Estate. Excavations will resume on 22nd March, 2019 and volunteers are required now!

There is plenty to do for everyone, with or without experience, from digging to pottery washing and finds sorting, and all equipment is provided. This year we will focus on extending our knowledge of the walls and rooms found previously, and fixing the size of the whole site (still 2 more corners to go!).

The project is being run by the South Oxfordshire Archaeological Group (SOAG). Digging sessions will run every other (long) weekend, Fri-Tue, from March until the end of June.

You are welcome to come along for just one day, the whole season or whenever you can.

For more information or to sign up please email:
highwood@soagarch.org.uk
Stephanie Pollard (Admin.) 07833 600449
or Alan Hall (Dig Director) 07807 534701

Sunday 24th February 2019 – Newbury Talks: Built on Bones

3pm Sunday 24th February 2019 – Invitation from Newbury Talks

Built on Bones: how digging up the dead reveals the past
by Brenna Hassett
Brenna Hassett is an archaeologist who specializes in using clues from the human skeleton to understand how people lived and died in the past. This talk will explore evidence of health and growth locked into the  body, and how clues from archaeological teeth and bones can tell us key parts of the human story. Building on her work across the world, including Thailand, Greece, the Pyramids in Giza, a 10,000 year old village in Anatolia, and a series of basement labs in between, the talk will be an accessible  journey through our recent evolution into a majority-urban species over the last 15,000 years.

The talk is free and unticketed, and will take place in the Balcony Bar of the Corn Exchange, Market Square, Newbury.
Image: the Amesbury archer’s companion (Wessex Archaeology)
More information:
Trevor Mathers
NewburyTalks Organiser@newburytalks
https://www.facebook.com/newburytalks/

Opens January 24th 2018 – West Berkshire Museum: Hoards

West Berkshire Museum

Special Exhibition: Hoards

Bringing together for the first time, over 11 hoards from all over West Berkshire.  A chance to see buried treasure from prehistory to the medieval period, ranging from a hoard of Bronze Age Axes, Iron Age hoards of gold coins, Roman hoards of hundreds of coins, to a hoard of coins of Charles I and James I.  Explore the history of each hoard, find out how they were found, and consider why they were hidden and never retrieved.

Entry to West Berkshire Museum is free but donations are most welcomed.
Open: Wednesday – Sunday 10am -4pm

Image: The Crow Down Hoard, Acquired 2006

More info here

Special Exhibition: Hoards