Wednesday 22nd November – UoR Lecture: World’s First Farmers

Wednesday 22nd November – University of Reading Public Lecture Lost and Found: Excavating the World’s First Farmers in Iraq and Iran, 10,000 – 7,500 BC

Professor Roger Matthews and Professor Wendy Matthews

Forming part of the Being Human Festival, this richly-illustrated lecture delivered by Roger and Wendy Matthews will present the latest discoveries from their ongoing excavations at the World Heritage Tentative List site of Bestansur, dating to the Neolithic site of Sheikh-e Abad, 10,000-7,500 BC. Bestansur and Sheikh-e Abad were among the first farming settlements of the Middle East, and excavations there are investigating all aspects of life during the transition from hunting to farming, and from mobile to settled life-ways. A special feature of Bestansur is a large building with more than 70 human individuals buried under the floors, providing a wealth of new information about ancient life and and death during this period. Roger and Wendy will discuss the special experiences, opportunities and pleasures of working in Iraq and Iran with their Iraqi and Iranian colleagues.

The Central Zagros Archaeological Project

Roger and Wendy have co-directed archaeological projects in the Middle East for over 30 years, in Iraq, Iran, Syria and Turkey.

Tickets are free but must be booked.
More information regarding the lecture and to reserve a space can be found on our Events Website

A flag for Berkshire

The Society has contributed their support to the development of a county flag for Berkshire. The design is shown above and is based on a traditional design already used by several local groups.

Flag Type: County Flag
Flag Date: C14th
Flag Designer: Traditional
Adoption Route: Traditional
UK Design Code: UNKG7456
Aspect Ratio: 3:5
Pantone® Colours: Yellow 109, Green 356, Orange 167, Mid Brown 168, Light Brown 7574, Dark Red 484
Certification: Flag Institute Chief Vexillologist, Graham Bartram
Notes:

The stag and oak is a symbol associated with the county at least as far back at Michael Drayton’s Battle of Agincourt poem. It is realised here with a red stag being ‘royally attired’ with antlers of twelve points. Thus this helps represents the county’s royal title in addition to the forests and deer herds for which Berkshire is known.

The traditional design was submitted for registration by a collection of representative bodies with support from the county’s Lord Lieutenant.

The Berkshire Flag was officially unveiled by H.M. Lord Lieutenant of Royal Berkshire, James Puxley, at the Royal County of Berkshire Show at Newbury Showground  on Sunday 17th September 2017.
Raising the flag of Berkshire part1
Raising the flag of Berkshire part2
Flags are commercially available at:

Berkshire Archaeological Journal – Volume 82

CONTENTS

  • Cross Dykes: An Interpretation   by R.J. Brewer
  • Prehistoric, Roman and Medieval remains at Caley’s Department Store, 19-23 High Street, Windsor, Berkshire
    by Nicholas Cooke, Wessex Archaeology
  • Prehistoric, Roman and post-medieval remains at Raghill Farm Quarry, Aldermaston, West Berkshire
    by S.E. Clelland and A. Manning, Wessex Archaeology 
  • Bronze Age to Roman site at George’s Farm, Crookham, Berkshire   by Nicholas Cooke, Wessex Archaeology
  • Locating ‘Hawkridge Wood’.  Interpreting the Bucklebury Charter of AD 956   by Dick Greenaway
  • Excavations at Park Way, Newbury, Berkshire
    by Tim Allen, Kate Brady and Steve Lawrence, Oxford Archaeology
  • Artefacts from Reading goal?   By Anthea Harris

Now being distributed free of charge to members 

Others may order a copy for £15 to Catherine Petts  or Andrew Hutt