Thursday 13th October 2016 – Marlow Lecture: The Old Straight Track

Invitation from Marlow Archaeology Society (A joint talk with AIM arranged by MAS)

The Old Straight Track revisited and reviewed: understanding the dating patterns of mobility in pre-history

by Martin Bell, Professor in Archaeological Science UoR

Martin Bell is Professor of Archaeological Science at The University of Reading, a fellow of the Society of Antiquaries of London and the British Academy.  He has excavated many wetland archaeological sites in the Severn Estuary South Wales and also has research interests in Geoarchaeology, Experimental archaeology and the study of molluscs from archaeological sites. These various interests come together in his current research on prehistoric routes and tracks. Continue reading Thursday 13th October 2016 – Marlow Lecture: The Old Straight Track

5th to 23rd September: Field project in Sonning Common

Field Project: Tudor and Georgian site in Sonning Common

This is the site of a country house with a Georgian façade which dates from the 14th century.  We started archaeological fieldwork on the site in 2013 with a geophysics survey of the ground in front of the house and identified a number of anomalies.  These are shown in the resistivity survey results below.


In 2014 and 2015, we excavated three trenches which investigated anomaly R8.  These trenches found a chalk block wall, a chalk floor and artefacts which showed that the anomaly probably represents the remains of a large timber framed domestic or public building dating to Tudor times. The excavations also showed that on the eastern side of the Tudor building were the remains of a brick and flint block garden wall with borders on each side which were probably date to the Georgian period when the Tudor hall was demolished and the area laid out as a garden.

At the eastern end of the 2015 trench we found the base of a mortared flint wall, which may be part of building R9.  In the house there are two fine windows carved from Cotswold limestone which can be stylistically dated to the ‘Decorated Period’ 1275 -1375 and certainly came from a chapel

This year’s fieldwork is to excavate a trench to investigate anomaly R9 to see if it represents the remains of an early chapel.

The work will start on Monday 5th September and is planned to end on Friday 23rd September 2016.

If you would like to be part of this effort please contact Andrew Hutt:

copy Ann Griffin:

Andrew Hutt

Thursday 29th September 2016 – BARG Quarterly Meeting

Thursday, 29th September 2016 7.30pm

Berkshire Archaeology Research Group Quarterly Meeting
People, Place and Time: The historic environment on HS2 by Helen Glass

Helen is an archaeologist and a graduate from Reading University, with a particular interest in the archaeology of linear projects (she grew up close to Hadrian’s Wall). She is the Historic Environment Lead for High Speed Two Ltd. Helen has spent the last four years defining the standards that HS2 will set for the historic environment; this is the biggest investigation and recording programme ever undertaken in the UK. It will be a fascinating talk on a hot topic.

De Vitre Room, The Cornerstone, Norreys Avenue, Wokingham RG40 1UE
Visitors are very welcome (£2 at the door), but to ensure a seat please contact or phone 0118 978 7434

Now booking: Spring Tour 2017

21st–24th April  2017 Spring Tour: Norfolk & area

The Annual Spring Tour will depart by  coach from central Reading at 9.00am on Friday 21st April and gets back at 6.30pm on Monday 24th April.  We will stay at the 3-star Hotel de Paris a Grade 2 listed building in the centre of Cromer with views over the pier and sea.

The sites we visit will include the oldest wooden church in the world and the oldest wooden building standing in Europe; 5000 year-old flint mines with the third highest land in Norfolk (a small barrow!); one of the most important Hanseatic ports of medieval Britain; a building described by Pevsner as “One of the most perfect buildings ever built”; one of the best preserved and most important 12th century castles in England;a rare survival of a Norman planned settlement with one of the best preserved monastic sites in the country; The largest city in 11th C England after London; a re-created Saxon village using experimental archaeological techniques on the actual site of a Saxon village and earlier occupations.

That is St. Andrews Church, Greensted; Grimes Graves; Kings Lynn; Castle Acre (Priory); Castle Rising castle; Norwich (cathedral & castle & town centre); West Stow Anglo-Saxon village.  We also visit Flag Fen (bronze-age settlement remains with 1 km wooden walkway across wet fens, also finds from the recent Must Farm excavations), Audley End House (decadent Jacobean house with Capability Brown gardens) and one of the finest surviving medieval barns in Eastern England, tree-ring dated to the mid 15th C with a breathtaking aisled interior and crown post roof, the product of some 500 oaks. There will be guided tours at most of these places.

To reserve your place download the application form here

A draft itinerary is available here (check nearer the time for updates)

Roman Boxford lecture series

As part of the Boxford Roman project we are hosting a series of lectures over the next couple of years, to be held in the new Boxford Village Hall. We have a great line up of distinguished speakers and all BAS members and guests are very welcome to come along. The first talk is onWednesday 10th February when Neil Holbrook, Chief Executive of Cotswold Archaeology will be giving a lecture on “The Villa in Roman Britain: Design, Evolution and Use.”

All lectures will be in Boxford Village Hall, Lambourn Valley Road RG20 8DD and start at 7.30pm. We are expecting quite a large turn out so places will be on a first come first served basis and ask you to email Joy Appleton at  to reserve your seats.

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