Oxford Westgate Exhibition 4th March – 29th April

Oxford Archaeology is organising an exhibition on the recent excavations at the Westgate site in Oxford (site of the Greyfriars friary complex).

The Exhibition will be called ‘Westgate Oxford: the story so far’, it will showcase all the recent discoveries and initial site interpretations. It is Free and will be open Mon-Sat 10am-5pm from the 4th March – 29th April 2016 in the ground floor Gallery in Oxford Town Hall, St Aldates, Oxford, OX1 1BX

photo (c) Oxford Mail

Thursday 10th March – Marlow Lecture: Searching for daily life and community in Anglo-Saxon settlements

Invitation from Marlow Archaeology

Searching for daily life and community in Anglo-Saxon settlements by Dr Sally Crawford

In this talk, Sally will illustrate the evidence for the elusive archaeology of daily Anglo-Saxon family and domestic life. Where did children play in early Anglo-Saxon settlements and what did they play with? How did parents and carers interact with their children in the spaces and buildings of Anglo-Saxon settlements? What do we know of the seasonal or daily rhythms of maintenance activities – the private work of looking after house and home?

Sally, a Senior Research Fellow at the Institute of Archaeology, is President of the Society for the Study of Childhood in the Past, and Co-Director of the Historic Environment Image Resource. Her main areas of research are in the archaeology of childhood, disease and disability in Anglo-Saxon England, and the history of archaeology.

The talks are all held on Thursdays in the Garden Room, Liston Hall, Marlow  SL7 1DD  at 8pm 
Visitors are welcome at all these events. Entrance is £4 and £3 for members, students £1.50.
All queries, including membership, tel: 01628 523896.
Free parking is available in the evening adjacent to the Liston Hall
Image courtesy of BBC

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 parishcouncil@boxford.org.uk  to reserve your seats.

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Saturday 2nd April 2016 – BAS Annual Conference, Newbury

Saturday 2nd April 2016 – Newbury

Archaeology in and around Berkshire 

Berkshire Archaeological Society is putting on an exciting selection of talks at their Annual Conference on Saturday 2nd April 2016.

Dr. Catherine Barnett of the University of Reading will talk on the landscape and origins of Silchester in the Late Iron Age followed by Professor M. Fulford who will speak on the significance of the finds in Insula III in Roman Silchester. Another Roman site reviewed during the day is that of Boxford villa by Steve Clark of the Berkshire Archaeology Research Group. Phil Harding of Wessex Archaeology will present the Mesolithic flints he found in Eversley quarry, Hampshire and Chris Ellis of Oxford/Cotswold Archaeology will tell us about the multi-period site at Thame, Oxfordshire.

Venue: St. Nicolas Church Hall, Newbury, RG14 5HG from 10.00 am until 4.00 pm

All are welcome. No advance booking needed; Cost £10, please pay at door. Bring lunch or eat in Newbury.

Contact: tacoombs1@gmail.com

Photo of Phil Harding by Alys Tomlinson, courtesy of Guardian News & Media Ltd. With the permission of Wessex Archaeology

Stonehenge – forthcoming talks in Marlow

You may be interested in these talks.   More information may be obtained from the respective websites:
Archaeology in Marlow and Marlow Archaeological Society will start 2016 with an exciting joint programme of talks about recent discoveries in and around Stonehenge.
This work represents the largest high-resolution archaeological geophysical survey ever undertaken, revealing tens of thousands of features, distinct areas of land use and many new sites (including previously unknown Neolithic ceremonial monuments). 
Our speakers will explain the importance of the discoveries and the technology that made them possible. They will also talk about the enormous leap in knowledge the Hidden Landscapes programme has provided and how it is shedding light on our understanding of Stonehenge.
The talks will also provide a unique opportunity to hear more about the discovery of “Stonehenge II” or so called “Superhenge”. Both speakers are leading experts in the field and conversant in the use of the very latest techniques in remote sensing in geophysics, including ground penetrating radar.

The first talk on the 14th January 2016, will be given by, Eamonn Baldwin who, is a member of the Ludwig Boltzman Institute and responsible for the VISTA Remote Sensing Division at the University of Birmingham. Eamonn will talk about the techniques used by the team to uncover the prehistoric landscape.
The second talk will be held on 25th February 2016 and will be given by Paul Garwood, Senior Lecturer in Archaeology at the University of Birmingham, and the lead prehistorian on the ‘Hidden Landscapes Project’.
Both talks start at 8pm and will be held in the main room of Liston Hall, Chapel Street, Marlow SL7 1DD
Entry tickets will be sold on the door, £3 for members of AiM and MAS, £4 for non-members.
Free parking is available in the evening adjacent to the Liston Hall.