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
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.
Actual Registry entry here:
|UK Design Code:
||Yellow 109, Green 356, Orange 167, Mid Brown 168, Light Brown 7574, Dark Red 484
||Flag Institute Chief Vexillologist, Graham Bartram
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:
- 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
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