Thursday 4thOctober 2018 7.30pm:
BARG Autumn 2018 Quarterly Open Meeting
For the BARG autumn Quarterly Open Meeting we will have Krystyna Truscoe Doctoral Research Student from the University of Reading giving a lecture on her work with the Silchester Environs Project. Titled New Iron Age sites discovered by aerial photography and lidar around Silchester, her talk will discuss the many new sites discovered (over 600) as a result of the work and the subsequent excavations by the project team on many of these sites.
Venue:The De Vitre Room, The Cornerstone, Norreys Avenue, Wokingham. RG40 1UE.
BARG members £2, visitors, non-members £3.00.
Members of local groups are invited to join an important project to help sort the finds from Brian Hope Taylor’s excavations at Old Windsor in the 1950s. These finds are currently stored by Reading Museum in their store in south Reading. Funding from Historic England has been agreed to support work with volunteers in September and October supervised by staff from Wessex Archaeology and led by Lorraine Mepham, a senior archaeologist.
Lorraine expects the finds work to take around 10 working days to complete on the basis of up to eight volunteers per day, comprising two three-hour sessions (morning and afternoon). Volunteers will be able to sign up for as many or as few sessions as they wish, but she would like everybody who is interested to be able to ‘have a go’.
The attached document explains the project, how it will work and how volunteers will benefit, including experience with different types of finds and the opportunity to take part in workshops on pottery and human bone.
Although the dates are not yet finalised expressions of interest will be welcome. Roland Smith of Berkshire Archaeology is co-ordinating volunteers and his address is in the attached document. Please let Roland know of your interest even if you are not sure of your availablilty at this stage.
This is an opportunity for you to undertake some practical arcaheology without getting down on your knees! Do consider volunteering even if for just a few sessions.
Image: 11th century sword guard held in Reading Museum
The CBA Wessex 60th Anniversary Conference – with keynote speaker Prof. Alice Roberts
Dawn: New Light on our Earliest Ancestors to the Hunter-Gatherers of the Mesolithic
VENUE: HIGHFIELD CAMPUS, UNIVERSITY OF SOUTHAMPTON
||Sat, 03 November 2018
||£45 for CBAW members, £55 non-members, £25 full-time students (limited numbers on student prices so please apply early!)
||Registration and coffee from 8:45am to 9.30am. Conference starts at 9.30am and ends at 5.45pm.
||General enquiries to Andy Manning – firstname.lastname@example.org OR simply book online below…
For more information and to book a place click here
Photo of Alice Roberts by Dan Stevens
Latest newsletter available here
Land of the Atrebates
(Berkshire Archaeological Journal volume 83)
This exciting new special journal is now available. Members who joined before 31st December 2018 will have received a free copy.
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