Thursday 4th October 2018: BARG QOM – Silchester Environs

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.

September – October 2018: Hope Taylor Archive Project

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

3rd November 2018 – CBA Wessex Conference

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


Date: Sat, 03 November 2018
Pricing: £45 for CBAW members, £55 non-members, £25 full-time students (limited numbers on student prices so please apply early!)
Time: Registration and coffee from 8:45am to 9.30am. Conference starts at 9.30am and ends at 5.45pm.
Contact: General enquiries to Andy Manning – OR simply book online below…
For more information and to book a place click here
Photo of Alice Roberts by Dan Stevens

Opens January 24th 2018 – West Berkshire Museum: Hoards

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