May, July & September: Woking Palace Open Days

Woking Palace Open Days 2017

13th and 14th May
15th and 16th July
9th and 10th September

Woking Palace is a Scheduled Monument in the county of Surrey, which sits on a gravel island beside the River Wey. Access is over private land so it is only open on selected days each year. For the last few years it has been the focus of a community archaeology project.

English Heritage describe Woking Palace as “of particular importance because of its excellent survival, high diversity, enormous archaeological potential both on the island itself and in the waterlogged moats and particularly because of its historical association with royalty and the amenity value which is afforded by this association.”

More information here

photo courtesy of getSURREY

Thursday 18th May 2017 – Marlow Lecture: The Origins of Wessex

Invitation from Marlow Archaeology Society

The Origins of Wessex: Long Wittenham and the context of power in 7th Century England

by Adam McBride,  Queen’s College, Oxford

Full-length talk, then break and short AGM

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.
Free parking is available in the evening adjacent to the Liston Hall
All queries, including membership, tel: 01628 523896.
Photo Adam McBride: Archaeological excavations at Sylva Wood Centre September 2016. 

Thursday 25th May 2017 – Marlow Lecture: Marlow and the River Trade

Invitation from Archaeology in Marlow

Marlow and the River Trade

by  Julian Hunt

Julian will take us back to a time when the corn and paper mills thrived and copper was rolled into sheet to protect the bottoms of English war ships. He will show how improvements in waterway technology increased the capacity of the River Thames to bring in raw materials and export products to London and beyond.

AIM and MAS members £3, Visitors £4.50
20:00 Garden Room, Liston Hall, Chapel Street, Marlow SL7 1DD
For details of AIM’s other activities and how you can join, either log on to our website, www.archaeologyinmarlow.org.uk, or contact: John Laker, 9 Spinfield Lane, Marlow, Bucks, SL7 2JT. Tel: 01628 481792
Photo of Marlow lock by Snapper five at English Wikipedia, CC BY 3.0, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=21035747

until 4th August – Exhibition: The Hidden Gospels of the Abba Garima

Exhibition – extended until 4th August

The Hidden Gospels of the Abba Garima, Treasures of the Ethiopian Highlands
Come and see the Gospels of Abba Garima which have remained hidden for centuries in the Ethiopian highlands in the Abba Garima Monastery – which no woman may enter. According to tradition, God miraculously stopped the sun in the sky to allow Saint Abba Garima to complete them in a single day. Translated from Greek into Ethiopic, their production has remained an enigma. They are the earliest testament of the lost art of the Christian Aksumite kingdom of Ethiopia, which flourished around AD 350–650. Their vivid, finely painted illuminations are at once familiar but also entirely exotic, combining Ethiopian features with those seen elsewhere in Christendom. For the first time, this photo-exhibition presents to the public all of the illuminated pages of these remarkable books, which are amongst the earliest and most important of the rare illustrated gospels books to have survived from Antiquity.

Where: Outreach Room, Ground Floor, Ioannou Centre for Classical and Byzantine Studies, 66, St Giles’, Oxford OX1 3LU. Admission free.

Monday to Friday, 9am to 5pm; but check availability before coming, due to teaching, phone: 01865 288391
Photo courtesy of Michael Gervers

Berkshire Archaeological Journal – Volume 82

CONTENTS

  • 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