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Thursday 28th September 2017 – Marlow lecture: Highwood

Invitation from Archaeology in Marlow

Highwood: the mound and other mysteries

by Andrew Allum of South Oxfordshire Archaeological Society (SOAG)

In 2015 member of South Oxfordshire Archaeology Group started to excavate a Roman site In Harpsden near Henley-on-Thames. The site had been the subject of an earlier excavation very nearby between 1977 and 1983 when Henley-on-Thames Archaeological & Historical Group excavated a mound on the site. When the later excavation started the record of the earlier excavation was interrogated and in turn that led to researching the history of the wood. The excavation started in 2015 is continuing. It is uncovering Iron Age and Roman remains from between 0 and 400 AD. However, the site remains enigmatic. The talk will seek to explain the work carried out so far and suggest possible interpretations.

Members of AIM £3, visitors £4.50
8pm 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,, or contact: John Laker, 9 Spinfield Lane, Marlow, Bucks, SL7 2JT. Tel: 01628 481792

Wednesday 13th September – Marlow Lecture: Travel and Communication in Anglo-Saxon England

Invitation from Marlow Archaeology Society

Travel and Communication in Anglo-Saxon England

by Stuart Brookes

‘Travel and Communication in Anglo-Saxon England’ is a three-year research project funded by the Leverhulme Trust (2014–17). It teams archaeologists, historians, and place-name scholars in investigating mobility in Anglo-Saxon England. It will reconstruct the overland and riverine route-system, using textual, landscape-archaeological, and onomastic evidence, and tackle, through a series of case studies, issues of change and social complexity (e.g. what recoverable infrastructural changes tell us about the immediate post-Roman period and the re-emergence of commerce c. AD 800) and economic reach (e.g. through correlations between surviving material culture and the route-system). In this paper, I will summarise some of the main methodologies and objectives of the project.

Stuart Brookes is Senior Research Fellow at the UCL Institute of Archaeology. He has published various works on the archaeology of early medieval Europe, including Beyond the Burghal Hidage: civil defence in Anglo-Saxon England (2013), Landscapes of Defence in the Viking Age(2013) and The Kingdom and People of Kent (2010).

Main Room, Liston Hall, Marlow  SL7 1DD  at 8pm 

Visitors are welcome at all these events. Entrance is £4.50 and £3 for members, students £1.50.
Free parking is available in the evening adjacent to the Liston Hall
All queries, including membership and fieldwork, tel: 01628 523896.

Saturday 16th September 2017 – BAS AGM & Lecture: Long Wittenham & the context of power

Saturday 16th September 2017 – BAS AGM & Lecture:

Long Wittenham & the context of power

by Adam McBride, Queen’s College, Oxford

Adam will talk on the subject of power in the Iron Age with particular reference to the Hill Fort on the Wittenham Clump  hills and the migration of the people to the  Oppidum on the other side of the Thames near Dorchester about 100 BC.

photo by Dave Price geograph

2.00 pm for 2.30 pm at the RISC Centre, London Street, Reading RG1 4PS

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Saturday 2nd September 2017 – Visit to Silchester

Saturday 2nd September 2017

Visit to Silchester temples and Roman Tilery at Little London

Members are invited to visit the Roman temple excavation in Insula 30 and to move on to The Roman tilery at Little London on Saturday, 2nd of September starting at 2.30 pm in Insula 30. Mike Fulford will give us a guided tour.

Members should arrive at Silchester carpark by 2.10 pm since a 1km walk along the drove way is necessary to reach Insula 30.

We will then return to the car park, and drive to Little London where Mike will give a talk on what has been found in the tilery. Directions and parking information will be sent later.

Please let Trevor Coombs know if you will be coming on:

9th & 10th September: Woking Palace Open Days

Woking Palace Open Days 2017
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

Berkshire Archaeological Journal – Volume 82


  • 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