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Thursday 17th October 2019 – Marlow Lecture: Bucks from the Air

Invitation from Archaeology in Marlow

Bucks Archaeological Sites from the Air

by Mike Farley

This talk will describe the continuing role contributed by views from the air in helping to understand the county’s constantly changing landscape. Over the last twenty years or so Mike has been fortunate in being able to hitch lifts with several generous amateur pilots flying over Buckinghamshire.

The talk, illustrated with many of his own photographs, will also note public-access aerials and digital techniques as a source of completely unsuspected new discoveries. He will also note some of the pitfalls lying in wait for interpreters including ‘fairy rings’ and golf courses!

8.00 p.m in the Garden Room, Liston Hall, Marlow, SL7 1DD

AIM & MAS Members £3.00, non-members £4.50
Free parking at the adjacent car park after 7.00p.m.

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Thursday 24th October 2019 – Marlow lecture: Roman Roads in Britain

Invitation from Marlow Archaeological Society

Roman Roads in Britain

by Paddy Lambert

The Roman road network in Britain is the epitome of Roman civilisation, bringing trade and opening Britain to an empire that stretched from the cold winds of Scotland, to the decadence of the orient. They remain one of the most enduring of archaeological legacies. Yet, they are still shrouded in myth and misconception. The real story of the roads and where they eventually lead us is more surprising, and much more interesting. It’s not ‘what the Romans did for us’ – it’s how they did it.

Paddy Lambert is a Project Supervisor at Oxford Archaeology East and specialises in the history and material culture of the Roman world. He has been involved in Roman projects across the UK and Europe, most recently a Roman villa complex in the south west, and has delivered talks and lectures on various themes of Roman archaeology and history throughout the UK.

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

Pay at the door: Members of MAS/AiM £3, Visitors £4.50, full-time students £1.50 Free parking is available after 7pm adjacent to the Liston Hall All queries, including membership and fieldwork, tel: 01628 523896.

Until 12 January 2020 – Exhibition: Last Supper in Pompeii

Ashmolean Museum, Oxford

This major exhibition will tell the story of the ancient Roman city of Pompeii’s love affair with food and wine.

Located in the sunny paradise of southern Italy, Pompeii was sandwiched between lush vineyards and fertile plains to one side, and the bountiful waters of the Bay of Naples to the other. When the ash from Mount Vesuvius began raining down on Pompeii in AD 79, people were engaged in typical day to day activities: producing, buying and selling food and, most importantly, eating and drinking.

See over 400 rare objects, including fine masterpieces of Roman art which range from the luxury furnishings of Roman dining rooms to the carbonised food that was on the table when the volcano erupted. Everything from the exquisite mosaics and frescoes in the villas of the wealthy to the remains found in kitchen drains, show what the Pompeians loved to eat and drink. This remarkable exhibition provides an extraordinary insight into their everyday lives

Timed tickets will be in operation. Full price adult tickets are £12.25 each. Book here

Saturday 21st September 2019 – BAS AGM & Lecture: Saxon Burials, Guildford

The Saxon Period Burials from Guildown Avenue, Guildford

by Dr Ceri Falys, Osteoarchaeologist, Thames Valley Archaeological Services

During December 2016, TVAS (Thames Valley Archaeological Services) undertook a small excavation of the land to the rear of a property in Guildown Avenue, Guildford in advance of the construction of a new dwelling. Given the close proximity to the notable “Guildown Saxon Execution Cemetery”, located in the garden immediately to the east, it was hoped the investigation would provide new information regarding the western limits of the known cemetery. Six graves were discovered, comprising two phases of burial. These included three furnished “pagan” inhumations (c. mid 6th century), and three later graves which produced radiocarbon dates spanning the 8th and 11th centuries. The later graves were atypical for the time, with regards to both form (S-N aligned, large grave cuts) and contents (all men, each of whom was buried in unusual positions; two graves had multiple skeletons interred, and the unusual re-burial of one man). 

Initial hypotheses suggested the deviant graves represented victims of judicial execution.  However, osteological analysis could not identify any evidence of the men being subjected to skeletal trauma close to, or after, the time of death. Subsequent isotopic analyses produced interesting and unexpected results, which have resulted in a mystery of who these men were and what brought them to be buried so far from home. While deviant burials in archaeology commonly signal those interred individuals were viewed as “different” or “outsiders” by their communities, it may be possible that although atypical for the Saxon period in Surrey, these men were purposefully buried in this manner, with care and respect by members of their small subsection of the Guildford community.

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


There are important changes to parking at the rear of the RISC building.

For many years RISC has been allowed by the land owners to use the car park on evenings after 6 p.m. and on weekends for free. These are the white marked spaces on the same level as but not directly behind the building. Unfortunately it has now been decided to make this a paid parking area 24 hours a day, 7 days a week and a parking management company has been contracted to control it. As of now the new rules will apply; they are not entirely straightforward.

Pay-by-phone charges apply for the bays numbered 3 to 16 only, marked in WHITE. There are no cash machines. Charges apply 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.

Do not park in bays 1, 2, 17 to 22 marked in RED at any time – these spaces are rented by individua


Matt Rodda MP is calling for Reading Gaol to be saved and turned into an arts hub and museum – to commemorate Oscar Wilde and other important historic events. The Prison is a very important part of Reading’s history. It is believed to also contain the burial place of King Henry I , who established Reading Abbey and it also has a number of other historic links.

The Gaol is under threat of being turned into luxury flats after the Ministry of Justice announced it would sell the site to the highest bidder. Matt said “I am working with a wide range of other local people and organisations and I hope that together we can press for a change of Government policy”.

The latest issue of British Archaeology contains a long article detailing the latest archaeological research into Reading Abbey. It also includes articles bemoaning the Ministry of Justice refusal to publish recent MOLA investigations and a call for a properly resourced public research project.

Meanwhile you can sign the petition here

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