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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

Thursday 27th April 2017 – Marlow Lecture: Reluctant Recruits

Invitation from Archaeology in Marlow

Reluctant Recruits: Conscription in Marlow in the First World War

A talk by Andy Ford, AIM member, and Chairman of Marlow Remembers World War I Group

In 1916 the Government introduced conscription to boost the flag- ging number of recruits to the Army. Over 160 men from Marlow and the surrounding area appealed against being conscripted. Us- ing newspaper reports from the time, Andy tells the story of these men – why they appealed and what happened to them.

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,, or contact: John Laker, 9 Spinfield Lane, Marlow, Bucks, SL7 2JT. Tel: 01628 481792

Thursday 20th April 2017 – Marlow Lecture: Cliveden’s South Terrace

Invitation from Marlow Archaeology Society

 Cliveden’s South Terrace: Unravelling a 17th century mystery

A talk by Gary Marshall, National Trust Regional Archaeologist

Cliveden’s South Terrace is a grade I listed structure built in the       1670s for the first Duke of Buckingham to form part of the architectural setting of the newly-built mansion.

As co-ordinator of the recording of the NTs current conservation programme, Gary will describe the results of the archaeological investigations during restoration which led to a new understanding of how the terrace was built – and revealed some surprises!

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.

Thursday 13th July 2017 – Visit to Wessex Archaeology and Marden Henge

Thursday 13th July 2017 – Visit to Wessex Archaeology and Marden Henge

Marden Henge (also known as Hatfield Earthworks) is the largest Neolithic henge enclosure discovered to date in the United Kingdom. The monument is located in Marden, Wiltshire, situated within the Vale of Pewsey between the World Heritage sites of Avebury and Stonehenge.

Since 2015 it has been the site of the University of Reading Field School.

We will meet at Wessex Archaeology, Old Sarum at 10.45 for 11.00 am to have a guided tour of the Neolithic finds by Wessex Archaeology.

Lunch will follow and then we travel to Marden Henge for a tour of this year’s excavation.

If you would like to come, please book with Trevor Coombs:

Wednesday 5th July 2017 – Visit to Stonor Park

Following the excavations at Blounts Court, which was once owned by the Stonor family, Nigel Spencer has been in touch with Georgina Stoner and arranged a group visit to Stoner Park, near Henley, for Wednesday 5th July.  He writes:-
“The house doesn’t open until 1.30pm, so what I think may be a good idea is for people to meet in the restaurant at Stoner at  12.15pm, have a light snack there, and then Georgina will show the group around  the house, and give an in depth history of the house, and probably show us parts of the house which are not normally open.
After seeing the house we can visit the chapel, garden and surrounding grounds.
The cost would be £10 per head ( the normal ticket price is £20 per head). “

Please  reply to Nigel if you would like to go.

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

21st–24th April 2017 Spring Tour: Norfolk & area

21st–24th April  2017 Spring Tour: Norfolk & area

The Annual Spring Tour will depart by  coach from central Reading at 9.00am on Friday 21st April and gets back at 6.30pm on Monday 24th April.  We will stay at the 3-star Hotel de Paris a Grade 2 listed building in the centre of Cromer with views over the pier and sea.

The sites we visit will include the oldest wooden church in the world and the oldest wooden building standing in Europe; 5000 year-old flint mines with the third highest land in Norfolk (a small barrow!); one of the most important Hanseatic ports of medieval Britain; a building described by Pevsner as “One of the most perfect buildings ever built”; one of the best preserved and most important 12th century castles in England;a rare survival of a Norman planned settlement with one of the best preserved monastic sites in the country; The largest city in 11th C England after London; a re-created Saxon village using experimental archaeological techniques on the actual site of a Saxon village and earlier occupations.

That is St. Andrews Church, Greensted; Grimes Graves; Kings Lynn; Castle Acre (Priory); Castle Rising castle; Norwich (cathedral & castle & town centre); West Stow Anglo-Saxon village.  We also visit Flag Fen (bronze-age settlement remains with 1 km wooden walkway across wet fens, also finds from the recent Must Farm excavations), Audley End House (decadent Jacobean house with Capability Brown gardens) and one of the finest surviving medieval barns in Eastern England, tree-ring dated to the mid 15th C with a breathtaking aisled interior and crown post roof, the product of some 500 oaks. There will be guided tours at most of these places.

A draft itinerary is available here (check nearer the time for updates)