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Saturday 21st October 2017 – Lecture: Shakespeare’s London Theatre Land

Saturday 21st October 2017 Lecture: 

Shakespeare’s London Theatre Land

by Julian Bowsher

Julian will talk about 16th century London theatre life and Shakespeare and other playwrights’ lives. There are many documentary accounts of the spread of theatrical development as well as contemporary developments. But now archaeology has bought a new dimension to the study of this phenomenon. We can gauge the size and shape of the venues and their stages (useful to modern performers), as well as conditions experienced by managers, performers and playgoers

Illustration by Faith Vardy: A reconstruction of Bankside c.1602 showing the Globe (B1, phase 1) in the foreground and the Rose (B2, phase 2) behind.

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

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Saturday 18th November 2017 Lecture: My Work as a Dendrochronologist

Saturday 18th November 2017 Lecture: 

My Work as a Dendrochronologist

An illustrated talk by Dr Martin Bridge of UCL

Have you ever wondered how old buildings can be accurately dated?

This talk will introduce tree ring dating (dendrochronology) – how it works, what the limitations are and what we have learnt as a result of accumulating dendro dates over the last few decades – mostly buildings, but other artefacts too.

Martin is a part-time lecturer at UCL Institute of Archaeology and Partner in the Oxford Dendrochronology Laboratory, having been involved in tree-ring research since 1979.

He has worked all over the world, but mostly on medieval buildings in southern Britain, from Historic Royal Palaces, Cathedrals, NT properties to barns, farmhouses and cottages – and even church chests and doors. He has also worked on the Mary Rose.

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

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Thursday 23rd November 2017 – Marlow lecture: The Vikings

Invitation from Archaeology in Marlow

The Vikings

by Barbara Askew

The talk will explore the world of the Vikings, who they were, where they came from and their roles as raiders, traders and invaders, with special emphasis on the Viking settlement of Britain. The talk examines Viking life and cul- ture, arts and technology, ships, burial, hoards and jewellery.

A joint event with Marlow Archaeology organised by AIM
Members of AIM/MAS £3, visitors £4.50
8pm Main Hall, 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

Saturday November 5th 2017 – CBA Wessex Conference: From Bones to Drones

The CBA Wessex Annual Conference – From Bones to Drones: Science in Archaeology

In collaboration with the University of Winchester and Wessex Archaeology, this will be an informative and fun day with eminent speakers and stalls covering a range of talks on how archaeology is brought alive through remote sensing, drone and geoarchaeological survey and the uses of DNA, chemical and isotope analysis.  If you have ever wondered how difficult it is to fly a drone steady whilst taking photos or wondered what our ancestors were eating and drinking then this is your chance to find out.

Date: Sat, 04 November 2017
Pricing: £25 CBA Wessex members, £35 Non-members, £15 Students (£10 each for blocking bookings of 5 or more)/YAC parents
Time: Registration starts from 9 am and conference begins at 9.45 am
Contact: General enquiries to Andy Manning – or 03303 133406

more information on CBA website

download leaflet here

A flag for Berkshire

The Society has contributed their support to the development of a county flag for Berkshire. The design is shown above and is based on a traditional design already used by several local groups.

Flag Type: County Flag
Flag Date: C14th
Flag Designer: Traditional
Adoption Route: Traditional
UK Design Code: UNKG7456
Aspect Ratio: 3:5
Pantone® Colours: Yellow 109, Green 356, Orange 167, Mid Brown 168, Light Brown 7574, Dark Red 484
Certification: Flag Institute Chief Vexillologist, Graham Bartram

The stag and oak is a symbol associated with the county at least as far back at Michael Drayton’s Battle of Agincourt poem. It is realised here with a red stag being ‘royally attired’ with antlers of twelve points. Thus this helps represents the county’s royal title in addition to the forests and deer herds for which Berkshire is known.

The traditional design was submitted for registration by a collection of representative bodies with support from the county’s Lord Lieutenant.

The Berkshire Flag was officially unveiled by H.M. Lord Lieutenant of Royal Berkshire, James Puxley, at the Royal County of Berkshire Show at Newbury Showground  on Sunday 17th September 2017.
Raising the flag of Berkshire part1
Raising the flag of Berkshire part2
Flags are commercially available at:

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