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Saturday 21st July – BAS visit: Silchester excavations

A visit to the 2018 excavations at the Roman public bath site in Silchester has been arranged for BAS members on Saturday 21st July.  The tour, with Mike Fulford, starts at 11.30am.  The site is close to the East gate of Silchester, which means a half hour or so walk along the Drove road from the car park, so please meet in the public car park by 11.00am.  Directions may be found on
Although not essential it would be helpful to know who will be coming, so please let Anne Harrison know.  Donations from visitors are always welcome so I shall have a collecion envelope handy.
Image: Calleva baths form the 1903 excavation

Thursday 21st June 2018 – Marlow lecture: Cathedral Archaeology

Invitation from Archaeology in Marlow
Cathedral Archaeology
by Graham Keevill

Graham Keevill is the Appointed Professional Archaeologist at four Anglican Cathedrals

These are Blackburn, Rochester, Christ Church Oxford and Salisbury, he thus looks after the Ancient, the Modern and the Peculiar, (he will explain which is which, and why). The talk will describe the background to and results of Graham’s work at each of these remarkable places (drawing on a wide range of evidence including ground radar surveys).

The talk will follow AiM’s short AGM at which only members can vote

Members of AIM/MAS £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
Image: Rochester Cathedral (by 2006SweepsCath1.JPG: User:ClemRutterderivative work: SilkTork)

Thursday 21st June 2018 – BARG Meeting: Magdalen Hill

Thursday 21stJune 2018 7.30pm:

BARG Summer Quarterly Open Meeting followed by the AGM. Dr Katie Tucker making a return visit by popular demand. Giving a lecture for around an hour Dr Tucker will be discussing the Magdalen Hill Archaeological Research Project that is based in Winchester. Previously excavated by Time Team, the new project undertaken by the University of Winchester discovered more to this multiphase site. Originally a leprosy hospital in the mid twelfth century the site was later remodelled only then again to become almshouses in the sixteenth century and more recently a WW1 transit camp.

Venue:The De Vitre Room, The Cornerstone, Norreys Avenue, Wokingham. RG40 1UE.

BARG members free, guests non-members £3.00.

(Image Southern Daily Echo 2015)

Friday 22nd June 2018 – Visit to Oxford Radiocarbon Accelerator Unit

BAS members have been invited to visit the Oxford Radiocarbon Accelerator Unit on Friday, 22nd June 2018 at 2.30 pm. Our tour will be led by Professor Tom Higham and Deputy director Joseph Graystone.

The address is: School of Archaeology, 1, South Parks road, Oxford, OX1 3TG, this building contains the ORAU, and when you arrive, press the buzzer to be let into reception.

There are three ways of getting there. If you drive to Oxford, drive to the Redbridge Park and Ride at the South of Oxford and take the 300 bus at approximately 1.30 pm (it takes 30 minutes to reach Magdalen Street and stay on the bus until the Magdalen Streets stop; it is the stop near the Ashmolean museum and drops you outside Tesco in St. Giles Street. From there, walk up St. Giles until you can see the Lamb and Flag pub on the other side of the road. Go through the Lamb and Flag passage which will bring you out opposite the Museum of Natural History. Then turn right out of the passage on to Parks road, then immediately left on to South Parks road. 

Another option is to go by train to Oxford and take a cab to the unit or walk for 30 minutes from the station to St. Giles and the Lamb and Flag. Alternatively, you may take a cab from the station and ask for The Dyson Perrins Building, South Parks road, Oxford,OX1 3QY, tel. 01865 285229, which holds the School of Archaeology. Because space is limited only the first 20 people may go.

to book contact Trevor Coombs

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

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