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Thursday 8th November 2018 – Marlow lecture: Taplow Princely Burial

Invitation from Marlow Archaeology

Buckinghamshire’s Saxon Prince: the burial at Taplow

by Leslie Webster – former Keeper Dept. of Prehistory & Europe, British Museum

The burial mound in the old churchyard at Taplow, excavated in 1883, contains an early 7th century Anglo-Saxon burial, from a time of great political and religious change in England. The princely burial contained a rich and varied collection of grave goods, now in the British Museum, similar in quality and date to those at Sutton Hoo.

The story of how it came to be excavated is one of the most poignant and tantalising in the annals of Anglo-Saxon archaeology. Examination and comparisons with the other princely burials at Sutton Hoo and Prittlewell, reveal the exceptional nature of the burial, and its significance, both regionally and in a national context.

Leslie Webster is a specialist in Anglo-Saxon art and archaeology. She was formerly senior curator of the Early Medieval collections at the British Museum, and Keeper of its Department of Britain, Europe and Prehistory, and is an Honorary Visiting Professor at the Institute of Archaeology, UCL. She has co-curated several major joint BM/BL exhibitions on Anglo-Saxon and early medieval themes, as well as coordinating a series of international exhibitions for the European Science Foundation’s Transformation of the Roman WorldProject, and an exhibition on The Anglo-Saxon Feast at the Sutton Hoo Centre.  She has lectured and published widely; her most recent books include Anglo-Saxon Art: a New History (British Museum Press and Cornell University Press), and The Franks Casket (British Museum Press) both published in 2012. Amongst other current research projects, she is a contributor to the Staffordshire Hoard publication (forthcoming June 2019), of which she is also co-editor.

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 (A shared talk with AiM, organised by MAS)

Free parking is available after 7pm adjacent to the Liston Hall
All queries, including membership and fieldwork, tel: 01628 523896.

Wednesday 7th November 2018 – BAS Study Group: Romans in Berkshire

The study group will meet at Brock Keep on Wednesday 3rd October 2018 starting with lunch at 12:00 and ending before 15:00.

This meeting will continue with progress reports on assignments

All are welcome.

OpenHand OpenSpace
Brock Keep, 571 Oxford Road, Reading RG30 1HL.
Entry and free parking via Brock Gardens, then first left through the gates of Brock Keep.
Buses 15,16 and 17 alight at Brock Gardens stop.

Image: Reconstruction painting of Silchester as a thriving town (copyright English Heritage)

Saturday 20th October 2018 – BAS Lecture: Anglo-Saxon Wars and Fortifications

Saturday 20 October 2018 BAS Lecture:

Anglo-Saxon Wars and Fortifications 

by Professor Jim Storr

England is traversed by large numbers of long linear earthworks.  Some are up to 40 miles long, and over 90% of the population live within an hour’s drive of at least one.  They appear to have been built in the late- or immediately post-Roman period, and  built for military purposes.  In  this talk, retired Regular Infantry officer Professor Jim Storr will discuss the earthworks, their construction, their purpose and their implications for both the local region and England as a whole.

Jim’s talk will be based on his recent book, ‘King Arthur’s Wars’ . It describes one of the biggest archaeological finds of our times; yet there is nothing new to see. There are secrets hidden in plain sight. We speak English today, because the Anglo-Saxons took over most of post-Roman Britain. How did that happen? There is little evidence: not much archaeology, and even less written history. There is, however, a huge amount of speculation. ‘King Arthur’s Wars’ brings an entirely new approach to the subject. The answers are out there, in the countryside, waiting to be found. Months of field work and map study allow us to understand, for the first time, how the Anglo-Saxons conquered England; county by county and decade by decade. ‘King Arthur’s Wars’ exposes what the landscape and the placenames tell us. As a result, we can now know far more about this ‘Dark Age’. What is so special about Essex? Why is Buckinghamshire an odd shape? Why is the legend of King Arthur so special to us? Why don’t Cumbrian farmers use English numbers when they count sheep? Why don’t we know where Camelot was? Why did the Romano-British stop eating oysters? What does this have to do with Napoleon’s Ulm campaign of 1805, or the Prusso-Danish War of 1864? ‘King Arthur’s Wars’ tells that story.

Jim Storr was born in England’s Lake District and lived in five different countries, in three continents, before the age of 18. After university he joined the British Army and became a member of the General Staff, gaining both a master’s degree and a doctorate on the way. He left after 25 year’s service to pursue a second career in consultancy, writing, teaching and research. In 1990 he became a member of Mensa. He was awarded the Royal United Services Institute’s Trench Gascoigne prize in 2000, and in 2013 was appointed professor of war studies at the Norwegian Military Academy (a part-time appointment).

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 individuals and parking in them at any time will incur a parking charge of £100

3rd November 2018 – CBA Wessex Conference

The CBA Wessex 60th Anniversary Conference – with keynote speaker Prof. Alice Roberts

Dawn: New Light on our Earliest Ancestors to the Hunter-Gatherers of the Mesolithic


Date: Sat, 03 November 2018
Pricing: £45 for CBAW members, £55 non-members, £25 full-time students (limited numbers on student prices so please apply early!)
Time: Registration and coffee from 8:45am to 9.30am. Conference starts at 9.30am and ends at 5.45pm.
Contact: General enquiries to Andy Manning – OR simply book online below…
For more information and to book a place click here
Photo of Alice Roberts by Dan Stevens

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