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Saturday 6th April 2019 – BAS Day School

Saturday 6th April 2019 10am to 4pm

Archaeology in Berkshire 2019

A varied programme including news from East & West Berkshire

10.00 Welcome 
Alison McQuitty, Chair- Berkshire Archaeological Society
10.05 Recent work in West Berkshire
Sarah Orr, West Berkshire  Historic Environment Officer 
10.25 Recent discoveries in East Berkshire
Fiona McDonald, East Berkshire Archaeological Officer  
10.40 COFFEE
11.00 Extracting evidence from gravel quarries in Berkshire and Buckinghamshire
Gareth Chaffey, Wessex Archaeology
11.20 Runnymede Explored
The National Trust, Tom Dommett
11.40 Silchester: The Roman Baths project
Professor M. Fulford, University of Reading 
12.00 LUNCH
13.15 New thoughts on Dorchester on Thames    
Paul Booth, Oxford Archaeology
13.45 Nero’s tile works: The Romano British tile and pottery industry at Little London, Pamber
Dr. Sara Machin, University of Reading
14.15 From the water’s edge: preliminary results of the River Thames project, settlement activity on the banks of the river
Phillipa Puzey-Broomhead, Trent and Peak Archaeology   
14.45 TEA
15.15 Mediaeval to Modern: osteological and archaeological findings in St Marys churchyard Wargrave
Dr Ceri Boston, freelance osteologist and Dr Stephanie Duensing, John Moore Heritage Services
15.45-16.00 Questions and Conclusions

The Cornerstone, Norreys Avenue, Wokingham RG40 1UE
All Welcome – £10 payable at the door

Parking for the disabled is adjacent to the hall and there is usually space in Norrey’s Avenue
Bring a packed lunch or eat out in local restaurants and pubs.

Thursday 24th January 2018 – Marlow lecture: Reading Abbey

Invitation from Marlow Archaeology

The founding of Reading Abbey: its architecture, art and music

by John & Lindsay Mullaney

In this talk John and Lindsay combine their researches to explain how and why Reading Abbey came to be founded. John will examine the evidence about how the Abbey was built and designed as a place for both monks and pilgrims.

Lindsay will then look more closely at why Henry founded his royal abbey and examine the role pilgrimage and relics played in its early days. She will read a part of a rare surviving manuscript from Reading, now in the Gloucester Cathedral archives, recently republished in both Latin and English by Professor Brian Kemp. This will be one of the “miracle stories” about Reading’s most famous relic, the ‘Hand of St James’.

John will conclude by talking about the annual commemorations surrounding Henry I’s anniversary as revealed the newly discovered documents and published in Professor Kemp’s book. He will also show how this account helps us interpret the results of the ground penetrating radar survey, which was carried out in 2016, and how together they give us a better understanding of where Henry was buried. John will talk about, and play recordings, of examples of the music that we know were used on this anniversary and on other occasions.

Image: reconstruction of Reading Abbey by John R Mullaney, Fellow and Council member of the SAI.

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.

Saturday 15th December 2018 BAS Lectures: Talks by members

Saturday 15th December 2018 BAS  Christmas Lectures:

Talks by members:

Napoleonic munitions factory at Weedon Bec by Catherine Petts
Excavations at Highwood by Alan Hall
Elite buildings in Silchester by Andrew Hutt

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

Image of Weedon Bec Depot COPYRIGHT © 2017 THE DEPOT

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