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Saturday 9th December 2017 – Lectures by BAS members

Saturday 9th December 2017 Lectures by BAS members

European Cave Art – non-destructive visiting by Tim Lloyd
Replicas of the Paleolithic decorated caves at Chauvet and Niaulx have been opened in recent years in South-West France. Tim will describe them and invite you to ponder the issues raised.

Venus Figurines in Roman Britain by Mathew Fittock
‘Gaulish style’ pipeclay figurines of Venus may reflect Classical ideas about love or provincial ideas that might relate to fertility and protection. This paper explores religious practices and provincial beliefs associated with the 401 Venus figurines made in Gaul found in Britain through a study of their distribution. This shows that they were used for many religious practices by different social groups, including people in urban and rural settings – probably by both men and women – while finds from burials are closely linked with protecting sick children. Comparing the distribution of pipeclay and metal figurines of Venus also shows that although ceramic figurines were lower status objects, some were used in high status graves by foreigners.

Roman Factory in Provence by Andrew Hutt
At Barbegal, some 12km north east of Arles in Provence in southern France, are the remains of a Roman factory.  It was built in the 1st century AD, on the line of two aqueducts carrying water from the Alpilles Hills to Arles.  It consisted of 16 waterwheels in two parallel rows of 8 overshot water wheels running down a steep hillside.  Hodges writing in Scientific American estimated that taking into account the available water supply and assuming 50% downtime, it could have processed enough flour to feed 12,500 individuals, the population of the town of Arles.  The power could also have been used to saw timber and stone. Only two other mills like this have been found in the Roman world.

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

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Thursday 18th January 2018 – Marlow Lecture: The Archaeology of Timber-framed Buildings

Invitation from Marlow Archaeology Society

The Archaeology of Timber-framed Buildings

by Trevor Ottlewski

We see various styles of vernacular English timber-framing of C14 – C17 in most of our local towns and villages. This talk illustrates timber-framed buildings throughout the ages, showing how and why timber-framed construction developed, how later changes were made to buildings and some of the different types of timber and joints that were used.

Main Room, Liston Hall, Marlow  SL7 1DD  at 8pm 

Visitors are welcome at all these events. Entrance is £4.50 and £3 for members, students £1.50.
Free parking is available after 7pm adjacent to the Liston Hall
All queries, including membership and fieldwork, tel: 01628 523896.

Wednesday 6th December 2017: BAS Study Group

The Anglo-Saxon Study group has changed its focus to become the Society’s study group. In February 2018, it will return to Anglo-Saxons but the next two meetings will be devoted to other matters.
On 6th December 2017 the Study Group will meet in Conference room 3 at RISC starting at 14:00 and ending 16:00.  It  will discuss writing up fieldwork.   Everybody is welcome to come along.
This matter is important because the faster and more accurately we write up our work the more fieldwork we can do and lots of you enjoy fieldwork.  Writing up requires team work and a wide range of skills including collating information, drawing diagrams and pictures and getting the words of the page.
The meeting will start with a presentation of the processes and software tools which we are currently using and will then review those reports which are still being worked on. They include: Blounts Court, Aberleigh, La Hyde and Cholsey.
If you fancy working in an enthusiastic team in a friendly learning environment please join us.


2.00 to 4:00pm at The RISC Centre, London Street, Reading RG1 4PS

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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