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Thursday 22nd June – Marlow Lecture: Warren Wood update & AGM

Invitation from Archaeology in Marlow

Warren Wood update & AGM

AIM members responsible for running the excavation at Warren Wood will give an update on the work over the last two years and also talk about future plans. There will be a sample of recent finds on display.

This talk will follow a short AGM

Free entry to members and non-members
20:00 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

20th May – 23rd September 2017: Reading Abbey Quarter THEN & NOW

Reading Abbey Quarter THEN & NOW
Reading Museum ~ From Saturday 20 May
As work gets underway to reopen the Reading Abbey site in 2018 come and see how the Abbey Quarter has changed over the centuries through artworks in the Museum’s collection. Explore how the English Civil War impacted on the Abbey Ruins, the changing portrayal of the Abbey Gateway, the development of the Victorian pleasure gardens and its more recent past.

Free Exhibition, donations welcome, just drop in

Reading Museum Art Gallery
Saturday 20 May – Saturday 3 June, 11.15am
Enjoy a 20 minute tour of the exhibition led by one of our trained volunteers and gallery staff, learning about Reading’s rich heritage through the photographs and paintings of the Abbey Quarter. The tour will include an opportunity to feed back on the new display panels being planned across the site.
(There will be more exhibition pop-up talks on Wednesdays after 7 June – check out the website and social media for times.)
Suitable for all ages
Free Event, donations welcome, just drop in.

Thursday 15th June 2017 – Marlow Lecture: The Round Mounds Project

Invitation from Marlow Archaeology Society

The Round Mounds Project: from Medieval Mottes to Prehistoric Round Mounds
Dr Jim Leary,  University of Reading 

Late Neolithic round mounds, such as Silbury Hill near Avebury, are among the rarest and least well understood monuments in Britain. Recent archaeological work at the medieval Marlborough Castle motte, Wiltshire, however, has shown it to be a reused Neolithic round mound, comparable in date to Silbury Hill. Could prehistoric round mounds therefore be more numerous and widespread than previously thought? Have many been hidden in plain sight for the past thousand years – incorporated into the fabric of later medieval castles? Such a link has not been drawn before, and yet, if true, could have considerable implications for the way we understand both late Neolithic round mounds and medieval castles.

This talk will discuss the results from the Leverhulme Trust funded project Extending Histories: From Medieval Mottes to Prehistoric Round Mounds, which aims to discover the history of monumental mounds in the English landscape. The project brings together evidence from detailed analytical earthwork survey, geoarchaeological techniques and a comprehensive dating programme to determine the date of construction, sequence of development and environmental context of 20 castle mottes from across England.

Bio: Dr Jim Leary works at the University of Reading where he lectures in archaeology and directs the Archaeology Field School, which is based in the Vale of Pewsey in Wiltshire. Jim also directs the Leverhulme-funded Round Mounds Project and has recently published a book called ‘The Remembered Land. Surviving Sea-level Rise after the Last Ice Age’. He previously worked for English Heritage as a prehistorian.

The talks are all held on Thursdays in the Garden 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 in the evening adjacent to the Liston Hall
All queries, including membership and fieldwork, tel: 01628 523896.

May, July & September: Woking Palace Open Days

Woking Palace Open Days 2017

13th and 14th May
15th and 16th July
9th and 10th September

Woking Palace is a Scheduled Monument in the county of Surrey, which sits on a gravel island beside the River Wey. Access is over private land so it is only open on selected days each year. For the last few years it has been the focus of a community archaeology project.

English Heritage describe Woking Palace as “of particular importance because of its excellent survival, high diversity, enormous archaeological potential both on the island itself and in the waterlogged moats and particularly because of its historical association with royalty and the amenity value which is afforded by this association.”

More information here

photo courtesy of getSURREY

until 28th June – Exhibition: The Hidden Gospels of the Abba Garima

Exhibition – now closing 28th June

The Hidden Gospels of the Abba Garima, Treasures of the Ethiopian Highlands
Come and see the Gospels of Abba Garima which have remained hidden for centuries in the Ethiopian highlands in the Abba Garima Monastery – which no woman may enter. According to tradition, God miraculously stopped the sun in the sky to allow Saint Abba Garima to complete them in a single day. Translated from Greek into Ethiopic, their production has remained an enigma. They are the earliest testament of the lost art of the Christian Aksumite kingdom of Ethiopia, which flourished around AD 350–650. Their vivid, finely painted illuminations are at once familiar but also entirely exotic, combining Ethiopian features with those seen elsewhere in Christendom. For the first time, this photo-exhibition presents to the public all of the illuminated pages of these remarkable books, which are amongst the earliest and most important of the rare illustrated gospels books to have survived from Antiquity.

Where: Outreach Room, Ground Floor, Ioannou Centre for Classical and Byzantine Studies, 66, St Giles’, Oxford OX1 3LU. Admission free.

Monday to Friday, 9am to 5pm; but check availability before coming, due to teaching, phone: 01865 288391
Photo courtesy of Michael Gervers

Thursday 13th July 2017 – Visit to Wessex Archaeology and Marden Henge

Thursday 13th July 2017 – Visit to Wessex Archaeology and Marden Henge

Marden Henge (also known as Hatfield Earthworks) is the largest Neolithic henge enclosure discovered to date in the United Kingdom. The monument is located in Marden, Wiltshire, situated within the Vale of Pewsey between the World Heritage sites of Avebury and Stonehenge.

Since 2015 it has been the site of the University of Reading Field School.

We will meet at Wessex Archaeology, Old Sarum at 10.45 for 11.00 am to have a guided tour of the Neolithic finds by Wessex Archaeology.

Lunch will follow and then we travel to Marden Henge for a tour of this year’s excavation.

If you would like to come, please book with Trevor Coombs:

Wednesday 5th July 2017 – Visit to Stonor Park

Following the excavations at Blounts Court, which was once owned by the Stonor family, Nigel Spencer has been in touch with Georgina Stoner and arranged a group visit to Stoner Park, near Henley, for Wednesday 5th July.  He writes:-
“The house doesn’t open until 1.30pm, so what I think may be a good idea is for people to meet in the restaurant at Stoner at  12.15pm, have a light snack there, and then Georgina will show the group around  the house, and give an in depth history of the house, and probably show us parts of the house which are not normally open.
After seeing the house we can visit the chapel, garden and surrounding grounds.
The cost would be £10 per head ( the normal ticket price is £20 per head). “

Please  reply to Nigel if you would like to go.

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