Invitation from South Oxfordshire Archaeology Group (SOAG)
High Wood MMXIX – the exploration continues
Come and help with our continuing excavations of a mysterious Roman site in woodland at High Wood, Harpsden, on the Phillimore Estate. Excavations will resume on 22nd March, 2019 and volunteers are required now!
There is plenty to do for everyone, with or without experience, from digging to pottery washing and finds sorting, and all equipment is provided. This year we will focus on extending our knowledge of the walls and rooms found previously, and fixing the size of the whole site (still 2 more corners to go!).
The project is being run by the South Oxfordshire Archaeological Group (SOAG). Digging sessions will run every other (long) weekend, Fri-Tue, from March until the end of June.
You are welcome to come along for just one day, the whole season or whenever you can.
For more information or to sign up please email:
Stephanie Pollard (Admin.) 07833 600449
or Alan Hall (Dig Director) 07807 534701
Invitation from Marlow Archaeology
(A joint talk with AiM organised by MAS)
LIDAR – the new illuminating the past
by Andy McGrandle (founder of Big Anomaly Ltd)
The UK topography which has traditionally been defined by teams of Ordnance Survey surveyors is now defined in greater detail by a countrywide programme of LIDAR laser scanning. Expert interpreter Andy McGrandle will show us how this new data is acquired and what it can show us with reference to a small village in north Buckinghamshire, where this modern high-resolution data is being used to illuminate long forgotten features seen on maps of the area from the late 1700’s.
The talk is illustrated with additional examples of the application of LIDAR data over Cranbourne Chase and Chiltern Hill Forts, together with some examples over project areas of local interest to the Marlow and Cookham area.
The LIDAR data has been commercially available for several years and was initially very expensive, but since December 2015 it has been on open release for anyone to download
Image shows a colour LIDAR image of Cockmarsh Hill at Cookham and part of Marlow
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.
3pm Sunday 24th February 2019 – Invitation from Newbury Talks
Built on Bones: how digging up the dead reveals the past
by Brenna Hassett
Brenna Hassett is an archaeologist who specializes in using clues from the human skeleton to understand how people lived and died in the past. This talk will explore evidence of health and growth locked into the body, and how clues from archaeological teeth and bones can tell us key parts of the human story. Building on her work across the world, including Thailand, Greece, the Pyramids in Giza, a 10,000 year old village in Anatolia, and a series of basement labs in between, the talk will be an accessible journey through our recent evolution into a majority-urban species over the last 15,000 years.
The talk is free and unticketed, and will take place in the Balcony Bar of the Corn Exchange, Market Square, Newbury.
Image: the Amesbury archer’s companion (Wessex Archaeology)
Saturday 6th April 2019 10am to 4pm
Archaeology in Berkshire 2019
A varied programme including news from East & West Berkshire
Alison McQuitty, Chair- Berkshire Archaeological Society
||Recent work in West Berkshire
Sarah Orr, West Berkshire Council Senior Archaeologist
||Recent discoveries in East Berkshire
Fiona McDonald, East Berkshire Archaeological Officer
||Extracting evidence from gravel quarries in Berkshire and Buckinghamshire
Gareth Chaffey, Wessex Archaeology
The National Trust, Tom Dommett
||Silchester: The Roman Baths project
Professor M. Fulford, University of Reading
||New thoughts on Dorchester on Thames
Paul Booth, Oxford Archaeology
||Nero’s tile works: The Romano British tile and pottery industry at Little London, Pamber
Dr. Sara Machin, University of Reading
||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
||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
||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.
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