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Saturday 5th May 2018 – Surrey AS: How did Roman Britain become Saxon England?

Saturday 5th May at Ashtead Peace Memorial Hall, Ashtead 9.30-17.45
Surrey Archaeological Society’ Roman Studies Group is hosting a regional conference
Shining a light on the 5th century AD in Surrey and the South-East: how did Roman Britain become Saxon England?
Speakers include specialists from across the Roman – Saxon interface and it is hoped that this conference will lead to a programme of work to look at this period across the South-East, which hitherto has been difficult to trace in the archaeological record.
Tickets are £15 a head, including morning and afternoon refreshments and can be booked by post (using the attached form) or online via the Society website
The programme is as follows:
9.30     Registration
10.00   Chair    Welcome and introductory remarks
10.10   Late Roman coinage in south-eastern England and beyond
             Dr Peter Guest, Senior Lecturer in Roman Archaeology, Cardiff University
10.50   Coffee and tea
11.30   Pottery, power and small worlds at the end of Roman Britain
             Dr James Gerrard, Senior Lecturer in Roman Archaeology, Newcastle University
12.10   Thinking about transitions: perspectives from Eastern England
              Dr Sam Lucy, Fellow of Newnham College,  University of Cambridge
12.50   Lunch
14.00   Inheritance and transformation: engaging with the past in the early medieval funerary landscape of south-east England
             Dr Kate Mees, Postdoctoral Fellow, Dept. of  Archaeology, University of Durham                                                                   
14.40   The Upper Thames Valley in the 5th Century and the origins of Wessex 
             Prof. Helena Hamerow, Professor of Early Medieval Archaeology, Institute of Archeology, University of Oxford                                                                             
15.20   Tea
16.00   A discussion of the material evidence for the transitional period
             Prof. John Hines, Professor of Archaeology, Cardiff University [to be read by Lisa Backhouse]
16.40   Exploring the post-Roman to early Anglo-Saxon transition in SE Britain: new perspectives from Quoit Brooch style metalwork
             Dr Ellen Swift, Reader in Archaeology,  University of Kent                                                                                                     
17.20   Chair    Discussion and closing comments
17.45   Close

Saturday 28th April 2018 – Buckingham AS: The Burial at Taplow

Invitation from Buckinghamshire Archaeological Society

Buckinghamshire’s Saxon Prince: the burial at Taplow

by Leslie Webster

Until the discovery of the Sutton Hoo ship-burial, the princely burial at Taplow was the most important burial of the Saxon period known in England. Leslie Webster, who looked after the Taplow finds at the British Museum, tells the story of their excavation and de- scribes some more recent discoveries of the pe-

Leslie Webster was formerly Senior Keeper of the Anglo-Saxon and Viking collections, in the British Museum.

This meeting will be jointly hosted by the Buckinghamshire Archaeological Society and the High Wycombe Society, and is a part of the Wycombe Arts Festival 2018.
All are welcome – this is a general interest talk – no previous knowledge of the subject will be assumed

Saturday 28th April, 2.30pm, Trinity United Reformed Church, Lon- don Road, High Wycombe HP11 1BJ.

Free entry. Supported by the High Wycombe Society

Image: Taplow Horn (British Museum)

Saturday 28th April 2018 – Local Heritage Roadshow

West Berkshire Museum
Saturday 28 April 2018  |  11am – 3pm   |  FREE

Local Heritage Roadshow

Pop in to the museum and find out more about the many local clubs, groups and societies in the area dedicated to our local history and archaeology.

Heritage staff will be on hand to advise on what’s in the museum collection, what we do for schools, what to do if you discover an archaeological find, how to take care of heritage sites and assets and more.

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

Thursday 26th April 2018 – Marlow lecture: Buckinghamshire in the Civil Wars 1640-1660

Invitation from Marlow Archaeology

Buckinghamshire in the Civil Wars 1640-1660

by Ian Beckett, Hon. Professor of Military History, University of Kent

Many of the well-known battles of the Civil Wars took place just beyond Buckinghamshire’s county boundaries – Edgehill, Newbury, Cropredy and Naseby. Yet, there was continuous destruction and disruption, not least as the county lay across main road and river routes between the King’s headquarters at Oxford and Parliament’s stronghold in London. Garrisons of Royalist outposts at Brill, Hillesden and Boarstall vied with Parliamentarian outposts at Aylesbury and Newport Pagnell to control resources. This talk illustrates that conflict not only had a significant effect on county gentry families but also on local communities.

Professor Ian Beckett retired as Professor of Military History from the University of Kent in 2015. He was born in Whitchurch and educated at Aylesbury Grammar School and the Universities of Lancaster and London. A Fellow of the Royal Historical Society, he has held chairs in both the UK and the US. He was Chairman of the Council of the Army Records Society from 2000 to 2014, and has been Secretary to the Trustees of the Buckinghamshire Military Museum since its establishment in 1985. While he works mainly on the Victorian Army and the British Army in the First World War, his interest in Bucks in the Civil War goes back to his original research on the county’s amateur military units – the militia, yeomanry and volunteers. His book, Wanton Troopers: Buckinghamshire in the Civil Wars, 1640-60 was published in 2015.

Image: 1643 John Hampden, a member of Parliament for Buckinghamshire

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.

Saturday 21st April 2018 – BAS Lecture: The ‘works of the old men’ in Arabia

Saturday 21st April 2018 BAS Lecture: 

The ‘works of the old men’ in Arabia

by Professor David Kennedy

Professor David Kennedy will talk about his work in Arabia using aerial reconnaissance, high resolution satellite imagery, and excavation in Jordan which has revealed a huge number of sites in one of the world’s most inhospitable landscapes from Syria to the Yemen and in particular the volcanic lava fields. Sites found start in the Neolithic and progress through Roman military installations, the Umayyad Caliphate of the seventh century, the Ottoman (founded in the late thirteenth century) and British empires.

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

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Wednesday 11th April 2018 – BAS Study Group

Wednesday 11th April 2018 – BAS Study Group

12:00 for 12:30-15:00 Brock Keep, Oxford Road, Reading


Alison McQitty will talk about Stratigraphy and excavation recording

Note that for the next few months the Study Group is meeting in the ground floor of Brock Keep. I suggest you bring a packed lunch and a warm coat – coffee and tea will be provided.

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.

Saturday 21st April 2018 – Berks Industrial Archaeology Group: SERIAC 2018

Saturday 21st April 2018

Berkshire Industrial Archaeology Group: SERIAC 2018

I’m sure many of you will be aware that it’s the turn of BIAG to host this years South East Region Industrial Archaeology Conference (SERIAC 2018) to be held at Windor Boys School. It should be an excellent day out with a varied programme of industrial archaeology and transport topics covered; followed by a choice of walks or film show! Please do consider joining us with an opportunity to meet like minded people.

More information and booking form here

Any questions or queries please address these to

Saturday 14th April 2018 – BAS Day School

BAS Day School: Archaeology in Berkshire 2017

Saturday 14th April 2018 – 10:00 am to 4:00 pm
St Nicolas Hall, Newbury RG14 5HG


10.00-10.05 Welcome
Ann Griffin, Chairman,  Berkshire Archaeological Society

10.05-10.20 Recent work in West Berkshire
Sarah Orr, West Berkshire Historic Environment Officer

10.20-10.40 Recent discoveries in East Berkshire
Kathelen Leary, East Berkshire Archaeological Officer

10.40-11.00  COFFEE

11.00-11.20 Recent discoveries at Riding Court Farm, Datchet
John Powell, Wessex Archaeology

11.20-11.40 Roman Boxford: a farm, a villa, and a mosaic
Steve Clark, BARG

11.40-12.00 Silchester: The new temple and Nero’s brickworks
Professor M. Fulford, University of Reading 

12.00-13.15 LUNCH

13.15-13.45 Recent geological research on the Mesolithic in the Kennet Valley
Professor Martin Bell, University of Reading 

13.45-14.15 The River Thames scheme at Southlea Farm, Datchet:
non-intrusive evaluation of a multi period prehistoric site
 Gareth Davies and Philippa Puzey-Broomhead, York Archaeological Trust

14.15-14.45 TEA

14.45-15.15 Later Prehistoric and Roman settlement at Gt. Western Park, Didcot, a Multi-period site revealed
Alex Davies, Oxford Archaeology

15.15-15.45 Wallingford Winterbrook: Excavations of a multi-period site with Prehistoric and Early Saxon settlement
Carl Chapness, Oxford Archaeology

15.45-16.00  Questions and Conclusions
Ann Griffin, Chairman,  Berkshire Archaeological Society

download a pdf of the programme here

£10 payable at the door

Parking for the disabled is adjacent to the hall. Bring a packed lunch or eat out in local restaurants of pubs.

Image: Detail of the Boxford mosaic showing Hercules battling a centaur and Cupid