Running from 24th October to 1st November this is the second part of the CBA annual event – mostly on-line. Register for the festival and you get information on a number of live events (including the BAS geophysics at Ankerwycke) as well as digital events, webinars and lectures. An example is a talk on Grim’s Ditch in North Oxfordshire on 26 Oct and the Annual Pitt Rivers lecture on 27th Oct on ‘The origins of our species’.
There are currently 130 events listed and updates are made regularly. Some events need to be booked – check the event details on the event page. They are free but donations are welcomed
Some of you will be aware from recent coverage in the local press of the discovery this summer of the ‘Marlow Warlord’ a 6th century sentinel burial on a site above the Thames by a team from the University of Reading led by Dr Gabor Thomas, assistant professor of archaeology and an early medieval specialist.
Gabor is due to give the Society a lecture on this subject in February 2021, although, evidently, we had to be a bit cagey about the title when this was agreed at the end of August!
In the meantime, he is trying to raise £7,000 through crowdfunding for finds conservation work and analysis, which will develop the story.
Here is Gabor’s message to the Society on 10th October:
‘I hope that you caught the press coverage of the Marlow Warlord last week. It was rather a media storm in the end, one which I think really helped to put the archaeology of our local area on the map – I was able to clarify in radio interviews that the burial was found on the Berkshire side of the river!
If we achieve our total and the planned analysis and conservation does ahead, then it will be possible to generate a long, lasting legacy for this remarkable Berkshire discovery. My talk to members next year will also be correspondingly richer in content and interpretation.’
Berkshire Archaeological Society Events – from September 2020
Government advice is likely to remain that gatherings are not permitted or advised. We are, therefore, planning to hold all BAS activities from September on Zoom.
See the events page for a list of monthly lectures. Synopses will be posted separately when available.
Members attending meetings on Zoom will be advised of meeting joining instructions beforehand. Not all Study Group meetings are listed as they are usually confirmed the week before.
from Julie Worsfold, BAS Lectures and Day School Organiser & Chair Communications Working Group
Image (think of it as geofizz!): This scanning electron microscope image shows COVID-19 virus (yellow), also known as 2019-nCoV and SARS-CoV-2, isolated from a patient in the U.S., emerging from the surface of cells (pink) cultured in the lab. Image credit: NIAID-RML / CC BY 2.0.
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