To celebrate BAS 150 we have PAS 150!

The Portable Antiquities Scheme (PAS) is a means by which members of the public can record objects they have found on a large online database. Finds usually come from metal detecting but can also be the result of gardening and field walking. 

As a Finds Liaison Officer (FLO) it is my role to record these objects to help preserve the archaeological record and to help paint a picture of archaeological finds in Britain. Although it is voluntary for people to record their finds, we highly encourage people to do so otherwise important finds might be lost. However, people do have a legal duty to record finds which fall under the 1996 Treasure Act.

Last year the PAS recorded its 1,500,000th find and in December we recorded the 5000th find from West Berkshire.  There are now  over 7000 finds from the county as a whole. This year, to coincide with the Berkshire Archaeological Society’s 150th anniversary I have come up with a list of 150 finds from 150 places in Berkshire.  Starting Monday 1stMarch, I’ll be tweeting four of these per week on the @berkshireflo Twitter account using the hashtag #BAS150.  For those not on Twitter they will also be loaded to a page on the BAS web site on a weekly basis.

If you want to know more about the scheme in Berkshire, I can be contacted at philip.smither1(at)westberks.gov.uk.  I also have a weekly finds blog which can be found through the PAS county page for Berkshire, https://finds.org.uk/counties/berkshire/team/.

Phil Smither, Finds Liaison Officer, Berkshire

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Image: Silver-plated contemporary copy of a denarius of Septimius Severus (AD193 – 211) https://finds.org.uk/database/artefacts/record/id/1020056

Thursday 11th February 2021 – Marlow Lecture: Steane Park, Brackley

Invitation from Marlow Archaeology

A Zoom lecture starting at 8pm

The Banjo’s Back in Town:  five seasons at Steane Park, Brackley

by Dr. Wendy Morrison, FSA – Director, Great Ouse Ancient Landscapes

Five years of excavation in a field in Northamptonshire has shed light on a fascinating palimpsest of human activity from the Neolithic to the Roman period. Wendy Morrison will report on what has been discovered at Steane Park, and what the future holds. 

Dr Morrison has over a decade of experience in both research and commercial archaeological work. She has excavated in Britain, Channel Islands, and India and currently is a Senior Associate Tutor for Oxford University’s Department of Continuing Education, as well as Project Manager of Beacons of the Past, the UK’s largest LiDAR driven research and outreach project.

Ticket Source is open for booking on our website: 
Please go to: https://www.marlowarchaeology.org/booking.php

This is a joint MAS/AiM talk, organised by MAS. Most of our recent talks have sold out early, so please book now to avoid disappointment.

https://www.marlowarchaeology.org/

BAJ085 published

Berkshire Archaeological Journal volume 85 has been published. It will shortly be distributed to all members and subscribers.

Others can purchase a copy by emailing journal(at)berksarch.co.uk

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This is a special issue as it marks a collaboration with Cotswold Archchaeology. All articles are reports from excavations that they have conducted in and around Berkshire in the last 3 years.

Front cover

CONTENTS

Foreword by Richard Massey

An Early Roman Site at Beech Hill Road, Spencers Wood, Berkshire by Richard Massey and Grace Perpetua Jones, with Adam Howard

Roman, medieval and post-medieval settlement at Cutbush Lane, Shinfield, Berkshire by Richard Massey and Joe Whelan

An Early Roman enclosed settlement at Kentwood Farm, Wokingham by Richard Massey and Joe Whelan

Iron Age and medieval features at Keephatch, Beech Lane, Wokingham by Jacek Gruszczynski and Matt Nichol.

Roman and medieval occupation at Shoppenhanger Manor, Maidenhead by Ray Kennedy and Richard Massey.

BAS Events: UPDATE

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

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