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Wednesday 6th July 2022 – BAS Study Group

The agenda is: TBA

This meeting will be conducted on Zoom starting at 3pm. Regular participants will receive an email with login details. Anyone else wishing to join should contact Andrew Hutt on andrew_hutt(at)talktalk.net

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Saturday 16th July 2022 – BAS Visit: Abingdon

Meet at the Abingdon County Hall Museum at 11:15am. We will depart at 11:30am for a 90-minute walk lead by a local guide. Cost will be £10 per person (cash on the day).

Abingdon is a very interesting historic town which was the county town of Berkshire from 1556 to 1869. We won’t see any traces of the Iron Age oppidum or the Roman town but there are remains of the Saxon abbey from 676AD and many interesting features from this period up to the present day.

There will be the option of a pub lunch afterwards – venue TBC.

To book your place please email Tim Lloyd at tim.lloyd222(at)gmail.com

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There are some small car parks in the town centre but the best option is the Hales Meadow car park just south of the town across the river.

Abingdon County Hall Museum is at Market Place, Abingdon OX14 3HG

Image: Abingdon County Hall Museum built 1678-82

Sunday 12th June 2022 – BAS Visit: Piddington Village

10.30am from The Dashwood Roadhouse pub, (formerly The Dashwood Arms) Old Oxford Rd, Piddington, Bucks HP14 3BH (about 14 miles north of Maidenhead).

The walk will be led by Simon Cains and will include:

  • Possible traces of a Roman Road (Simon will also show maps of where Roman coins have been found locally).
  • A well-preserved medieval settlement, 60m diameter, with lots of documentation from an archaeological dig.
  • A holloway drove road which was the main route to Wales until 1810.
  • A turnpike from 1719.
  • A rather poorly designed straight section of turnpike from 1810.

Simon will also make full use of the Chilterns Lidar survey.

The walk will take about 90 minutes unless there are lots of questions.  The path climbs about 75 metres.  It is on well-defined paths and roads, except looking around the medieval settlement in the wood by the roadside. 

Optional lunch in the Dashwood Roadhouse pub afterwards, but Simon would need numbers to book a table. https://dashwoodroadhouse.pub/menu  On Sunday they only serve Sunday roasts, fish, and hanging kebabs.

Optional visit to West Wycombe in the afternoon.

https://www.nationaltrust.org.uk/west-wycombe-park-village-and-hill

For more information and to join this activity please contact Simon Cains – simon.cains(at)gmail.com

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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.