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BAJ085 published

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

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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


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.

Saturday 19th September 2020 – BAS LECTURE: The Osteoarchaeology of Children

Little Voices: recent advances in child bioarchaeology  

by Professor Mary Lewis, University of Reading

 Children are the most vulnerable members of any society yet despite this, in 1968 Johnson lamented the almost complete neglect of children in archaeology. Now, nearly half a century later, how far have we come? This lecture provides an overview of the nature, importance, position, challenges and popularity of child studies in bioarchaeology. It reviews new ageing, sexing and growth methods and the rapidly expanding area of child palaeopathology. New themes, such as concerns about how we define a ‘child’ and the emerging interest in adolescent skeletons are explored. Throughout, the issue that child skeletons represent frail ‘non-survivors’ resonates, as we attempt to provide accurate sex and age estimates or to understand levels of childhood stress. 


Mary obtained her BA in Archaeology from the University of Leicester in 1992, and an MSc in Osteology, Palaeopathology and Funerary Archaeology (1993) and PhD (1999), from the University of Bradford. Mary is Professor of Bioarchaeology at the University of Reading. Mary specialises in the study of child and adolescent skeletal remains with a particular focus on palaeopathology, and runs the MSc in Professional Human Osteoarchaeology. Mary’s publications include two books: The Palaeopathology of Children (Academic Press, 2018) and The Bioarchaeology of Children (CUP, 2007). She has held Associate Editor positions for the American Journal of Physical Anthropology and the International Journal of Paleopathology. In addition to her work on puberty assessment, Mary’s research has helped to outline the criteria for the diagnosis of leprosy (2002), tuberculosis (2011), thalassaemia (2010) and trauma (2014) in child skeletal remains.

Image: cover image from “Paleopathology of Children” by Mary Lewis, Academic Press 2018

Due to the ongoing Covid-19 pandemic the above will be conducted on Zoom.  Details of how to join the lectures, which will commence as usual at 2.30pm, will be communicated nearer the time


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.