Active Archaeology Group evening meetings

Our programme of talks runs from September each year to May the following year with monthly talks on a weekday evening. The next meeting will therefore be in September 2023. From October 2022 meetings revert to a Tuesday evening and this will be run both as a face-to-face meeting in the Discover Bucks Museum in Aylesbury and streamed online simultaneously using Zoom for those not within travelling distance.

During the summer the society may run some Saturday Lectures.

Bucks Active Archaeology

Tuesday 12th Sept 2023 
Excavations as Chetwode Mill (impacted by an HS2 access road)
Julian Newman (Cotswold Archaeology)

Julian will present the investigation at the site of Chetwode Mill, which is impacted by the construction of HS2.  The decision to excavate was taken after research by BAS (at the request of Fusion JV) pushed the date of the mills operation back into the middle ages – but the site had been used long before that.


Tuesday 10th October   
Geophysics and Verulamium
Kris Lockyear (UCL)

Kris has led a multi-year exercise at several sites including the Roman city of Verulamium at St Albans. Several BAS AAG members have participated in these projects.  The 2022 session provided more sub surface detail with upgraded equipment.

Tuesday 14th November
The search for Old Linslade’s Holy Well
Paul Tate 

An update on the ongoing excavations at Old Linslade for the fully documented presence of a Holy well, somewhat complicated by the later construction of the Grand Junction (Union) canal and the steady desertion of the village.  Medieval and much older finds.


Tuesday 12th December
AAG Christmas Party and Quiz (for fun)
Doug Stuckey

A review of AAG activity in 2023 and a Picture Quiz (for fun) on GB Castles.
The Museum session will include Christmas nibbles (please bring a plate) while the presentation/quiz and good wishes will also be on Zoom. 


Tuesday 9th January 2024
Scottish Archaeology
Doug Stuckey

A look at the some of the recent excavations and finds from the ongoing studies of which the presenter was a part over the past decade.


Tuesday 13th February
Hidden Historic Houses

James Wright (Building and Architecture Archaeologist)

James will present some of the clues and signs of Historic Houses hidden within current structures, many of which have seen extensive modifications and re-purposing over their long lifetimes.


Thursday 14th March
A planned move back to Thursday evenings 

Orkney Archaeology

Dr David Saunders (BAS Council Member)

A look at some of the amazing discoveries from prehistoric Orkney.

David will review his time on Orkney engaged with the fascinating Archaeology from these islands.



Thursday 11th April 
Excavating at Warham Camp – a diggers experience

Simon Binns (AAG Member)
Summer dig 2023, part of a Norfolk excavation programme on a significant Iron Age earthwork near Walsingham.  Shown on Digging for Britain.  Simon was one of the team.

Thursday 9th May
Signposts from the Past; Etymology of local Place Names

Matt Carroll (LBDAHS)Etymology
Unravelling the past through place names.






Register for this meeting Here if you want to attend via zoom, otherwise please come to the Museum.

Active Archaeology Talks are held on one weekday evening each month between September and May…

• at the Discover Bucks Museum (formerly the County Museum) in Church Street, Aylesbury, starting at 7.30pm. Entrance is from the footpath on the side of the building that faces St Mary’s Churchyard.

• These illustrated talks will also be streamed on-line, accessible via the web from your living room.

• Meetings are in three parts: a practical archaeology session or speaker on a recent excavation; a break for tea, coffee and biscuits; then reports on the group’s current and recent archaeology projects.

Click here for information about the society’s Active Archaeology Group.


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