Two hundred people signed into the society’s first Conference-on-the-Web on Saturday 4 April. They heard and watched new archaeological discoveries across Buckinghamshire ahead of the construction of the HS2 high-speed rail line. They were all sitting safely in their own homes.
The speakers told of a Saxon longhouse excavated at Great Missenden, what appears to be a ceremonial circle on the route through the Chiltern escarpment at Wendover, Roman farm buildings in the Colne Valley, and a Saxon ‘sunken-floor’ building at Chetwode.
The on-line conference was a joint effort between the Bucks Archaeological Society and Fusion, who are the main archaeological contractors for HS2. Fusion provided the speakers and organised the ‘webinar’ technology which delivered the four-hour conference into people’s homes. Applause is difficult to project on-line, but a stream of email messages followed the end of the conference complimenting the speakers and the organisers.
The society’s members led the way by assessing the impact of HS2 on the county’s archaeology as soon as the HS2 project was announced in 2010.
- You can read the full conference-on-the-web report here.
- View earlier BAS reports on archaeological sites affected by HS2 here.
The online conference was recorded. We will try and bring you a link to it as soon as we can.
The talk by Professor Barry Cunliffe, acknowledged expert of the Iron Age, was attended by around 180 people in Amersham last Saturday. For full details click here
Thursday 6th February 2020, 8.00 p.m.
Dr Gabor Thomas (Reading University), new archaeological perspectives from the Kingdom of Kent.
Main Hall, Liston Hall, Chapel Street, Marlow, SL7 1DD. Members of AIM& MAS £3.00, non-member £4.50, students £1.50
Thursday 20th February 2020, 8.00 p.m.
Lucy Lawrence (Bucks County Council Archaeology Officer) will outline how the Archaeology of HS2 is helping to answer some longstanding questions about the development and use of this historic landscape.
In the Garden Room, Liston Hall, Chapel Street, Marlow, SL7 1DD. Members of AIM& MAS £3.00, non-member £4.50
This new book brings together, in an easily accessible form, information from all currently known archaeological and documentary sources about the 700-year history of pottery production sites and potters across Buckinghamshire, gathering excavation reports, field names, parish records and national censuses alike to portray a once-important Buckinghamshire industry.
Pots, Potters and Potteries
of Buckinghamshire 1200-1910.
Published October 2019.
This meeting will now take place via an online webinar (same date and time). You will be able to access the meeting from your home via the device you use for the internet. Invitation instructions will follow once they have been confirmed.
CONFERENCE ORGANISED BY THE BUCKS ARCHAEOLOGICAL SOCIETY
on Saturday 4 April at Winslow Public Hall, Elmsfield Gate, MK18 3JG. 1pm-5pm, £3 on the door. The county’s biggest archaeological dig, on the route of the high-speed rail line, is turning up various unexpected settlements. From Mesolithic to Medieval plus a complex area under investigation in Warwickshire. Speakers from the HS2 (Fusion) Archaeology team.
- Download Leaflet with full details that you can print locally.
- View the society’s work on archaeology along the HS2 line.
- View HS2’s own website on the archaeology of the line.
Roman Roads in Britain, by PADDY LAMBERT, Oxford Archaeology East. Thursday 24th October 2019 at 8pm in MAIN HALL, LISTON HALL, MARLOW SL7 1DD
The Roman road network in Britain is the epitome of Roman civilisation, bringing trade and opening Britain to an empire that stretched from the cold winds of Scotland to the decadence of the orient. They remain one of the most enduring of archaeological legacies. Yet, they are still shrouded in myth and misconception.
The real story of the roads and where they eventually lead us is more surprising and much more interesting.
It’s not ‘what the Romans did for us’ – it’s how they did it.
PAY AT THE DOOR: Visitors: £4.50 Members MAS/AiM: £3.00 Students: £1.50
Free car parking adjacent after 7pm Disabled access Enquiries, including membership and fieldwork: 01628 523896 www.marlowarchaeology.org/
Archaeology in Marlow, Thursday 14th November 2019 at 8pm, Liston Hall, Marlow SL7 1DD
Beacons of the Past
Dr Ed Peveler – Chiltern Conservation Board, Lidar survey of the Chilterns.
AIM and MAS members £3.00, non-members £4.50.
Records of Bucks (volume 59) includes articles on newly-discovered Romanesque wall painting at St Mary’s Church, Old Linslade, the effects of the Wars of the Roses on Chesham, and Marlow’s medieval manor hall.
Price to non-members: £15.00, plus £3.50 for post and packing. Members receive Records volume 59 free – so why not JOIN THE SOCIETY?
Earlier today members of the BAS Active Archaeology Group visited the south abutment of the old swing bridge at White Houses on the Wendover arm canal. The bridge has been missing for over a hundred years and the only image does not give much clue as to its physical dimensions. Our excavation today attempted to find the platform on which the bridge would swing. We did not find a platform but a narrow brick path leading into the bank. We will discuss with the Wendover Arm trust what to do next.