BAS Saturday Lecture (online)

Saturday 13th February 2021: 

Provisional reflections on the ‘Marlow Warlord’: an early medieval sentinel burial of the Middle Thames.
Speaker Dr Gabor Thomas, Associate Professor, University of Reading
In August 2020, archaeologists uncovered a richly furnished burial of a tribal warlord dating from the early Anglo-Saxon period. An extensive range of weaponry and other grave furnishings were buried with an imposing, six-foot-tall man representing a high-status warlord from the 6th century AD.

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You can find the full BAS Winter Lecture programme Here

Our lectures are free and (normally) located in the County Museum, Church Street, Aylesbury HP20 2QP starting at 2.30pmLasting about one hour plus time for discussion.  Refreshments are available after the event.

BAS AAG Thursday evening meetings

The Active Archaeology Group (AAG) meet on the 2nd Thursday of each month during the winter.  These meetings are now online (Zoom) while COVID-19 precautions continue.  Our new programme starts in October 2020

You can review the full meeting schedule here.

Thursday 11 February, 7.30pm:
The archaeology of Chiltern chair-making
– speaker: Stuart King
Identifying the archaeology left by a local industry

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All meetings are at the Bucks County Museum in Church Street, Aylesbury, and start at 7.30pm. Entrance is from the footpath on the side of the building that faces St Mary’s Churchyard.
• All 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 our current and recent archaeology projects. All welcome.

Historic documents cataloguing appeal raises £2,455

The society’s recent appeal for funds to complete the cataloguing of the BAS deeds collection of over 11,000 documents has raised £2,455 – and we will be able to add to this by reclaiming tax under the Gift Aid scheme.

So thanks are due to all who have donated. The fund will be sent to the Bucks Records Society, who are funding the work at Buckinghamshire Archive. The new catalogue will make the document collection accessible for research.

If you have not yet donated you can still do so by clicking here.

Hs2 conference-on-the-web has audience of 200+

HS2 Conference online

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.

The online conference was recorded. We will try and bring you a link to it as soon as we can.