HS2 Conference Feb 22 Programme

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Saturday 26 February 2022, 1.15pm–6pm, Online


1.15pm: Introduction

Jay Carver, Lead Archaeologist for Fusion JV,
who will also chair the conference

1.30: Rachel Wood of Fusion JV
The surprising discoveries at St Mary’s old church and churchyard, Stoke Mandeville.
This excavation started with the remains of a Norman church and ended  with Roman statues, so there is much yet to analyse. This update will describe discoveries across 1,500 years of the changing local landscape.

          Where HS2 crosses Grim’s Ditch
A brief update on work done so far on a section of the Chilterns’ longest scheduled monument, with some interim results.

2.15: Q&A

2.20: Edward Biddulph of COPA
Life and death at Fleet Marston Roman Town, west of Aylesbury.
An Iron Age settlement and the development of a Roman town nearby on Akeman Street, with the largest Roman cemetery in Buckinghamshire. Rich finds and environmental evidence reveal daily life in a busy Roman town.

3.05: Q&A

3.10    Antoni Nowak of COPA
The rise and fall of Chetwode’s Roman landscapes, in north Bucks
The excavation of a landscape of Roman buildings and fields offers an insight into changing land use ‒ and possible traces of ancient tragedy.

3.35:  Q&A

3.40: Ten-minute Tea Break

3.50: Daniele Pirisino of COPA
Doddershall’s deserted medieval village and earlier Iron Age/Roman farm, north-west of Aylesbury.
An overview of the excavation of two settlements within shouting distance of each other, but a thousand years apart.  

4.15: Q&A

4.20: Roger Doonan of Archaeological Research Services
Finding ghosts in the soil: innovative technology to trace hard-to-find archaeology and early prehistoric sites.
How new methods have been developed to test areas along the line of HS2 that were originally considered archaeologically ‘blank’ – with exciting revelations about our hunter-gatherer ancestors. .

5.05: Q&A

5.10:  Christina O’Regan of Connect Archaeology
The Romanisation of a prehistoric landscape along the route of HS2
in the east and west MidlandsHow multiple surveys, metal detections and trial excavations have revealed the adaptation and manipulation of earlier prehistoric landscapes by Roman settlers ‒ and ultimately their inadvertent preservation.

5.55:  Q&A

6pm: General questions, announcements, thanks and closedown.

  • ALL PRESENTATIONS will be given online using Microsoft Teams. Instructions how to join the conference will be sent out in the next 2-3 days to all those who have registered.
  • So far 285 people have registered for the conference.

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