Thursday, December 15, 2011

Archaeological Study Tour to S W Ireland

Full details of the EMAS Easter archaeological study tour to south west Ireland are now on line.

The study tour will be centred on Cork and we will visit a wide variety of archaeological sites in the area.  The full itinerary is available on the website, together with an application form

Because of the nature of the roads in some areas, we have to use a 29 seater coach.  This means that places will be limited, so you are advised to book early!

You can find full details of this study tour here...

Thursday, December 8, 2011

David Hill Memorial Lecture and the Peter Reynolds Lecture

The Peter Reynolds Lecture  is on Friday, 20 January 2012

You can find out more details here...

The David Hill Memorial Lecture is on Friday, 17 February 2012.

You can find details here...

Sunday, October 23, 2011

Archaeology Courses at the Oxford Experience 2012

1 July to 11 August 2012

The Oxford Experience is a residential summer school held at the college of Christ Church, University of Oxford.

The programme consists of 6 weeks of courses and participants attend for one or more weeks.

It offers a choice of twelve seminars each week over a period of five weeks. Participants do not need any formal qualifications to take part, just an interest in their chosen subject and a desire to meet like-minded people.

You can also find details of the various archaeology courses offered at Oxford Experience here...

Thursday, October 20, 2011

Thursday, October 6, 2011

EMAS Field Trip to Daglingworth, Duntisbourne Rouse, Deerhurst Churches and Odda’s Chapel in Gloucestershire

EMAS Field Trip to Daglingworth, Duntisbourne Rouse,
Deerhurst Churches and Odda’s Chapel in Gloucestershire

Saturday, 5th November 2011

David Beard and Michael Hare will be our guides on this field trip.  In the morning we will visit the churches at Daglingworth and Duntisbourne Rouse with David Beard.

In the afternoon Michael Hare will be our guide at one of the foremost Anglo-Saxon churches in England, that at Deerhurst.  

Further details and an application form

The Church in Anglo-Saxon England

Early Medieval Day School

The Church in Anglo-Saxon England

David Beard M.A.

Wednesday, 2nd November 2011

Since the publication of the Taylors’ tremendous 3 volume work “Anglo-Saxon Architecture”, much has changed in the study of Anglo-Saxon churches.

This Day School looks at recent work on churches in the Anglo-Saxon period including church architecture; the role of the Minster church; monasteries and nunneries; private churches and their place in the emergence of the parish; the church and secular society.

Further details and application form

EMAS Programme 2011 - 2012

The EMAS Programme of events for 2011 to 2012 is now online.

You can download it here...

Join EMAS (or renew your subscription)

You can find the EMAS Membership form for 2011 to 2012 online.

Click here to download it...

Autumn time again !

I cannot believe it is nearly October and time to send out the EMAS Programme for 2011 – 2012.

I also want to take this opportunity to report the sad news of the death of one of our Presidents, Dr David Hill.  Members not only enjoyed David’s lectures but also recognised his prowess as an academic and archaeologist.  He was also an inspirational teacher, who encouraged many university and extra-mural students to follow a career in archaeology.  Some of you will have first met David when we were digging with him and Margaret Worthington on Offa’s Dyke, at Cookam and at Pont de l’Arche.  It was on these digs that some of the London and Manchester extra-mural members got to know each other.  David was a most supportive President and great friend to E.M.A.S.  He will be sorely missed.

Mark Hassall will be giving a lecture on 17th February 2012 in celebration of David’s life and work.

2010 – 2011 has also seen the deaths of other E.M.A.S. members, Chas Mifsud, Peter Chapman and Kathy Leadbetter, whose company will be greatly missed at various events and activities.

The programme so far confirmed for 2011 – 2012 is enclosed.  The membership subscription remains at £13.  We hope you will wish to renew your membership and join some of the events on the Programme.

Though we welcome the co-operation that exists between the Birkbeck Archaeological Society (BAS) and EMAS by attending each other’s lectures, please note ANY TRIPS OR ACTIVITIES ORGANISED BY BAS are quite separate from EMAS.

BAS details can be found on their website given at the end of the EMAS Programme.  (Harvey Sheldon is leading a Roman London walk for BAS on Saturday 15th October.

Rosemary Yeaxlee

Monday, August 15, 2011

Visit to the special exhibition - Ötzi 20

I am very sorry to say that, having reckoned up the costs for this trip, it is too expensive to be viable. This is in part due to the fact that the only time that I would be free to run the trip is a holiday weekend in Germany, so that prices for both coach and hotels are higher than normal.

Best regards,

David Beard

Tuesday, August 9, 2011

EMAS Field Trip

Saturday, 10th September, 2011

David Beard will lead a field trip to Deddington Castle and Minster Lovell Manor House in Oxfordshire as well as Leigh Court Barn and Pershore Abbey in Worcestershire.

Deddington was a thriving medieval market town as early as the 11th century which made it a good location for a Norman castle founded c.1100. As well as the presence of extensive earthworks, excavation last century showed evidence of a curtain wall, small keep, hall and chapel in a polygonal inner bailey.

You can download an application form here...

Wednesday, June 15, 2011

Early Medieval Day School

David Beard, M.A.

Saturday 23rd July 2011

In 1976, Sir David Wilson edited a seminal work on Anglo-Saxon Archaeology. Like all such works, “The Archaeology of Anglo-Saxon England” generated considerable interest in the subject and prompted a great deal of new research.
Now, 35 years later, we can see the advances that new excavations, new methodologies and new developments such as the Portable Antiques Scheme, have produced.
This Day School looks at the present day state of Anglo-Saxon Archaeology and takes into account new findings such as recent work with heavy metal analysis, DNA analysis and metal detector finds such as the Staffordshire Hoard.

You can download an application form here...


Saturday 16th July 2011

David Beard, M.A. will be our guide around four churches in Hampshire at Titchfield, Breamore, Tichborne and Little Somborne, and Britford church in Wiltshire.
Titchfield was once a small port dominating the Meon estuary with a 13th century Premanstratensian abbey. The lower part of the tower (or west porch) at Titchfield is Anglo-Saxon, perhaps as early as the 8th century. Like Monkswearmouth, it is a west porch and not a tower. Perhaps dated to circa 1000, Taylor & Taylor describe Breamore as “a singularly complete survival of a large Anglo-Saxon building of advanced design”. A fine arch leads from the tower to the south porticus. Above the south doorway is a much damaged but important Saxon Rood in relief. At St. Peter, Britford, sections of the Anglo-Saxon nave are visible with low entrances into the north and south portici. The decoration on the north entrance has interlace on one of the square slabs and in the east reveal the upright slabs are decorated with vine scroll, developed from that on the Ruthwell and Bewcastle crosses. St. Andrew Tichborne is more accurately described as a Saxo-Norman church with two typical double-splayed Anglo-Saxon windows in the chancel. All Saints, Little Somborne has a Saxon nave with traces of pilaster strip-work. It is a small church consisting of nave, chancel and bell-turret.

Lunch will be at the Three Crowns in Whaddon.

You can download an application form here...

And a menu form here...

Tuesday, May 3, 2011

Monday, May 2, 2011

EMAS Field Trip to Fishbourne and Chichester

Saturday, 4 June 2011

This season’s Roman Field Trip will be to the Palace at Fishbourne and the nearby town of Chichester or Noviomagus Regnensium. Robin Densem, whom many of you know, will accompany us on this trip.

It is some while since we have visited Fishbourne, which is just over a mile away from Chichester. Dug by Barry Cunliffe in the 1960s, this site proved to be an unusually grand 1st century palatial building with sumptuous walls and floors. It was later extended and altered in the early 2nd century but burnt down at the end of the 3rd century. Further excavation has taken place recently and revealed further information about the palace and the extensive garden. In fact the whole Roman site covered some ten acres. David Sharp will be our guide and will discuss these new discoveries.

You can find full details and an application form here...

Thursday, April 28, 2011

Photos of the Study Tour to Denmark

Photos of the EMAS Easter study tour to Denmark are now on the web.

You can find the photos here...

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Saturday, April 2, 2011



Saturday, 7th May, 2011

This Field Trip will be to the remains of the Benedictine Abbeys of Glastonbury and Muchelney, the two oldest foundations in Somerset.

Famed as the legendary Avalon, an abbey was first founded at Glastonbury by the Saxon king Ine c.700. However the site of this foundation was dictated by the presence of a wattle and sand oratory built at the behest of Joseph of Arimathea. The remains that exist today date from after the 1184 fire which destroyed the buildings of the Norman refoundation. The Lady Chapel is a superb example of the transition from Norman to Gothic architecture. Though only the outline of the abbot’s house remains the splendid abbot’s kitchen, begun in the 14th century, stands intact as a testimony to the immense wealth of this abbey.

You can find further details and an application form here...

Monday, March 21, 2011

EMAS Mailing List

You are receiving this mail because you are subscribed to EMAS Mailings.

A certain degree of confusion seems to have arisen regarding the EMAS Electronic Mailing List. It would appear that a number of people have joined the list, but have not informed us. This means that they are receiving notifications of EMAS events both by email and by normal post.

The list of subscribers is hidden as a security measure, so we have no means of knowing who is registered!

Could I ask you, therefore, to fill in the form that you will find here… if you wish to only receive EMAS mailings electronically.

If you would prefer to receive mailings electronically and by post, you need not do anything.

Thank you for your cooperation,

David Beard

Wednesday, March 2, 2011


This year's town visit will be shared between Thame in Oxfordshire and Wallingford in Berkshire.

We will begin the day in Thame with a short walking tour of the central area of this thriving medieval town. The fascination of Thame is the existence there of several styles of architecture, dating from medieval to Victorian times with a most attractive use of grey and red bricks of the Georgian period.

You can find further details and an application form here...

Wednesday, February 9, 2011

Archaeological Study Tour to Drôme and Ardèche

Archaeological Study Tour to Drôme and Ardèche
17 to 24 June 2011

Details of this study tour are now available.

You can find them here...

Tuesday, February 1, 2011


Avebury, Silbury Hill and West Kennet

Saturday 12th February 2011

Scott McCracken will be our guide for this prehistoric field trip to the chalk downland around Marlborough.

In the later Neolithic period 'non-domestic monuments – inexplicable structures such as lines of posts or stones and huge ditches, in complex arrangements', (C. Malone), became an integral part of the landscape. A part of the day will be spent at one of these henge monuments, the stone circles and processional way at the magnificent site of Avebury. Only a mile away is the largest man-made hill in Europe, Silbury Hill. The mound, behind Marlborough School and Grey Weathers at Fifield will also be on our itinerary. The day will end with a visit to the early Neolithic long barrow at West Kennet. A chamber tomb with side-passages, leading off a main passage.

If you are interested in this trip, you can download an application form and lunch menu here...

Friday, January 14, 2011

Your Favourite Archaeological Sites in Europe

Which sites in Europe have you most enjoyed visiting? A new Archaeology in Europe website allows you to post descriptions and photos of archaeological sites that you have visited, and to give ratings and comments for sites that are already in the database.

The site is very much in its infancy at the moment, and I would welcome contributions and feedback. It is envisaged that the site will grow into a useful source of up to date information for those planning to visit sites in Europe.

You can find the site at:

The site runs on Phile – a brilliant application developed by Mike Schiff and Sho Kuwamoto. Phile can be best described as a combination of an online database and a social network site, and it allows people with similar interests to share much more detailed information than the usual social network sites.

I am sure that Phile has tremendous potential for archaeological societies, fieldwork studies and other work groups. Take a look at