Monday, November 11, 2013

EMAS Easter Study Tour to Hadrian's Wall

EMAS Easter Study Tour to Hadrian's Wall and the Borders

17 to 23 April 2014

The 2014 EMAS Easter Study Tour is to the area of Hadrian's Wall and the Scottish Borders.

We will be based in a hotel in Carlisle - an excellent point from which to explore the region.

In addition to visiting the most important sites on Hadrian's Wall and the Antonine wall, we will also visit important prehistoric and medieval sites in the area, including the impressive Iron Age promontory fort a at Barsalloch, Bishop Wilfrid's seventh century crypt at Hexham, the superbly sculpted Anglo-Saxon crosses at Bewcastle and Ruthwell, and the spectacular moated triangular castle at Caerlaverock.

The cost of this study tour will be £437 per person for those sharing a twin room and £497 per person for a single room. The cost includes bed and breakfast in the hotel, return transport from London, transport to and entry to the monuments.

You can find a detailed itinerary here... 

Thursday, September 26, 2013

Day School: The Anglo-Saxon Countryside

EMAS Day School: The Anglo-Saxon Countryside
30 OCtober 2013
Tutor: David Beard MA, FSA

In 1976, Philip Rahtz described the archaeology of Anglo-Saxon rural settlements as "unsatisfactory, incomplete and largely unpublished". However, the last twenty years has seen a number of Anglo-Saxon settlements which have been investigated in considerable detail. There have also been a number of major field survey which allow a much more detailed picture of the Anglo-Saxon countryside to be drawn than was possible before.

This day school will examine how this new evidence has improved our knowledge of Anglo-Saxon rural settlement, the pagan cemeteries and the nature of the countryside during this period.

Click here to download an application form

Field Trip to Castle Acre and Castle Acre Priory

EMAS Field Trip to Castle Acre and Castle Acre Priory
Saturday, 2 November 2013
The first field trip of the 25th Anniversary Year will be led by David Beard to the Norman Castle and Cluniac Priory at Castle Acre, 4 miles north of Swaffham.

Castle Acre today is very different from the important medieval fortified town, held by William de Warenne, according to the Domesday Survey. He founded and built the Castle and Cluniac Priory at Lewes, which we visited earlier this year. The de Warennes were also the founders and benefactors of the Castle and Priory at Castle Acre.

The cost of this field trip will be £34.00 for EMAS members and £37.40 for non members.

Click here to download an application form
The Topography of Roman London & Southwark
with Harvey Sheldon, former President of EMAS
Saturday, 16th November 2013

Harvey Sheldon will be our guide on a walking tour beginning at the Museum
of London and ending on Tower Hill. He writes “as well as examining
upstanding segments of the walls of Londinium, it is planned to include visits
to the west gate of Cripplegate fort and the amphitheatre behind the Guild
Hall Art Gallery. During the tour, questions concerning the origin of
Londinium, as well as the status and function of the place during the period,
will be addressed”.

The cost of this walking tour is £12.50 f

Click here to download an application form

Monday, September 9, 2013

Archaeology Britain iPad App

The Archaeology Data Service and the British Library are pleased to announce the release of the Archaeology Britain iPad App.
The Archaeology Britain iPad app is a collaboration between The British Library and the ADS to create an accessible iPad app with unique and interesting content from both organisations. The app presents antiquarian drawings, paintings and maps for some of Britain's most important archaeological sites. The curated content provides unique and rarely seen perspectives for a wide range of sites from the stone age to the 20th century. The types of sites within the app are castles, churches, megaliths, settlements, and the defense of Britain. 

The app's target audience is the general public, and it is unique due to the rare content provided from the British Library archives. Much of the British Library content is not publically accessible, so the app offers a privileged view of some of the institutions most treasured collections. Additionally open content from the ADS and other sources were included to provide context to the British Library content.

Find out more...

Friday, August 16, 2013

Oxford Experience 2014

The programme for the Oxford Experience Summer School is now online.  Registration will not begin until late September, but now is the time to start planning your courses for next summer.

You can find the programme here...

Thursday, August 1, 2013

The Day of Archaeology

On Tuesday, 30 July Lorna Richardson gave an extremely interesting talk entitled “The Day of Archaeology: using Internet technology to provide a window on the profession” to the Oxford Experience summer school.

The Day of Archaeology is a project that lets archaeologists post stories about a day in their work.  The purpose is to inform the general public about the sort of work that archaeologists do.

The main web site is at:

Looking through the posts shows how varied archaeological work can be.  Here are just a few of the more unusual posts:

Lyminge Archaeological Project: Anglo-Saxons in Kent

Monday, June 10, 2013

The Gods of the North

The Gods of the North

Day School with David Beard MA, FSA

       Saturday, 13th July 2013

Although Anglo-Saxon England was at least nominally Christian from the 8th century, five of the English names of the days of the week refer to early Germanic pagan gods.  Even the two most important Christian festivals, Easter and Christmas, took over the pagan festivals associated with the goddess “Ēostre” and the festival of “geōl” (yule) respectively.

Christian monuments such as the Gosforth Cross and several of the cross slabs from the Isle of Man depict scenes from pagan mythology, and place-names such as Easebourne, Wansdyke and Wayland’s Smithy testify to the knowledge of old beliefs well into the Christian period.

Burial archaeology can provide clues to the nature of early religions, although interpretation is often difficult, and recent archaeological work has demonstrated the influence of Saami religion in some areas of Viking Scandinavia.

This Day School will use the evidence from archaeology, medieval art and literature, and place-name studies to examine the nature of these early Germanic religions.

Click here for further information...

EMAS Field Trip to Sutton Hoo and West Stow


Saturday,           6th July 2013

David Beard will be our guide around two very important Anglo-Saxon sites, though both sites have origins which predate Anglo-Saxon England.

Sutton Hoo, near Woodbridge, comprises a group of burial mounds above the estuary of the River Deben.  Mound 1, which had already revealed the imprint of a ship, was being excavated, on the eve of the Second World War, when the discovery of a ship burial, with artefacts that were of such an outstanding quality, appeared.  These included gold and garnet shoulder clasps, belt fittings, silver objects, helmet, parade shield, sword as well as a garnet and millefori mount for a purse, which had held the Merovingian gold coins that were used to date the burial to C.625AD.  Though the wealthy trappings of a high status individual, perhaps King Raedwald of the East Angles, no body has ever been found, because of the acidity of the soil.

We will have a tour of the Mounds and visit the museum, where the Treasury displays some finds from the burial.  The house, owned by Mrs Pretty, who initiated the 1930’s excavation has also been turned into a display area.

Click here for further details...

Photos from the 2013 EMAS Study Tour to Brittany

Photos from the 2013 EMAS Study Tour to Brittany are now on the web.

You can find them here...

Sunday, June 2, 2013



Saturday, 22nd June 2013

On his farm at Sixpenny Handley, Martin Green has become involved with one of the most prolific prehistoric landscapes in the country – Cranborne Chase in Dorset. Dorset not only has many types of prehistoric monuments but a Cursus that runs along the Chase for 6 miles.

The wealth of features on his land has meant that prehistoric archaeology has become an absorbing passion for Martin Green, both in connection with excavation and the collection of prehistoric artefacts for his own museum on the farm.

Click here for further details...

Friday, April 26, 2013

Online Courses in Archaeology

University of Oxford Online Courses in Archaeology
Cave paintings, castles and pyramids, Neanderthals, Romans and Vikings - archaeology is about the excitement of discovery, finding out about our ancestors, exploring landscape through time, piecing together puzzles of the past from material remains.
These courses enable you to experience all this through online archaeological resources based on primary evidence from excavations and artefacts and from complex scientific processes and current thinking. Together with guided reading, discussion and activities you can experience how archaeologists work today to increase our knowledge of people and societies from the past.
The following courses are available:

Sunday, April 21, 2013

EMAS Roman Field Trip to Bath & Cirencester

Saturday, 18th May 2013

Our May day trip will feature the Roman Baths and Temple complex at Aquae Sulis (Bath) and the museum at Corinium Dobunnorum (Cirencester).

The origin of Bath’s importance over the centuries has depended on the location of a hot spring emerging to the surface.  This spring became a place of worship for the river goddess, Sulis, a deity of the local Celtic tribe of the Dobunni and it carried on as a source of healing and worship for the Romans and into later times.  The Roman temple was dedicated to Sulis Minerva.

The Roman town and baths, revealed by many archaeological investigations over the years owe their existence to a fort, which has never been found.  By 100AD an impressive bath and temple complex had been laid out at Aquae Sulis.  The hot spring was enclosed inside a large reservoir, lined with sheets of lead.  The site and finds are beautifully displayed in situ.  Group guides are not permitted, but an excellent audio tour guide is provided for your visit.

Click here for further information...

The King in the Car Park: The Search for the Grave of Richard III

EMAS - the University of London Archaeology Society

“The King in the Car Park: The Search for the Grave of Richard III"

a Lecture by Richard Buckley

Director - University of Leicester Archaeological Services and Lead archaeologist in the search for Richard III

7.00pm  Friday, 3rd May  2013

at the Museum of London, London Wall, EC2Y 5HN

Free to Members of EMAS - £5 for non-members

Monday, April 15, 2013

Photos of the 2013 EMAS Easter Study Tour now online

Photos of the 2013 EMAS Easter Study Tour to Yorkshire are now online.

There are quite a few photos, because we visited quite a few places!

You can find the photos here...

Saturday, March 23, 2013

Online Viking Course

Vikings: Raiders, Traders and Settlers

University of Oxford Online and Distance Learning

8 May to 21 July 2013

Ravagers, despoilers, pagans, heathens - the Vikings are usually regarded as bloodthirsty seafaring pirates, whose impact on Europe was one of fear and terror. As they plundered the British Isles and the north Atlantic, these pagan invaders were seen by their Christian victims as a visitation from God.

Yet the Vikings were also traders, settlers and farmers with a highly developed artistic culture and legal system. Their network of trade routes stretching from Greenland to Byzantium and their settlements, resulted in the creation of the Duchy of Normandy in France, the foundation of the Kingdom of Russia in Kiev and Novgorod as well as the development of Irish towns including Cork, Dublin and Limerick. 

This course will use recent findings from archaeology together with documentary records, to examine these varied aspects of the Viking world and to give a detailed and balanced view of this fascinating period. 

A wide variety of online resources including Google Maps and Google Earth as well as specific Viking web pages, are used in conjunction with text books and specially designed online interactive media to create an exciting insight into the world of the Vikings.

Further details...

Friday, March 8, 2013

EMAS Study Tour to Brittany

EMAS Study Tour to Brittany

23 to 30 May 2013

This year's EMAS Spring Archaeological Study Tour is to Brittany.

The area is justly famous for its prehistoric monuments, especially the stunning Carnac alignments, but there are monuments of all periods to be found here. An interesting late medieval local feature is the enclos paroissial, or parish close. These sites are cultic in character. Within the walled churchyard are only buildings and structures designed for worship: the church, the calvary, and sometimes an ossuary or charnel house.

The coach will pick up at London Embankment. We will stay overnight in Rouen on our way to and from Brittany. The rest of the time we will stay in the charming town of Quimper. The major sites that we will visit include the prehistoric sites of Carnac and Locmariaquer; the Celtic and Viking fortification at the Camp de Péran; the abbeys of Mont-St-Michel and Beauport; the castle at Fougères and a selection of the best of the parish closes.

The cost of this trip will be £706 per person sharing a twin room and £835 per person in a single room.. The cost includes travel by coach; Bed & Breakfast in the hotels; entry to all the monuments and an illustrated brochure of the sites. 

You can find full details here...

Thursday, February 28, 2013

Last chance for the EMAS Study Tour to Yorkshire

EMAS Easter Study Tour to Yorkshire
28 March to 3 April 2013

There are still a few places available on the EMAS Easter Study Tour to Yorkshire, but you must apply quickly to be sure of a place.

Details of the  Study Tour  are online here...

You can download an application form here... 

Monday, February 18, 2013

Mick Aston Interview

Mick Aston, formerly of television’s Time Team, answers questions submitted by Oxbow Books and David Brown Book Company customers. Candid, witty and refreshingly honest, Mick offers his personal thoughts on the current state of archaeological research in Britain, the relationship between archaeologists and metal detectorists and much more. He provides fascinating insights into his research project in Shapwick, Somerset and offers advice for others hoping to embark on similar projects in the future.

Watch the video...

ARCHI The Archaeological Sites Index

ARCHI, the online searchable archaeological database, has added a new feature that allows users to add sites to their world-wide database.

The online form is easy to use and should prove to be an extremely useful addition to this site.

You can find the online form at:

Sunday, February 17, 2013

Archaeology Summer Courses at Oxford

The Oxford Experience is offering a number of archaeology courses this summer.

Each course lasts for one week and participants stay in the 16th century college of Christ Church.

The courses offered are:

Cathedrals of Britain by James Bond
An Introduction to Archaeology by David Beard
The Black Death by Trevor Rowley (course full)
Bishop Odo and the Bayeux Tapestry by Trevor Rowley
Colleges of Oxford by Julian Munby
The Architecture and Archaeology of Medieval Churches by David Beard (course full)
Cotswold Towns by Trevor Rowley
Treasures of the British Museum by Michael Duigan (course full)
Churches of England by Kate Tiller
Treasures of the Ashmolean Museum by Gail Bent
The Age of Stonehenge by Scott McCracken
The World of the Vikings by David Beard

You can find further details here...

Tuesday, January 29, 2013

Quentovic: The discovery of an early Medieval trading site


Quentovic:  The discovery of an early
Medieval trading site

A Lecture by

Margaret Hill
Independent Archaeologist 

Friday, 15th March 2013 at 7.00pm

Activity Space 1, Clore Learning Centre
Museum of London, London Wall


Bishop Odo and the Bayeux Tapestry

Bishop Odo and the Bayeux Tapestry

A Lecture by


Friday, 15th  February 2013 at 7.00pm

Activity Space 1, Clore Learning Centre
Museum of London, London Wall


Monday, January 28, 2013

EMAS Easter Study Tour to Yorkshire

EMAS Easter Study Tour to Yorkshire
28 March to 3 April 2013

Details of the EMAS Easter Study Tour to Yorkshire are now online here...

Please note that in order to be guaranteed a place on this study tour you must apply by 20 February at the latest.

You can download an application form here... 

Thursday, January 17, 2013


The University of London Extra-Mural Archaeological Society


a Lecture by

Site Director at Pre-Construct Archaeology

Friday, 25th January 2013

Activity Space 1, Clore Learning Centre
Museum of London, London Wall


Emas Field Trip to Pitstone, etc.

Emas Field Trip to Pitstone, Ivinghoe, Cheddington

 and Wingrave Churches in Buckinghamshire and on its borders

Saturday,           9th Feburary 2013

The churches to be visited on our first field trip of 2013 with Rosemary Yeaxlee continue the winter trips to churches in Buckinghamshire.

The small church of St Mary’s at Pitstone is basically a 13th century church, located where the medieval village used to be.  Like other churches in the area to be visited it has 13th century octagonal columns with stiff-leaf capitals, but this church also has a late 12th century Aylesbury font with fluting on the stem and bowl – one of the Aylesbury fonts we have not seen!  

Click here for further details...