Sunday, November 30, 2014

EMAS Easter Study Tour to North Scotland and the Isle of Skye

EMAS Easter Study Tour to North Scotland 
and the Isle of Skye
2 - 8 April 2015

The 2015 EMAS Easter Study Tour is to the North of Scotland, including one day on the Isle of Skye.

We will travel from London Embankment by coach, staying overnight at Carlisle on the 2nd and 7th April.

We shall be based at a hotel in Inverness, which is a very good central point from which to explore the region.

The itinerary includes a wide range of prehistoric and medieval sites, including some of the famous Pictish symbol stones.

Thursday, November 27, 2014



a Lecture by

Michael Duigan

Friday, 16th January 2015


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



Saturday,    24th January  2015

Michael Duigan

In connection with his lecture on the Bronze Age Settlement at Akrotiri on the island of Santorini, Michael Duigan will lead a tour to the British Museum.  We will view the bronze Age antiquities on the Cycladic Islands, Crete, Mycenae and Cyprus, dating from c.3000 BC to the Trojan War.

This morning tour will be from 10.30am to 1pm.

We will meet at 10.15am in the Great Court near the Information (circular) Desk.

The cost of this tour is £8:00 for EMAS members and £8:80 for non members.

If you wish to join this tour please complete the form below and send it with your cheque, (made payable to EMAS), to R. Yeaxlee as soon as possible.

Thursday, November 13, 2014



a Lecture by

Jon Cotton

President of EMAS

Friday, 5th December 2014


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


Sunday, September 21, 2014

Day School: Charlemagne - Germanic King or 'Roman' Emperor?

Day School: Charlemagne - Germanic King or 'Roman' Emperor?
David Beard MA, FSA
10:00 a.m. Wednesday, 29 October 2014
This year is the 1200th anniversary of the death of Charlemagne.
Few men have had such a lasting influence on the course of Western history as Charlemagne. At the height of his rule in the early ninth century, Charlemagne was King of the Franks, King of the Lombards and Emperor of a new Roman Empire.
He ruled all the Christian lands of western Europe except for the British Isles, and south Italy and Sicily, while what was to develop into Orthodox Christianity held sway in the Byzantine Empire.Charlemagne was a staunch upholder of the Roman Christian faith, the driving force behind the Carolingian Renaissance that set out to restore the culture that had been lost through the fall of Rome, and an immensely effective war leader whose conquests effectively created the idea of Europe as we know it.
This day school will use recent findings from archaeology together with documentary records to examine the varied aspects of Early Medieval Europe and to give a detailed and balanced view of this important period.

EMAS Field Trip to Coldred, Lyminge, Hythe and Paddlesworth

EMAS Field Trip to Coldred, Lyminge, Hythe and Paddlesworth

Saturday, 1 November 2014

David Beard MA, FSA

Coldred St Pancras Church
 This tiny Saxo-Norman church, just a nave and chancel, stands in an extensive early earthwork north of Watling Street.
Lyminge St Mary's Church The ruins of nave and apse separated by a triple apse alongside the existing parish church are part of the Anglo-Saxon nunnery of St Ethelburg. Excavations in 2012 revealed an Anglo-Saxon royal hall to the north-east of the church.
Hythe One of the Cinque Ports, but now abandoned by the sea. In 1570, Lambarde wrote that the sea had spoilt the harbour and obliterated much of the town. St Leonard's Church has fabric of the 12th and 13th centuries, and is famous for its ossuary.
Paddlesworth St Oswald's Church Although the present church seems to date from early Norman times, indications of an earlier structure were discovered during reparations carried out in 1870. It is not improbable that the original church owed its foundations to St. Ethelburga, the foundress and first abbess, of the neighbouring nunnery of Lyminge, whose name seems to be still preserved in "Tata's Lees" - the hill between Lyminge and Paddlesworth. Bede states that Ethelburga was "otherwise called Tate".

EMAS NEWS September 2014

25th Anniversary Party - 2nd August 2014
It was exceedingly pleasant to welcome so many members and some of our tutors at the 25th Anniversary Party.  But for one short, heavy shower the sun shone on a very happy group of people busy renewing old friendships and enjoying the buffet and juice of the grape!  Special mention must to Ellen and Helmut Molz, who laboured over hot barbecues to produce such delicious hamburgers and sausages.

Obviously massive thanks go to several people who, in connection with food preparation and general organisation, ensured the success of this celebration.  Although Sue and Andrew Davidson couldn’t join us on the day their help was invaluable beforehand.

We also missed two of our past Presidents, Dr Martin Biddle and Harvey Sheldon, who because of family commitments couldn’t be with us on the 2nd.  Our President, Jon Cotton was particularly sorry not to be with us to give his usual generous support but sent flowers to show he was thinking of us.

We are also indebted to Tony Bolton who was our ‘official photographer’.  A selection of Tony’s photos, together with some from Dave Beard can be found on the web here...

Date of President’s Christmas Lecture

Friday 5th December 2014
Details of Jon Cotton’s lecture will be in a fuller programme to be sent shortly.

Dates of EMAS Study Tours

EMAS Easter Tour to North Scotland and the Isle of Skye 2nd – 8th April 2015.
EMAS Study Tour to Southern Bavaria 30th May – 6th June 2015.

Details of the late autumn Day School and EMAS Field Trip are enclosed with this mailshot.

I hope you are all still enjoying the remnants of the summer and we may see some of you quite soon.

Rosemary Yeaxlee


Sunday, June 29, 2014

EMAS 25th Anniversary Party

This year EMAS is celebrating its 25th year.

All EMAS members are invited.

Click here for an application form...

Day School - The Dawn of Europe

Battle of Tours 732

Day School - The Dawn of Europe
David Beard MA, FSA
10:00 a.m. Saturday, 19 July 2014

The period from the end of the Roman era to c. 1000 was a time of exciting changes that saw the building of those medieval states that were to become Europe. It also saw the rise of two religions that were destined to dominate the medieval world: Christianity and Islam.

In recent years historical research and archaeological excavations have done an enormous amount to cast light on what used to be referred to as the 'Dark Ages'.

This day school examines the latest evidence from history and archaeology to give an understanding of this fascinating period.

EMAS Field Trip to Christ Church, Oxford, etc

EMAS Field Trip to Christ Church, Oxford,
Waterperry Church and Rycote Chapel

Saturday, 12 July 2014

David Beard MA, FSA

Leave London Paddington 8:00 am - arrive Oxford

Christ Church Great Hall - built in the time of Cardinal Wolsey, and the inspiration for Hogwarts Hall in the Harry Potter films.

Christ Church Medieval Kitchen - built in the time of Cardinal Wolsey with much of the original fabric remaining.

St Frideswide's Cathedral - established as a priory of Augustinian canons regular, in 1122. The fabric is mainly Romanesque and Perpendicular

Preprandial sherry in Peckwater Quad - a glass of Christ Church sherry in one of the 'sets' in the 18th century Peckwater Quad

Lunch in the famous Oxford Pub 'The Mitre' which is partly 1630 and partly 18th century

Church of ST Mary the Virgin, Waterperry - partly Saxon (with remains of the chancel arch), with some good medieval glass.

Rycote Chapel - this 15th-century chapel has original furniture, including exquisitely carved and painted woodwork.

Click here for an application form...

Tuesday, May 6, 2014

Support Past Preservers on The Hadrian's Wall Hike

This September Nigel Hetherington of Past Preservers will be returning to his ancestral homelands and taking part in the English Heritage's Hadrian's Wall Hike to raise funds for much needed conservation along the famous route. 

The English Heritage fundraising challenge has returned this year with The Hadrian’s Wall Hike! You can sign up today to join Nigel (and provide moral support!) and walk 30 miles of the 'best of the wall’ from Lanercost Priory to Chester’s Roman Fort, stopping at famed English Heritage sites - such as Birdoswald Roman Fort - en route. The hike, sponsored by Craghoppers, will give participants special access to the expert English Heritage team.

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Sunday, May 4, 2014



Saturday, 31st May 2014

The aim of this field trip is to visit two medieval houses dating from the 14th century, Ightham Mote and Penshurst Place.  Both are very distinctive buildings in lovely Kentish settings.

A huge conservation project at this important survival restored Ightham Mote, a very beautiful moated manor house, to its former glory. (The ‘mote’ refers to the Anglo-Saxon word ‘moot’ or assembly place).  Little alteration has taken place externally since the manor house was built in 1340.  Indeed the Great Hall with its original oak ceiling dates from that year.  The 15th century entrance tower still has its original oak doors.  Internal alterations took place in Tudor times and this is reflected in the Tudor chapel with its painted ceiling.

In the afternoon we will visit Penshurst Place, built as the home of a London merchant, Sir John de Pultenay in 1341.  Today the building appears to the visitor as a castellated Tudor House, for many additions took place in the 16th century.  However, like Ightham, it has a 14th century Great Hall, known as the Baron’s Hall, but this time with an impressive chestnut ceiling.  The paintings, tapestries and furniture on display depict the life and times of this essentially family residence.  Many paintings are of the Sidney family, as Penshurst was Sir Philip Sidney’s birthplace.

Click here for further details...

Thursday, May 1, 2014

Photos from the EMAS Easter Study Tour

You can find a selection of photos from the EMAS Easter study tour to Hadrian's Wall and the Scottish Borders here...

You can either view the photos from the thumbnails, or select the 'slideshow' option from the link top right of the main photo.

You can find the EMAS website here...

Wednesday, April 9, 2014

Sitting Pretty: latrines and garderobes through the ages”.
Speaker: David Beard MA, FSA
7:00 p.m. Tuesday, 15 April 

Museum of London, London Wall, EC2Y 5HN

The development of sanitation has been an important aspect of human society through the ages. This talk looks at the history and archaeology of the toilet from the Neolithic to the nineteenth century.
Free to Members of EMAS - £5 for non-members

Monday, March 17, 2014

Study Tour to Île de France has been cancelled

We are sorry to have to inform you that, owing to insufficient numbers, the Study Tour to Île de France has been cancelled.

Those of you who have already paid a deposit will be reimbursed as soon as possible.

Friday, February 28, 2014


As part of our twenty-fifth anniversary celebrations, field trips have been arranged to the university cities of Oxford and Cambridge.  On 22nd March we will be visiting King’s College Chapel, St Bene’t’s Church, the Round Church and given time and opportunity the cloister and chapel at Jesus College in Cambridge.

Nigel Swift, who many of you know for his vast knowledge of stained glass will be our guide at King’s College and Jesus College.

Click here for further details and an application form...

Tuesday, February 11, 2014

EMAS Study Tour to Île-de-France

Château-ferme d'Olhain

EMAS Study Tour to Île-de-France
14 to 21 June 2014

The EMAS 2014 spring Study Tour is to the Île de France and Picardy regions. This is an area with many interesting archaeological sites, particularly from the medieval period.
We will be based in Amiens - a very interesting town with a truly wonderful cathedral - which is the perfect centre from which to explore the region.

Our itinerary will include some of the most impressive later medieval architecture, with cathedrals such as Beauvais, Laon and Senlis. In addition, we will visit two of the most important early medieval sites in the area - the Carolingian Bas Œuvre at Beauvais and the Merovingian crypt at Jouarre , which is one of the oldest religious structures in France.
We will also visit the site of the battle of Crécy, viewing the site from the place where Edward III directed the battle; the important Roman site of Bagacum at Bavay, and some impressive castles.

The cost will be £785 per person for people sharing a twin room and £895 for a single room.

A full itinerary can be found here...

Monday, February 3, 2014

Archaeological Day and Weekend Schools

There are a number of exciting Archaeological  Day and Weekend Schools coming up in the next few months.

You can find a list of them here...

Sunday, February 2, 2014

Training Digs for 2014

Now is the time to start thinking about training digs for the summer.

If you are planning to go on a training dig, take a look at our list here...

If you would like to submit details of a training dig (or any other archaeological event), please use the contact form here...

Summer Courses in Archaeology

The Oxford Experience Summer School

Courses in Archaeology

The Oxford Experience Summer School is held at Christ Church, Oxford

The Oxford Experience Summer School offers a number of one-week courses in archaeology as part of its programme.

Participants live in Christ Church - the largest of the Oxford Colleges - and take their meals in the Great Hall, which is the hall that inspired the Hogwarts Hall in the Harry Potter films.

Courses are limited to a maximum of twelve participants and tend to fill up rather quickly, so early application is advised.

Youcan find out more about the Oxford Experience here...

Sunday, January 26, 2014

EMAS Programme for 2014

The 2014 EMAS Programme of Events is now online on the EMAS Website.

You can find it here...


Re-dating of lecture by Dr Leslie Webster


Leslie was Chairman of the Research Panel for the Staffordshire Hoard and is still on the panel, so we are extremely fortunate that she has agreed to give the Society a lecture about this wonderful find.

London Transport News

Many of you will have seen the yellow notices informing the public of the closure of the Embankment Tube Station on the Bakerloo and Northern Lines until November for escalator replacement.  The District and Circle Lines will continue to stop at the Embankment Tube Station.  Obviously for a coach pick up at the Embankment, Bakerloo Line and Northern Line passengers need to alight at Charing Cross Tube Station and walk down Villiers Street.

Friday, January 17, 2014

EMAS Study Tour to Île-de-France

EMAS Study Tour to Île-de-France

14 to 21 June 2014

The full itinerary for the EMAS spring study tour to France is now online here...

Further details and prices will be available shortly.

Go to the website...