Monday, December 14, 2015

Landscape of the Bayeux Tapestry Study Tour

The detailed itinerary for the Landscape of the Bayeux Tapestry study tour is now on the EMAS website.

Full details of costs, etc., will be available very shortly.

In the meantime, you can find the itinerary at:

Useful Websites

The ‘Useful Websites’ on the EMAS website has now been totally updated.

There are two main sections:
a list of archaeological website
a list of archaeological texts and articles freely available on the web
Both these list are filtered by period to make them easier to use.
There is an extra section with the entire 42 articles of the ‘Mick’s Travels’ series from the CBS’s ‘British Archaeology’.
In this series, Mick Aston wrote about the archaeology of various places which he had visited.
You can fine the ‘Useful Websites’ section at:

Wednesday, December 2, 2015

EMAS Easter Study Tour: Castles of North Wales

EMAS Easter Study Tour: Castles of North Wales
Guide: David Beard MA, FSA
24 - 30 March 2016

The castles built by Edward I are considered to be the epitome of medieval military architecture. This study tour will visit the major Edwardian castles in North Wales and some of the 'Lordship Castles' and castles that were repaired by Edward during his Welsh campaigns.

We will visit the following castles: Beaumaris, Caernarvon, Chester, Chirk, Conway, Criccieth, Denbigh, Dolwyddelan, Flint, Harlech, Holt, Hope, Rhuddlan and Ruthin, as well as exploring the city walls in Caernarfon and Conway.

As we will be based in Caernarfon, we will also be able to visit Segontium Roman Fort.
The cost of this study tour is £502 per person sharing a twin room and £648 per person in a single room.

Thursday, November 12, 2015

Explore 4,500 British Museum artifacts with Google's help

The British Museum in London holds an array of beautiful and historically significant artifacts including the Rosetta Stone, which helped historians to understand the ancient hieroglyphics used in Egypt. Today, the organisation is teaming up with Google to bring its various collections online as part of the Google Cultural Institute. The search giant has been developing this resource for years by continually visiting and archiving exhibits around the world. With the British Museum, an extra 4,500 objects and artworks are being added to its collection, complete with detailed photos and descriptions.
The most important addition is arguably the Admonitions Scroll, a Chinese text which dates back to the 6th-century. The piece is incredibly fragile, so it's only visible in the museum for a few months each year. Through the Cultural Institute, you can take a peek whenever you like -- and because it's been captured at "gigapixel" resolution you can zoom in to see some extraordinary details. All of the objects are searchable on Google's site, along with a couple of curated collections about ancient Egypt and Celtic life in the British Iron Age.
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Monday, October 12, 2015

Field Trip: Four Anglo-Saxon Churches in Hampshire

Field Trip to Headborne Worthy; Tichborne; Corhamton
and Boarhunt Anglo-Saxon Churches
Guide: David Beard MA, FSA
Saturday, 7 November 2015
Pick up 8:00 am at London Baker Street

Click here for further information

day school - Saxons and Vikings: the Danelaw

Saxons and Vikings: the Danelaw a day school by David Beard MA, FSAWednesday, 4 November 201510:00 am

When King Alfred defeated Guthrum's Viking army at Edington in 878, the resulting peace treaty divided the country into two along a line that ran from London to Bedford and then up to Chester. The Vikings' share of the country became known as the Danelaw.
During the tenth century, towns in the Danelaw such as York, Chester and the 'Five Boroughs' of Derby, Leicester, Lincoln, Nottingham and Stamford developed into great trading centres with far-flung connections through the Baltic, and on through Russia to Constantinople with its connections to the Silk Road.
But just how Danish was the Danelaw? This day school looks at recent evidence from archaeology, documentary history, place-names, personal names, regional dialects and DNA studies to examine the Danelaw and its role in late Anglo-Saxon England.
Click here for further information


It hardly seems possible that the time of year has arrived to send out the 2015-2016 Programme.  It is a preliminary programme as further trips and another lecture are to be added. (You can view the programme here...)

There is a very interesting display of the conserved finds from The Staffordshire Hoard at the Birmingham Museum.  After Dr. Leslie Webster showed some of the fragments and larger items of Anglo-Saxon metalwork in her fascinating lecture last year, I thought some members might be interested in going to see this exhibition.  One of the conservators would give us an introductory talk, but it would have to be on a weekday.  EMAS could hire a coach to Birmingham or we could meet at New Street Station, having made your own way to Birmingham by train.  Please let me know if you would be interested in this visit to Birmingham Museum.

The 2015-16 membership is due in October 2015.  We hope you will decide to renew your membership, as we value your participation in the Society.  Membership remains £15 for one person and £20 for two persons at the same address.  We look forward to seeing you at some of this year’s events.

Many thanks and best wishes,

September 2015

Rosemary Yeaxlee
(For EMAS)

Wednesday, July 8, 2015

You(r) Archaeology – portraying the past

“You(r) Archaeology – portraying the past” - A European competition to express your view.

What is archaeology? An adventure? A pain in the neck? The appeal of the past, the magic of marvellous sites, the boredom of a dusty museum? Probably all of these together, and still more.

Up until July 31st 2015, all European citizens can answer the question and tell us about their idea of archaeology by entering a drawing, painting, photo or video in the European competition “You(r) Archaeology”.

Further details...

Tuesday, June 16, 2015

EMAS Field Trip to Worth, Arlington, Bishopstone, Sompting and Poling

Field Trip to Worth, Arlington, Bishopstone, Sompting and Poling

Guide: David Beard MA, FSA

11 July 2015

Pick up 8:00 am at London Embankment

A visit to five Anglo-Saxon Churches.

The EMAS Website has a new address

The EMAS Website has a new address

EMAS now has its own Internet domain.

Instead of sharing the '' domain, EMAS now has its own domain.  This means that the web address is now:

If you are an EMAS member, your username and password to access the members' area remain the same.

Friday, June 5, 2015


Dr Gary Lock, MIFA, FSA

Saturday, 27th June 2015

Some of you attended Dr Gary Lock’s lecture on “Living with the White Horse” a few months ago and Dr Lock has very kindly agreed to be our guide for a field trip featuring some of the places he mentioned in his lecture.  These are Uffington Castle hillfort, White Horse Hill, Wayland’s Smithy and the hillfort of Alfred’s Castle.

Dr Gary Lock is an Emeritus Professor of Archaeology at the University of Oxford and he outlines our itinerary as follows:

Uffington Castle, White Horse Hill and Wayland’s Smithy – “This hillfort has extensive views across the Downs and the Vale of the White Horse.  It has been shown to date to 700-400BC by excavation.  The nearby White Horse is the only known prehisitoric chalk-cut figure.  We can talk about its relationship with the hillfort.  A 30 minute walk along the ancient Ridgeway path brings us to Wayland’s Smithy, a fine excavated and reconstructed Neolithic megalithic tomb”.

Alfred’s Castle – “In the afternoon a short drive on to the Downs brings us to Ashdown House, a 17th century country house.  In the grounds, a 15 minute walk through the woods, stands the hillfort of Alfred’s Castle, a very interesting site that has recently been excavated”.

Tuesday, April 21, 2015

EMAS Members’ Area

There is now a Members’ Area on the EMAS website.

Members of EMAS can use the online form to request a username and password for the site.

The Members’ Area is still under development, but it already includes access to a library of online archaeological texts, and an EMAS members’ blog where you can post your ideas and suggestions.

Study Tour to Bavaria has been cancelled

Sadly, the Spring Study Tour to Bavaria has been cancelled owing to lack of numbers.

Monday, April 20, 2015

EMAS Field trip to Framlingham and Orford Castles


Saturday, 16th May 2015

Apart from being set in stunning locations, Framlingham and Orford Castles are particularly interesting because of their defensive positions and the innovations they display in castle construction.

At Framlingham little remains of the first early 12th century castle, as it was virtually dismantled by order of King Henry II.  In the late 12th century the castle was reconstructed in the latest concentric style from Europe and originally the Holy Land.  It consisted of a curtain wall and thirteen towers.  Later alterations and additions were made by the Norfolk family in the Tudor period, resulting in the unusual sight of amazing Tudor chimneys on top of the 12th century towers that one sees today.

Monday, April 13, 2015

Photographs of the EMAS Easter Study Tour

Photographs of the EMAS Easter Study Tour 
to North Scotland and the Isle of Skye 
are now on the EMAS Website

You can view them here..

Tuesday, March 10, 2015

EMAS Study Tour to Southern Bavaria

EMAS Study Tour to Southern Bavaria

Guide David Beard MA, FSA

30 May - 6 June 2015

This year's spring study tour is to Southern Bavaria. An important part of the area is the 'Roman Limes' - the frontier of the Roman Empire. Today the Limes consist of remains of walls, ditches, forts, fortresses, watchtowers and civilian settlements. Some sections of the line have been excavated, some reconstructed and, sadly, a few destroyed. The two sections of the Limes in Germany cover a length of 550 km from the north-west of the country to the Danube in the south-east. What remains is a now a designated World Heritage Site.

It is not just Roman archaeology that is on the itinerary. Regensburg and Weißenburg both have many impressive medieval buildings. Indeed, Regensburg has been described as Germany's best-preserved medieval town, and is a World Heritage Site in its own right.

Further details...

Monday, March 2, 2015



Saturday, 21st March 2015

On Saturday, 21st March, Dr Chris Ware will lead a tour around the Historic Dockyard at Chatham.  He is a Senior Lecturer in the Department of History at Greenwich University and he was formerly at the National Maritime Museum, Greenwich.  Some of you remember the splendid tour he gave us there a couple of years ago.

Before its closure in 1984, the Royal Naval Dockyard on the River Medway was responsible for the construction of some of our most famous sailing ships such as HMS Victory, which EMAS has previously visited at Portsmouth.  The dockyard covered some 400 acres and has shipbuilding records going back to 1646.  The far eastern part of the dockyard is still a commercial port, but a very significant part of the old dockyard has been restored and opened up as a “museum” to commemorate the period when sailing ships ruled the waves.



Saturday, 7th March 2015

Stonehenge is part of an 800 acre World Heritage Site where recent excavation has proved the sheer complexity and time span of this prehistoric site.  A new Visitors’ Centre has recently been designed to reflect these latest discoveries.  It seemed time to visit this new Centre and revisit a fascinating archaeological landscape.  We are fortunate to have Scott MacCracken as our guide for this field trip.

The morning will be spent at Salisbury Museum visiting another newly opened gallery, the Wessex Gallery of Archaeology.  This gallery displays artifacts from discoveries in the area surrounding Salisbury, from prehistoric times to the Norman Conquest.  Salisbury has always been one of the main

locations for finds from the Stonehenge complex and is now where the objects from the Bronze Age burial of an archer found at Amesbury, better known as the Amesbury Archer, are displayed.

The Limes Germanicus

The Limes Germanicus: the Archaeology of
Late Roman and Medieval Bavaria
a lecture by David Beard MA, FSA
Friday, 6 March
7:00 pm
Activity Space 1, Clore Learning Centre
Museum of London, London Wall


Saturday, January 24, 2015

Public Archaeology in the Museum of London

Public Archaeology in the Museum of London

a lecture by Roy Stephenson
Head of Archaeological Collections & Archive, MoL

Friday, February, 6th 2015

7:00 pm

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

FREE TO EMAS MEMBERS                 £3:00 NON-MEMBERS 

Monday, January 19, 2015



Saturday, 14th   February 2015

The first field trip of 2015 will be to Roman, Medieval and Post-Medieval Rochester.  Robin Densem and Rosemary Yeaxlee will be our guides to a city possessing a wide range of architectural styles with various historical personages, including the Victorian novelist, Charles Dickens.

Roman Rochester, Durobrivae, (literally “the stronghold by the bridge”), grew up beside the bridge built over the River Medway in 1st century AD.  The main road from Dover to London, better known as Watling Street, passed over this bridge and is still the main east to west street, or High Street, through Rochester.  By the early 3rd century the walls enclosed a Roman town of 9.5 hectares (23 acres).