We are looking for people working, studying or volunteering in the archaeological world to participate with us in a “Day of Archaeology” in July 2016. The resulting Day of Archaeology website will demonstrate the wide variety of work our profession undertakes day-to-day across the globe, and help to raise public awareness of the relevance and importance of archaeology to the modern world. We want anyone with a personal, professional or voluntary interest in archaeology to get involved, and help show the world why archaeology is vital to protect the past and inform our futures.
EMAS Field Trip to Wells Cathedral and Bishop's Palace
Saturday, 9th July 2016
The summer field trip will be to the Bishop’s Palace and Cathedral in the beautiful medieval city of Wells. David Beard will be our guide for Wells on 9th July. Though the Cathedral was begun by 1186 at the latest, tradition dictates that the first foundation was by King Ina of Wessex in the 8th century. Wells is unusual in that a wide range of the subordinate buildings that were connected with a medieval cathedral have survived. They include fortified gateways; the Bishops’ Palace; houses of the dean, archdeacon and chancellor; the exceptional 14th century houses of the Vicar’s Close as well as the cloisters and chapter house. While in Wells, David Beard will show us some of these buildings, but our main visits will be to the Bishop’s Palace in the morning and the Cathedral in the afternoon. The Bishop’s Palace dates from the early 13th century, while the chapel and now ruined Great Hall were built in the Decorated Gothic style, later in the 13th century. Local unrest led, in the 14th century, to the Palace being surrounded by crenellated walls, a moat and drawbridge with a massive three-storey gatehouse, to emphasize the defensive aspect.
2016 marks the 950th anniversary of the Battle of Hastings and the year when four kings came to the throne of England. This day school will consider the events that led to the Norman invasions and will look in detail at the period from the death of Edward the Confessor in early January to the Coronation of William the Conqueror on Christmas Day. We will then look at the evidence from archaeology, documentary sources, place-names and loanwords in English to examine the changes that occurred in England after this momentous event. We will finish with a consideration of the evidence concerning landholdings from the Domesday Book. Click here for further details...
Group photos from The EMAS study tour "Landscape of the Bayeux Tapestry" are now available online to download. The photos show the group at St-Valery-sur-Somme alongside the commemorative stone to William the Conqueror. Click here to see the photos...
The island of Anglesey has a wealth of archaeological sites of all periods. This EMAS Archaeology study tour will visit the most important sites of the prehistoric, Roman and medieval periods.
Among the sites that we will visit are: the Neolithic and Early Bronze Age burial chamber, the rural Roman site and the 12th century chapel at Din Lligwy; the chambered cairn at Bryn Celli Ddu; the Neolithic burial chamber at Barclodiad Y Gawres; the Roman fort at Caer Gybi; the Roman watchtower and signal station at Caer Y Twr and the medieval priory at Penmon.
EMAS FIELD TRIP TO WOKING PALACE AND GUILDFORD
Saturday, 14th May 2016
We are fortunate to have Richard Savage as our host for this day trip
to Woking Palace and Guildford Castle in Surrey.
Woking Palace did not always have such a grand name. Dating from the later thirteenth century, it
was originally known as the Royal Manor of Woking. It is now a Scheduled Monument, preserved and
protected by the Friends of Woking Palace.
Richard Savage will be our guide around the present excavations and palace
site with its standing buildings. The
annual excavations have produced important finds like the blue and white
Valencian tile sherds, found in the River Wey, of truly international
Our June field trip is to East Sussex. A tour has been arranged around the house at Great Dixter and Rosemary Yeaxlee will be your guide at Bodiam Castle near Robertsbridge. Great Dixter can be described as a patchwork of a house. The original house at Dixter dates from C.1450. Its crowning glory is a very fine medieval Great Hall, which is said to be the largest timber-framed hall in the country. The architect Edward Lutyens designed the patchwork aspect of the house when, in the early twentieth century, he combined the medieval building at Dixter with another medieval house, moved from Beneden, Kent, along with some twentieth century additions, to form the house visible today. The garden is equally fascinating as it is the creation of the notable garden designer Christopher Lloyd. Three oast houses from the eighteenth century and a spectacular fifteenth century barn are also in the grounds.
Following the EMAS Easter study tour to the Edwardian Castles in North Wales, several people have expressed an interest in the possibility of an autumn study tour to Anglesey.
Because of the location of some of the site, we would need to use a small coach, probably a 24 seater. The best way to do this would be that we would meet at Chester Railway station (there is an excellent service from Euston) and a coach would pick us up with our luggage and drive us to our hotel in Caernarfon. The coach would also take us to Chester when we return to London.
Click here for further details, including the full itinerary.
EMAS ROMAN FIELD TRIP TO WHEATHAMPSTEAD OPPIDUM AND VERULAMIUM, ST ALBANS
Saturday, 16th April 2016
The first field trip of 2016 will be to Verulamium, the Roman predecessor of St Albans. Verulamium owed its development as a very prosperous town, in fact the third largest in Roman Britain, to its location as a suitable crossing place by the River Ver. As the later medieval settlement did not overlie the previous Roman town, many spectacular finds and features, from some 400 years of occupation, have come to light in the past. Some discoveries have been associated with great archaeologists like Professor Sheppard Frere and Sir Mortimer Wheeler.
Robin Densem will be our guide and he will begin the day by the Oppidum at Wheathampstead.
For several years now, EMAS study tours have included a
brochure that gives basic information about the sites visited and can sometimes
even help as an aide memoire when you look at the photos that you took on the
Printed brochures are fine, but they have their
limitations. Wouldn’t it be nice if they
could include additional material, such as short videos?
Well, thanks to modern technology, they can.
If you have an iOS or Android smartphone or tablet, you can
use an amazing free app called Aurasma.
With this app you can view images that have added content
and your mobile device will show you the added video.
The brochure that will accompany the EMAS study tour “Castles
of North Wales” will be the first of these brochures to include such content.
2016 will be the 950th anniversary of the Battle of Hastings. The famous Bayeux Tapestry that depicts this battle also presents a map of the events that led up to Hastings. This study tour will follow the route of this map, starting at Westminster and following Harold’s progression through Normandy, and then on to the arrival of William’s forces at Pevensey and finally to Battle, where we will look at the evidence for the suggested new location for the Battle of Hastings. Full details of this study tour can be found here... N.B. In order to be certain of a place you need to apply by1 February 2016 at the latest.
In Jon Cotton’s talk “The Town that calls itself a Village: Archaeology in Ewell, Surrey” he mentioned Millais' paintings along the Hoggsmill.
Rosemary Turner has kindly mentioned that a book published in 1997 by Barbara C L Webb called “Millais and the Hogsmill River” contains a walk in the footsteps of Millais and points out possible sites for Orphelia and light of the World.
You can also find more information about the Hogsmill River on the Internet on the “London's Lost Rivers” Website at: www.londonslostrivers.com/
excavation and survey of WW1 battlefields is a recent but ever-growing
practice. This lecture will outline recent work and it compliments the
concepts of commemoration as put into practice by the Commonwealth War Graves
Commission and other organisations.
Following Michael Duigan’s lecture on the Greek Symposium we will visit the
British Museum with him to look at wine vessels, similar to those they used. We
will examine the paintings on them, that illustrate what they got up to. Further details...
As part of the 'outreach' activities of a University of Southampton research project that Dr. Víctor Jiménez Jáimez has been developing the last two years, he has created a new website centred upon monumental ditched enclosures in Neolithic Europe. The visual language and the structure and form of the content have been designed for educational purposes. It's aimed at the general public, but it could also be a useful resource for Archaeology students and even researchers. It is completely non-profit.