Tuesday, December 19, 2017

EMAS Spring Study Tour: Isle of Man

4 to 11 April 2018

Despite its small size, the Isle of Man has a wealth of archaeology. The sites cover all periods from prehistory to industrial archaeology and are often set in beautiful scenery. In addition to its wide range of field monuments, the Isle of Man has a huge collection of Viking Age sculptures, several of which show scenes from Norse mythology.

We will leave London on Wednesday, 4 April and stay overnight in Preston. On the way to Preston, we will visit the church at Breedon on the Hill which houses important Anglo-Saxon sculptures and Repton church with its Anglo-Saxon crypt. The following day, after visiting the Early Christian site of St Patrick’s Chapel, alongside its rock-cut graves, we will cross to Man.

We will stay in Douglas, which is the terminus for the island’s steam railway and the late nineteenth century Manx Electric Railway, both of which will feature in our itinerary.

The cost of this study tour is £972 per person in a single room and £857 per person sharing a twin room.

Please note, in order to be sure of booking hotel rooms, we must have confirmation by Monday, 22 January at the very latest.

You can find a detailed itinerary here... 

And further details here...

Monday, October 9, 2017

The Landscape of Anglo-Saxon England

The Landscape of Anglo-Saxon England

A Day School with David Beard MA, FSA, FSA Scot

Wednesday, 1 November 2017

Further details...

EMAS Field Trip to Godmersham, Kent

EMAS Field Trip to Godmersham, Kent
Godmersham – a Ninth-century Anglo-Saxon Estate
Saturday, 4 November 2017 

David Beard MA, FSA, FSA Scot

Further details...

Introducing EMAS 2017-18

Dear Members

I hope you had a pleasant summer in spite of the indifferent weather.

In a few days EMAS will begin the thirtieth year of its existence.  A programme of trips and lectures is being organised to celebrate this special year.  Our President, Jon Cotton and founder David Beard, will give lectures before Christmas and a past President, Harvey Sheldon, will end the year with a lecture in October 2018.

I am pleased to report that so far there has been a good response to the Spring Tour to the Isle of Man and Dave’s December lecture will relate to this tour.  Instead of a Summer Tour in 2018 there will be an Autumn Tour to Devon and Cornwall with David Beard.

A Resumè is enclosed in this mailshot detailing events already arranged.  I am pleased to say the postponed Gloucester field trip will take place next March.  (You can find details of future EMAS events here...)

Among the field trips being arranged are trips to Bristol as well as Prehistoric and Roman locations – not to mention some other surprises.  One, I hope, pleasant surprise will be a 30th Birthday Party on 4th August 2018 at 50 School Lane.  I trust as many of you as possible will keep the date free and join us for a great celebration.

An EMAS Programme for 2017-2018 and membership forms will be sent out later in October.  We look forward to seeing some of you at the November 2017 events.

With thanks and very best wishes.

Rosemary Yeaxlee

Wednesday, May 31, 2017

EMAS Day School: Anglo-Saxon Churches

EMAS Day School
Anglo-Saxon Churches
Saturday, 15 July 2017
The day will begin with a brief introduction to the Conversion of Anglo-Saxon England. We will then consider the architecture of the Anglo-Saxon church chronologically up to the 11th century and the role that the architecture played in the litany of the church.
This is intended to be a practical introduction and would be a good way to build on the knowledge gained from the trip to three Anglo-Saxon churches on Saturday, 8th July.

EMAS Field Trip to Wing, Brixworth and Earls Barton

EMAS Field Trip to Wing, Brixworth and Earls Barton
Saturday, 8 July 2017
David Beard will be our guide to three outstanding examples of Anglo-Saxon churches. They are Wing in Buckinghamshire and in Northamptonshire, Brixworth and Earls Barton.

Field Trip to Porchester, Fishbourne Palace and Bignor Roman Villa

Field Trip to Porchester, Fishbourne Palace and Bignor Roman Villa

Guide: Harvey Sheldon.

Saturday, 24 June 2017

Tuesday, March 21, 2017

Study Tour to Lyon Cancelled

EMAS has reluctantly decided to cancel this year’s study tour to Lyon, owing to the difficulty of finding an acceptable and affordable hotel.

The popularity of Lyon at Whitsun has meant that it has proved impossible to find a centrally-located hotel at a realistic price.

However, as many people expressed an interest in the proposed itinerary for this trip, it is proposed that we run it next year, but start bookings late this year in order to secure a suitable hotel.

Monday, March 6, 2017

David’s Fort: a Medieval Motte?

EMAS Members who trudged through the rather deep mud to visit David’s Fort on the 2015 EMAS Easter Study Tour to North Scotland and Skye may be interested in this blog post on the NOSAS Archaeology Blog:

David’s Fort: a Medieval Motte?

In around 2000 Janet Hooper, Allan MacKenzie and I undertook a survey of David’s Fort, a rather enigmatic site in Balavil Wood, near Conon Bridge.  Our intention was to survey the site, clarify its purpose and investigate the related documentary and contextual information.  We did arrange a geophysical survey which was cancelled due to Foot and Mouth, and that was replaced with a later walkover of Balavil Wood.  David’s Fort itself is scheduled, but there are other features in the immediate area which may be related and which are worthy of notice.

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Saturday, February 25, 2017


Saturday, 18th March 2017

Nikolaus Pevsner emphasizes the fact that both Rye and Winchelsea, like Lewes in Sussex, were hill towns – quite a rare phenomena in Britain. Both became Cinque Ports. Both were affected by the encroachment of the sea and were in economic decline by the sixteenth century. Rosemary Yeaxlee will be our guide around these two medieval towns.

Tuesday, February 14, 2017

EMAS Whitsun Study Tour: Lyon
10 – 17 June 2017

The full itinerary of the EMAS Whitsun Study Tour to Lyon is now on the web.

Click here to view the itinerary...

Wednesday, January 25, 2017

EMAS Easter Study Tour to Argyll, Mull and Iona

Full details of the EMAS Easter Study Tour to Argyll, Mull and Iona are now available on the EMAS Website.

You can find the details here...