Please note:  The April and May 2020 meetings are cancelled due to the current Coronavirus situation.  We will provide an update here as soon as we are able to re-start our lecture programme.

The Winter meeting programme 2019-20 is shown below.  Visitors are very welcome at the meetings. Please note speakers are booked many months in advance and sometimes have to cancel at short notice. Although we always try to find another speaker the talk may be on a different subject.

MEETINGS: 7.30pm at Ann Rose Hall, Greyfriars Community Centre, Christchurch Road, Ringwood BH24 1DW

Please note:  meetings at Greyfriars for 2020-21 are currently suspended due to the ongoing Covid-19 situation.  Lectures and meetings will be conducted online until further notice, with members contacted by email with joining instructions.

MEETING FEES:- Members £2.00, Visitors £3.50

ANNUAL SUBSCRIPTION:- Adult £10.00, Full-time Student £5.00

ENQUIRIES TO:- The Chairman, Mark Vincent 01425 473677 or use the Contact Us page.



4th September 2019: Once upon a hillfort
Speaker: Dave Stewart

This talk will concentrate on an ambitious project to undertake geophysics surveys of the Iron Age hillforts of Dorset.  Dave led this research and has co-authored a book, ‘Hillforts and the Durotriges’, describing the results.

2nd October 2019 Wonderful things: The Army Basing Programme and the Stonehenge Landscape
Speaker:  Simon Cleggett, Wessex Archaeology

The excavation of Bulford, Larkhill and Tidworth over five years. Followed by the international media- discoveries included four henges, a causewayed enclosure, Neolithic pits, Bronze Age burials and cremations, two Anglo Saxon cemeteries and the largest WWI practise battlefield ever excavated. Larkhill turned out to be the largest open area excavation ever undertaken in proximity to the Stonehenge World Heritage Site- truly wonderful things.

6th November 2019: Charles Rolls and Britain’s First International Aviation Meeting
Speaker: Stephen Robson

The seaside town of Bournemouth was the venue for Britain’s first International Aircraft Meeting in 1910. Rolls came from a wealthy background and instead of living a relaxed life he chose to pursue speed whether in cycling, cars, balloons or aeroplanes. He hosted the Wright Brothers when they visited England to meet the Short Brothers, who had been granted a licence to build Wright aircraft and thus created the first specific aircraft production factory in Britain. Rolls completed a non-stop return flight across the English Channel in June 1910 to prove that England had ceased to be an island yet died just over a month later at Bournemouth in the country’s first fatal aircraft crash – such were the hazards for the early pioneers. Today Rolls’ fatal crash is commemorated by a plaque in the private grounds of a Southbourne school but plans for a heritage patio in public view will be revealed.

4th December 2019: The Swash Channel Wreck
Speaker: Dave Parham, Professor in Archaeology, Anthropology & Forensic Science at Bournemouth University

Professor Parham will talk about the latest research on the wreck of a 17th Century merchant ship discovered near the entrance to Poole Harbour.


8th January 2020:  Members Evening:  A Lost Long Barrow Rediscovered?  Recent investigations at Sopley Fruit Farm
Speaker: Mike Gill, AVAS

In the 19th Century, a long barrow (burial mound) was mentioned and briefly described at the inaugural meeting of the Christchurch Archaeological Association.  The site was subsequently lost, probably due to the construction of a Second World War airfield.  Recent documentary research and map regression analysis identified a potential location for this destroyed barrow, and geophysical survey revealed a large anomaly consistent with a long barrow.  Over the last couple of months, AVAS has excavated a trial trench in an attempt to confirm the identity of a long barrow.  This talk will reveal the preliminary but exciting results from this investigation, and attempt to set the monument in its context in the wider landscape.

5th February 2020: Living with Monuments: life and cultural landscape around Avebury, c.4000–1500BC
Speaker: Josh Pollard, Professor in Archaeology at The University of Southampton

4th March 2020: Human, animal and environmental interactions in the earliest farming villages in the Middle East. Using environmental archaeology and ethnoarchaeology to interpret Neolithic archaeological sites.
Speaker: Dr Sarah Elliott, British Academy Postdoctoral Research Fellow, Bournemouth University

Lectures suspended until after the Coronovirus situation is resolved.

1st April 2020: Hands on Workshop:  The large animal bones of the Caistor Roman Project
Speaker: Paul Clarkson, Bournemouth University

6th May 2020: Annual General Meeting followed by:  “Iron Age Houses and Furnishings focused on Hengistbury Head”
Speaker: Dave Freeman (

The archaeology of Hengistbury Head is being re-examined, especially with respect to the Iron Age.  There have been proposals to build some replica houses.  Dave’s speciality is in the reconstruction of Iron Age houses, and he will show how these buildings were built and lived in

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