The Winter meeting programme 2017-18 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
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.
AVON VALLEY ARCHAEOLOGICAL SOCIETY IS A REGISTERED CHARITY NO. 289516
6th September 2017: The Everyday life of the New Forest cottager in the 19th century
Speaker: Mr Stephen Ings
4th October 2017: Shedding New Light on the New Forest
Speaker: Lawrence Shaw, Archaeological Officer, New Forest National Park Authority
This talk will bring us up to date with the latest findings from a project using Lidar data to enhance our knowledge of archaeological sites within the New Forest.
1st November 2017: “Ancient Britons to Anglo-Saxons”
Speaker: Mr. Jim Barber
6th December 2017: “Three hundred miles in the footsteps of Vespasian – Recent work at Lake Farm legionary fortress.”
Speaker: Paul Cheetham, Senior Lecturer in Archaeological Science, Bournemouth University
The talk will discuss how the recent work has changed our understanding of the relationship of the fortress at Lake Farm to the Roman port at Hamworthy and its consequences for our understanding of the geography of Roman Britain in the south-west.
3rd January 2018: Members Evening – Flint Story – the use of flint as a tool making material. Steve and Chrissie will be bring along flints for us to learn about and handle – see poster below…
7th February 2018: The Palaeolithic of the Avon Valley
Speaker: Dr Ella Egberts, Bournemouth University
7th March 2018: ‘New Light on the Knowlton Complex’
Speaker: Dr Martin Green
The ceremonial complex at Knowlton is the least well known and investigated Neolithic – Early Bronze Age group of monuments in Wessex. However, due to recent excavations it is now known to contain at least seven henge monuments and over 170 round barrows / ring ditches including the largest prehistoric round mound in Dorset.
Martin will give the background to the complex before describing work undertaken recently in a joint collaboration with Southampton University. This included the discovery of a remarkable early Beaker period burial.
4th April 2018: ‘Life, death and feasting – 5600 years of occupation at Worth Matravers’
Speaker: Lilian Ladle
This tiny site has revealed extraordinary archaeology which included: part of an Early Neolithic enclosure, Middle Bronze Age pottery clamp, a Late Bronze Age house, a Late Bronze Age/Early Iron Age dark-eareth midden site, Two Iron Age houses and contemporary pits, a Roman barn with infant burials and a Post-Roman cemetery.
2nd May 2018: Annual General Meeting followed by a talk by Mike Gill: “Fire pits, barrows and bulldozers: recent geophysics surveys in and around the Avon Valley”
AVAS has been participating in the LoCATE project, run jointly by Bournemouth University and the New Forest National Park Authority. This project aims to provide access to and training in professional survey equipment. Over the past year and a half, AVAS has undertaken a number of surveys on a diverse range of sites, including possible long barrows, round barrows and Iron Age and Roman enclosures. This talk will report on the impressive results that have been obtained.