The Winter meeting programme 2018-19 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.
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5th September 2018: Wessex – from Roman Civitas to Anglo-Saxon Shire
Speaker: Dr Bruce Eagles
In this talk I should like to draw particular attention – though inevitably I can do this only very succinctly – to five themes which lie at the heart of my book:
- The definition of the boundaries of the Roman civitates and their influence upon the pattern of the earliest English settlements
- Ethnicity: who was a ‘Briton’ and who a ‘Saxon’ in the turbulent world that followed the collapse of Roman government?
- The very marked contrasts between eastern (Berkshire, Hampshire and the Isle of Wight and Wiltshire) and western Wessex (Somerset and Dorset)
- The definition, development and demise of the territory of the Jutes in southern Hampshire and on the Isle of Wight; and its relationship to the ‘small shire’ of Hamtunscir
- The relationship of Hamtunscir and other ‘small shires’ to the county of Hampshire as it has been known to us since the time of Domesday Book
3rd October 2018: Recent Archaeological Work at Old Sarum and its Environs. A Western Suburb?
Speaker: Kristian Strutt, University of Southampton
This talk will provide an update on the recent geophysical survey and excavation undertaken by the University of Southampton near Old Sarum, providing new information about the location of settlement in the area.
7th November 2018: A Load of Old Stones: Imported Axe-heads in the British Neolithic
Speaker: Dr. Katharine Walker, Visiting Fellow, Bournemouth University
This talk will look at the significant body of stone and flint axe-heads imported into Britain from the Continent which has been poorly understood, overlooked and undervalued in Neolithic studies particularly over the past half century. This is due to a bias against invasion and diffusionist models. I reassess the significance of these objects by establishing a secure evidence base and thinking about their crucial role in helping us to understand Neolithic society. The talk covers Alpine jade, Breton metadolerite, and flint from Scandinavia, and discusses the investigative work needed to establish the credentials of each axe-head.
5th December 2018: Film night: The Time Team at Breamore
We will be showing the Time Team episode at Breamore when important Saxon finds were made. Being (nearly) Christmas, mince pies will be served with the tea and coffee.
2nd January 2019: Members Evening – “2018 – A vintage year? Recent aerial and geophysical discoveries in and around the Avon Valley”
Speakers: Mike Gill & Jo Crane
During the summer of 2018, the news was full of sites being revealed as crop marks during the drought conditions. The Avon Valley was no exception. Jo will be showing some of the more recent aerial photos taken with his wife Sue, including what did, and what did not appear, as crop marks during the very hot Summer. Mike will complement this by discussing some amazing sites that have shown up on the latest Google Earth imagery. There will also be a discussion of follow up geophysical survey using equipment loaned via the LoCATE project, which has allowed us to ground truth some of the crop marks.
6th February 2019: Druce Farm Roman Villa, near Puddletown
Speaker: Lilian Ladle MBE
Lilian Ladle will speaking about the fantastic excavations she headed up at Druce Farm Roman Villa near Puddletown. The findings at this significant villa have been widely published both nationally and internationally. Taking place from 2013 to 2018, they have just ended (in theory!). Recent excavations have also revealed an incredible Neolithic structure and associated pits.
6th March 2019: Spitfires of the Seas, Coastal Forces During the Second World War
Speaker: Steve Fisher
Steve Fisher, formerly of the Maritime Archaeology Trust, is working on a project with the New Forest National Park Authority recording the work of Coastal Forces during the war.
3rd April 2019: Orkney and Beyond
Speaker: Ben Buxton, Curator of Wareham Museum
Archaeologist Ben Buxton, curator of Wareham museum, will be speaking about his long term involvement with the archaeology of the remote Scottish islands. Ben first explored the Barra Isles in the 1970s. Later, while studying for a degree in archaeology, he investigated the archaeology and history of Mingulay. In 1995 ‘Mingulay: An Island and its People’ was published by Birlinn. This was joint winner of the Michaelis-Jena Ratcliffe Prize for Folklife in 1997.
1st May 2019: Annual General Meeting followed by … “Old maps and lasers: Mapping the archaeology of the Avon Valley and its environs”
Speaker: Mike Gill, AVAS & Ordnance Survey
Mike will discuss how map data can be used to transform our understanding of the archaeology of the Avon Valley. A wide range of spatial datasets have been made available in recent years, from Lidar to aerial photography, and these can be integrated with more traditional paper maps to discover new sites and reveal new information about existing sites. He will also provide an update on the latest geophysics work undertaken by AVAS which itself is helping to map sub-surface archaeological features.