BERKHAMSTED and district ARCHAEOLOGICAL SOCIETY

  


What we do
Practical fieldwork
Lectures and social events
Visits and excursions
2014 - 2015 programme
How to join us
Useful links
Chairman's report
The BADAS committee
Where we've been and what we've done

  
  


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WHAT WE DO

For more than forty years Berkhamsted and district archaeological society has offered a hands-on opportunity for local people to explore the history of this area.

Archaeology is an interest that appeals to all ages and all walks of life. Members of the society choose their own level of involvement and the activities in which they want to participate.

So, if you've ever wondered how the experts reach their conclusions about your ancesters, here's a chance to find out...

Join us...

Come to any of our lectures and meet fellow enthusiasts or

and send us your details

Annual adult subscriptions 15
Family suscriptions 17.50
Junior subscriptions 5

Subscriptions are due on the 1st September

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The society is widely recognised for it's work in illustrating the many varied communities that have lived here through the ages. It holds recognised amateur status and receives financial support from Dacorum Borough Council. It is also a member of the Berkhamsted Arts Trust.

BADAS members play an important role in helping with excavations on major sites, providing archaeological manpower resources which might not otherwise find funding or where time-scales are critical.


PRACTICAL FIELDWORK

With coaching, members gain real experience in most aspects of archaeology, from helping to conduct geophysical surveys of important sites to actually digging to unearth finds that can identify and date a site and provide clues about what took place there from decades to thousands of years ago. This is real archaeology - discovering our ancestors and the world they lived in.

Volunteers are needed for excavation and digging, recording finds and finds washing.
 


For some people the quest to discover the treasures of another Sutton Hoo is irresistable. Others may prefer less energetic pursuits such as lectures, visits and excursions. We have a programme of activities throughout the year which provides something for everyone

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HOW WE WORK

Before we excavate a potential site we explore what is below ground by geophysical survey either with resistivity metering or magnetometry, both of which send a signal through the earth and measure the reflected signal that comes back.

By converting the strength of measured signal into tones of grey in the computer we can create a diagram showing what lies beneath the surface so we can establish which areas we need to excavate.

The pictures on the right show a resistivity suvey in progress and the graphic below it is a typical survey of a plot of ground 30 meters square.

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LECTURES AND SOCIAL EVENTS

As entertaining as they are informative, the society's lectures are held in the ancient hall now used as the music room in Berkhamsted's Collegiate School, monthly from September to April.

Specialist guest speakers cover periods from ancient Egypt to ancient Britain, Roman to Saxon and medieval to Victorian.

Topics range from specialist techniques to assist in dating and identifying finds to discussions about what archaeologists have learned of the societies and cultures whose artifacts and sites have been discovered.

And when the mood takes us we have also been known to enhance our talks with supper.

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THEN WE DIG

The pictures above show our work in the lawns at Ashridge House where we are exploring the remains of the conventual church. It was dedicated in 1286 and demolished in 1575. The remaining monastic buildings were demolished in 1803 and replaced by the current house. Above is a small coin found there in 2012.


VISITS AND EXCURSIONS

Offering a wider perspective for our members, we arrange visits to important archaeological sites throughout the UK. usually over a weekend, often with specialist commentary from local experts. Sutton Hoo, Roman Bath, pre-historic monuments, Norman churches, castles and mosaics have featured in recent itineraries.

These are both educational and entertaining as well as offering an oportunity for like minded people to share a fulfilling and social event.


OUR PROGRAMME FOR 2014/15

Lectures take place on Monday evenings in the music room at Berkhamsted Collegiate School in Mill Street at 7.45pm

22 SEPTEMBER

Giovanni Belzoni: The Strongman Egyptologist
Peter A. Clayton, FSA, Chairman, BDAS

27 OCTOBER

Sensing the Iron Age and Roman Past in Hertfordshire
Dr Kris Lockyear, FSA, Institute of Archaeology,
University College London

24 NOVEMBER

The Mysteries of Yewden Roman Villa
Brett Thorn,
Buckinghamshire Archaeological Service

15 DECEMBER

Archaeology & Biomechanics
Stacy Hackner

2015

26 JANUARY

The Frome Hoard of 52,501 Roman Coins
Dr Sam Moorhead, FSA
Department of Portable Antiquities & Treasure, The British Museum

23 FEBRUARY

The Ark Before Noah
Dr Irving Finkel,
Department of Western Asia, The British Museum

23 MARCH

The Story of Roman London
Caroline McDonald, Curator, Museum of London

27 APRIL

43rd Annual General Meeting, and Roman Dining
Christopher Lydamore

9th May

2015 away day - watch this space for more details


to read THE CHAIRMAN'S REPORT FOR 2013

OFFICERS AND COMMITTEE

Chairman
Peter A Clayton

Treasurer
Mrs Dot O'Gorman

Secretary
Mrs Jill Baxter

Additional Committee members
Graham Juniper. Ken Wallis, Susan Howard and Laura Sanderson

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ASHRIDGE DIG

The ongoing dig at Ashridge has been carefully documented and reports have been published every year for the College.

PDFs of these reports have been prepared and links are available here for you to download your own copies


Download Proposal for survey

Download Report 1

Download Report 2

Download Report 3

Download Report 4

Download Report 5

Download Report 6


USFUL LINKS

The growth of the internet brings the past into the present and the future and makes archaeological information increasingly accessible. The following links are particularly recommended:


CURRENT ARCHAEOLOGY
www.archaeology.co.uk

BRITISH ARCHAEOLOGY
www.britarch.ac.uk

BBC HISTORY AND ARCHAEOLOGY
www.bbc.co.uk
/history/archaeology


WHERE WE'VE BEEN AND WHAT WE'VE DONE.
to see pictures and a report on our weekend away in May 2013

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Away weekend 2012 Castle Acre Priory


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Getting a birds eye view of the excavations at Ashridge House 2012


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Ashridge dig continues in 2013


Guided tour of Sherbourn during the away weekend in 2013. Full details on the link above