We arrange events of archaeological interest for our members, including study days and visits to places of interest. Unless otherwise stated, to book a place please contact Pauline Blagden at . Please also refer to the latest Chairman's monthly newsletter (available via the Newsletter link) for up to date information on forthcoming events.


PLEASE NOTE: Following recent government advice on minimising the impact of Coronavirus, this year's activities will be subject to review and at least some are likely to be cancelled or postponed. Please check this page and the monthly email newsletter for updates. For more detailed enquiries please contact Pauline at .

Member-led walks: Around Petworth in summer, led by Henry Wakeford
- NOW CANCELLED, see above

Dates: Wednesday 12 August 2020 and Sunday 16 August 2020.

Guided Walk - Kingley Vale, led by Mike Kallaway

Date: Wednesday 19 August 2020

Start time: 10:00

Meeting point: West Stoke Car Park, Downs Rd, Chichester PO18 9BE

Cost: Members FREE, non-members £5.00 (if places are available) payable in cash on the day.


Kingley Vale is a well-known National Nature reserve within the South Downs National Park. Most visitors are aware of the ancient yew tree forest, Devils Hump Bronze Age Barrows and Iron Age settlements. Less well known is Kingley Vale’s past as a military training site particularly during World War 2. During this walk we will explore a number of military sites from the 19th Century rifle range to Auxiliary Unit WW2 hideouts. We will look at the evidence that still remains of its military use and the efforts made to clear munitions from the site after WW2. The walk will be illustrated by the use of old maps, aerial photos, LiDAR images and other documents. Other more ancient features such as field systems, settlements, enclosures and unusual barrows will also be revealed.

The walk will start and finish in West Stoke Car Park.  From the Car Park to the entrance to Kingley Vale Nature Reserve is around 0.8 miles adding 1.6 miles there and back to the overall route.  The full walk will take around 3.5 to 4 hours. A shorter option is possible taking about a mile out of the route. People who chose this option will have a break whilst the others take an excursion to see other sites.

The climb from the car park to the top is around 150 metres and is quite steep in parts so appropriate footwear should be worn. There are no facilities. Please bring a packed lunch and drink.

Practical Study Day: Make your own Iron Age Pot, led by Bill Crumbleholme

Date: Friday 18 September 2020

Time: 10:00 – 16:00

Location: Butser Ancient Farm, Chalton Lane, Waterlooville, PO8 0BG. There is plenty of parking.

Cost: Members £65, non-members £70 if places are available. Payment is due by 8 August 2020. Details of how to pay will be sent when your place is confirmed. Places are limited so book early.

Outline: This hands-on study day offers CDAS members the opportunity to learn about Iron Age pottery technology and have a go at making an 'Iron Age' pot. The day will include digging clay, preparing it and hand building pots. Then we will watch a simple bonfire firing. No experience is needed but wear old clothes!

Guided Walk – Old Idsworth, led by Mark Seaman

Date: Saturday 19th September 2020

Start time: 10:00

Meeting point: The entrance to the footpath up to St Huberts Church. There’s parking along the side of the road or opposite. Post code: PO8 0BE

Cost: Members FREE, non-members £5.00 (if places are available) payable in cash on the day.


Recent archaeological work by CDAS has revealed that the church of St Hubert’s Idsworth is built on top of much older buildings and has potentially been used as a sacred site for thousands of years. In the Bronze Age there were numerous round barrows in the area. A complex series of boundary ditches have been found in the field. These date to the Iron Age and indicate that there is a pagan temple under the church. When the Romans arrived around AD 60, they built their own temple on the Iron Age site. Then, with the arrival of Christianity, a wooden church was built on the site. This was followed by the current stone-built church, the western wall of which has a foundation of Roman pilae. A considerable amount of Iron Age, Roman, Saxon and Medieval pottery has been found in the field.

It is known that Roman religious cults and then the early church "appropriated" significant locations from previous religions to convert or suppress them, and Idsworth would appear to support this theory.

The walk will include Old Idsworth Gardens where permission has been obtained to see its dovecot and icehouse. If open, and social distancing allowing, there will be an opportunity to see the medieval wall paintings in the church. The walk will be illustrated with Geophys images and other documents. The total length is less than a mile. The going is fairly easy with one stile and should take about an hour. There are no facilities.

Study Day: Chichester’s Maritime Past, led by writer and historian Ian Friel.

Date: Saturday 28 November 2020

Time: 10:00 – 16:00

Location: Fishbourne Roman Palace (Rudkin Room), Roman Way, Fishbourne, Chichester PO19 3QR. There is plenty of parking.

Cost: Members £25, non-members £30. Payment is due by 30 October 2020. Details of how to pay will be sent when your place is confirmed.

Outline: Covering the area from Pagham Harbour to Chichester Harbour, and the period from prehistory onwards, this study day will explore Chichester’s maritime history through both archaeological and historical sources, drawing on Ian’s own research. The maritime history of this area is much richer than sometimes realised. It includes, for instance, an Elizabethan sailor from Chichester who vanished in the Indian Ocean, the Harbour's role as a grain-exporting haven in the 18th century, its surprising history in constructing Georgian warships, the local oyster fishery, and the development of yachting and leisure boating in the 20th century.