Activities

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.

2019

Flint Recognition Study Day, led by Bob and Gillian Turner

PLEASE NOTE - This study day is now fully subscribed, please contact Pauline if you wish to be added to a waiting list.

Date: Saturday 2nd March 2019

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 (if places are available). Payment is due by 1st February 2019. Details of how to pay will be sent when your place is confirmed.

The course outline:
This study day will give you an overview of flint tools from the early Paleolithic with special emphasis on the flints you find on an excavation. The focus will be on recognition of different flints not how they were made, so even if you attended Bob's recent practical course at Butser, you will still find this study day useful and interesting. It will be a fun day with lots of hands-on things to do.


Visit to Arundel Museum

Date: Wednesday 6th March 2019

Time: 10:30 – 12:30

Location: Arundel Museum, Mill Road, Arundel BN18 9PA. There is a car park in Mill Road. A charge is payable for parking.

Cost: £5.00 members, £10.00 non-members. Payment is due by 1st February 2019. Details of how to pay will be sent when your place is confirmed.

Outline: After coffee on arrival, there will be a talk by local author Rosemary Hagedorn on the history of Arundel. You will then have an opportunity to explore the museum with its wide-ranging local collections at your own pace and there will be a steward on hand to answer your questions.


Study Day - The Origins of Coinage and Celtic and Roman coins in Britain led by David Rudling (Sussex School of Archaeology)

Date: Sunday 7 April 2019

Time: 10:30 – 16:30

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

Cost: Members £25, non-members £30 (if places are available). Payment is due by 1st March 2019. Details of how to pay will be sent when your place is confirmed.

Outline: This study day will start by examining the development of coins and primitive currencies in different parts of the world, especially in Asia Minor, Greece and Republican Rome. Thereafter participants will look in more detail at the coins and other types of currencies used in Britain during the Late Iron Age and Roman periods. By the end of the session they should be familiar with the main sequences of coin types for these periods.


Half day guided visit to Butser Ancient Farm

Date: Wednesday 15 May 2019

Time: 10:00 – 12:00

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

Cost: Members £15, non-members £20 (if places are available). Payment is due by 1st April 2019. Details of how to pay will be sent when your place is confirmed.

Outline: Butser Ancient Farm has extended its original remit of the British Iron Age, with the construction of experimental buildings from the Neolithic, Romano-British, and Early Medieval periods. Of particular interest at this time are the ongoing extensions of the interpretation of the Sparsholt Romano-British villa, and the construction of the second building from the Church Down ‘Anglo-Saxon’ site. The villa’s interior is undergoing major refurbishment, with the objective of better representing – so far as our understanding permits – a 4th century Romano-British domestic villa. Included in the work is the installation of a representation of the mosaic floor from the villa’s ‘reception room’. We will have a detailed guided tour of the site giving an insight into the experimental archaeology done at the centre for all the periods of history represented.


Guided Walk: From Quarry to Church; the greensands of West Sussex, led by David and Anne Bone

Date: Tuesday 25 June 2019

Start time: 10:00. This is a full day event.

Location: Meeting point to be confirmed

Cost: Members £2.00, non-members £7.00. Please book in advance by contacting Pauline and pay in cash on the day.

Outline: During this day-long excursion, we will visit several sites that illustrate the variety of building stones, informally known as ‘greensand’. Locations will take in sites of rock extraction to understand the geology, including underground in the historic Marehill Sand Mines near Pulborough, and also visit two churches where the stone can be seen in use.
The provisional itinerary (subject to access permissions being obtained) is: 1. Amberley – river cliff and castle; 2. Parham – sandpit and house; 3. Marehill – sand mines (we will also stop here for a lunch as we need to use the pub car park); 4. Pulborough – church; 5. Stopham – church.
Participants will need to provide their own transport or arrange a car share, and have a good torch and hard hat to access the Marehill sand mines. Also, but not essential, a high visibility jacket as we need to walk up a narrow public road to get to the site. Parking will be limited at some sites.