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

Study Day – Coins Part 2: The Coins, Tokens and Jetons of England, c. AD600-1971 led by David Rudling (Sussex School of Archaeology)

Date: Sunday 13 October 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 15th September 2019. Details of how to pay will be sent when your place is confirmed.

Outline: Led by David Rudling, this follow on/Part 2 day school will continue examination of the development of coinage in Britain from Saxon to post-medieval times. Participants will also examine the issuing of private tokens made of pewter, lead, copper and silver, and briefly review the use of casting counters or jetons. By the end of the session participants should be familiar with the main sequences of coin, token and jeton types for the post-Roman periods in England.

Note: It is not necessary to have attended Part 1 on 7 April to benefit from this study day.


Member-led visit to Thorney Island

Date: Friday 18 October 2019

Start time: tbc. This is a whole day event.

Location: Starts at Eames Farm, Thorney Road, Emsworth, PO10 8DE. Free parking is available at Eames Farm. Disabled and bicycle parking are in the courtyard, all other parking is on the road by the Eames Farm building.

Walk leaders/Presenters: Ann Davies, Trevor Davies, Brian Tomkinson

Cost: Members £10, non-members £15.00. Payment is due by 20 September.

Outline: CDAS is delighted to offer another opportunity to visit Thorney Island highlighting the work CDAS has done there including work relating to World War II structures, the Roman pottery collection in Thorney church, LiDAR, field systems and prehistoric finds. We will start the day at Eames Farm with presentations. After a refreshment break, we will drive to Thorney Island for the guided walk. The walk itself will take about 3 hours and will include many of the sites mentioned in the presentations. After the walk we will return to Eames Farm. Please bring a packed lunch. We will have lunch at Eames Farm either before or after the walk, depending on the final timings.

Important information about this event. Please read this before booking.
Thorney Island is a military site. We have permission for the walk but it could be withdrawn even at the last minute. All cars driven onto Thorney Island will need to be booked in advance. As we must minimise the number of cars we take onto the island we will need volunteers to offer lifts to other members and to provide their car details. As well as wearing appropriate footwear, you need to be reasonably fit to do this walk as you will be on your feet for about 3 hours. The walk will go ahead whatever the weather so please come prepared. Don’t forget to bring a packed lunch.


Study Day – Medieval Towns of Sussex led by Simon Stevens (Archaeology South-East)

Please note that this event is now fully booked, please contact Pauline at if you would like to be placed on a waiting list.

Date: Saturday 9th November 2019

Time: tbc. This is a full-day event.

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 7th October 2019. Details of how to pay will be sent when your place is confirmed.

Outline: The Medieval towns of Sussex are some of the most widely archaeologically investigated settlements in the country. Recent developments in our urban centres have offered numerous opportunities to excavate the buried remains of the period c.1066 to c.1500, and place them within the context of the surviving townscapes and above-ground remains.


2020

Behind the Scenes Visit to Fishbourne

Date: Thursday 6th February 2020

Time: 11:00 - 12:00

Location: Discovery Centre, Fishbourne Roman Palace, Roman Way, Chichester PO19 3QR. There is plenty of parking.

Cost: Members £6.00, non-members £11.00. Payment is due by 3rd January 2020. Details of how to pay will be sent when your place is confirmed.

Outline: This is a great opportunity for finds processors and others involved in excavations. Curator Rob Symmons will give us a behind the scenes tour of the store, focusing on recent research topics and providing the opportunity to handle some of the artefacts from the reserve collections. He will also touch on the subject of collections management in general, and issues such as pressures of space, deposition charges, archive preparation etc.

I hope the Cafe will be open for those wanting to stay for lunch afterwards. (It was open in February 2019.) Please note that the tour does not include admission to Fishbourne Palace and you will have to pay for this separately if you wish to visit the Palace. Only 12 places are available for the tour so book early!


Study Day – Roman Sussex led by David Rudling (Sussex School of Archaeology)

Date: Sunday 22 March 2020

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. Payment is due by 22 February 2020. Details of how to pay will be sent when your place is confirmed.

Outline: This day school will introduce participants to aspects of the archaeology of Sussex immediately before and during the Roman period (AD 43-410). We will examine: historical sources,  the ‘Conquest’ of Claudius, the client kingdom of Togidubnus, the Flavian Palace at Fishbourne, the tribal civitas capital at Chichester, other nucleated settlements, roads, villas, farmsteads, field systems and farming, industry, the army, religion, burial practices and the ‘End of Roman Sussex’. These topics will be considered from the perspectives of both the Romans and the native population.


Guided Tour of Bignor Roman Villa

Date: Wednesday 22 April 2020

Time: 14:30 – 15:30

Location: Bignor Roman Villa, Bignor, West Sussex RH20 1PH. There is free parking available and also a café on site.

Cost: Members £12, non-members £17. Payment is due by 20 March 2020.

Outline: The tour will cover the historical and archaeological context of the site, interpret the figures and motifs of the mosaics and touch also on the rediscovery of the Villa and its current preservation by Bignor Roman Villa Charitable Trust. After the tour you are welcome to stay on and peruse at your leisure.