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.

2018

Roman-period pottery found in West Sussex (c.AD70-410).
A Study Day led by Gordon Hayden.

Date: Saturday 10 February 2018

Time: 1000-1600

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

Cost: Cost: Members £25 , non-members £30 (if places are available). Payment is due by 10 January. Details of how to pay will be sent when your place is confirmed.

The course outline:
The day will consist of the identification of the most common pottery types found in West Sussex, from the formal absorption of this particular area into the Roman Empire (c.AD70), until the end of Roman period.

Through the use of presentations and a sorting session, the most common pottery types will be studied with the aim of differentiating between local, regional and imported wares.


Introduction to QGIS, a Practical Guide.
A study day led by Mark Seaman, Mike Kallaway and Brian Tomkinson.

Date: Saturday 24 February 2018

Time: 1000-1600

Location: Eames Farm, Thorney Road, Emsworth, PO10 8DE. Free parking is available. You will need to bring a packed lunch. Directions

Cost: Members £25, non-members £30 (if places are available). Payment is due by 24 January. Details of how to pay will be sent when your place is confirmed.

The course outline:
This is an introductory course to the most commonly used graphical information system, QGIS. The objective is to introduce delegates to this powerful set of tools and use QGIS to achieve basic but very useful results. It is a practical course, and delegates should bring a laptop previously loaded with QGIS. Instructions to load up QGIS will be sent out beforehand.  Course notes will be provided for future reference. Assistance will be provided on the course if any difficulties are encountered. If a laptop is not available then one can be shared.  We will use one of our laptops to project on to the screen and work through the course material.


Textiles: A study day led by Sue Wallis

Date: Tuesday 6 March 2018

Time: 1000-1530

Location: Eames Farm, Thorney Road, Emsworth, PO10 8DE. Free parking is available. You will need to bring a packed lunch. Directions

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

The course outline:
Textiles require a huge amount of time and resources to produce. Surviving evidence of textiles and textile technology is often scanty. The significance of textile production to our ancestors is easy to overlook. An understanding of the history of textiles is fascinating and gives insights into the levels of interconnectedness of ancient societies. The study day will give an overview of the evidence for ancient textiles and an opportunity to have ‘hands on’ experience of some of the technology. The leader of the Study Day has a strongly scientific background and is currently Chairman of the Cambridgeshire Guild of Weavers, Spinners and Dyers. She has always had an interest in textiles and has been a weaver since 2010.


Flint knapping: a practical study day led by Bob Turner

Date: Saturday 9 June 2018

Time: 1000-1630

Location: Butser Ancient Farm, Chalton Lane, Chalton, Waterlooville PO8 0BG. Directions There is plenty of parking. You will need to bring a packed lunch and refreshments.

Cost: Members £40, non-members £45 (if places are available). This includes entry to Butser Ancient Farm. Payment is due by 1 May. Details of how to pay will be sent when your place is confirmed.

The course outline:
There will be a practical demonstration followed by everyone trying their skills with flint. The lecturer will give you a flavour of life in the Mesolithic / Neolithic showing how people lived and he will try to cover the full range of tools.


Timber-framed buildings of the Weald, their development and dating for beginners.
A Study Day led by Jeremy Clarke.

Date: Saturday 3 November 2018

Time: To be confirmed. This is a full day event.

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

Cost: Members £25 , non-members £30 (if places are available). Payment is due by 10 September. Details of how to pay will be sent when your place is confirmed.

The course outline:
This study day will cover terminology, how to approach dating a building, useful resources and a group practical session using site photographs and plans to try out the knowledge gained.