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.

2017

Guided Walk - Kingley Vale
Date: Wednesday 5 April 2017
Start time: 10:00
Meeting point: West Stoke Car Park, Downs Rd, Chichester PO18 9BE
Leader: Mike Kallaway
Cost: Members £1.00, non-members £6.00 (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 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 to 3.5 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.


Study Day - West Sussex geology and landscapes for the archaeologist
Date: Saturday 22 April 2017
Start time: 09:45, full day event
Meeting point: Fishbourne Roman Palace, Roman Way, Fishbourne PO19 3QR
Guide lecturer: Matt Pope
Cost: Members £26.00, non-members £31.00 (if places are available).

This is a minibus tour through West Sussex exploring the landscape in terms of geology and landforms. Its designed to give anyone interested in archaeology within the county an introduction to how the land is put together and how humans have used it through the last half million years. During a packed day we will explore:

There will short walks along footpaths at some of the stops. Please bring a packed lunch.