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The Emergence of the English

December 4, 2019

Our last talk of 2019 is by Sue Oosthuizen on the theme of her latest book: “On the Emergence of the English”. It should be an excellent end to 2019! Prior to the talk, we’ll be having a Christmas drinks and nibbles event. Please bring a contribution to the food and we’ll supply mulled wine and tea/coffee. Doors will open early at 7.15 so we can celebrate before the talk. Hope to see lots of you there.

 

Verulamium: Busy places and empty spaces

November 26, 2019

This Friday’s lecture presents the work of the Community Archaeology Geophysics Group, to which many WAS members contribute, at the Roman city of Verulamium.  The talk will look at the history and plan of the city of Verulamium, and examine how the results of the geophysical survey have contributed to our understanding of the city.  The meeting starts at 7.45pm at the United Reformed Church hall, Church Road, Welwyn Garden City.

At the meeting we will also be asking for people to offer to contribute to our pre-lecture Christmas drinks and nibbles prior to the final lecture of the season.

The first Britons?

November 3, 2019

This lecture is sponsored by The Prehistoric Society.

Our next talk on November 15th is The First Britons? Mesolithic evidence from Starr Carr by Don Henson.  Prehaps the most famous mesolithic site in Britain, this should be a fascinating talk about recent work at the site.  Don will be bringing replicas of some of the famous artefacts from the site for us to examine.

 

An Introduction to Experimental Archaeology

October 31, 2019

Chris Martin-Taylor will be providing an introduction to Experimental Archaeology this Friday, United Reformed Church, WGC.  Meeting starts at 7.45. Chris works for KDK Archaeology based in Leighton Buzzard.  Amongst other things, he has volunteered in the construction of Guédelon Castle in France, which is being built using only historically accurate tools and construction methods.  This should be a fascinating talk.

Talking torcs: the technology of Iron Age gold

October 2, 2019

The first lecture of the 2019/2020 season is almost upon us. Tessa Machling and Roland Williamson will be showing us the technology behind Iron Age bling! Tessa showed us the chocolate versions earlier this year. Do come and get this season off to a great start, and don’t forget your subs are due.

A very successful day

July 1, 2019

The Verulamium conference held last Saturday was very successful.  About 140 people attended, including many WAS members.  Many thanks to those members who looked after the display during the breaks.  Our new roller-banner looked great on the main stage balancing the one from our co-hosts, the Arc and Arc.

Many thanks to Caroline Howkins for supplying the images below.

Verulamium

June 27, 2019

This Saturday sees the conference on “Verulamium: Life and Death of a Roman City” being held in St Albans.  The conference is completely sold out, but I will post a report here, and we are hoping to publish it. Many of our members are attending, and I am looking forward to meeting you all there.

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