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Tom Williamson

February 15, 2017

We have Tom Williamson coming to talk to WAS on Friday 24th. Tom is Professor of Landscape History at the University of East Anglia in Norwich, and author of a great many books. He wrote The Origins of Hertfordshire which was published in two editions, as well as co-authoring The Landscape of Hertfordshire with Anne Rowe, and Dury and Andrews’ Map of Hertfordshire by Andrew Macnair, Anne Rowe and Tom. He will be speaking on Reading Hertfordshire’s Landscape: Dury and Andrews and beyond.

The meeting starts at 7.45pm and costs £3 for non-members. The University of Hertfordshire Press will have a bookstall.




“… including the dots”

February 1, 2017

Our next lecture is by Isobel Thompson. Isobel is the expert on Late Iron Age grog tempered pottery and she is also co-author of Alban’s Buried Towns (with Rosalind Niblett).  She has been working for the Hertfordshire Historic Environment Department and one of the people responsible for maintaining the Hertfordshire Historic Environment Record, what used to be called the Sites and Monuments Record.  As a result, she has a detailed knowledge of the archaeology of the County, and especially of the latest work and finds.  Come and find out what has been found in the county in recent years with her talk entitled “More from the Historic Environment Record… including the dots”.



Not just a pointy stick

January 23, 2017

On Friday the next WAS lecture will be held at the United Reformed Church, WGC, at 7.45. See poster below for details.

Not Just a Pointy Stick

Not Just A Pointy Stick! The Hunting Weapons of the Pre-Neanderthals

January 7, 2017

The next WAS lecture will be on Friday 27th January at 7.45pm. Annemieke Milks from the UCL Institute of Archaeology will be talking about “Not Just a Pointy Stick! The Hunting Weapons of the Pre-Neanderthals”. Focusing on the origins and performance of ‘simple’ and ‘complex’ projectile technologies and understanding Middle Pleistocene hunting behaviours.

For more information on Annemieke’s area of research please visit her Institute of Archaeology profile:

Not Just a Pointy Stick



Devils and wicked men

November 27, 2016

The next talk is the intriguingly named “Devils and wicked men: The origins of two early castles in Luton” by Joe Abrams.  It will be on Friday 2nd December in the United Reformed Church Hall, WGC at 7.45.  Poster below.

The conference on Saturday went very well.  We estimate there were about 125 people there.  Once we have caught our breath we will be starting the long process of publication.  Hopefully, it will be quicker than the first conference.

Lastly, we are having our Christmas party on December 10th at 23 Mill Lane, Welwyn, starting at 8pm.  Tickets can be purchased on Friday at the lecture, or contact us on if you cannot make it and would like to come, and cost £7. This includes drinks, snacks and nibbles.  The party is held in a 15th century house in the centre of Welwyn, one of the oldest surviving buildings in the village.


Upcoming events

November 20, 2016

Just a quick reminder that the conference is happening next Saturday (26th November).  If you haven’t got a ticket, you can pay on the door but please email me so I can order enough teas and coffees.

I am also going to be interviewed on Three Counties Radio on Wednesday afternoon, about 2.30pm.

See you Saturday!


Next lecture: 11th November

November 3, 2016



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