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Sad news

March 26, 2018

Many members will remember Jon Wimhurst who joined the Society in 1993. Jon has been suffering from heart problems over the last year, and sadly passed away this morning at the Lister Hospital.

Jon was for many years one of our active diggers, joining Tony on many excavations.  More recently, he was one of the Society’s members who helped with the geophysical surveys at Verulamium, Ashwell End and other sites.

Jon studied at Imperial, and then worked for British Aerospace.  He moved into his cottage in Bassus Green, near Walkern, in the 1960s.  Since he retired, he was active in the Workers Educational Association, organising many of their courses, as well as his work with WAS and CAGG.  He will be much missed.

Jon had no immediate family, and we are unsure what arrangements had been made.  We will let members know when we have any further information.

Jon at the WAS Christmas Party.



Film night (and BTW its our AGM…)

March 15, 2018

This Friday sees the WAS film night.  Members of UCL’s Filming Antiquity project will be showing two silent movies from the 1950s of excavations at Verulamium.  The first shows the lifting and conservation of a mosaic, and the second the excavation and story of the timber buildings in Insula XIV.  These films have recently been digitised and this is the first time they have been shown publicly for many years.

The AGM will precede the films and should be quite short.

Cancelled meeting 2nd March 2018

February 28, 2018

Due to the uncertain weather conditions we have decided to cancel the meeting on Friday 2nd March.  We will try and rebook the meeting for later in the year, hopefully in April or early May.

The Roman Archaeology of the Nene Valley

February 19, 2018

The penultimate lecture of the Society’s Autumn / Winter programme is by Dr Stephen Upex on The Roman Archaeology of the Nene Valley.  Stephen teaches at Maddingley Hall, Cambridge, and is author of The Romans in the East of England: Settlement and Landscape in the Lower Nene Valley, the most recent and up-to-date work on the area but sadly out-of-print and almost impossible to buy second-hand for a sane price.  Stephen is planning a new campaign of fieldwork on this very important region of the Roman province.

Julius Caesar in Britain

February 7, 2018

Our next lecture is by Andrew Fitzpatrick is entitled Julius Caesar in Britain.  Andrew has been working on a project to assess the impact of Julius Caesar’s invasions of 55 and 54BC.  His research throws doubt on the oft-repeated role of Wheathampstead in the conflict, but does propose some fascinating alternatives.

All welcome.  WAS members free, visitors £3.  Meeting starts at 7.45 at the United Reformed Church hall Welwyn Garden City (opposite Sainsbury’s in the town centre).

Underground graffiti on the Western Front

January 24, 2018

Our next talk on February 2nd is quite a contrast from the previous one as we move from deep prehistory to the archaeology of modern conflict.  These monuments in miniature are generally inaccessible, carved into the walls of tunnels under the western front.  They vary from formal regimental badges to more entertaining images!

English Channel Neanderthals

December 17, 2017

Our first lecture of 2018 will be held on Friday 19th January at 7.45pm, United Reform Church, Welwyn Garden City. Dr Matt Pope will be talking about his research on the palaeolithic archaeology of Jersey.  Those of you who have heard Matt speak previously will know the enthusiasm he brings to his talks.  It should be an excellent evening.

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