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The new season is about to begin

September 26, 2018

In just over two weeks the new lecture season will begin. Always an exciting time to see what treats we have on offer over the coming months.  The opening lecture on Friday 12th October is entitled Shrines, fortresses, and shifting towns: archaeology of the Upper Casamance, Senegal (7th-19th centuries).  Sirio says:

This talk will discuss the archaeology of Kaabu, a West African kingdom that controlled the wider Senegambian region from the 13th to the 19th centuries. Initially part of the wider Mali Empire, later an independent state, Kaabu was well known from oral traditions and historical chronicles but had never been studied archaeologically prior to this project.

It should be a fascinating start to the season.  I have designed a poster to advertise the talk.  If anyone is willing to put some up, please let me know and I can either email you the pdf or send some hard copies.

Now for the bad news!  Subs are due at the first meeting.  They are £15 for an individual, or £20 for a family.  You can either pay us at the first meeting, or if you would like to use a direct deposit, email us for the bank details (



Heritage Day and forthcoming talk

September 5, 2018

This Saturday (8th Sept) Welwyn Hatfield Museums are hosting a “heritage day” at Welwyn Roman Baths. Both WAS and the Community Archaeology Geophysics Group will have displays. If you can help, please get in touch, or at least come and visit during the afternoon, 2 to 5pm.

In two weeks time, on the 19th September, WAS member Elizabeth Eastwood will be speaking to the Wheathampstead History Society on Constance and Mary: The Battle for Female Suffrage.  Due to the link between our two Societies, WAS members can attend free of charge.

The Archaeology of Wheathampstead

July 17, 2018

Tomorrow’s lecture at the Wheathampstead History Society is by Simon West and is entitled The Archaeology of Wheathampstead. A quarter century of highlights.  It should be an interesting talk.

The conference is this weekend

July 9, 2018

Book your tickets now!

Conference update

May 25, 2018

The programme for the conference is now available.   Tickets are £15 (£13 for WAS members with a discount code) from the Rhodes Art Complex, Bishop’s Stortford, either through the web or by phone (01279 710 200).

The Roman Archaeology of the Nene Valley

April 18, 2018

Dr Stephen Upex’s lecture was cancelled in March due to snow.  It will now be held on Friday 20th April at 7.45 in the United Reformed Church’s hall, Welwyn Garden City.  I hope many of you can attend what will, I’m sure, be a fascinating talk.

Funeral details

April 7, 2018

We have the details of the funeral for Jon Wimhurst who died 26th March 2018. He was a member of the society for over 25 years and will be fondly remembered by many of you.

It will be held on Tuesday 17th April, at Harwood Park Crematorium, (Watton Road, Stevenage  SG2 8XG) at 11.00. We are planning to arrange refreshments afterwards at a local pub.

If any of you would like to join us please let me know, so we know the number to cater for.

Best wishes

Clare Lewis  (


We have decided to have the wake at Tony Rook’s house, 23 Mill Lane, Welwyn.  Please let us know if you are planning to come.

Jon Wimhurst (right) and John Bright (left) at Lower Rivers Field in 2009.

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