On the track of Neanderthals in Jersey: The Ice Age Island Project

University of Sussex Archaeological Society in association with the Sussex Archaeological Society

Thursday 15 March 20187-8.30pm

Fulton Building Lecture Theatre A, University of Sussex, Falmer

On the track of Neanderthals in Jersey: The Ice Age Island Project

Lecture by Dr Matt Pope FSA, MCIfA

Over the past decade a multidisciplinary team from the UK have focused filed and archive research on the Channel Island of Jersey. Situated just 13 miles form the French coast this landmass provides an important record of Neanderthal activity within the formerly submerged landscapes of the English Channel region. This record also includes the single site, La Cotte de St Brelade with its internationally significant record of Neanderthal occupation spanning in excess of 200,000 years. In this lecture we consider how the record of Jersey unlocks the wider region of the English Channel and how its palaeolandscape, which we have named La Manche, provided both opportunities and challenges to Neanderthal and early modern human groups occupying it.

Dr Matt Pope is Principal Research Associate in Palaeolithic Archaeology and Senior Geoarchaeologist at the UCL Institute of Archaeology.

All are welcome: entrance charges: US students: free; US staff and Members of the USAS and SAS archaeological societies: £2; others: £3.

CBA London goes to the Charterhouse on Saturday 16th September, 2pm

CBA London has arranged a special Brother’s tour of the Charterhouse

The Charterhouse has been living the nation’s history since 1348. In that time it has served as a monastery, private mansion, boys’ school and almshouse. After use as a plague burial ground during the Black Death in 1348, the Charterhouse was built in 1371. This Carthusian monastery flourished throughout the later medieval period until the dissolution of the monasteries, when it became a mansion for wealthy noblemen and was frequented by royalty, including Elizabeth I and James I. In 1611 Thomas Sutton bought the Charterhouse and established the foundation that now bears his name. Thomas Sutton’s will provided residences for up to 80 Brothers, as well as Charterhouse school. James I became the first Royal Governor of Thomas Sutton’s foundation. Today, the school having moved to Surrey, the Charterhouse remains the home to a community of Brothers who benefit from Thomas Sutton’s foundation. It is also custodian of a wide range of historic objects which have been acquired over the course of its 660 year history. Most of the rich body of historic museum, archive and library material is cared for and displayed on-site, and a new museum opened earlier this year.

Brother’s tour

CBA London has arranged a behind the scenes tour led by one of the resident Brothers. Each tour is given from the perspective of the individual Brother, so no two tours are the same. They provide an in-depth look at the long history of the site as well as the lifestyle of the Brothers through the centuries. This event is being led by CBA London trustee Robert Whytehead who will give a short introduction on the context of the Charterhouse, and recent archaeology, before starting the Brothers’ tour.


If the event sells out, there will be a waiting list. To book, and for further information go to:

https://www.eventbrite.com/e/cba-london-takes-a-tour-of-the-charterhouse-tickets-37003162455  Any queries can be sent to Becky Wallower, CBA London’s events coordinator: becky.wallower@dial.pipex.com.


Cultural Heritage in danger: illicit trafficking, armed conflicts and Cultural Diplomacy

Friday, 9th of June 2017

Venue: Canterbury Cathedral Lodge
Address: Canterbury Cathedral, The Precincts, Canterbury, Kent CT1 2EH

After World War II, the 1954 Hague Convention on the Protection of Cultural Property in Event of Armed Conflict recognized the need to protect and preserve heritage for the benefit of mankind. In the last 60 years, this Convention has been ratified by 129 countries, the latest being the UK in February 2017, and has improved the international framework regulating the protection of cultural heritage in time of conflict. This conference will bring together senior government officials and leading academics from the UK and continental Europe to assess improvements and weaknesses of heritage protection in the current era of terrorist warfare, where ideology, social media and clickbait concur to destroy heritage as recently seen in Palmyra and Mosul. It will also assess developments in the fight against the trafficking of cultural property and discuss new ways of enhancing cooperation between states, as well as Europe and Great Britain in the uncertain time of Brexit. Finally, speakers will discuss how cultural diplomacy can facilitate dialogue between communities that have been torn apart by conflict.

See http://blogs.kent.ac.uk/linking-heritage/conference/ for full programme and details

Surrey Archaeological Society SHERF Conference and AGM

Research Revisited

Saturday November 26th at Letherhead Institute, High Street, KT22 8AH Leatherhead
from 0930 to 1700. Tickets at £10 for members, £12 for non-members and £8 for
students under 25 from http://www.surreyarchaeology.org.uk/content/sherf-16-research-revisited or from Castle Arch, Quarry Street, Guildford GU1 3SX, 01483 532454

09.30 Registration
10.00 Opening remarks: Chair, Emma Corke
10.10 New insights into the prehistoric ceramics from Weston Wood, Albury: Michael
10.45 Coffee
11.15 Surrey Greensand hillforts: Judie English
11.45 Understanding Lowther’s excavation of Ashtead Roman Villa: David Bird
12.15 Discussion
12.30 Lunch
13.30 Introduction to the afternoon: Emma Corke
13.35 Reviewing Roman Southwark: Harvey Sheldon
14.05 What makes a Surrey Wealden Hall House special?: Martin Higgins
14.35 Tea
15.05 The Loseley Chapel in St Nicolas, Guildford: its links with a wider literary and
cultural world: Catherine Fergusion
15.35 Discussion
15.45 Close
16.00 SyAS AGM

Study Day at Kent’s only ‘King Charles’ church

October – 15 – 2016.   Venue:  The church of King Charles the Martyr, Royal Tunbridge Wells.

A Study Day on the history of the church and its parish.

King Charles the Martyr, Tunbridge Wells


Organized by the Kent Archaeological Society, the event will open with illustrated lectures by Dr Philip Whitbourn on the town’s late 17th century origins; Rebecca Warren (‘the Anglican church from the Civil War to the Toleration Act of 1689’) and Dr Matthew Reynolds (‘Charles the Martyr: late 17th-century perceptions’).

Dr Whitbourn is the author of several works on the church and the town; Rebecca Warren is completing a doctoral study of the Cromwellian Church and its ministers at the University of Kent; Dr Reynolds is an ecclesiastical historian.

Later, at two workshop sessions, the church will be explored and there will be a rare opportunity to examine the parish’s ancient documents.

The church (pictured above) is the only one in Kent, and one of only six in the UK, dedicated to King Charles l (the last saint to be canonized by the Church of England) and was built between 1676 and 1690 at a cost of over £2,200 (equal to about £500,000 at today’s values).

An application form for tickets (including tea or coffee and lunch) at £17 per person (£15 for parishioners and KAS member) can be downloaded from www.kentarchaeology.org.uk/churches-committee.

For further details contact Mrs J Davidson, 7 Chatsworth Rd, Gillingham ME7 1DS (Jacalyn.davidson@btinternet.com).


‘The return of the bishops’

The Restoration of Charles II brought the re-establishment of Anglicanism and the return of the bishops, but rather than a return to the national church of Archbishop Laud, historians consider the settlement of 1662 marked an understanding that there was no going back to 1640.

Instead there appears to have been an acceptance, at least initially, of the need for at least some sort of compromise in an attempt to provide parochial worship that could be accepted by most people. For even though the revised Book of Common Prayer was reinstated, to the annoyance of many Puritans, at first there seems to have been a willingness to live and let live by the authorities.

Of course, for some dissenters such compromises were impossible and a significant number of parish clergy from the Cromwellian period were deprived of their livings for failing to conform. Until 1674 some of these men aided dissenters to worship collectively in secret, as only thereafter were such dissenting congregations able to meet openly. At the other end of the religious spectrum there were still Roman Catholics, but in Kent such recusants were predominantly members of the county gentry and their tenants.

Religious belief and how this should be expressed through organized worship continued to be hot topics for contemporaries, albeit the bitter disputes of the 1640s and 1650s had been largely left behind by most, or forced underground by the repressive laws against dissent of the Clarendon Code.

And it is this restored church at the level of the parish within the context of the religious settlements of the late seventeenth century that will be explored at the Study Day.

The Chancel of King Charles the Martyr

The Chancel of King Charles the Martyr

The nave of King Charles the Martyr

The nave of King Charles the Martyr





Saturday 26 November 2016 in the Exhibition Hall of Worthing College

Geology, Landscape and Humans in Southeast England


9.00-9.40 Registration and Welcome

9.40-10.20 Chris Duffin (Natural History Museum) – ‘The Iguanodon: Iconic Dinosaur of the Weald’

10.20-11.00 Julian Murton (University of Sussex) – ‘Southeast England as a Periglaciated Landscape’

11.-11.30 Coffee/Biscuits

11.30-12.10 Sanjeev Gupta (Imperial College, London) – ‘The English Channel Megaflood: Implications for Pre-History’

12.10-12.50 Julie Gardiner (Oxbow Books) – ‘Flint Mining: organisation, operation & significance’

12.50-2.00 Buffet Lunch

2.00-2.40 Brian Short (University of Sussex) – ‘Victorian Ashdown Forest: Environment and Politics’

2.40-3.20 Jeremy Hodgkinson (Wealden Iron Research Group) – ‘Iron Working in the High Weald: 1600-1770’

3.20-4.00 Annabelle Hughes (Wealden Buildings Study Group) – ‘The Wealden House: General Model or Complete Misnomer?’

4.00-4.30 Tea/Biscuits

4.30-5.10 Tom Dommett (NT Regional Archaeologist) – ‘The Changing Landscapes of Petworth Park: Mediaeval to Modern’

5.10-5.50 Roger Smith (Southern Testing Geoconsultancy) – ‘The Geological Hazards of Southeast England– -and How to Avoid Them!’


Liss Archaeology – The Colemore Project excavations in NE Hampshire

June, 2016 and September/October 2016

In 2016, two excavations are planned.

In June the targets are features seen as geophysical anomalies in the vicinity of the main building that may indicate further rooms/habitation and will take the format of evaluation trenches plus test pits.

The September/October excavation target is likely to be determined upon the results of the spring excavation; a large trench is planned. A further series of geophysical surveys are also planned for 2016 plus a local village test pit project in Stroud near Petersfield, field-walking, excavation elsewhere and more!

Volunteers from all walks of life are welcome to take part. Full training offered. In addition to excavation, finds processing, sieving, soil analysis, recording, planning and drawing plus surveying take place to professional standards. Local schools take part in on-site archaeology education; outreach education also available. Students are encouraged to experience community-based, volunteer archaeology with a friendly group of like-minded people. Taster days are available.

For further information, please contact us lissarchaeology@gmail.com

Canterbury YAC 2016 programme

Meetings usually 10-30- 12.30 but please contact Peter Walker on Canterbury.yac@gmail.com or on 07967975486 to confirm.

9 January Roman fort of  Reculver future use of the site and the Herne Bay Coast Herne bay museum
20 February Mark Williams Wessex Archaeology – Ashford excavations and handle artefacts Thanington Resource Centre Thanington Road Canterbury CT1 3XE
13 March Oare Gunpowder Works –guided talk of the site and making of gunpowder in the Faversham valley Faversham
16 April The Kings of Kent who were they and where did they live? Jubilee Hall Faversham
Sunday 15 May Conservation work at Dover Western Heights Napoleonic Fort Dover-Western Heights
12 June Hopefully on a dig  

Lecture: Recent work on the Mesolithic of the coast and wetland edge in Southern Britain

The 2016 Holleyman Lecture.

April – 21 – 2016. 7-9.00pm.   Venue: Fulton Building Lecture Theatre A, University of Sussex, Falmer.

Speaker: Professor Martin Bell (University of Reading).   The lecture will be followed by a wine reception.   A joint Sussex School of Archaeology and Sussex Archaeological Society event. Tickets: £10.   Booking essential.   Contact details: www.sussexarchaeology.org