BERKHAMSTED and district ARCHAEOLOGICAL SOCIETY

  


What we do
Practical fieldwork
Lectures and social events
Visits and excursions
2015 - 2016 programme
How to join us
Useful links
Chairman's report
The BADAS committee
Where we've been and what we've done

  
  


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WHAT WE DO

For more than forty years Berkhamsted and district archaeological society has offered a hands-on opportunity for local people to explore the history of this area.

Archaeology is an interest that appeals to all ages and all walks of life. Members of the society choose their own level of involvement and the activities in which they want to participate.

So, if you've ever wondered how the experts reach their conclusions about your ancesters, here's a chance to find out...

Join us...

Come to any of our lectures and meet fellow enthusiasts or

and send us your details

Annual adult subscriptions 15
Family suscriptions 17.50
Junior subscriptions 5

Subscriptions are due on the 1st September

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The society is widely recognised for it's work in illustrating the many varied communities that have lived here through the ages. It holds recognised amateur status and receives financial support from Dacorum Borough Council. It is also a member of the Berkhamsted Arts Trust.

BADAS members play an important role in helping with excavations on major sites, providing archaeological manpower resources which might not otherwise find funding or where time-scales are critical.


PRACTICAL FIELDWORK

With coaching, members gain real experience in most aspects of archaeology, from helping to conduct geophysical surveys of important sites to actually digging to unearth finds that can identify and date a site and provide clues about what took place there from decades to thousands of years ago. This is real archaeology - discovering our ancestors and the world they lived in.

Volunteers are needed for excavation and digging, recording finds and finds washing.
 


For some people the quest to discover the treasures of another Sutton Hoo is irresistable. Others may prefer less energetic pursuits such as lectures, visits and excursions. We have a programme of activities throughout the year which provides something for everyone

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HOW WE WORK

Before we excavate a potential site we explore what is below ground by geophysical survey either with resistivity metering or magnetometry, both of which send a signal through the earth and measure the reflected signal that comes back.

By converting the strength of measured signal into tones of grey in the computer we can create a diagram showing what lies beneath the surface so we can establish which areas we need to excavate.

The pictures on the right show a resistivity suvey in progress and the graphic below it is a typical survey of a plot of ground 30 meters square.

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LECTURES AND SOCIAL EVENTS

As entertaining as they are informative, the society's lectures are held in the ancient hall now used as the music room in Berkhamsted's Collegiate School, monthly from September to April.

Specialist guest speakers cover periods from ancient Egypt to ancient Britain, Roman to Saxon and medieval to Victorian.

Topics range from specialist techniques to assist in dating and identifying finds to discussions about what archaeologists have learned of the societies and cultures whose artifacts and sites have been discovered.

And when the mood takes us we have also been known to enhance our talks with supper.

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THEN WE DIG

The pictures above show our work in the lawns at Ashridge House where we are exploring the remains of the conventual church. It was dedicated in 1286 and demolished in 1575. The remaining monastic buildings were demolished in 1803 and replaced by the current house. Above is a small coin found there in 2012.


VISITS AND EXCURSIONS

Offering a wider perspective for our members, we arrange visits to important archaeological sites throughout the UK. usually over a weekend, often with specialist commentary from local experts. Sutton Hoo, Roman Bath, pre-historic monuments, Norman churches, castles and mosaics have featured in recent itineraries.

These are both educational and entertaining as well as offering an oportunity for like minded people to share a fulfilling and social event.
 


OUR
LECTURE PROGRAMME FOR 2017-18

Lectures are held on Monday evenings in the music room in Berkhamsted School, Mill Street, at 7.45pm.

25 SEPTEMBER
'Aegypt in numis’, A medallic view of Ancient Egypt & Egyptologists

Peter Clayton, FSA, Chairman, BDAS

23 OCTOBER
The End of Roman Britain or Not?

Simon West, District Archaeologist St Albans City & District Council

27 NOVEMBER
Egypt in England

Chris Elliott, English Heritage

18 DECEMBER
The Marine Antiquities Scheme, a new approach to protecting our shared underwater heritage

Alistair Byford-Bates, Historic Environment Fisheries Liaison Officer. Wessex Archaeology

22 JANUARY 2018
Precious possessions. Luxury objects in the Ancient Near East & Mediterranean

Dr Alexandra Fletcher, Dept. of Ancient Near East, The British Museum.

26 FEBRUARY
Stepping into Britain: Early Humans at Happisburgh, Norfolk.

Dr Nick Ashton, FSA, Honorary Reader, UCL Institute of Archaeology

26 MARCH
Archaeological Conservation at the British Museum

Hayley Bullock, Senior Conservator, The British Museum

23 APRIL
The Prittlewell Anglo-Saxon Burial

Lyn Blackmore, FSA, Senior Finds Specialist, Museum of London.

Followed by the Society’s 46th AGM

5 MAY
The Society’s Away Day to places off archaeological and historical interest

See the panel on the left


CLICK HERE to read THE CHAIRMAN'S REPORT FOR 2017

OFFICERS AND COMMITTEE

Chairman
Peter A Clayton

Treasurer
Mrs Dot O'Gorman

Secretary
Mrs Jill Baxter

Additional Committee members
Graham Juniper. Ken Wallis, Susan Howard and Laura Sanderson

Contact us -

Click here to download a PDF of the societies rules

 

AWAY DAYS

Our trips away either for a day or for a weekend are famous for being entertaining, enlightening and professional. They add to our store of archaeological knowledge and, above all, they are fun.

BADAS has been blessed with some truly dedicated organisers for several years - John and Marguereta Dahl and more recently Brendon and Janet Sparks. They are proving to be a hard act to follow and after this years trip we will have come to the end of the road. No more BADAS away days.

Ideally we need a couple who are prepared to take on the job of coordinating trips from 2018. It's not arduous, you don't need to be fully fledged archaeologists, it doesn't cost anything, the only emotion involved is pleasure and it doesn't matter how old you are.

You will get huge support from the rest of the committee and the backing of our chairman who is one of the county's leading archaeologists to help with the planning. Then you rece the trip, time it, cost it and ultimately book it and sit back basking in the adulation of the rest of the members.

Don't just sit there - do something to contribute to the success of our great society - volunteer today by contacting Peter Clayton or one of the committee members but don't delay - the sooner you start the easier it is to get next years programme under way.

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ASHRIDGE DIG

The ongoing dig at Ashridge has been carefully documented and reports have been published every year for the College.

PDFs of these reports have been prepared and links are available here for you to download your own copies


Download Proposal for survey
Download Report 1
Download Report 2
Download Report 3
Download Report 4
Download Report 5
Download Report 6
Download Report 7
Download Report 8


USFUL LINKS

The growth of the internet brings the past into the present and the future and makes archaeological information increasingly accessible. The following links are particularly recommended:


CURRENT ARCHAEOLOGY
www.archaeology.co.uk

BRITISH ARCHAEOLOGY
www.britarch.ac.uk

BBC HISTORY AND ARCHAEOLOGY
www.bbc.co.uk
/history/archaeology


WHERE WE'VE BEEN AND WHAT WE'VE DONE.
to see pictures and a report on our weekend away in May 2013

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Away weekend 2012 Castle Acre Priory


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Getting a birds eye view of the excavations at Ashridge House 2012


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Ashridge dig continues in 2013


Guided tour of Sherbourn during the away weekend in 2013. Full details on the link above


2014 saw substantial developments at Ashridge


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