Chester Archaeological Society 
President: His Grace the Duke of Westminster KG CH CVO OBE TD CD DL  
Registered Charity No 1068062


Welcome to the Chester Archaeological Society. We exist to promote understanding and appreciation of archaeology, history and architecture in the historic county of Cheshire plus neighbouring areas and of these subjects generally. Our activities include monthly lectures from the Autumn to the Spring, Summer excursions on demand, undertaking or encouraging relevant research, campaigning on local heritage issues, publication of an annual journal and a twice-yearly newsletter, and maintenance of our own specialist library.

It is with sadness we acknowledge the passing of our President, His Grace Gerald Cavendish Grosvenor Duke of Westminster, whose funeral was held 12.8.16. The Society extends it's sympathy to the family in their bereavement.

For more information about the Chester Archaeological Society please read our History and Activities page.  


Latest News

Conference to celebrate 30 years of World Heritage site status for Stonehenge and Avebury
This conference will be held on Saturday 19th and Sunday 20th November 2016, click here for more information

Click here to download the link to iplayer to see Countryfile with an initial section on Stonehenge (expires end September 2016)

Clwyd-Powys Archaeological Trust Annual Archaeology SeminarPrehistoric studies: research, presentation and interpretation
To be held on Saturday 5th November 2016 in Denbigh Town Hall
Click here to download Programme
Click here to download a Booking Form

Chester ‘s Roman Amphitheatre: The Last Word?
This free talk by Archaeologist Tony Wilmott will be held on Sunday 4th  September at the Grosvenor Museum from 2pm to 3pm
Click here for
more details about this Chester Heritage Festival Event.

A Standard for Pottery Studies in Archaeology
has just been published, click here for more information and access to a pdf version of the document


The Ivan D Margary Memorial Conferences 2016: Roman Roads: Past, Present & Future Research
  To be held on
Saturday 3rd & Sunday 4th September 2016 at the University of Portsmouth, also Saturday 12th & Sunday 13th November 2016 at Burn Hall Hotel, York
  Click here to download the Conference Programme
Click here to download the Conference Booking Form

Commerce and communication outside the Nile Valley
One day free conference on 12 September at University of Liverpool
Click here for more details and registration information


Producing for the Legion or Production by the Legion?
A one day conference on this topic will be held in Manchester on 24 September 2016
Click here to download the conference programme and booking information Click here to download a summary of each of the planned presentations


Access CAS's Journals, Manuscripts and Books
Updated access information
has been posted here


BBC Earth website article:
Great Orme Bronze Age copper mines

Click here to download this interesting article which uses some information from an interview with Alan Williams

Repairs and improvements to the Propylaeum
will commence 22 February 2016

Extensive investigations, archaeological excavations and surveys were commissioned by Cheshire West and Chester Council to inform the programme of repairs and restoration for the structure. The proposals have been designed in full by Ramboll Structural Engineers in consultation with Historic England.  Scheduled Monument and Listed Building Consent have been secured to implement the proposals.

The work will extend over several months with anticipated completion in late summer 2016. The work will be phased to minimise disruption during the construction process. it is hoped that the entrance will remain open for the majority of the works.  There will be short periods of time when the entrance will be closed for public safety, during which the exit will be utilised as an entrance and exit as per previous times when the entrance has been closed off.

here to read further information about this work.

2015  Dissertation Prize Awarded

The Chester Archaeological Society is pleased to announce that David James Laverty has been awarded the Society’s dissertation prize for 2015 for his dissertation “The Search for Mithras in Roman Britain: A Reassessment of the Archaeological Evidence”.

The Society offers an annual prize of £100 to students in the Department of History and Archaeology at Chester University for the best final year archaeology dissertation, preferably on a local subject.  The winner is invited to submit an edited version of the dissertation for publication in the Society's Journal.

Click here to read a synopsis of this dissertation.

For more information please read our Grants & Awards page.


Having a field day with historical documents!

Carolyn Barnwell a Chester Archaeology Society desk-based researcher has conducted a detailed search of the British Library online newspaper archive which has revealed that Victorian Eccleston was a lively tourist destination – and much more!

Her research has also encompassed a study of the field names recorded on John Billington’s 1721 map of Eccleston with equally illuminating results. 

Click here to read to read more!

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