Since its foundation in 1849 the Society has promoted the preservation, study and enjoyment of archaeology, history and architecture in the historic county of Cheshire and neighbouring areas, and the understanding of these subjects generally. Membership is open to everybody who shares our interests and we welcome enquiries from individual and other societies.

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.

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

We are sorry to announce the death on 18 July of our Vice-President Dr Rosemary Martin.
An obituary will appear in CAS Journal volume 91.


Current Archaeology article on excavations at Poulton

Dr Kevin Cootes, CAS Fieldwork Co-ordinator, and team for the Poulton Research Trust, outline progress on the later prehistory and early Roman period on the site at Poulton in the latest Current Archaeology issue 366, out now!
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Members will recall the Poulton archaeology 2017 Summer Exhibition in the Grosvenor Museum, complimented by a report on the significance of the pre-history finds to-date published in JCAS, vol 86, later that same year. This eight page article in Current Archaeology available now, is also complimented by a more detailed technical report being edited and in the pipeline for JCAS vol 91.

Get ready for the digital Festival of Archaeology

The 2020 CBA Festival of Archaeology will be taking place in two parts, a digital event 11-19 July and on the ground events 24 October – 1 November.
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Dee House, The Future – Findings and Recommendations Report

The final version of the Dee House, The Future – Findings and Recommendations Report has now been published.
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CAS AGM, Lecture and Excursion progammes are postponed

Due to the current emergency the CAS AGM, Lecture and Excursion programmes are postponed. It may be possible to re-arrange these events in the Autumn, please check this web site for further information.

The Lithic Studies Society: Alan Saville Grant 2020

Applications are now being accepted for the 2020 Alan Saville Grant, in memoriam of Alan Saville, one of the founding members of the Lithic Studies Society.
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The Chester County Court Indictment Roll, 1354-1377: Dealing with Serious Crime in later Medieval Cheshire

The launch of this substantial volume has been postponed until later in the year as a result of the current emergency.

Lecture 5th February: Dee House Feasibility Study

This lecture by Tony Barton, Donald Insall Associates, will be held on 5th February at 7:30pm at the Grosvenor Museum
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University of Chester Archaeology Student Conference

Entitled “The Public Archaeology of Treasure”, this 5th University of Chester Archaeology Student Conference will be held on Friday 31st January and Saturday 1st February at the Grosvenor Museum. Free and Open to all.
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A vision for the future of Chester’s Dee House

A vision for the future of Chester’s Dee House will be presented to residents at a series of public drop in sessions next month.
The Dee House and Amphitheatre Working Group is inviting the public to the events on 6 February, 6-8pm, at Storyhouse, in Chester, and 12 February, 1-5pm, at the Palatine Room in Chester Town Hall.
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Hadrian’s Wall Archaeology Forum

The eleventh Hadrian’s Wall Archaeology Forum will be held in Hexham on Saturday 29th February
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