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


Newstead Memorial Lecture: Stonehenge: New research
Wednesday 25th January 2017 at 7:30pm
Professor Mike Parker Pearson (Institute of Archaeology, UCL, London)
Entrance by reservation only. 
For more information visit our lecture programme page

The Poulton Project: Rewriting the Archaeology of Cheshire
Wednesday 8th February 2017 at 7:30pm
Dr Kevin Cootes (Poulton Research Project)
For more information visit our lecture programme page

Digital Past - 2017
New technologies in heritage and outreach
Two day conference 15 - 16 February 2017
The Riverfront Newport

The Neston collieries – Birthplace of Wirral’s Industrial Revolution
Saturday 25th March 2017 at 2:30pm
Antony Annakin-Smith
For more information visit our lecture programme page


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


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
have been completed
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.
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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Last updated 02-12-2016

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