We invite members of the Society to suggest destinations for evening walks, full and part day visits or long weekend excursions to sites of archaeological, architectural or historical interest. Please contact Alice Bray.

Forthcoming Society Excursions

Watch this space for notification of future excursions!

Information about excursions that have taken place in 2017

Visit to the Poulton Research Project Saturday 19th August 2017

Dr Kevin Cootes led a visit of 18 CAS members and guests to the Poulton Research Project, and gave a very comprehensive talk on the Project updated to discoveries of that very morning.
In fair weather we then toured the large site which has yielded evidence of human activity almost continuously from the Mesolithic period right up to modern times.
Finds excavated that day included a medieval arrow head and what is thought to be a bodkin, pending x-ray confirmation.
Thanks are due to Dr Cootes from CAS for a very interesting, thought-provoking and illuminating afternoon.

Excavation trench across part of a D-shaped enclosure which appears to be Roman but may have Late Iron Age origins (yet to be determined).

A rim sherd from VCP with finger impressions, dating from about 50BC to early C1st AD, used for final evaporation and transportation of salt. Poulton has produced the largest assemblage of VCP discovered to date in NW Britain

A rim sherd from a Holt Ware vessel dating to late C1st / early C2nd AD.

The Poulton Research Project Exhibition can be viewed at the Grosvenor Museum, Chester until 5th November 2017.

Guided tour of the Amphitheatre and Roman Gardens

As part of the Chester Heritage Festival Peter Carrington led guided tours of the Amphitheatre and Roman Gardens on Thursday 20th July and Saturday 22nd July 2017.

The site of Shotwick Castle

On Saturday 8th July 27 members and guests enjoyed a walking tour to the site of C12th Shotwick Castle led by Dr Peter Carrington

Peter Carrington writes:
For those who want to know more about the strategy behind Shotwick Castle and the other castles of W Cheshire I recommend Rachel Swallow’s article, ‘Cheshire Castles of the Irish Sea Cultural Zone’ in the Archaeological Journal vol. 173 (2), 2016. You can download this from  http://www.tandfonline.com/doi/full/10.1080/00665983.2016.1191279 (free, at least for the moment).
Nearby is one of John Douglas’s houses, Shotwick House (1872), now converted to apartments. For more information see https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Shotwick_House.
Shotwick village (SJ 337 718) is also interesting and there is some information at http://www.shotwick.org.uk/village.html.

Norton Priory and its new Museum

On 27th April 21 members enjoyed a special guided tour of Norton Priory which was led by Lynn Smith, Senior Keeper at the new museum.

Information about excursions that were organised in 2016

Live Dig Visit to Moel y Gaer, Sunday 24 July 2016

Professor Gary Lock of Oxford University hosted a field visit by CAS members at the ongoing dig at Moel y Gaer, Bodfari, now in its fourth year. The weather was fine and members found much to interest them on this large site.

Fiona Gale, County Archaeologist for Denbighshire, introduces CAS members to the site.

Trench 5 is new this year, sited where the team are hoping to investigate the western entrance of Moel y Gaer hillfort.

Trench 5, with Professor Gary Lock overseeing excavations.

Trench 3X has been open for three years.  This photograph shows the last activities in this trench which was backfilled 5 days later.

Staffordshire Hoard Gallery, Thursday 14 April 2016

Twenty nine CAS members and guests enjoyed a visit to the Birmingham Museum and Art Gallery. Many thanks to Pieta Greaves & Kayleigh Fuller of the curatorial staff for interesting and informative talks on the Staffordshire Hoard www.staffordshirehoard.org.uk They provided us with a tour of their conservation labs as well as answering many questions from members on less well known aspects of their investigations.