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.

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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Having a field day with historical documents!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.

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