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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

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News

Mini conference on Sickness, Disease and Death

Lancashire Archaeological Society is delighted to invite CAS members to their first ever mini conference on Sickness, Disease and Death, Saturday 12th February 2022, 9.30 am – 1.00 pm. Tickets £12.

Sickness, Disease and Death holds a fascination for many archaeologists and historians as a primary source of evidence about the lives of past populations. This mini conference will present new research happening in our region.

First, we have Professor Geoff Timmins (UCLAN) speaking about Investigating sickness, disease and death: the local historian at work. Geoff will cover the lure of the physical evidence – local gravestone and monument inscriptions, the public health dimension: identifying and explaining local population crises.

He is followed by a speaker from Norton Priory Museum in Cheshire. Norton has an important collection of skeletal remains from patrons and monks and the talk will focus on new research into diseases and diet of the inhabitants.

And finally, we have Suzanne McGalliard, from Headland Archaeology, on the post excavation skeletal analysis completed on St Peter’s Burial Ground, Blackburn. Before working at Headland Archaeology, Sue worked in Western Australia with Aboriginal communities and the mining sector, undertook the exhumation and analysis of the first Archbishop of Perth and is working on the HS2 project.

Tickets are available at:

https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/sickness-disease-and-death-an-archaeological-mini-conference-tickets-236723184417?utm-campaign=social&utm-content=attendeeshare&utm-medium=discovery&utm-term=listing&utm-source=cp&aff=escb

Geophysical Survey of the Holt Roman Tile and Pottery Works

Geophysical Survey of the Holt Roman Tile and Pottery Works, 2018 by Chris Matthews, John Cubitt and Paul Hinchliffe (Journal of the Chester Archaeological Society ns 89, 2019, 71–83)

In connection with the ‘Hidden Holt’ exhibition at Wrexham Museum, which runs until 22 January 2022, we are making copies of this article available online until 13 February, free to read and download.

The exhibition brings together a selection of finds from the excavation of the Roman pottery- and tile works  at Holt between 1907 and 1915. It is over a century since they were last on public display in north Wales. The geophysical survey by Archaeology Survey West and Holt Local History in 2018 corrected the locations of many of the buildings as shown in the original excavation report of 1930 and revealed new areas of activity. The revised plan takes pride of place in the exhibition.

Click here to download the article.

(Note: This article, and any copyright material within it, remains the copyright of the authors, the Chester Archaeological Society and any other copyright holder. It may be downloaded for research and teaching purposes but must not be otherwise sold or made available in any medium with or without charge, unless with the prior written consent of the Society and other relevant copyright holders.)

Norton Priory Open Day and Evening Lecture

Norton Priory are currently excavating again with students from the University of Liverpool and as part of the season we will be holding an Open Day on Saturday 25th September. Dr Patrick Greene OBE has also agreed to give a talk on the Saturday evening about his experience of Directing the early excavations here at Norton. Tickets for the talk can be booked via our website or using the link below and include a hot pot supper.
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Ancestors with Professor Alice Roberts | The Royal Society

Click here to live stream Professor Robert’s lecture “Ancestors”

Monument, Memory & Myth: Use & re-use of the Cossington Bronze Age barrows

This free on-line lecture will be held on Wednesday July 28 at 7:30pm, advance booking is essential

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Chester Amphitheatres: a 2000 year old story. A virtual tour of Britain’s largest known Roman amphitheatre

Lecture “Lost Linears’: Recent investigations into Offa’s and Wat’s Dyke” open to non members

Non-members of CAS are invited to join our forthcoming Zoom lecture “Lost Linears’: Recent investigations into Offa’s and Wat’s Dyke (2018-2020)” Presented by: Ian Grant, Senior Archaeologist, Clwyd-Powys Archaeological Trust (CPAT) on May 5th from 7.30 pm. Non member numbers are limited to 15 and will be allocated on a first come first served basis. There is a £5 fee payable when booking
To book a place please click on the TicketSource link below and follow the instructions. Once completed you will be sent a Zoom registration link.
https://www.ticketsource.co.uk/chester-archaeological-society/lost-linear-recent-investigations-into-offa-s-and-wat-a-chester-archaeological-society-lecture/e-vbkazg

The Oldest Lancashire Ghost Story

This free Zoom lecture by Dr Paul Booth will follow the The Record Society of Lancashire and Cheshire’s AGM on 7 April at 1415
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Lecture “Bamburgh Bowl Hole Cemetery” open to non members

Non-members of CAS are invited to join our forthcoming Zoom lecture “Bamburgh Bowl Hole Cemetery: life and death in an early medieval palace” by Graeme Young, Co-Director Bamburgh Research project on April 7th from 7.30 pm. Non member numbers are limited to 15 and will be allocated on a first come first served basis. There is a £5 fee payable when booking
To book a place please click on the TicketSource link below and follow the instructions. Once completed you will be sent a Zoom registration link.
https://www.ticketsource.co.uk/chester-archaeological-society/bamburgh-bowl-hole-cemetery-life-and-death-in-an-early-medieval-palace-a-cas-lecture/e-dvqqmj

Cave Research

The Sandstone Ridge Trust are continuing with their survey of caves, shelters and mine shafts and would welcome help
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