Between the Autumn and Spring (usually September to May) we organise a programme of monthly lectures on Wednesday evenings and Saturday afternoons; these are held in the Lecture Theatre of the Grosvenor Museum or online via Zoom.
Our lectures cover a wide range of topics and are given by speakers who are experts in their field. In addition, conferences are occasionally organised in partnership with other organisations. Admission to lectures is free to members of the Society. Visitors are welcome on payment of an admission fee, normally £5.00. Students are given free entry with a valid student card (except Newstead lecture).
If you are not a member and would like to attend any of the lectures listed, why not join CAS for £20 or £10 for a student member. This will provide you with free access to CAS lectures all year round
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Wednesday 7th February 2024, Zoom, 19:30
Lecture: ‘Analysing Hat Production Techniques at the Bronze Age Cemetery of Xiaohe, Xinjiang; an Experimental Approach’
Speaker: Elsa Heebner, CAS Dissertation Prize-Winner, 2023
Elsa is a graduate in Archaeology from the University of Chester, whose wonderful dissertation won the 2023 CAS Dissertation Prize.
Elsa will speak to us about her fascinating use of experimental archaeology to analyse how hats were produced in Bronze Age Xiaoge, from which she was able to make significant deductions about the relationship between production, material culture, social organisation, and personal and group identification and interaction.
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Wednesday 6th March 2024, Zoom, 19:30
Lecture: ‘Recording the Past for Our Future: The Portable Antiquities Scheme in Cheshire’
Speaker: Heather Beeton, Portable Antiquities Scheme and National Museums Liverpool
Heather is the Portable Antiquities Scheme Finds Liaison Officer for Cheshire, Greater Manchester, and Merseyside, based in the Department of Archaeology at National Museums Liverpool.
Reprising her annual lecture to the Society, Heather will discuss key finds discovered in 2023.
Saturday 4th May, 2024, In-Person: Grosvenor Museum, 14:00
Lecture: ‘Rosemary’s baby: adventures and insights from contributing to the Corpus of Anglo-Saxon Stone Sculpture in England’
Speaker: Paul Everson, Keele University
Paul has had a distinguished career with the Royal Commission on the Historical Monuments of England and English Heritage. He is a Fellow of the Society of Antiquaries and Member of the Institute of Field Archaeologists. He has edited the Journal of the British Archaeological Association several volumes in the History of Lincolnshire series, has been Chairman of the Society for Landscape Studies and President of the Medieval Settlement Research Group, and has been an outstanding researcher for the British Academy Corpus of Anglo-Saxon Stone Sculpture. His research has investigated the complexity and interrelationships of remains in the landscape, exploring the significance of buildings, sculpture, and places, including a recent co-authored paper on early medieval Chester.
Having co-authored CASSS volumes on Lincolnshire and Nottinghamshire, Paul has most recently been working on the final volume for the remaining eastern counties, which has already inspired several terrific published papers. Dedicating his lecture to Dame Professor Rosemary Cramp, founder of CASSS, who recently passed away, Paul will revisit his work for CASSS to bring us new insights from thinking about this material in its wider historical and landscape contexts.
A List of Lectures from the 2022-2023 Chester Archaeological Society Lecture Season
“Adders, Ammonites and Jet: The Cult of St Hild in the Middle Ages”
Presented by: Dr Thomas Pickles, Senior Lecturer in Medieval History University of Chester and Chester Archaeological Society Chair
“New insights into old hoards: Do the Bronze Age and Iron Age hoards of Wales and the Marches suggest a selective and reflective continuum of depositional practice?”
Presented by: Andrew Reynolds, doctoral researcher at the Department of Archaeology, University of Reading and retired Senior Lecturer at the University of Wales Trinity Saint David
“The Archaeology of Wirral”
Presented by: Dr Rob Philpott, University of Liverpool
“The early medieval period in the Welsh Marches – the material evidence”
Presented by: Pauline Magdalene Clarke, Postgraduate Researcher,
University of Chester
Presented by: Dr Paul Belford, Clwyd-Powys Archaeological Trust
“Recording the Past for Our Future: The Portable Antiquities Scheme in Cheshire”
Presented by: Heather Beeton, Finds Liaison Officer for Cheshire, Greater Manchester and Merseyside
“Prehistory and Afterlives: Reconstructing the Biography of the Pillar of Eliseg, an early medieval cross in north Wales”
Presented by: Professor Nancy Edwards, School of History, Law and Social Sciences, Bangor University
“Commerce and Consumers: The Ubiquitous Chest of the Late Middle Ages”
Presented by: Dr Katherine Wilson, Associate Professor of Later Medieval European History, University of Chester
”Sacred or Profane? An Archaeological Reappraisal of Late Medieval Sexual Badges”
Presented by: Sarah Hinds, Doctoral Researcher at the University of York
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Where possible our lectures and short talks are recorded and made available on our website and YouTube channel.
Below you can see the recorded lectures from the 21/22 series: