Chester Archaeological Society 
President: His Grace the Duke of Westminster
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.  

For more information, please read our History and Activities page.  

Photos: (left to right) Lyon's ink bottle and a two tone ceramic ball, possible a marble.  Salt glaze ware, possibly 17th C, all items recovered during Eccleston fieldwork project in 2014.


Latest News

Lecture on Wednesday 10th February. The Lion Salt Works restoration, Northwich, by Nick Hunt of the Lion Salt Works Trust
A fantastic £10m investment in heritage engagement by CWAC et al, and winner of the "Best Newcomer to the Tourism Industry" 2015.

As usual, its in the Grosvenor Museum at 7.30pm. We hope to see you there.

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.

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Having a field day with historical documents!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!


“A bronze age Pompeii”: archaeologists hail discovery of Peterborough site

Almost 3,000 years after being destroyed by fire, the astonishingly well preserved remains of two Bronze Age houses and their contents have been discovered at a quarry site in Peterborough.

The artefacts include a collection of everyday domestic objects unprecedented from any site in Britain, including jewellery, spears, daggers, giant food storage jars and delicate drinking cups, glass beads, textiles and a copper spindle with thread still wound around it.

Click on this link from The Guardian to read more

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Last updated 07-02-2016

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