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
information, please read our History
and Activities page.
(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.
CAS's Journals, Manuscripts and Books
Updated access information
has been posted here
Living off the land
Agriculture in Wales c. 400 and 1600 AD
Cardiff University study day on 16 July
here for more information and registration details
Earth website article:
Great Orme Bronze Age copper mines
here to download this interesting article which uses
some information from an interview with Alan Williams
Bamburgh Research Project in Northumberland
Archaeological Field School 6 - 30 July 2016
Two sites at Bamburgh are currently under excavation,
the West Ward of the castle, which is presently at
8th-9th century deposits and the Bradford Kaims, which
is a prehistoric wetland site. A raft of archaeological
training is offered ,ranging from survey and excavation
to post excavation, including processing and
identification of the artefacts recovered.
here to find out
Inspired by Gothic
Ruins, Romance, Revival
Grosvenor Museum art exhibition 5 March - 26 June 2016
The Chester Archaeological Society has donated almost
one-third of the items in this exhibition of
illustrations of local Gothic architecture. The
exhibition is supporting by a full programme of events
for adults and children.
to find out more!
Walking Tour of Parkgate
On the evening of Tuesday 14th June 2016 Anthony Annakin-Smith
will lead a circular walk of Parkgate, a seaside village
without the sea, which was once a major port for
Ireland. See the
Excursions page for more
Live Dig Visit!
Professor Gary Lock has kindly agreed to a field visit by
CAS members at the ongoing dig at Moel y Gaer, Bodfari on
Sunday 24th July 2016.
Excursions page for more
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.
here to read further information about this work.
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
The winner is invited to submit an edited version of
the dissertation for publication in the Society's
here to read a synopsis of this dissertation.
more information please read our
Grants & Awards page.
Having a field day with historical documents!
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!
research has also encompassed a study of the field names
recorded on John Billington’s 1721 map of Eccleston with
equally illuminating results.
read to read more!
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