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

Commerce and communication outside the Nile Valley
One day free conference on 12 September at University of Liverpool
Click here for more details and registration information

Access 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 2016. Click here for more information and registration details

BBC Earth website article:
Great Orme Bronze Age copper mines

Click 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.
Click here to find out more!

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.

Click here to find out 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.
See the Excursions page for more details.


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 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. 

Click here to read to read more!

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Last updated 08-03-2016

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