Chester Archaeological Society 
President: His Grace the Duke of Westminster KG CH CVO OBE TD CD DL  
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.

It is with sadness we acknowledge the passing of our President, His Grace Gerald Cavendish Grosvenor Duke of Westminster, whose funeral was held 12.8.16. The Society extends it's sympathy to the family in their bereavement.

For more information about the Chester Archaeological Society please read our History and Activities page.  


Latest News

Clwyd-Powys Archaeological Trust Annual Archaeology SeminarPrehistoric studies: research, presentation and interpretation
To be held on Saturday 5th November 2016 in Denbigh Town Hall
Click here to download Programme
Click here to download a Booking Form

Norton Priory: Monastery to museum
CAS lecture by Lynn Smith (Norton Priory Museum) on Wednesday 9th November 2016 at 7:30pm in the Lecture Theatre of the Grosvenor Museum.  For more information visit our lecture programme page

The Ivan D Margary Memorial Conferences 2016: Roman Roads: Past, Present & Future Research
  To be held on
Saturday 12th & Sunday 13th November 2016 at Burn Hall Hotel, York
  Click here to download the Conference Programme
Click here to download the Conference Booking Form

Conference to celebrate 30 years of World Heritage site status for Stonehenge and Avebury
This conference will be held on Saturday 19th and Sunday 20th November 2016, click here for more information

Recent Roman discoveries in NW Wales
CAS lecture by David Hopewell (Gwynedd Archaeological Trust/Ymddiriedolaeth Archaeolegol Gwynedd) on Saturday 3rd December 2016 at 2:30pm in the Lecture Theatre of the Grosvenor Museum.  For more information visit our lecture programme page

Digital Past - 2017
New technologies in heritage and outreach
Two day conference 15 - 16 February 2017
The Riverfront Newport

A Standard for Pottery Studies in Archaeology
has just been published, click here for more information and access to a pdf version of the document


Access CAS's Journals, Manuscripts and Books
Updated access information
has been posted here

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

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 04-09-2016

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