Wednesday, 2 December 2015

EMAS Easter Study Tour: Castles of North Wales

EMAS Easter Study Tour: Castles of North Wales
Guide: David Beard MA, FSA
24 - 30 March 2016

The castles built by Edward I are considered to be the epitome of medieval military architecture. This study tour will visit the major Edwardian castles in North Wales and some of the 'Lordship Castles' and castles that were repaired by Edward during his Welsh campaigns.

We will visit the following castles: Beaumaris, Caernarvon, Chester, Chirk, Conway, Criccieth, Denbigh, Dolwyddelan, Flint, Harlech, Holt, Hope, Rhuddlan and Ruthin, as well as exploring the city walls in Caernarfon and Conway.

As we will be based in Caernarfon, we will also be able to visit Segontium Roman Fort.
The cost of this study tour is £502 per person sharing a twin room and £648 per person in a single room.

Monday, 12 October 2015

Field Trip: Four Anglo-Saxon Churches in Hampshire

Field Trip to Headborne Worthy; Tichborne; Corhamton

and Boarhunt Anglo-Saxon Churches

Guide: David Beard MA, FSA

Saturday, 7 November 2015

Pick up 8:00 am at London Baker Street


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Saxons and Vikings: the Danelaw - day school

Saxons and Vikings: the Danelaw

a day school by David Beard MA, FSA

Wednesday, 4 November 2015

10:00 am

When King Alfred defeated Guthrum's Viking army at Edington in 878, the resulting peace treaty divided the country into two along a line that ran from London to Bedford and then up to Chester. The Vikings' share of the country became known as the Danelaw.
During the tenth century, towns in the Danelaw such as York, Chester and the 'Five Boroughs' of Derby, Leicester, Lincoln, Nottingham and Stamford developed into great trading centres with far-flung connections through the Baltic, and on through Russia to Constantinople with its connections to the Silk Road.
But just how Danish was the Danelaw? This day school looks at recent evidence from archaeology, documentary history, place-names, personal names, regional dialects and DNA studies to examine the Danelaw and its role in late Anglo-Saxon England.

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It hardly seems possible that the time of year has arrived to send out the 2015-2016 Programme.  It is a preliminary programme as further trips and another lecture are to be added. (You can view the programme here...)

There is a very interesting display of the conserved finds from The Staffordshire Hoard at the Birmingham Museum.  After Dr. Leslie Webster showed some of the fragments and larger items of Anglo-Saxon metalwork in her fascinating lecture last year, I thought some members might be interested in going to see this exhibition.  One of the conservators would give us an introductory talk, but it would have to be on a weekday.  EMAS could hire a coach to Birmingham or we could meet at New Street Station, having made your own way to Birmingham by train.  Please let me know if you would be interested in this visit to Birmingham Museum.

The 2015-16 membership is due in October 2015.  We hope you will decide to renew your membership, as we value your participation in the Society.  Membership remains £15 for one person and £20 for two persons at the same address.  We look forward to seeing you at some of this year’s events.

Many thanks and best wishes,

September 2015

Rosemary Yeaxlee
(For EMAS)

Monday, 13 April 2015

Photographs of the EMAS Easter Study Tour

Photographs of the EMAS Easter Study Tour 
to North Scotland and the Isle of Skye 
are now on the EMAS Website

You can view them here..

Wednesday, 11 March 2015

EMAS Study Tour to Southern Bavaria

EMAS Study Tour to Southern Bavaria

Guide David Beard MA, FSA

30 May - 6 June 2015

Further details...



Saturday, 21st March 2015

On Saturday, 21st March, Dr Chris Ware will lead a tour around the Historic Dockyard at Chatham.  He is a Senior Lecturer in the Department of History at Greenwich University and he was formerly at the National Maritime Museum, Greenwich.  Some of you remember the splendid tour he gave us there a couple of years ago.

Before its closure in 1984, the Royal Naval Dockyard on the River Medway was responsible for the construction of some of our most famous sailing ships such as HMS Victory, which EMAS has previously visited at Portsmouth.  The dockyard covered some 400 acres and has shipbuilding records going back to 1646.  The far eastern part of the dockyard is still a commercial port, but a very significant part of the old dockyard has been restored and opened up as a “museum” to commemorate the period when sailing ships ruled the waves.



Saturday, 7th March 2015

Stonehenge is part of an 800 acre World Heritage Site where recent excavation has proved the sheer complexity and time span of this prehistoric site.  A new Visitors’ Centre has recently been designed to reflect these latest discoveries.  It seemed time to visit this new Centre and revisit a fascinating archaeological landscape.  We are fortunate to have Scott MacCracken as our guide for this field trip.

The morning will be spent at Salisbury Museum visiting another newly opened gallery, the Wessex Gallery of Archaeology.  This gallery displays artifacts from discoveries in the area surrounding Salisbury, from prehistoric times to the Norman Conquest.  Salisbury has always been one of the main

locations for finds from the Stonehenge complex and is now where the objects from the Bronze Age burial of an archer found at Amesbury, better known as the Amesbury Archer, are displayed.

The Limes Germanicus

The Limes Germanicus: the Archaeology of
Late Roman and Medieval Bavaria
a lecture by David Beard MA, FSA
Friday, 6 March
7:00 pm
Activity Space 1, Clore Learning Centre
Museum of London, London Wall


Public Archaeology in the Museum of London

Public Archaeology in the Museum of London

a lecture by Roy Stephenson
Head of Archaeological Collections & Archive, MoL

Friday, February, 6th 2015

7:00 pm

Activity Space 1, Clore Learning Centre
Museum of London, London Wall

FREE TO EMAS MEMBERS                 £3:00 NON-MEMBERS