Thursday, 19 March 2020

Covid-19 and EMAS

Dear All,

Cancellation of tours, field trips and lectures
Most of you will know that the Covid-19 pandemic has forced us to cancel the Orkney study tour and two lectures at the Museum of London. 

It is likely – the way government advice is developing – that one or both of the field trips planned for May 20 and July 11 will also have to be cancelled. 

What does that mean for EMAS?
For several months, EMAS members will obtain very little benefit from their subscriptions. The EMAS Committee has therefore decided to extend the current subscription year, which means that membership will not become due for renewal until the way forward becomes clearer.
All promotions and advertising will be suspended for the time being, as there is no point in trying to attract new members until we are fully up and running again.

Going forward
Although the EMAS Committee is unable to meet in person (due both to government advice and common sense), we continue – via e-media – to keep a watching brief on developments and, as far as possible, plan for the future. 

In this way we hope to be in a position to react very quickly when things start returning to normal. Top of the list will be rescheduling the cancelled lectures, tours and trips, and picking up on recruitment activities. We also hope to be able to continue behind-the-scenes work on getting the proposed EMAS News ready for publication as soon as it is sensible.

If you do have to self-isolate and need access to improving reading to pass the time, remember the EMAS website at contains extensive links to the websites of other archaeological societies plus articles and videos. These are in both the public and members' areas. (In case you have forgotten, to access the members' area you will need to login using the username arch-emas and password w4Ct5z).

On behalf of the EMAS Committee, very best regards to all of you.

We look forward to catching up with you again as soon as possible.

Colin Duck
EMAS Chair

Saturday, 14 March 2020

Coronavirus disease outbreak - Events cancelled

We regret to say that the following EMAS events have been cancelled owing to the Coronavirus disease outbreak:

20 March 2020 - Lecture: Ice Age London

14 April 2020 to 23 April 2020 - EMAS Study Tour to Orkney

24 April 2020 - Lecture: A Viking Age Funeral – an eyewitness account

Sunday, 16 February 2020

EMAS Study Tour to Belgium

Leuven – Groot Begijnhof

EMAS Study Tour to Belgium
31 October to 6 November 2020

The EMAS autumn Study Tour will be to Belgium. We will be based in a hotel in the centre of the attractive town of Leuven, the capital of the province of Flemish Brabant.

Leuven is first recorded in 891, when the Frankish king Arnulf of Carinthia defeated an invading Viking army. The town became the most important centre of trade in the duchy during the 11th to 14th centuries . The impressive Gothic Stadhuis (town hall) was started in 1439 and not finished until 1463.

Further details

Sunday, 8 December 2019

Archaeological Study Tour to Orkney

EMAS Study Tour to Orkney
14 – 23 April 2020
There are still a few places left on the EMAS Archaeological Society Study Tour to Orkney.

However, hotel places are very limited, so an early reply is advised.

You can find further details on the EMAS website.

Further details...

Wednesday, 4 December 2019

Leture: Mount Athos - the Garden of Our Lady

Mount Athos: the ‘Garden of Our Lady

(the Spiritual Heart of the Orthodox Church’)

a lecture by Dr Aphrodite Papayianni

Friday, 17 January

7:00 pm

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


Lecture: The Evolution of Urbanite

The Evolution of Urbanite

how cities have changed us right down to the bone

a lecture by Dr Brenna Hassett, UCL

Friday, January 24

7:00 pm

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


Wednesday, 11 September 2019

Field trip to the Ashmolean Museum, Oxford and Chedworth Roman villa

Field trip to the Ashmolean Museum, Oxford 

and Chedworth Roman villa, Gloucestershire 
Saturday, 5th October 2019 
with Harvey Sheldon  

An exceptional exhibition, entitled the “Last Supper in Pompeii” has opened at the Ashmolean Museum and a morning visit will make an excellent introduction to our visit to Chedworth in the afternoon. 

The some 400 objects on display at the Ashmolean reflect the wealthy standard of living in Pompeii’s highly decorated houses, which centred around the Roman love of food and drink. Sections of wall paintings and luxury furnishings set off vessels of bronze and glass, bronze and marble statues as well as more mundane items. These include an amphora with a painted label, a perforated amphora inside which snails were bred and examples of carbonated food. What could be more appropriate than to be given an insight into the way wealthy Romans lived and dined before visiting a high status Romano-British villa that blossomed in the fourth century AD. 

You can find further information here...