Monthly Archives: September 2014

North Hertfordshire Archaeological Society


‘The Origins of Towns in Britain’

A Public Lecture by Professor Mike Fulford CBE, University of Reading

Based on his long-running archaeological excavations in the Iron Age and Roman town of Silchester, Berkshire.

Silchester originated as a town about one hundred years before the Roman Conquest, as did similar places such as Baldock, Colchester and St. Albans. Prof. Fulford will describe and discuss the development of Silchester into a town and the reasons why, and will compare its development with other similar settlements.

Tuesday 7th October at Letchworth Free Church, Norton Way South, Letchworth Garden City, SG6 1NX, 8pm

Doors open 7.30pm

NHAS members £3; Non-members £5

Tuesday 23rd September: ‘Excavations in the 1960s and 1970s by the late James Dyer at the Iron Age Hillfort of Ravensburgh Castle, Hexton, Hertfordshire’, by Dr. Ian Brown, University of Oxford, who is publishing the final report on James’s excavations and is currently conducting a new survey and investigation. Letchworth Free Church main hall, Gernon Road/Norton Way South, 8pm. Non-members £3.00 admission.
James was a Vice-President of the North Hertfordshire Archaeological Society from its beginning in 1960. He directed the 1964 excavation season at Ravensburgh jointly with the late Dr. John Moss-Eccardt, our Society’s founder and former President. James died last year at the age of 80.

Tuesday 7th October: ‘Excavations in the Iron Age and Roman town of Silchester and the origins of towns in Britain’, by Professor Michael Fulford, CBE, FBA, FSA, Department of Archaeology, University of Reading. Letchworth Free Church, Gernon Road/Norton Way South, 8pm. This will be a public lecture for which an admission charge will be made, with a reduced rate for NHAS members.

Wednesday 22nd October: Dr. Carenza Lewis MBE, University of Cambridge, will give a public lecture in Cambridge on ten years of her project investigating the origins and development of English Medieval villages. Go to: