Tuesday 26th February: David Hillelson, Director, The Heritage Network Ltd, will update us on recent work by his organisation at Baldock and other local sites: ‘Of spies and sepulchres (…and so much more)’.
Letchworth Free Church Hall, 8pm.

Tuesday 26th March: Mark Stevenson, Archaeology Adviser, English Heritage, will give us a presentation on an historic Royal Navy dock and victualling yard on the River Thames at London – ‘Deptford Dockyard: Block and Tackle: raising significance. English Heritage, archaeology and development management’
Letchworth Free Church Hall, 8pm.

Tuesday 9th April: our Chairman, Diane Burleigh OBE, will deliver part 2 of ‘Surviving the Inca Trail – Inca Civilization, as illustrated by the remains of Machu Picchu and Cuzco’.

Wednesday 22nd May: Annual General Meeting (venue to be arranged).


The British Museum –

Ice Age art: arrival of the modern mind

7 February – 26 May 2013
Tickets on sale

Life and death: Pompeii and Herculaneum

28 March – 29 September 2013
Tickets on sale

Our Member, Arthur Thorning, kindly sent me this information about exhibitions at The Quadriga Gallery in London for your attention:

“Dear Gil,

NHAS members may like to know that the next exhibition (6 Feb – 21 April 2013) at the Quadriga Gallery (in the Wellington Arch) will be ‘The Birth Of Modern Archaeology’ – ‘…the unfolding story of the first scientific investigations into England’s remote past.’. The gallery is small but seems to get some good material – worth a look if nearby. Currently showing ‘Egypt in England’, which Val and I found very interesting.

The Quadriga is named for the four horse bronze on the top of the arch. Open Wed – Sun 10.00 to 17.00; £4 or free to EH members.See www.english-heritage.co.uk/quadriga Lots of memorials nearby, including the new one for Bomber Command.

Hope to see you at the NHAS Christmas gathering.


If you’re interested in news of the latest discoveries from around the world, visit this website:


Heritage Daily – Latest Archaeology News and Archaeological Press Releases
www.heritagedaily.com Egyptology, Aztecs, Ancient History, Anthropology, Incas, Greeks, Romans, Chinese, etc.


2012/13 Subscriptions became due on 1st June 2012. Please renew now. The Society cannot continue to function without all members’ subscriptions. In particular, lecturers fees and expenses and hall hire have to come from subscriptions. Lack of sufficient income from subscriptions may result in fewer lectures. It’s up to us members.

Outstanding subscriptions may be paid in person at any meeting when membership cards can usually be issued also. Otherwise subscription cheques may be posted to Diane Burleigh, NHAS, 10 Cromwell Way, Pirton, Hitchin, Herts SG5 3RD.

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Non-members are welcome at any of our meetings. There will be a charge of £3 for entry.

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Thank you.


Monday 10th December 2012: ‘Surviving the Inca Trail with a look at some archaeological sites on the way’, a talk by our Chairman, Diane Burleigh.

This is the Members’ Christmas evening and will be accompanied by wine, soft drinks, cheese & nibbles, plus (maybe) a quiz with an archaeological theme.

Venue: Letchworth Free Church, Norton Way South, SG6 1NX (on the corner of Gernon Rd), 8 p.m.

Thursday 15th November 2012: ‘Further results from the archaeological test pitting in Pirton village, 2007-2012’, a presentation by Gil Burleigh.

This will reveal more details of the finds and features from individual test pits than was possible in Carenza Lewis’s talk in November 2011, and will bring results up to date.

Location: Methodist Chapel, High Street, Pirton, 8pm. Doors open 7.30pm. Entry £3 per person. All profits to the Pirton Landscape History Project.

Nick Crank (Senior Archaeological Officer, Milton Keynes Borough Council) will talk on “Recent archaeological work in Milton Keynes Borough”, covering discoveries ranging in date from the Upper Palaeolithic to the twentieth century.

Please note
This meeting will take place at 8 pm in the upper room, Mrs Howard Memorial Hall, Norton Way South, Letchworth Garden City.

Keith Fitzpatrick-Matthews, Archaeology Officer, North Hertfordshire Museums will talk about ‘The Excavation of a Prehistoric Henge Monument at Norton, Hertfordshire’ on behalf of Norton Community Archaeology Group.

To be held in the Letcure Hall, Letchworth Museum, Broadway, Letchworth Garden City, at 8 pm.

The Members’ Evening and Xmas Party, with wine, cheese and other refreshments.

There will be a short talk on a subject of interest and an archaeological quiz.

If anyone would like to volunteer to give a talk or devise a quiz, contact Diane or Gil, 01462 713654 or email Gil.

To be held in the Lecture Hall, Letchworth Museum, Broadway, Letchworth Garden City, at 8pm. A small charge will be made for the food and drink.

Dr Carenza Lewis of the Department of Archaeology, University of Cambridge, will talk about her project’s investigations into the origins and development of medieval villages, with particular reference to Pirton.

To be held at Pirton Methodist Church, High St, Pirton, at 8pm.

Tickets cost £4 from the village shop or on the door.

Mark Stevenson, English Heritage: ‘‘rains, boats and planes – recent archaeological work in London’

Hear about Mark’s discovery of the oldest standing timber building in Britain – and it’s much earlier than Medieval!

Mrs Howard Memorial Hall (upper room), Norton Way South, Letchworth G C, 8pm.

Dr Ralph Jackson, Curator, Romano-British Collections, The British Museum: ‘Cosmetic Sets of Late Iron Age and Roman Britain’.

Dr Jackson is about to publish a major study of these fascinating finds: there’s more to them than meets the eye and they shouldn’t be seen at face-value!

Mrs Howard Memorial Hall (main hall), Norton Way South, Letchworth Garden City, 8pm.