Thursday 24th October: Professor Mike Parker Pearson, University College, London, Institute of Archaeology, will give a lecture on ‘Prehistoric Henges, Stonehenge, and Norton Henge’ at the Spirella Ballroom, Spirella Building, Bridge Road, Letchworth Garden City, 7 for 7.30pm. Organised by Norton Community Archaeology Group. To book your free tickets, contact philthomas-ncag

Monday 11th November: our very own, Mark Stevenson, kindly sent me the following information and link:

11/11/2013 – Venice in Peril – ‘Flying Lions and Marble Marvels’, a talk about the Venice in Peril Fund by its Chairman, Jonathan Keates, at the Society of Antiquaries, Burlington House, Piccadilly, London, 6.30 for 7pm, entry by ticket only, with reception afterwards included in the price, £25.

Monday 25th November, 4pm: NHAS committee member, Lesley Blundell, kindly contacted me regarding a presentation by Drs. Kris Lockyear and Ellen Shasko, on their Hertfordshire Geophysical Surveys of Iron Age and Roman sites:

“Hi Gil

I guess Kris Lockyear might already have told you about this, but in
case he has not it might be of interest to NHAS members to know that he and Ellen Shasko will be giving one of the Institute of Archaeology
research seminars on 25th November at 4.00pm in room 612 of the
Institute of Archaeology. These are open to the public and the topic is
‘Community archaeology, geophysics and the Roman settlements of
Hertfordshire’ so I guess he’ll be talking about sites in which some of
our members have been involved.

Details of this and the other seminars in the series are available at



For Kris and Ellen and their volunteers’ recent geophysical survey results from Ashwell End (Bluegates Farm), and elsewhere (Braughing, Verulamium, Watton-at-Stone), to date, check out:

Friday 29th November: ‘The Story of our Village: Pirton’, NHAS and Pirton Local History Group members, Georgina Brakenbury and Helen Hofton, reporting on a University of Cambridge-backed project that they have been conducting for the past year, recording a selection of historic houses and their archaeology. 7.30pm at Methodist Chapel, High St, Pirton. Details from helen_hofton

December, date and venue to be arranged: Members evening with cheese & wine, etc. We need a volunteer to give a short presentation on a subject of interest to members?

January, date and venue to be arranged: ‘Norton Henge and the Prehistory of the Baldock Basin – new views’, by Keith Fitzpatrick-Matthews, NHDC Archaeology Officer.

February, date and venue to be arranged: ‘Community archaeology, geophysics and the Roman settlements of Hertfordshire’, by Drs. Kris Lockyear and Ellen Shasko, Institute of Archaeology, University of London. Here’s another chance to hear about this important project if you can’t get to London in November, and it’ll bring their survey results up to date.


The British Museum –

Beyond El Dorado
power and gold
in ancient Colombia

Organised with Museo del Oro

17 October 2013 – 23 March 2014

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Our President, Francis Pryor, has sent me this great news about the publication of his thriller/detective novel:


Dear Gilbert

Pitch video screenshot

HOORAY! We’ve done it. The Lifers’ Club has reached its minimum target and will now certainly be published. In the meantime I and those clever folks at Unbound have got several things to do: designing, editing and producing the book. To find out what we’re all up to you can visit my Shed at the Unbound website (and they’re going to teach me how to update it all by myself!!!).

All this is going to take time, and while we’re doing it we’ll still be able to enlist any further subscribers here. If you’d like to increase your current pledge level to include further goodies, then please do so by clicking on the upgrade options, listed below your current pledge level here. All new names will, of course, be listed in the back of the book until we close the subscribers’ list to move onto the next step.

I’m now a convert to crowd-funding. Never before have I established such a strong link with my readership as I have with this project – and the book hasn’t even been printed! Later I’ll be appearing at book festivals and book-signings and I VERY much hope we’ll be able to meet in person, if I don’t know you already. I’ll be publishing full contact details in my Shed.

Thank you so much for backing The Lifers’ Club. And I hope it gives you at least one sleepless night…

All the best,


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