Ashwell End (Bluegates Farm), Great Buttway field, Geophysical Survey, Friday 16th – Sunday 18th August – led by Dr. Kris Lockyear of UCL Institute of Archaeology- contact Ellen hertsgeosurvey

RESULTS: Ignore the diagonally running prominent metal water pipe on the left. Kris’s survey team has completed an extension southwards and eastwards of the survey done in 2003-2006 by Prof. Mark Noel of the University of Durham, during our excavation of the Roman temple hoard site, with excellent results. The new area reveals more Late Iron Age pits, ditched enclosures, likely building sites, droveways, and small fields. Kris plans to return to the site in the coming weeks and months to survey more in the same and neighbouring fields.

Many thanks to Kris and Ellen, NHAS members, Brian, Graeme and Sarah, and Sarah’s Ashwell Archaeology Group volunteers, as well as the volunteers from other local societies.

Check out

hertsgeosurvey for results and blogs from Ashwell, Verulamium Park (spectacular), Braughing, etc.

Saturday 24th August, 2pm: NHAS members are kindly invited by the Norton Community Archaeology Group to the open day at this year’s dig on the increasingly interesting and important Neolithic Henge at Norton where evidence for three pre-henge Neolithic buildings has been uncovered. Guided tours by the site director, Keith Fitzpatrick-Matthews. See attachment.

Magna Carta 800: St Albans 2013
A fun packed programme of music and medieval mayhem.
This summer’s Magna Carta events are inspired by the 800th anniversary of St Alban’s unique place in the history of the Magna Carta.
01727 864511

Magna Carta 1213-1215: The Journey Starts Here Exhibition
Museum of St Albans until 15 September
Free Entry
On view King Henry I coronation charter – the precursor to the Magna Carta

1215 Magna Carta on view at St Albans Cathedral
Saturday 3rd – Thursday 29th August
Entry by ticket

Saturday 14th, 1pm to midnight & Sunday 15th September, 1pm to 5pm: Caldecote 11th century Church near Ashwell – Open Days with live classical and jazz music and cream teas. To raise funds for the repair of the tower. See attached poster.

Caldecote Church Friends

Patron: The Rt. Hon. The Viscount Caldecote

Church of St. Mary Magdalene, Caldecote



If you are unable to come, a donation to Caldecote Church Friends for the ‘Tower Roof Fund’ will be welcomed!

Enquiries / offers of help / donations / corrections to address details


Kerry Rafferty,


1 Farm Cottages, Caldecote, Baldock, Herts. SG7 5LD

Tel: 0774230 1812


See also attached details of our latest booklet.

Information kindly sent by Keith Fitzpatrick-Matthews.

Saturday 14th September: I have received this kind invitation from Haileybury College, Hertford:

Emily Matuszczyk

I saw that you are advertising the Paul Roberts Exhibition regarding
Life and Death in Pompeii. At Haileybury College on the 14th of
September at 19:30 we have him in to discuss his findings and was
wondering whether that would be of interest to you or your followers.
Kind Regards”.

The speaker is Paul Roberts, a Senior curator in the British Museum, Department of Greece and Rome, and is head of the Roman collections. He is the organiser and arranger of the current exhibition, ‘Life and Death in Pompeii and Herculaneum’ at the British Museum, see below.

Paul’s particular research interests include Roman glass, pottery and bronze, trade, Pompeii and Herculaneum and the mummy portraits of Roman Egypt. More broadly he is interested in the Roman Mediterranean and has taken part in excavations in Greece, Libya and Turkey.

He has excavated widely in Italy and is particularly interested in the history and archaeology of Rome, the Bay of Naples and Sicily. Currently he has prepared a major exhibition on daily life in Pompeii and Herculaneum being held in the British Museum until 29th September 2013.

Paul studied at Cambridge University, then lived and studied in Italy for six years before returning to studies at the Universities of Sheffield and Oxford. He joined the British Museum in January 1994.

Emily has now kindly sent me the following additional information:


The Venue is Haileybury College, Hertford, Hertfordshire, SG13 7NU. Directions can be seen:

There is ample parking around the college which is free and the event itself is free of charge.

If your members are interested please could they book online for a ticket, so we know how many numbers we are expecting.

Kind Regards,

Emily Matuszczyk”.

Thursday 24th October, 8pm: Professor Mike Parker Peason, University College, London, Institute of Archaeology, will give a lecture on ‘Prehistoric Henges’ at the Spirella Ballroom, Letchworth Garden City. Organised by Norton Community Archaeology Group.


The British Museum –

Life and death:
Pompeii and Herculaneum

28 March – 29 September 2013
Tickets on sale

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

Egyptology, Aztecs, Ancient History, Anthropology, Incas, Greeks, Romans, Chinese, etc.


Our President, Francis Pryor, has just 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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