CBA Wessex Events
OUR 2019 CONFERENCE ‘SUNRISE OVER THE STONES: RECENT RESEARCH INTO NEOLITHIC AND CHALCOLITHIC WESSEX’ IS ON SATURDAY 9TH NOVEMBER AT BOURNEMOUTH UNIVERSITY. Details are being finalised and our booking window will soon be open, so stay tuned in.
CBA Wessex offers a wide range of study days on topics such as pottery, bone and flint recognition. We organise field trips and guided walks led by experts in the archaeology of Wessex, where you can find out more about your local area and meet people with a similar interest in the historic environment.
Each November we hold our Annual Conference with a themed topic. In 2018 we held our 60th anniversary conference ‘Dawn: New Light on our Earliest Ancestors to the Hunter-Gatherers of the Mesolithic’ at the University of Southampton in collaboration with the Prehistoric Society and Wessex Archaeology, with keynote speaker Prof. Alice Roberts. Past conferences have included topics on Ritual & Religion, Warriors, Weaponry & Warfare in Wessex and Science in Archaeology (‘From Bones to Drones’) all with lectures by distinguished speakers.
Both members and non-members are welcome to attend our events, but as a member (which costs from just £10 per year) you will benefit from discounted rates.
Bookings can be made online, but please remember, your place is not confirmed until we have received payment.
Find out more about our walks:
CBA Wessex Walks for 2019
We have arranged a full programme six walks for 2019. These include an exploration of Newbury’s Civil War sites; prehistoric sites on Cranborne Chase, Dorset’s cliff quaries and strip lynchets and Morgans Hill near Devizes, featuring old roads and an early wireless station. Autumn walks have been arranged on the Isle of Wight and on the coastline at Lepe south of the New Forest. Bookings can be made below and we recommend you book early to ensure a place.
N.B. If you do not see the walk you are interested in highlighted below it is because the date has passed and the event will have been removed from the bookings pages.
What we did in 2018:
Five walks were offered in 2018, all very varied in subject and location. Unplanned weather conditions varied too, from damp to very hot or freezing, but did not deter from the enjoyment of all who took part. In April our group learned first hand about the operation and archaeology of the ‘floated water meadows’ at Harnham, Salisbury, under the expert guidance of Dr Hadrian Cook of the Harnham Water Meadows Trust. Carriers, drains, hatches, spillways and the work of the ‘drowner’ are no longer a mystery!
The sudden snowy arrival of the Beast from the East in March caused the re-arrangement of Katy Whitaker’s West Woods walk near Marlborough to early May. We were then able to delight in massed bluebells under the trees while exploring surviving lengths of the Wansdyke, a large but concealed long barrow, and the curious sarsen stones scattered about.
The Medieval Reading walk was also in May, when we met at Reading Museum for an urban tour by Matthew Williams of the museum. Exploring the town we went inside the Abbey’s inner gateway building at Forbury Gardens, followed by the extensive Reading Abbey ruins. Here we had special access just prior to the site’s re-opening to the public after a programme of conservation.
In contrast, June’s walk was up on the Lambourn Downs in Berkshire, with Eloise Kane and Katy Whitaker. This was a walk taking in the archaeology of Ashdown Park and the environs of the house, the downs and a climb to Weathercock Hill, with its magnificent views.
While June was hot, it was decidedly cool, with sub-zero temperatures for October’s walk. Sunny and dry, though. Julian Richards led us over Whiteheet Hill, on the chalk downs overlooking Stourhead near Mere, Wiltshire. All within a relatively small area, we explored the earthworks of a causewayed enclosure, round barrows, cross-dykes, hillfort, and more. It was memorable and exhilarating for those well wrapped up, and a grand way to finish our last walk of the year.
The following events are all now available to book:
A study day on the history of Britain from the arrival of the first hominids to the Roman invasion
A walk around the heart of Cranborne Chase, viewing prehistoric sites
A circular walk at this hilltop site 4 miles north of Devizes
A walk from Freshwater Bay to the Needles
An opportunity to catch up with the results of recent research at this important World War II site