Lewes Archaeological Group

Lewes Archaeological Group text

Programme of talks 2017-2018

All talks take place at 7.30pm in the Lecture Room, Lewes Town Hall
(Fisher St entrance, lift access available).
Entrance (including tea/coffee) for members is £3/£2 for concessions.
Non-members are very welcome at £4/£3 for concessions.
FREE entry for those 18 years and under

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Fri 27 October A Sussex enigma: recent excavations at Belle Tout, Eastbourne
with Greg Chuter and Chris Greatorex. Greg is East Sussex’s County Archaeologist and Chris works along side Greg as an Archaeological Officer. Greg and Chris will talk about the mysterious earthwork ‘enclosure’ at Belle Tout, the past investigations at the site, the results of the 2016 excavations and the unexpected dating evidence and conclusions.
Fri 17 November New Mesolithic Discoveries on the Bexhill Relief Road Scheme
with Mike Donnelly. Mike works as a Project Officer at Oxford Archaeology. He will talk about his current work which involves the full analysis of 450,000 flints from around 250 flint scatters at Bexhill. The excavations at Bexhill uncovered one of Europe’s most important preserved early Holocene landscapes.
Fri 19 January Our changing parish churches – c1700-1914 - the work of the Georgians, Victorians and Edwardians in Lewes and nearby
with historian Dr Sue Berry FSA.Sue is a specialist in 18th century landscape history and also writes about the 19th century. During 18th century and early 19th century, most of the town’s parish churches were altered to accommodate growing congregations and the need to repair but much medieval work remained. In the mid-later part of 19th century all the parish churches were re-ordered because ideas about how worship changed. The Victorian’s passion for Gothic as they understood it also resulted in the loss of earlier work.
Fri 16 February Gundreda and her Chapel
with Marcus Taylor Marcus will talk about the story of the little Belgian lady who started the Lewes Priory and how she is remembered today. The Gundreda Chapel is in St John’s Church, Southover, Lewes.
Fri 16 March Sussex in the Mercian Age: the Archaeology of Power, 750-850
with John Blair John is Professor of Medieval History and Archaeology at the Queen’s College, University of Oxford and is author of “Building Anglo-Saxon England” (to be published in February 2018). The lecture draws on recent research to reconstruct the geography of government and administration in Anglo-Saxon Sussex.

To be followed at around 8.45pm by the AGM.

Fri 20 April Mud Glorious Mud: the Bridge Farm 2017 Excavation Update.
The directors of the Culver Archaeological Project Rob Wallace and David Millum will return to give their annual update on the results of the continuing excavations of this important Romano-British settlement site located in the Ouse Valley just north of Lewes at Bridge Farm, Barcombe. Enormous progress has been made in exploring and interpreting the site notwithstanding that it rained a lot and very frequently. 2017 was not a year for the faint hearted although webbed feet might have been in order!
Fisher Street is up the hill from Lewes railway station, just over the crossroads by Ask restaurant in the centre of town. The nearest parking is in the West Street car park – continue along Fisher Street then turn right, then shortly right again into the car park.
Please contact us if you have ideas for speakers or would like to give a talk.

Past talks.