Lewes Archaeological Group

Lewes Archaeological Group text

Programme of talks 2016-2017

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 21 October Hyde Manor, Kingston
with Lisa Jayne Fisher and Margaret Thorburn. Lisa who is the Proprietor of Archaeology Services Lewes will talk about the excavations that were carried out at 3 Hollowdown Cottages which was the site of Hyde Manor. Margaret Thorburn a long time former resident of Kingston and historian will set the excavation in context and talk about the history of Kingston.
Fri 18 November A Land of Ice and Earth: Thoughts on the Formation of the Chalk Downland Landscape
with Dr Matt Pope who is Senior Teaching Fellow in Palaeolithic Archaeology and researcher at the Institute of Archaeology, University College London. As well as teaching archaeology, Matt provides a specialist service in Palaeolithic archaeology for Archaeology South East. Matt will talk on the formation of the Chalk Downlands.
Fri 6 January The Curious Case of Homo Naledi
with Dr William Harcourt-Smith, a paleoanthropologist, who is Associate Professor at the City University of New York and a Resident Research Associate at the American Museum of Natural History in New York. He was raised in Sussex. William will talk about a new human-like species named Homo naledi that was found in a remote cave in South Africa and the discovery of which was announced in 2015. He will discuss what the implications of the discovery are for our understanding of human evolution. William was part of the team that announced Homo naledi to the world, and led the team that analysed 107 elements of the Homo naledi foot, a critical complex for understanding the evolution of walking upright.
Fri 17 February Lewes Mount, Mountfield Road and the Round Mounds Project
with Dr Jim Leary and Elaine Jamieson from the University of Reading. Jim and Elaine have been undertaking a project on monumental mounds in the English landscape which includes the Mount in Lewes. They will talk about their project and the results of the borehole survey on the Mount.
Fri 17 March The Medieval Churches and Chapels in and around Lewes
with John Bleach Custodian of Lewes Castle for the Sussex Archaeological Society, 1977-2013. John will identify the many churches and chapels in and around Lewes during the middle ages, locate them on the ground so far as is possible, and consider their possible origins. He will also discuss the disappearance of many of them from the townscape – some of them didn’t survive the middle ages, others fell into disuse in the 16th century and were turned to other uses or demolished – and notice some surviving indicators of their existence that can be seen on the ground today.

To be followed at around 8.45pm by the AGM.

Fri 21 April Bridge Farm, near Barcombe.
Co-director of the Culver Archaeological Project Rob Wallace will talk about the excavations of the Romano-British settlement at Bridge Farm. The evidence is pointing towards the settlement being an important administrative centre for the area. Rob will explore how the settlement might have operated within the local area and the wider south east region.
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.