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April 2021

LAMAS Online Lecture

The next LAMAS online lecture is on Tuesday 13th April at 6.30pm when Joe Brooks will present the findings of Pre-Construct Archaeology’s work within the former Adrian Boult Music Centre at Westminster School, including extensive evidence of the monastic Great Kitchen of Westminster Abbey – see image below – and the later use of the site for dwellings.

You can sign up for this lecture via Eventbrite here and entering the Promo code 1855 for your free ticket (non-members pay £2.50). You will receive confirmation from Eventbrite of your booking and later the link to the lecture which is being given via a Zoom webinar, a little different to the usual Zoom meetings. When you join the webinar on the evening as an attendee you may be asked to sign in with your name and email address but don’t worry if you aren’t and go straight in. You will be muted and your video will also be off so that the only people you will see and hear are the hosts and the lecturer.

You will have the opportunity to ask questions of Joe which you can do by typing them into the Zoom Q&A or Chat boxes – all will be explained on the night.

Cholsey update

The excavations at Cholsey, Oxfordshire are truly a joint PCA effort with staff from the Cambridge, London and Warwick offices all working as one happy team to help discover the exciting Prehistoric past of the area.

This week’s example comes from one of our Cambridge archaeologists, Katie Ray, who was surprised by an unexpected discovery in one of her large Iron Age storage pits.

The bell shaped pit is currently thought to have been used to store grain, so it was a shock to find that a small dog had been buried in the base before the pit was deliberately backfilled. This is not the first time that something like this has been found, and many believe that these were votive offerings. It is yet another question that has arisen and we hope to answer as our works continue. We will bring you more news each week so please remember to check back here regularly.