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Cambridge Archaeological Society Autumn Conference

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The CAS Autumn Conference will take place on Saturday and Mark Hinman would like to invite you to his final event as conference secretary – non members are welcome!

WHEN: 18th November 2023 @ 10:30 am – 4:45 pm
WHERE: Law Faculty, Sidgwick Site, Lecture Theatre LG17, The David Williams Building, 10 West Rd,
Cambridge CB3 9DZ

Please click here to view the programme, break times and entry fees and to see a map for the venue.


Among an array of interesting topics, Tom Woolhouse will be giving a talk on PCA’s excavations at Lucy Cavendish College in Cambridge. Our work here, on the edge of the Roman walled town, confirmed the projected alignment of Akeman Street (pictured above), which led from Cambridge (Duroliponte) to the Roman ‘small town’ at Arrington Bridge on Ermine Street.

Refreshments and displays by local archaeology and history groups and a book stall, will be in the atrium to the lecture theatres.

If you need to use a lift to access the lower ground floor please ask at reception for someone to operate the lift for you. It requires a card to be inserted and takes a little time.


Spring London Archaeological Forum

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The Spring London Archaeological Forum will take place in person and online at UCL Institute of Archaeology’s lecture theatre in Gordon Square on Monday 22nd May 2023 following the CBA London Annual General Meeting.

If you plan to come along in person, registration is required via Eventbrite here:

or contact Becky Wallower ( by 12 noon on the 22nd May.

You can also sign up to attend online via Zoom on the Eventbrite site.

There will be an excellent line-up of presenters with interesting topics:

Kathy Davidson, supervisor at PCA, will discuss recent excavations at Newgate Street, an important Roman to post-medieval site largely excavated during the 1970s by the Department of Urban Archaeology that has been subject of further recent excavations. How has our understanding and analysis developed?

Ian Hogg is a Senior Archaeologist at Archaeology South-East within UCL. In his talk ‘Waste and Wasters: Industrial and domestic deposition at the Priory of St John, Clerkenwell’  he will discuss the findings from Benjamin Street which once lay within the outer precinct of the Hospitaller Priory. The high level of preservation allows a glimpse of both daily life at the Priory and industries taking place around it.

Roy Stephenson, well known in senior roles at Museum of London, will be talking on Netflix’s ‘The Dig’ and Rebecca Stott’s novel ‘Dark Earth’. His overview will concentrate on advice he’s provided to film producers and an author about archaeology and artefacts, and he’ll consider insights into how film companies operate that might be useful to museums.

It’s all free, of course, and we hope to see you at 6pm on the 22nd May – if you come along, you’ll be able to catch up with others when we adjourn to the pub afterwards.

LAMAS 59th Annual Conference of London Archaeologists

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This year’s conference takes place on Saturday, 25th March 2022 from 11am to 5pm, via zoom.

The morning sessions are, as usual, dedicated to a series of papers covering recent major excavations, including two PCA sites:

Fine dining, quarrying, and manufacturing. Medieval and later landuse beyond Aldgate

by Dougie Killock

Roman London West of the Walbrook: Preliminary interpretations on recent excavations between Coleman Street and Moorgate.

by Ireneo Grosso


Click here for further details and a programme of the day’s talks.

Current Archaeology Live! 2023 – featuring our discovery of Turret 3a

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In the summer of 2021 our Durham office was lucky enough to discover Hadrian’s Wall in urban Tyneside. Excitingly, we found Turret 3a, perhaps the largest yet discovered, and the northern defensive ditch and six berm obstacle pits. Scott Vance will present our findings at the forthcoming Current Archaeology Live! conference, which will be held at UCL Institute of Education in London on 25 February. 

Tickets are selling fast but are still available through the Current Archaeology website:


Urban Tyneside sounds like the last place to uncover surviving elements of Hadrian’s Wall, however what it lacks in picturesque beauty, it more than makes up for in opportunities for archaeological investigations due to intensive modern development. This makes the extreme eastern sector of the wall one of the most dynamic and interesting sections along the whole frontier. Our investigation demonstrates that significant remains relating to the wall can and do survive within the more built-up areas of urban Tyneside. The discovery of Turret 3a also indicates that local factors were allowed to influence the positioning of structures along the wall. The exact positioning of milecastles and turrets within the Newcastle to Wallsend section has always been unclear, with the structures not appearing to follow the assumed spacing. Measurements suggest that Turret 3a should be some way to the south-west of its actual location, which is on a hill with a commanding view over the valley. Interestingly, this shows that strategic interests had outweighed the original spacing scheme during the construction of the wall.

Scott is currently writing an article about Turret 3a which will be published in Current Archaeology in due course; in the meantime you can read more about our discovery here:

Cambridge Antiquarian Society Spring Conference

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When: Saturday March 18th 2023

Where: Storey’s Field Centre, Eddington Avenue,
Cambridge, CB3 1AA

Cost: £10 at door (members, diggers, students)

£15 for non-members (all the more reason to join!)


The forthcoming CAS conference will celebrate the 100th anniversary of the publication of Sir Cyril Fox’s The Archaeology of the Cambridge Region, covering themes and archaeology relevant to our day-to-day work in the region.

It will be a great opportunity for newer staff to catch up on the last 100 years and start thinking about the century to come!

Click here for further information and to download the programme of events


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