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Weekly lectures take place on Monday evenings from October to March each year, covering an interesting range of historical and archaeological subjects.

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Talks & Lectures

A Special Lecture to celebrate CAG’s 60th Anniversary

A Public Lecture to celebrate the 60th anniversary of the founding of

Colchester Archaeological Group will be held on Saturday 7th October 2017, 2pm

 at Firstsite, Lewis Gardens, Colchester

 Speaker: Dr Helen Geake

(Portable Antiquities Scheme, Time Team)

Sutton Hoo, Prittlewell and the Origins of the English

Tickets are £5pp and booking is essential. To download a booking form, click here:

Booking form

 

The Winter Lecture Programme 2016/17 has now come to an end. The next season will start in October 2017 and the programme will be posted on these pages. 

Talks are held in Roman Circus House. Parking is available in the Butt Road car park (50p) with a limited number of spaces at Roman Circus House.

Tea & Coffee is usually available from 7.00 pm with talks starting at 7.30 pm.

Members – entrance per meeting £2, student members free
Non-members – entrance per meeting £4, students £1

Past Lectures and Notes:
2016

Oct 3

Annual General Meeting followed by a talk by Mark Davies

Art and Architecture in Roman Colchester

Oct 10

The Essex Martello Towers

Roger Kennell, Local History Recorder for Holland-on-Sea & Chairman Clacton VCH

Oct 17

Germanic & Anglo-Saxon Houses: An Archaeological Exploration on the Continent and in England Edward Martin, Independent Archaeologist and Landscape Historian

Oct 24

RAF Lakenheath Anglo-Saxon cemeteries

Jo Caruth, Senior Project Officer, Suffolk Archaeology CIC

Oct 31

Geophysical Surveys 2014-15 at Court Knoll, Nayland, Suffolk

Andora Carver, Nayland and Wissington Conservation Soc & Tim Dennis, CAG

Nov 7

Essex on the Map, 1576 to 1805

Peter Walker, retired accountant and map enthusiast

Nov 14

The Clactonian in Essex

Adam Wightman, Colchester Archaeological Trust

Nov 21

Looking death in the face? Different attitudes towards bog bodies and their display

Jody Joy, Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology, U of Cambridge

Nov 28

Eudo the Steward – a remarkable man in both early Norman Colchester and England
Peter Berridge, Former head of Museums in Colchester and Ipswich

 

2017
Jan 16
“Serfs you were and serfs you shall remain”; The Peasants’ Revolt in Essex/Suffolk
Dr Herbert Eiden, Assistant Editor, VCH Essex
Jan 23
Camulodunum and its Villas
John Shepherd, Director of Archaeology in Andante Travels
Jan 30
London’s First Voices: writing tablets from the Bloomberg Excavations 2010-14
Sadie Watson, Project Officer, Museum of London Archaeology
Feb 6
The Mildenhall Treasure and Fine Dining in Roman Britain
Richard Hobbs, Curator, Romano-British Collections, British Museum
Feb 13
Mud and Monuments; The Archaeology of the Essex Coast
Ellen Heppell, Senior Archaeologist, Archaeology South-East (UCL)
Feb 20
Members activities
Short presentations on projects undertaken by Group members during the last year
Feb 27
Built to impress and intimidate – Colchester’s giant Roman monumental arcade
Philip Crummy, Colchester Archaeological Trust
Mar 6
Recording of Colchester’s Historic Buildings
Jess Tipper/Dave Stenning

2015

Oct 5

Annual General Meeting followed by a talk by Mark Davies

When the Roman Army came to Camulodunum

Oct 12

CitiZan; Coastal and Community Archaeology

Stephanie Ostrich, CitiZan, MOLA

CitiZan

 

 

 

 

 

Oct 19

Going Down the Drain; the story of the Marks Hall excavations

John Mallinson, CAG

Click here for notes on this lecture: Going Down the Drain

Oct 26

Principles for the Care of Paper Documents; Mycenae Excavation Archive, 1920-69

Helen Lindsay, ACR – Collections Care Consultant

Click here for notes on this lecture: Principles for the Care of Paper Documents

Nov 2

The Portable Antiquities Scheme; Finds Recording and Research in Essex

Clemency Cooper, Portable Antiquities Scheme BM and Ben Paites, Finds Liaison Officer Essex

Click here for notes on this lecture: The Portable Antiquities Scheme

Nov 9

Operation Nightingale; the recovery of people, not just artefacts

Diarmaid Walshe, RAMC

Operation Nightingale is a collaboration between the military and Wessex Archaeology, using the technical and social aspects of field archaeology to aid the recovery and skill development of service personnel and veterans who have been injured in conflict.

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Nov 16

The Tudor Housing Revolution

John Walker, former chairman, Essex Historic Buildings Group

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Nov 23

Essex Hospitals before the NHS; some C19th hospitals

Jane Pearson, Dept. of History, University of Essex

Click here for notes on this lecture: Essex Hospitals Before the NHS

Nov 30

Rock of Ages: Mediaeval Stonemasons – The Architects of Europe

James Wright, MOLA

Click here for notes on this lecture: Rock of Ages

Dec 7

Christmas Party at Roman Circus House

2016

Jan 11

“Why are some places more important than others?”: Insights from mathematical modelling. Ray Rivers, Emeritus Professor of Physics, UCL

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Jan 18

Exploring Romano-British identities through dress accessories & toilet instruments

Michael Marshall, Later Prehistoric and Roman Finds specialist, MOLA

Click here for notes on this lecture: Romano-British Identities

Jan 25

1000 Years of Milling? Bourne Mill and its Millers

Chris Thornton, Editor, Victoria County History Essex

Feb 1

Pompeii, Vesuvius and the Bay of Naples

Mark Davies, CAG; this talk replaced the advertised one

Click here for notes on this lecture: Pompeii, Vesuvius and the Bay of Naples

Feb 8

Queen Elizabeth Slept Here; Gloriana’s East Anglian Progress 1578

Wendy Barnes, WEA tutor

Click here for notes on this lecture: Queens Elizabeths Progress

Feb 15

Members activities

Fordham Roman Villa, St John’s Abbey, Smallbridge Hall, 97 Hythe Hill

Feb 22

Egyptian archaeology and the museum: the Petrie Museum, UCL

A PHD student from UCL

Feb 29

Essex Regiment in WWI

Ian Hook, Essex Regiment Museum

March 7

The Lost City of Dunwich

Mark Mitchels, Independent lecturer in History and Archaeology

This is the talk scheduled for 1st Feb which didn’t take place

2014-15

Mar 2

Lionel Sims, Emeritus Head of Anthropology, University of East London

Gender and power in the Neolithic – the West Kennet Avenue as a test case

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Gender, Power and Asymmetry in the Neolithic

Feb 23

Keith Cullum, Chairman Essex Numismatic Society

Archaeology in Braintree

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Archaeology in Braintree

Feb 16

Dr Julia Farley, Curator of European Iron Age Collections, British Museum
Curating the Celts

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Iron Age and Roman Gold and Silver objects

Feb 9
Matthew Champion, Project Director for Suffolk Medieval Graffiti Survey
Medieval Graffiti: the hidden history

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Medieval Graffiti

Feb 2
Mark Curteis, Curator, Chelmsford Museum

The Archaeology of Ritual and Magic

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The Archaeology of Ritual and Magic

 Jan 26
David Jacques, Senior Research Fellow in Archaeology, University of Buckingham

Vespasian’s Camp: Cradle of Stonehenge?

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Vespasian’s Camp

Jan 19
Christopher Thompson, Essex Local Historian
The Witch Craze in Essex, 1560 – 1660

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The Witch Craze in Essex

Jan 12
Members activities
Cowlins 2013; Geophysics in Fordham; excavations at Goldingham Hall

Dec 1
Jim Rose, Visiting Research Fellow at the British Geological Survey.
The Bytham River system – a key routeway for early humans to visit the British land area

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The Bytham River System – a key routeway for early humans to visit the British Land Area

Nov 24

Jude Plouviez, Suffolk CC Archaeological Service
Rendlesham Rediscovered

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Rendlesham Rediscovered

Nov 17

Tony Crosby, Chairman, Essex Industrial Archaeology Group
Industrial Archaeology in Essex: Past, present … and future?

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Industrial Archaeology in Essex

Nov 10

Luk Yu-ping, Curator, Ming China Exhibition, BM
The British Museum Ming China Exhibition

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Ming China Exhibition; Fifity Years that Changed China

Nov 3
Dr Fiona Haughey, Thames Learning Group
Bronze Age and Iron Age evidence at Tell Tayinat, Hatay, Turkey

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Excavations of Early Bronze Age and Early Iron Age periods at Tell Tayinat, Hatay, Turkey

Oct 27
Julian Bowsher, Senior Archaeologist, MOLA
The Archaeology of Tudor and Jacobean Theatres

Oct 20
Sean O’Dell, Dept of History, University of Essex
An Introduction to Foreshore and Underwater Archaeology

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An Introduction to Foreshore and Underwater Archaeology

Oct 13
David Gill FSA, Professor of Archaeological Heritage, University Campus Suffolk
Homecomings: Archaeological ethics and the return of looted antiquities

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Homecomings Archaeological Ethics and the return of Looted Antiquities

Oct 6
AGM, followed by a talk by Mark Davies
Colchester’s Archaeology: 50 years of major finds -who cares?

 

2013-14

Mar 3   Nelson Fernandez, University of Essex

DNA from the Butt Road burials:  study of skeletons from a Colchester 3rd-4th century AD Romano-British Christian and pagan cemetery based upon genotyping of the human leukocyte antigen HLA-DR and mitochondrial DNA

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DNA from the Butt Road burials

Feb 24   Gina Barnes, School of Oriental & African Studies, U of London

Japanese Archaeology: an introductory tour through the Jomon, Yayoi and Kofun periods

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An Introductory Tour Through Jomon, Yayoi and Kofun Periods of Japanese Archaeology

Feb 17   Louise Tizzard, Senior Marine Geophysicist, Wessex Archaeology

Beneath the waves: investigating submerged landscapes of the southern North Sea

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Beneath the Waves; Investigating Submerged Landscapes of the Southern North Sea

Feb 10   Richard Brown, Oxford Archaeology

A thousand years of life and death in Ipswich

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A Thousand Years of Life and Death in Ipswich

Feb 3   Tom Williams, Project Curator, Vikings, British Museum

Roskilde 6 and the role of the ship in Viking culture

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Roskilde and Viking Ship Culture

Jan 27   Don Walker, Senior Human Osteologist, MOLA

Medieval Spitalfields burial ground- the story of a global disaster

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Medieval Spitalfields Burial Ground; A Global Disaster

Jan 20  Tim Reynolds,Senior Lecturer, Archaeology, Birckbeck

Recent work at the Haua Fteah, Libya

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Recent Work at Hauah Fteah

Jan 13   Members activities; Stour Valley Cropmark Survey; aerial photography; Group members  presented their work during the last year

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Members Activities evening

Dec 2   Graham Robinson, Millwright

Some Essex Wind and Water mills

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Some Essex Wind and Watermills

Nov 25  Nick Wickenden, Museums Manager for Chelmsford City Council

The History of Archaeological Investigations in the Borough of Chelmsford

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The History of Archaeological Investigations in the Borough of Chelmsford

Nov 18   Edward Biddulph, Senior Project Manager, Oxford Archaeology

The Red Hills of Stanford Wharf: Iron Age and Roman salt making in the Thames Estuary

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The Red Hills of Stanford Wharf

Nov 11   Kris Lockyear, UCL

Geophysics and the Roman settlements of Hertfordshire

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Geophysics and the Roman Settlements of Hertfordshire

Nov 4   Andy Shelley, Principal Archaeologist, Ramboll UK Ltd

Crossrail: Recent Archaeological Work in West London

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Crossrail – Recent Archaeological Work in West London

Oct 28   Dr Sam Lucy, Newnham College, Cambridge

An Anglo-Saxon bed burial from Trumpington

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The Trumpington Bed Burial in its Wider Context

Oct 21   Gary Rossin, Project Director, SHARP

Sedgeford Historical and Archaeological Research Project (SHARP); an update

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The Sedgeford Historical and Archaeological Project

Oct 14   Richard Abdy, Curator, Roman Coins, British Museum

Gospel Coins

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Gospel coins

Oct 7   AGM, followed by a talk by Mark Davies
Colchester Castle – fascinating phases, faces, facts and facets

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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