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Venue: University of Brighton
Saturday November 1st 2014


The conference this year will be held jointly with Sussex School of Archaeology and will commemorate the work of the late Professor Peter Drewett and launch the book 'Archaeology and Land Use of South-East England to 1066'. Speakers TBC.

The conference will be held in The Huxley Lecture Theatre, Cockcroft Building, University of Brighton, Lewes Road, Moulescombe. The fee will be £30 (conference plus mid-morning and mid-afternoon teas) or £35 (same plus buffet lunch); or reduced price for CBA SE members and full-time students: £27 or £32 (with lunch). CBASE AGM at 2pm.

Bookings: Sussex School of Archaeology. Contact:



CBA South East

Programme of Events 2014-15


Pre-booking for the Lyminge visit is necessary and unless otherwise stated in the details below all walks and site visits will be charged at the following rates:


£6.00 Flat rate for all adults with £3.00 of this to be donated to the site visited, and £1.00 ringfenced for the Grants Fund.

Children: Free


Contact or to book a place on the organised event.


Walks and site visits:

Friday 22nd August 2014, 2-4 PM – Lyminge site visit

A tour of the site of this village-core project, directed by Dr Gabor Thomas, University of Reading has been organised. This is the final season of excavations on Tayne Field. This is an exciting site where in recent work a large and probably royal Saxon hall has been discovered. 1,300 years ago, an Anglo-Saxon monastery stood in the village of Lyminge, presided over by a royal abbess. Excavations are now showing that Lyminge was an important place before this, with evidence for a long sequence of Anglo-Saxon occupation extending back into the 5th century A.D.

We are still awaiting a map for directions and parking, but essentially parking is via the local village hall located very close to the dig. There are no restrictions on parking here as they are supporting the excavations and it keeps people away from street parking.


Saturday 23rd to Monday 25th August 2014 – Westgate Gardens, Canterbury, open days

Andrew Richardson has offered these dates for anyone who is interested to visit this community excavation on a Roman site. Please contact Andrew directly (tel: 01227 825276; mob: 07876 307681; email : for details.


Sunday 28th September 2014 from 11am to 4pm – Woking Palace Open Day

Guided tours of this year’s excavations, the sixth season at Woking Palace, will take place between the times above. Information about the excavation can be found here:  For further details of the Open Day please contact:  Community Archaeology Team, Surrey History Centre, 130 Goldsworth Road, Woking, Surrey, GU21 6ND or by email: or telephone: 01483 518737.



Central CBA Groups Network Events

The central CBA newsletter for groups: CBA_BA Group Events Ad_A4_2014.pdf


Other Events and Activities

Volunteering opportunities in Surrey, with Hannah Potter, Assistant Community Archaeologist. Like our Facebook page for up to date photos, information about archaeology in Surrey, and volunteering opportunities:

Find out more about heritage and archaeology in Surrey:


Knole Archaeology Lectures:

A note from Laura Ellis:

You may know that we are currently undergoing a £20m conservation project and as part of this there is a strong archaeological thread. To this end we are holding some key archaeological lectures to share some of the findings, particularly from our parkland.

Thursday 14 August, 7-8.30pm

Great Hall Lecture: From ‘designed landscapes’ to landscapes of work: understanding medieval sites in South-Eastern England

In the majestic surroundings of Knole’s Great Hall this lecture, led by Professor Matthew Johnson of Northwestern University, hear the results of survey at four National Trust properties: Bodiam, Scotney, Ightham and Knole.  Over four years a team of archaeologists from the University of Southampton (UK) and Northwestern University (USA) have worked in partnership with the National Trust to understand these places in terms of the medieval landscapes that surround them.  The findings showed that in the Middle Ages, these places were not just military castles or pleasure palaces for the elite- they were also places of work for all classes.

Adult £10, Concession £8, Booking at  or call 0844 249 1895

Tuesday 4 November, 3-5pm

Witchmarks and Demon Traps: recent discoveries at Knole

James Wright, buildings archaeologist with Museum of London Archaeology, presents the results of building recording during our conservation project. A lecture in the Great Hall.
Adults £10, Concessions £8,   Booking at  or call   0844 249 1895

Saturday September 6th at 9.30am - Conference "Animals! Understanding human culture through the ubiquitous others"

This conference will be held at the Mitre Lecture Theatre, Chichester University, Bishop Otter campus. Tickets are £30 and full details can be found here.


Friday September 19th and Saturday September 20th - Conference "Landscape Perspectives: New Approaches in Archaeological Survey"

This conference takes place from 10.00am Friday at the University of Sheffield Humanities Research Institute, Gell Street, Sheffield. Fees start from £25 (for members of the Landscape Survey Group). Full details here.


Saturday November 29th at 9.00am - South-East Regional Conference of The Geologists' Association

The conference is hosted by the West Sussex Geological Society in the Exhibition Hall of Worthing College at their new college campus on the northern outskirts of the town. Conference fee is £25 for the day, including coffee/tea, buffet lunch and Conference publication. Programme and Booking form.


Major Publishing Event dedicated to the memory of Peter Drewett:

Archaeology and Landscape of South-East England to 1066 (eds Michael J Allen & David Rudling)

This is a new peer-reviewed book on archaeology of SE England, written by the recognised leading authorities in their field. It provides an overview and review of south-east England, allowing comparison with Sussex, Surrey and Kent (and the east Thames basin) which has rarely been achieved or attempted. It will also allow comparison within and between both the three counties, and the main topographic zones of Downs, Weald, Coastal Plain, River Valley and Thames Estuary.

The book will provide an informed narrative of an interpretation of the history of the south east and re-addresses, renews and re-evaluates the work and interpretations presented previously. It will be the new textbook for the South-East. As such we it hope provides a fitting tribute to the late Peter Drewett who inspired many in the current generation of archaeologists (professional and amateur) working in south-east England. Peter published a series of major excavations in Sussex and southern England 1974-82, and this book will be dedicated to Peter Drewett with great thanks, admiration and affection.


Book Launch:

Toby’s ‘Stairway to Heaven’ reveals secrets of Kent churches


Dr Toby Huitson


For more than ten years Dr Toby Huitson (pictured above) has been fascinated by what went on in the upper storeys of our medieval churches and cathedrals.

His curiosity led him up spiral staircases above towers, naves and chancels all over Kent and further afield and into mysterious lofts, galleries and passages that were used as, among other things, dovecotes, treasuries and libraries.

He has now published a book, ‘Stairway to Heaven’, in which he describes and illustrates his hundreds of discoveries.

‘It all began as a doctoral thesis on ecclesiastical staircases, galleries and upper chambers, for which I was awarded my PhD in history,’ said Toby, who is an assistant archivist at Canterbury Cathedral and a history lecturer at the University of Kent in Canterbury.

‘Then, in 2009, it won the Kent Archaeological Society’s £3,000 Hasted Prize for the best doctoral thesis on any aspect of the county’s archaeology or history.

‘I went on to carry out further research and develop the thesis into a full-length book, using most of the prize money to publish many of the 130 illustrations in colour.

‘The original purposes of church upper spaces represent an unsolved mystery for generations of antiquarians, archaeologists and architectural historians. My book presents the evidence for over 35 different practical functions these hidden areas could have had’.

Among the unusual upper storeys Toby has found in Kent are the so-called 'Indulgence Chamber' at Rochester Cathedral (which may have been used as a muniment room for storing official documents); the 'Old Bakery' chamber at Canterbury Cathedral (a former Romanesque upper chapel, converted into a room for the Shrine Wardens around 1400 and used as a craftsmen’s restoration workshop in the late 17th century); the so-called 'Watching Tower' at St Mary of Charity, Faversham, (used as a sexton's room in the early 16th century); and a blocked staircase to the lost upper chapel of St Blaise at Canterbury Cathedral (probably used for storing candles or documents).


CIMG9456 'Indulgence Chamber' at Rochester Cathedral'

The 'Indulgence Chamber' at Rochester Cathedral

CC 02 The 'Old Bakery' chamber at Canterbury Cathedral

View from the ‘Old Bakery’ chamber at Canterbury Cathedral


■‘Stairway to Heaven’ will be formally launched at the University of Kent this autumn (2014). It is published by Oxbow Books at £35 RRP and is available from, and other outlets. Signed copies can be ordered direct from Toby Huitson (email ) for £30 (cash payments, collection in person only).


Young Archaeologists' Club

If you love archaeology and are aged up to 17 then YAC is for you!

YAC has some 65 local Branches which run fantastic hands-on archaeology activities for local members who sign up directly with those Branches. Visit to see if there's a Branch near you.

YAC UK is a magazine based subscription package aimed at children under the age of 17 who are interested in archaeology and all things historic. But YAC is changing: it's exploding online! You will still get the great content you've seen in the Young Archaeologist magazine but more regularly on our new website from Spring 2015.

Membership is now offered on a 6-month basis for £8.00 (individual).

For more information see the YAC website at   email YAC : or call YAC HQ on: 01904 671 417 or visit the CBA webshop to join: