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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.



CBA South East

Programme of Events 2014-15


This year pre-booking for all events 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 any of these events.


Walks and site visits:

Sunday July 20th at 2.00pm – Shorne Community Excavation, Kent

This community excavation has been running for many years and is uncovering Randall Manor which was occupied for over 100 years by the de Cobham family.

Foundations at Shorne WoodsThe community-based project has been uncovering the foundations of this 13th century Manor, that was slowly lost within the woods.

Although nothing survives above ground, the Manor sits on a rectangular platform, with a series of fish ponds running along one side.

Measuring an entrance at Randall ManorSo far archaeologists have looked at the kitchen building, complete with massive stone hearth, the bakery, the store buildings and the fish ponds. In 2009 they began to examine the main buildings of the Manor, where the Lord would have lived. In 2010 this work continued, as well as looking at the Lord's toilet! We also worked with local schools to uncover the original courtyard of the Manor.



Thursday July 24th at 2.00pm – Tidemills post-medieval site, Sussex

Meet by the level crossing just before 2pm. The tour will give a potted history to the site while looking at some of the extant remains, which include the 1760s tidal mill, the associated village, a Great War seaplane base and the Chailey Beach hospital for sick children. We will also visit the site of the current excavations, investigating the heart of the village. (A location map will be provided with booking confirmation)



Other site visits are being arranged including Lyminge and Woking Palace. Details tbc.


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:


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.