Welcome to the Bristol and Avon Archaeological Society Website

B.A.A.S. is the lively, friendly society for everyone interested in the archaeology and history of Bristol and its surrounding area.

Members have access to monthly lectures from September to May by expert speakers together with summer walks and field visits. They also receive a twice yearly bulletin and a fully illustrated journal annually, "Bristol and Avon Archaeology".

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Upcoming Events

Autumn to Spring Talks 2016-2017

  • on 14th September 2016
  • An Illustrated talk by BAAS Committee
  • The Apostle Room, Clifton Cathedral, Pembroke Road, Bristol BS8 3BX

These will be held in our new venue of the APOSTLE ROOM in CLIFTON CATHEDRAL, PEMBROKE ROAD, CLIFTON,BRISTOL BS8 3BX at 7.30pm.

The Autumn meetings start in September. We can…

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Latest Article

A Group of 1850’s Clay Pipe Kiln Wasters from Wellington Road, St Pauls, Bristol

Introduction

In December 1998 contractors working for S.W.E.B. dug a trench for new electricity cables with an associated inspection chamber in Wellington Road, St Pauls, formerly known as Victoria Road…

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Event Reviews

Wapping Wharf and the New Bristol Gaol

  • A Walk on 2nd July 2016
  • Led by Bob Jones
  • New Gaol, Wapping Wharf.

The state of Bristol’s prisons In the early 19th Century Bristol’s Newgate prison was one of the worst in the country, where many inmates died of disease and malnutrition.  In 1816 an Act of Parliament approved a purpose-built ‘New...

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Festival of Archaeology, Blaise Castle, Bristol.

  • on 23rd July 2016
  • Blaise Castle House Museum, Blaise Castle.

BAAS had a stand at the Festival of Archaeology, held at Blaise Castle, organised by Bristol City Museum.  It was a gloriously sunny day and BAAS together with other archaeological societies (Clifton Antiquarian Club; Egypt Society; Sea Mills Project)...

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Nelme’s Paddock excavations, Berkeley Castle, Glos.

  • A Walk on 8th June 2016
  • Led by Professor Mark Horton
  • Nelme's Paddock, Berkeley Castle, Glos.

Prof. Horton was on excellent form for BAAS’ visit to the Berkeley Castle excavations in Nelme’s Paddock that are in their seventh season.  He started at the bottom end (High Street) of the trench and explained that 30-40cm below...

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Chedworth Roman Villa, Glos.

  • on 13th April 2016
  • An Illustrated talk by Dr. Martin Papworth, Chedworth Roman Villa, National Trust
  • St. Matthew's Church, Clare Road, Cotham, Bristol.

‘Chedworth Roman Villa is one of the best in the country’; a bold statement from Dr Martin Papworth, Archaeologist for the National Trust, at the start of his presentation to BAAS concerning the latest discoveries at the site.  And...

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Ritual and Ceremony in the Mendip Caves

  • on 9th March 2016
  • An Illustrated talk by Dr. Paula Gardiner
  • St. Matthew's Church, Clare Road, Cotham, Bristol, BS6 5TB

  The talk focused on the material culture from the Mendip caves that suggests complexity in Prehistoric Societies.  It looked at how everyday activities can be inter-twined with ritual activities.  It looked at rock art and how it is...

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Berkeley Castle and the Bristol Connection

  • on 17th February 2016
  • An Illustrated talk by Professor Mark Horton
  • St. Matthew's Church, Clare Road, Cotham, Bristol, BS6 5TB

  For our annual Grinsell Lecture, Prof. Horton began his talk by quoting Leslie Grinsell who stated that “….. archaeological methods are not likely to be practical when castles are inhabited”.  Prof. Horton outlined and illustrated the findings of...

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The Beau Street Hoard, Bath.

  • on 13th January 2016
  • An Illustrated talk by Stephen Clewes, Manager Roman Baths and Pump Room
  • St. Matthew's Church, Clare Road, Cotham, Bristol, BS6 5TB

The hoard was found in November 2007, during a routine excavation of a hotel development site, by Cotswold Archaeology.  The building was originally a hospital and there are several others grouped around the site.  The excavation was in the...

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BAAS Christmas Party 2015

  • on 9th December 2015
  • St. Matthew's Church, Clare Road, Cotham, Bristol, BS6 5TB

We had a relaxed and jolly Christmas party which was well attended by BAAS members and committee.  The party had a different format to previous parties, as James was sadly still in hospital.  The BAAS Committee provided the food...

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KILLING TIME: Archaeology, Anthropology and the First World War from the Western Front to the Middle East

  • on 14th October 2015
  • An Illustrated talk by Prof. Nick Saunders
  • St. Matthew's Church, Clare Road, Cotham, Bristol, BS6 5TB

    Prof. Saunders began his talk by asking the question:  what is Modern Conflict Archaeology?  It is only concerned with the 20th and 21st Centuries.  It can include civil unrest, tribal conflict, commemoration and memory, conservation, museums, heritage...

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LIFE IN THE BACKYARD: Craft Industry in Medieval Towns

  • on 9th September 2015
  • An Illustrated talk by Bob Jones,
  • St. Matthew's Church, Clare Road, Cotham, Bristol, BS6 5TB

This was a talk about small scale industrial sites in the Medieval period using archaeological evidence, documents, personal names (Brewer, Dyer, Tucker), Probate inventories and Wills. What does ‘industry’ really mean?  Artefacts such as spindle whorls could be regarded...

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URBAN WALK: Andrew Smith

  • A Walk on 6th September 2015
  • Led by Andrew Smith
  • City Centre, Bristol.

Leaving the Red House on Park Row just after 2pm we walked first towards the Museum and Art Gallery in Park Row to the first Civil War point on the walk.  On the wall between the Museum and Browns...

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Fieldtrip to the Mendips

  • A Walk on 2nd August 2015
  • Led by Dr. Paula Gardiner
  • Mendip Hills, Somerset

We started our walk from Nine Barrows Lane in Priddy up the field towards the Ashen Hill barrows on the left and in sight of the Priddy Nine barrows on the skyline.  There are 400 round barrows on Mendip,...

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Redcliffe Walk

  • A Walk on 25th July 2015
  • Led by Bob Jones
  • Redcliffe, Bristol

Saturday afternoon was a gloriously sunny day for our walk around Redcliffe with Bob Jones, who had been involved in many sites in the area.  We started at St. Mary Redcliffe and were told the church started life as...

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Archaeological Discoveries in South Gloucestershire 2014

  • on 8th April 2015
  • An Illustrated talk by Tony Roberts, Archeoscan

  Tony Roberts brought us up to date with local excavations and projects in Gloucestershire, with an emphasis on the Community Projects that he runs.  He outlined how to run one’s own project and showed how aerial photographs reveal...

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The Grinsell Lecture 2015: The Box Roman Villa

  • on 11th February 2015
  • An Illustrated talk by Mark Corney
  • St. Matthew's Church, Kingsdown, Bristol

  Mark Corney was the speaker for our important annual event, The Grinsell Lecture.  His talk re-evaluated the Box Roman villa and its landscape context.  This was an excellent illustrated talk by Mr. Corney, who has worked on Roman...

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The Changing Concepts of the Body in the British Bronze Age

  • on 14th January 2015
  • An Illustrated talk by Joanna Bruck, University of Bristol
  • St. Matthew's, Kingsdown, Bristol

  Dr. Brűck’s talk challenged the idea that Bronze Age grave goods reflect the status and prestige of a person and used the examples of the Bush Barrow and the Amesbury Archer.  She suggested that we assume that all...

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A Medieval house re-discovered: excavations at Longworth Farm, Wellington, Somerset

  • on 12th November 2014
  • An Illustrated talk by Phil Andrews, Project Manager, Wessex Archaeology

 The talk focused on Longforth Farm, Wellington, Somerset which is a  Medieval Farm from the 12-13th Centuries.  30ha were excavated prior to a housing development on the edge of Wellington.  Cotswold Archaeology had carried out an evaluation and the...

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The Roman Legionary Fortress at Caerleon

  • on 8th October 2014
  • An Illustrated talk by Dr. Peter Guest
  • St. Matthew's Church, Kingsdown, Bristol

  Dr. Guest introduced us to the background to the Roman fortress at Caerleon that was established in 43AD.  It was a garrison and legions were based at York, Chester and Caerleon.  Campaigns against the British Iron Age tribes...

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Charterhouse-on-Mendip Summer Walk

  • A Walk on 21st July 2013
  • Led by Dr. Paula Gardiner
  • Charterhouse-on-Mendip

This walk focused on Charterhouse-on-Mendip as a multi-phased landscape. It started with a quick look at the Roman fortlet and a discussion of the current interpretations, that it was probably a stronghold for lead and silver, rather than a...

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Summer Walk on Old Clifton

  • A Walk on 11th June 2014
  • Led by James Russell
  • Old Clifton

We met at Park Place for the start of the walk and 18 people came to hear James talk about Old Clifton.  He gave a brief summary of the origins of Clifton starting with King Alfred framing the boundary...

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