Bristol and Avon Archaeological Society

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 (November to April) by expert speakers, together with summer walks and field visits.

They also receive a twice yearly bulletin (this continues to be sent electronically) and a fully illustrated journal annually, “Bristol and Avon Archaeology”.

The Committee look forward very much to welcoming you to the Apostle Room for our monthly lectures. Lectures begin at 7.30 p.m.

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PLEASE NOTE:  Due to circumstances beyond our control we have moved the AGM to Tuesday 12 March 2024 at 7.30 p.m.

 


PLEASE JOIN US for our new 2024 lectures which are listed under Upcoming Events on this website.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Upcoming Events

Saturday June 8, 2024

Field Visit and James Russell Day : Roman Caerwent

Dr. Mark Lewis, Museum of Wales
Walk
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Saturday July 6, 2024

Field Visit: the Medieval Chapel of St. Anne-in-the-Wood and Holy Well at Brislington

Keith Stenner, Committee Member
Walk
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Wednesday September 11, 2024

To be announced

TBA
Lecture
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Wednesday October 9, 2024

A New Pottery Kiln at Wickwar & a Medieval Manor House at GuitingPower

Tony Roberts, BAAS Member
Lecture
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Wednesday November 13, 2024

Dig the Castle: Great Torrington Community Excavation, Devon

Emily Wapshott, Project Lead Dig the Castle.
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Wednesday December 11, 2024

Cotswold Archaeology and Community Engagement

Caroline Adams, Outreach and Community Engagement Officer, Cotswold Archaeology.
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General Events

Reviews of Previous Events

Wednesday February 14, 2024

The Mosaic and Late Roman Villa at Hinton Saint Mary, Dorset.

Peter Guest
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Wednesday January 10, 2024

The Problems of Curation at Bristol City Museum

Gail Boyle, Senior Curator of Archaeology for Bristol Culture & Creative Industries.
Lecture
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Thursday December 14, 2023

Pitch Perfect: excavating a Roman farming settlement and villa

Dr. Andrew Pearson, Cotswold Archaeology
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Wednesday November 8, 2023

Bristol and Ireland in the Middle Ages

Professor Brendan Smith
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Friday September 15, 2023

Recent Archaeology of South Gloucestershire

Paul Driscoll, Archaeology Officer for South Gloucestershire Council
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Wednesday April 12, 2023

The Archaeology of Orkney

Andrew Smith, BAAS Member and former Chair
Lecture
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Wednesday February 8, 2023

Mount Pleasant, Dorchester and other other Mega-henges

Susan Greaney, Lecturer in Archaeology, University of Exeter
Lecture
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Wednesday January 11, 2023

Hellfire Clubs 1750s and 1770s

Aisling Tierney
Lecture
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Saturday July 23, 2022

Bristol’s Brilliant Archaeology

James Lyttleton
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Wednesday April 6, 2022

The Mystery of Roman Gatcombe Town and Road

Bev Knott, BAAS committee member
Lecture
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Wednesday February 19, 2020

The Re-discovery of Gloucester Castle: archaeological investigations 2014-2019.

Andrew Armstrong, Gloucester City Archaeologist
Lecture
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Wednesday January 8, 2020

The Archaeology of Bath Abbey

Cai Mason, Senior Project Officer Wessex Archaeology
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Wednesday December 11, 2019

Excavations at Ashton Court and sites in Gloucestershire

Tony Roberts, Archeoscan.
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Wednesday November 13, 2019

An Iron Age and Roman Settlement & associated burials, Thornbury, S. Glos.

Tom Brindle, Post Excavation Manager, Cotswold Archaeology.
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Tuesday October 8, 2019

Temple of Mithras: reconstruction/recreation

Catherine Woolfitt ACR MCIfA, Woolfitt Associates Ltd.
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Wednesday September 11, 2019

From Round Barrows to Roman Britain: Recent Research on North Hill, Priddy.

Dr. Jodie Lewis, Principal Lecturer in Archaeology, University of Worcester.
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Saturday August 3, 2019

Bristol’s Brilliant Archaeology: Blaise

Paula Gardiner
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Wednesday April 10, 2019

Roman Roads Part II

Bev Knott, BAAS Committee Member
Lecture
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Wednesday March 13, 2019

My Life in Archaeology – 40 years as BAAS Treasurer

James Russell
Lecture
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Wednesday February 13, 2019

Paganism in the Victorian and Edwardian Era

Professor Ronald Hutton, University of Bristol
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Wednesday January 9, 2019

Recent Treasure Hoards of Gloucestershire and Avon

Kurt Adams, Gloucestershire and Avon Finds Liaison Officer
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Wednesday November 28, 2018

From Bridgehead to Brewery: excavations at Finzel’s Reach, Bristol.

Ben Ford, Senior Project Manager, Oxford Archaeology.
Lecture
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Wednesday October 10, 2018

The Cat and the Coffin: excavations at St. George’s Brandon Hill, Bristol.

Dr. Nick Corcos, Avon Archaeology Ltd.
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Wednesday September 12, 2018

The Archaeology of Bath Quays Waterside

Cai Mason, Senior Project Officer, Wessex Archaeology
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Saturday August 25, 2018

Summer Walk: Central Bristol Churches

Keith Stenner
Walk
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Saturday June 23, 2018

Summer Walk: the ‘Lost City’ of Trellech

Mike Gwyther
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Saturday July 28, 2018

Bristol’s Brilliant Archaeology, Blaise Castle.

BAAS Committee
Other
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Sunday July 15, 2018

Summer Walk to Stanton Drew

John Richards, BAAS Member; BACAS Member.
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Wednesday May 2, 2018

The 1930s Slum Clearance in Bedminster

Mike Hooper
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Sunday March 25, 2018

Walk around the Stoke Park Estate

John Hunt
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Wednesday March 7, 2018

Urban Archaeology: an embarrassment of riches

Bob Jones
Lecture
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Wednesday December 13, 2017

BAAS Christmas Party 2017

BAAS Committee
Other
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Wednesday November 8, 2017

Bristol: a City of Monks and Bones

Jinx Newley
Lecture
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Wednesday October 11, 2017

The Knights Templar

James Bond
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Wednesday September 13, 2017

The Discovery and Investigation of a Roman Villa Complex at Lockleaze

Mark Brett, Senior Project Officer, Cotswold Archaeology
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Saturday August 5, 2017

Banwell Bone Caves

Gundula Dorey
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Wednesday July 19, 2017

Acton Court, South Glos.

Blue Badge Guide
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Saturday June 10, 2017

Urban Walk – Bristol Old City

Bob Jones
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Wednesday April 12, 2017

Exploring Avebury

Steve Marshall
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Wednesday March 8, 2017

Roman Roads in Avon

Bev Knott
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Wednesday February 8, 2017

The Stories Behind the New Stonehenge Visitor Centre

Dr. Amanda Chadburn, Senior National Rural & Environmental Adviser, Historic England
Lecture
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Wednesday January 11, 2017

Atlantic Britain in the Early Middle Ages: AD400-1100

David Etheridge
Lecture
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Wednesday December 14, 2016

Christmas Party

BAAS Christmas Party
Other
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Wednesday November 9, 2016

Health Disease and Disability in Medieval Bristol c.1000-1500.

Dr. Irina Metzler, University of Swansea
Lecture
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Wednesday October 12, 2016

An update on excavations in South Gloucestershire

Tony Roberts, Archeoscan
Lecture
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Saturday August 6, 2016

The Glass Roadshow

Kate Churchill
Other
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Saturday July 2, 2016

Wapping Wharf and the New Bristol Gaol

Bob Jones
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Saturday July 23, 2016

Festival of Archaeology, Blaise Castle, Bristol.

Paula Gardiner
Other
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Wednesday April 13, 2016

Chedworth Roman Villa, Glos.

Dr. Martin Papworth, Chedworth Roman Villa, National Trust
Lecture
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Wednesday June 8, 2016

Nelme’s Paddock excavations, Berkeley Castle, Glos.

Professor Mark Horton
Walk
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Wednesday March 9, 2016

Ritual and Ceremony in the Mendip Caves

Dr. Paula Gardiner
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Wednesday February 17, 2016

Berkeley Castle and the Bristol Connection

Professor Mark Horton
Lecture
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Wednesday January 13, 2016

The Beau Street Hoard, Bath.

Stephen Clewes, Manager Roman Baths and Pump Room
Lecture
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Wednesday December 9, 2015

BAAS Christmas Party 2015

Paula Gardiner
Other
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Wednesday September 9, 2015

LIFE IN THE BACKYARD: Craft Industry in Medieval Towns

Bob Jones,
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Sunday September 6, 2015

URBAN WALK: Andrew Smith

Andrew Smith
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Sunday August 2, 2015

Fieldtrip to the Mendips

Dr. Paula Gardiner
Walk
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Wednesday April 8, 2015

Archaeological Discoveries in South Gloucestershire 2014

Tony Roberts, Archeoscan
Lecture
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Wednesday February 11, 2015

The Grinsell Lecture 2015: The Box Roman Villa

Mark Corney
Lecture
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Wednesday November 12, 2014

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

Phil Andrews, Project Manager, Wessex Archaeology
Lecture
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Wednesday October 8, 2014

The Roman Legionary Fortress at Caerleon

Dr. Peter Guest
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Wednesday January 14, 2015

The Changing Concepts of the Body in the British Bronze Age

Joanna Bruck, University of Bristol
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Saturday July 25, 2015

Redcliffe Walk

Bob Jones
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Wednesday June 11, 2014

Summer Walk on Old Clifton

James Russell
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Sunday July 21, 2013

Charterhouse-on-Mendip Summer Walk

Dr. Paula Gardiner
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