Some say Archaeology is the study of old rubbish. Sounds boring but it is really about trying to understand what our great great…great grandparents got up to – their behaviour and culture – going back from recent times into the mists of pre-history.
The group started in 1995 planning a four year programme from the first humanoids of five million years ago to early medieval times. However since then there has been a surge of new evidence emerging from new excavations and from the re-examination of old sites. This has proved possible because of the discovery, development and application of new scientific techniques – particularly dating, forensic analysis and evolutionary genetics. Additionally Microscopic and Tetrahertz investigation are examples of the exciting new techniques now being developed. These provide evidence not visible to the human eye.
There is a Winter Programme describing a series of monthly talks from September to April. The subjects range widely endeavouring to bring new information and interpretations in modern archaeology for the better understanding of the group.
In the summer we make visits to places and excavations of archaeological interest normally enjoying a guided tour.
You do not need to have experience or a background in Archaeology to join our friendly group, just a interest in the subject will make you very welcome. Come along and give us a try.
Dates planned for 2018 are:
September 27th– Simon Elliott, The Classis Britannica
October 25th– Tim Lloyd, European Cave Art
November 22nd– Martin Bridge, Dendrochronology
New members welcome; for more information please contact the convenor.