We arrange events of archaeological interest for our members, including study days and visits to places of interest. Unless otherwise stated, to book a place please contact Pauline Blagden at . Please also refer to the latest Chairman's monthly newsletter (available via the Newsletter link) for up to date information on forthcoming events.


PLEASE NOTE: Following recent government advice on minimising the impact of Coronavirus, this year's activities will be subject to review and at least some are likely to be cancelled or postponed. Please check this page and the monthly email newsletter for updates. For more detailed enquiries please contact Pauline at .

Study Day: The Archaeology of Death and Commemoration led by Simon Stevens, Senior Archaeologist at Archaeology South-East - NOW CANCELLED, see above

Date: Saturday 6 June 2020

Member-led walks: Around Petworth in summer, led by Henry Wakeford

Dates: Wednesday 12 August 2020 and Sunday 16 August 2020. The same walk will take place on 2 different days. When you book, please indicate which day you will be coming.

Start Time: 13:30

Meeting point: Main Petworth town car park, GU28 0AP. There is a charge for parking on weekdays. There are public toilets in the car park.

Cost: Members £2, non-members £7. Please pay Pauline in cash on the day. The correct change would be appreciated.

Leader: Henry Wakeford

Outline: The walk will be leaving the confines of Petworth to visit a couple of nearby hamlets to look at some of their historical details.

PLEASE NOTE: You will need to be reasonably fit to take part in this activity. The walk is about six miles long and involves some steep hill walking. It will take between two and three hours. Wear stout footwear, preferably walking boots.

Practical Study Day: Make your own Iron Age Pot, led by Bill Crumbleholme

Date: Friday 18 September 2020

Time: 10:00 – 16:00

Location: Butser Ancient Farm, Chalton Lane, Waterlooville, PO8 0BG. There is plenty of parking.

Cost: Members £65, non-members £70 if places are available. Payment is due by 8 August 2020. Details of how to pay will be sent when your place is confirmed. Places are limited so book early.

Outline: This hands-on study day offers CDAS members the opportunity to learn about Iron Age pottery technology and have a go at making an 'Iron Age' pot. The day will include digging clay, preparing it and hand building pots. Then we will watch a simple bonfire firing. No experience is needed but wear old clothes!

Study Day: Chichester’s Maritime Past, led by writer and historian Ian Friel.

Date: Saturday 28 November 2020

Time: 10:00 – 16:00

Location: Fishbourne Roman Palace (Rudkin Room), Roman Way, Fishbourne, Chichester PO19 3QR. There is plenty of parking.

Cost: Members £25, non-members £30. Payment is due by 30 October 2020. Details of how to pay will be sent when your place is confirmed.

Outline: Covering the area from Pagham Harbour to Chichester Harbour, and the period from prehistory onwards, this study day will explore Chichester’s maritime history through both archaeological and historical sources, drawing on Ian’s own research. The maritime history of this area is much richer than sometimes realised. It includes, for instance, an Elizabethan sailor from Chichester who vanished in the Indian Ocean, the Harbour's role as a grain-exporting haven in the 18th century, its surprising history in constructing Georgian warships, the local oyster fishery, and the development of yachting and leisure boating in the 20th century.