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.


Guided Walk - Kingley Vale

Date: Wednesday 14 March 2018

Start time: 10:00

Meeting point: West Stoke Car Park, Downs Rd, Chichester PO18 9BE. Directions

Leader: Mike Kallaway

Cost: Members £1.00, non-members £6.00 (if places are available) payable in cash on the day. Please book your place in advance by emailing Pauline Blagden at .

Kingley Vale is a well-known National Nature reserve within the South Downs National Park. Most visitors are aware of the ancient yew tree forest, Devils Hump Bronze Age Barrows and Iron Age settlements. Less well known is Kingley Vale’s past as a military training site particularly during World War 2. During this walk we will explore a number of military sites from the 19th Century rifle range to Auxiliary Unit WW2 hideouts. We will look at the evidence that still remains of its military use and the efforts made to clear munitions from the site after WW2. The walk will be illustrated by the use of old maps, aerial photos, LiDAR images and other documents. Other more ancient features such as field systems, settlements, enclosures and unusual barrows will also be revealed.

The walk will start and finish in West Stoke Car Park.  From the Car Park to the entrance to Kingley Vale Nature Reserve is around 0.8 miles adding 1.6 miles there and back to the overall route.  The full walk will take around 3.5 to 4 hours. A shorter option is possible taking about a mile out of the route. People who chose this option will have a break whilst the others take an "excursion" to see other sites. The climb from the car park to the top is around 150 metres and is quite steep in parts so appropriate footwear should be worn. There are no facilities.

Flint knapping: a practical study day led by Bob Turner

Date: Saturday 9 June 2018

Time: 1000-1630

Location: Butser Ancient Farm, Chalton Lane, Chalton, Waterlooville PO8 0BG. Directions There is plenty of parking. You will need to bring a packed lunch and refreshments.

Cost: Members £40, non-members £45 (if places are available). This includes entry to Butser Ancient Farm. Payment is due by 1 May. Details of how to pay will be sent when your place is confirmed.

The course outline:
There will be a practical demonstration followed by everyone trying their skills with flint. The lecturer will give you a flavour of life in the Mesolithic / Neolithic showing how people lived and he will try to cover the full range of tools.

Timber-framed buildings of the Weald, their development and dating for beginners.
A Study Day led by Jeremy Clarke.

Date: Saturday 3 November 2018

Time: To be confirmed. This is a full day event.

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

Cost: Members £25 , non-members £30 (if places are available). Payment is due by 10 September. Details of how to pay will be sent when your place is confirmed.

The course outline:
This study day will cover terminology, how to approach dating a building, useful resources and a group practical session using site photographs and plans to try out the knowledge gained.