Roman Studies Group

Shining a Light on the 1st century AD in SE England- save the date

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Following the great success of the 2018 conference on the transition from Roman to Saxon in the South-East, the Roman Studies Group is arranging another such event, this time focusing on the end of the Iron Age and the start of Roman Britain in our area.

This event was originaly due to be held in May 2020 but was cancelled due to the Corona virus pandemic.

Talk by Dr. Anne Sassin-Allen on work at Lullingstone Roman villa, via Zoom

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Anne Sassin-Allen, Surrey Archaeological Society's Projects Outreach Officer and Community Archaeologist for the Darent Valley Landscape Partnership Scheme, will update us on one of her latest projects. A dig over several seasons at Lullingstone villa looked at an area not previously excavated and adds to the fascinating story of the site.

Currently it is intended to allow access to this and other RSG Zoom meetings to RSG members only. As a member you will receive a Zoom link by e-mail a week before the meeting. 

Talk by Emma Corke on the 2020 season at Cocks Farm, Abinger

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Emma Corke, site director, will update us on the excavation held in July-August 2020 on the hilltop site at Abinger. Features uncovered this year have consolidated the layout of buildings found in previous seasons and illuminated a palimpsest of rural settlement activity. Due to Covid restrictions the volunteer team was smaller than usual but if you were not able to be on site this year this is your chance to catch up on what was found. 

Discussion on Surrey's Roman rural settlement project, via Zoom

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Part II of the discussion on Surrey's Roman rural settlement project, following on from the November 2020 meeting. Anne Sassin-Allen will kickstart the discussion by highlighting the use of Lidar and how useful it could be in Surrey. She will compare it with Lidar in Kent which is effectivly used as a research tool. David Bird and David Calow will then lead a discussion on how the group can use the available data to research particular areas of Roman settlement in the County and beyond its current borders. Please come prepared to take part.

Talk by David Calow on two Roman rural settlements, via Zoom

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At the December meeting we normally share mince pies and a glass of wine. Although we are not meeting in person yet, have your mince pie and glass to hand to start off the festive season.

David will discuss two of our known Roman sites, comparing and contrasting the evidence we have for rural settlement and Roman activity in the area.

Currently it is intended to allow access to this and other RSG Zoom meetings to RSG members only. As a member you will receive a Zoom link by e-mail a week before the meeting. 

Talk - research tools for Surrey's Roman rural settlement programme via Zoom

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This session will concentrate on tools available which can be used to further our research on Surrey's Roman rural settlement. 

The provisional line-up is as follows:

David Calow will show how QGIS, an open source desktop geographic information system, can be used to identify areas of likely rural settlement.

Tim Wilcock will highlight the grey literature data available on the society's website, which plugs the gap between HER, PAS and published data.

AGM and talk by Dr Simon Maslin, FLO for Surrey via Zoom

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We start our winter series of talks with Simon Maslin, Surrey's Finds Liaision Officer talking  about how the Portable Antiquities Scheme can be used as a tool in our research on Roman rural settlement in Surrey. 

Currently it is intended to allow access to this and other RSG Zoom talks only to members. Members should have received a Zoom access code by e-mail for this talk. If you are a member and haven't received one please let Nikki Cowlard know at nikki.cowlard@btinternet.com

Excavations at Cocks Farm, Abinger - postponed

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COVID 19

The advertised excavation  in June-July has been postponed due to the Covid 19 pandemic. We are hoping to reinstate the dig, government guidelines permitting, later in the summer. However we are not accepting any more volunteers as numbers are likely to be severely restricted.  Participants already registered will receive further e-mails with the latest information.

This summer work is planned in the field north of the Roman villa looking for further evidence of Iron Age and Roman rural activity.

Talk by Dr David Bird -Writing up Ashtead

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Dr. David Bird, RSG Chairman and past Surrey County archaeologist, will be giving us an update on his research on Ashtead Roman villa and Tileworks. Surrey Archaeological Society carried out excavations on the site between 2006-2013, but the history of archaeological investigation on the site goes back to the 1920s when AWG Lowther investigated the main villa building and detached bath house. David, in preparation for publication of the project has been examining records, both modern and historic, and his talk will give us a glimpse of what he has found.

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