A voluntary archaeological group for the Horsham District.

All new members welcome with or without archaeological experience.

New projects always considered.

Next events

24 January 7pm Southwater Parish Chamber, Beeson House

Gold and Garnets - a talk by Judie English

The jewellery and weaponry of the Anglo-Saxon period is well known from the finds at Mound 1 at Sutton Hoo and the Staffordshire Hoard. However, the dates of these sites, and that at Prittlewell, fall within a period of intense change, notably in religion and in the development of kingship and statehood. The aim of this talk will be to examine the interpretation of the finds and their archaeological context in aiding our understanding of cultural change.

25 February 10am – 4pm, Easteds Barn, Southwater

A Day school with Simon Stevens

Simon Stevens, Senior Archaeologist with Archaeology South-East, will cover the
Archaeology of Death and Commemoration. The study of human remains can
provide direct evidence of our ancestors ranging from gender and stature, to lifestyle and disease. Another element is the analysis of monuments associated with commemoration and remembrance – from Neolithic tombs to Commonwealth war grave cemeteries, attitudes to the deceased can be literally set in stone. This day school will provide an introduction to the above, with opportunity for discussion, and reflection.

22 April

A guided tour of the highlights of the Darent Valley, Kent

HDAG is planning a day visit to the beautiful valley of the River Darent. A landscape full of history ancient and modern: Stone age and Roman settlement, Medieval villages and churches, mills and a Victorian viaduct all make an appearance. More recent history includes the story of the area during WWII, when child evacuees were sent here despite it being in the flightpath of the German Luftwaffe. Of greatest interest is Lullingstone Roman Villa with its spectacular mosaics. We shall also make short stops at the villages of Shoreham and/or Eynsford. At Horton Kirby we shall make a stop at a Victorian school where we can view the WWII shelters, old maps and artefacts relating to the area.
We will be guided by S.E. England tour guide, Karen Emery, who has previously guided HDAG around Rochester, Canterbury, Richborough and Reculver. The cost is £5.00 per person plus additional costs for entry fees, (e.g. Lullingstone Roman Villa, unless you are a member of English Heritage).

More details on the events page and email [email protected] if you are interested in coming.

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Library display

To raise awareness of HDAG and its activities there will be a display of local archaeology in Horsham Library from Saturday 14 -28 January 2017. Please do encourage friends and colleagues to go and have look.

Plans for some weekend excavations are underway – so watch this space for details

Please see a Special Notice on Heritage Awareness on the Other Links page

How to act on illicit metal detecting in our county

We are all very disturbed to hear the news that protected archaeological sites are still at risk from metal detectorists.

For those that haven't heard, Sussex police are investigating damage to Cissbury Ring, the ancient hill-fort on the South Downs near Worthing.

Disturbance to the ground suggests digging for items following illicit use of metal detectors.

If you suspect that illicit metal detecting is going on in your area or you would simply like to check that the landowner has given permission, contact 101 and say you want to report ‘illicit metal detecting’ and state “for the attention of Daryl Holter, Heritage Crime Officer” (Sussex).

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