Welcome to GlosArch

The website of Gloucestershire Archaeology

GlosArch (Gloucestershire Archaeology) is a local amateur archaeology society with a mission to widen public knowledge of the fabulous archaeology and history of the county of Gloucestershire. Between September and April we hold an monthly series of public lectures by guest speakers on a range of archaeological and historical topics and in the summer we run a programme of visits to sites of interest. In addition, we have an active programme of archaeological fieldwork for members, both excavation and geophysical surveying, and run an osteoarchaeology recording group. No previous experience is needed to take part in these activities.

We publish a newsletter twice a year and our annual journal, Glevensis, which is in its 55th edition, carries reports on archaeological and historical topics by professional and amateur researchers.

If you share our passion for the past, why not join us?

Activities


Forthcoming Activities


Winter Lectures and Summer Visits

STOP PRESS
Owing to unavoidable circumstances, the January and February lectures will be ZOOM ONLY. (there will be no meeting at St Andrew’s URC church hall on those two evenings. In person meetings will resume in March)

February Lecture. Monday 26th Feb at 7.30pm

In a change to the published schedule, the February Lecture, on Monday 26th Feb will now be presented by Kate Rennicks Jacklin, who has recently joined GlosArch. Kate’s topic will be: Lead tokens – connectivity or control in medieval England. 
The talk relates to Kate’s work at Holme Cultram Abbey in the Northwest of England.
The Zoom link has been circulated to members.  Non members can request the link by emailing mailbox@glosarch.org.uk
Don Macer-Wright’s talk on Littledean Temple will now be part of the 2024-25 lecture series.
March lecture. Monday 25th March at 7:30pm.
For this lecture we return to the hybrid format with the lecture at St. Andrew’s URC church hall, Montpellier St., Cheltenham which will be broadcast live on Zoom.

The speaker will be Tim Copeland, Visiting Fellow in Landscape Archaeology at the University of Gloucester and Editor-in-Chief of GlosArch’s annual journal Glevensis. Tim’s topic will be “Cold case archaeology: Gambier Parry Gardens, alias Coppice Corner or 9/83”  He will be describing the painstaking process of piecing together the findings of AP Garrod’s unpublished watching brief and the excavation at this potentially important site of a 1980s housing development in Kingsholm, Gloucester, from the records in the Gloucester City archive.

The zoom link will be sent to members near the time. Non-members may request the free link by emailing mailbox@glosarch.org.uk

 

2023-23 LECTURE SERIES

Below is the revised programme for the 2023-24 lecture series, with talks ranging from the Neolithic to the Medieval periods. Lectures are free to members and non-members (non-members are invited to make a small donation towards the cost of running the talks – £5 is suggested). Payment can be made by bank transfer to Gloucestershire Archaeology; Sort code 08-92-99; A/c no. 67285787.

Talks can be attended in person or via Zoom. For the Zoom link please email mailbox@glosarch.org.uk

Click here to see the revised schedule for 2023-24

Fieldwork

To take part, email fieldwork@glosarch.org.uk (members only).

Excavation

Excavation at Brookthorpe, 12-13th and 17-18th November 2023

This activity is now complete. In very muddy conditions the team located the probable courtyard of the villa and recovered substantial further amounts of building materials, pottery and tesserae. Neil Cathie will be providing a short summary of the findings at the meeting on Monday 18th December. For details see ‘Winter Lectures and summer visits’ on this page.

Excavation at Minsterworth, 6-8th August 2023

The excavation at Minsterworth is now complete. A short report appears in the Autumn newsletter. Neil Cathie will present a summary of the findings at the fieldwork update meeting on December 18th (See Winter lectures and Summer visits on this page).

Geophysics

Magnetometry Surveying at Castlemeads, Gloucester 

This activity is now complete.

In rather wet conditions and after having to abandon the original survey due to flooding (it is on a flood plain after all) we managed to complete the magnetometry survey on a chilly, slightly damp December day.

The results show a number of underground electricity cables but also features which appear to correspond to the LIDAR images. The findings will be presented at our members update meeting on 18th December. For details see ‘Winter lectures and summer visits ‘on this page.

Geophysics Training

Saturday 26th August 2023

This activity is now complete. For a short report, see the Autumn newsletter.

If you are interested in receiving training on our geophysics equipment, please contact Phil Cox via: fieldwork@glosarch.org.uk as a further session can be arranged if there is demand.

Uncovering our Past Together

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