Non-Society events

Many other organisations in and around Sussex hold events that are open to all.  A list of those we have been given details of is below – just click on the title to find out more.  Please do not try to book any of these through the Society, as we will not be able to help.  Details of whom to contact should be in the information provided by the organisers.


University of Sussex Archaeological Society Lecture Series 2018


Lewes Archaeological Group programme 2017/18


Regency Society lectures & events 2017/18


On the track of Neanderthals in Jersey: The Ice Age Island Project
Thursday 15 March 2018, 7-8.30pm, Fulton Building Lecture Theatre A, University of Sussex, Falmer

Lecture by Dr Matt Pope FSA, MCIfA

Over the past decade a multidisciplinary team from the UK have focused filed and archive research on the Channel Island of Jersey. Situated just 13 miles form the French coast this landmass provides an important record of Neanderthal activity within the formerly submerged landscapes of the English Channel region. This record also includes the single site, La Cotte de St Brelade with its internationally significant record of Neanderthal occupation spanning in excess of 200,000 years. In this lecture we consider how the record of Jersey unlocks the wider region of the English Channel and how its palaeolandscape, which we have named La Manche, provided both opportunities and challenges to Neanderthal and early modern human groups occupying it.

Dr Matt Pope is Principal Research Associate in Palaeolithic Archaeology and Senior Geoarchaeologist at the UCL Institute of Archaeology.

All are welcome: entrance charges: US students: free; US staff and Members of the USAS and SAS archaeological societies: £2; others: £3.


The Sussex Archaeology Symposium 2018: Sat 17 March 2018
This symposium will provide illustrated accounts of recent archaeological fieldwork and research in Sussex. 10am-5pm. Kings Church, Brooks Road, Lewes, BN7 2BY. Tickets: £40 (to include breaktime refreshments and a buffet lunch) or £35 for Friends of the Sussex School of Archaeology. Confirmed speakers so far include Greg Chuter, Chris Greatorex, Simon Stevens, Jon Baczkowski, David Millum, Rob Wallace, David Rudling, Matt Edwards, Andy Gammon, and Peter Hibbs, covering excavations at Plumpton Roman villa, Belle Tout, Hurstpierpoint, Peacehaven, and Bridge Farm, and aspects of the archaeology of the Ouse Valley and the South Downs.

Further details and to book: or go to


The Holleyman Archaeology Lecture 2018: Thursday 12 April 2018
From Sussex to Shetland: the archaeology of medieval coastal transport and trade by Dr Mark Gardiner, University of Lincoln.

Thursday 12 April 2018
Sussex University: Fulton Building Lecture Theatre A, Falmer.
How did sailors find their way around the coasts of Britain in the later Middle Ages? Newly discovered seafarers’ manuals or ‘rutters’ are beginning to give fresh insights into the changes which took place between 1200 and 1500 in the methods of navigation. Closely connected with this is a better understanding of how voyages were organized. With the increasing use of the magnetic compass, ships no longer needed to travel along the coast, but could set a course on the open sea for places over the horizon. Voyages ceased to be a series of coastal hops from shore-based overnight camps, but continued night and day. While the archaeological remains of ports have been studied for many years, the more elusive archaeology of coastal travel and trade is still little investigated. The remains of trading sites, fishing centres and victualling ports along the coast of Britain from Sussex northwards to Shetland are considered in this presentation.

This talk will be followed by a wine reception. Entrance by ticket: US students and staff, Members/Friends  of SSA, SAS and USAS: £8; others: £10.To book please see:

Surrey Archaeological Society – Roman Studies Group:
Saturday 5th May 2018, 10am-5.45pm, Shining a Light on the 5th century AD in Surrey and the South-East: How did Roman Britain become Saxon England? A conference organised by the Roman Studies Group of the Surrey Archaeological Society. Speakers include: Dr Peter Guest, Dr James Gerrard, Dr Sam Lucy, Dr Kate Mees, Prof. Helena Hamerow, Prof. John Hines, Dr Ellen Swift. Venue: Ashtead Pace Memorial Hall, Ashtead, Surrey. Fee: £15. Book online at:


Wilmington Priory Open Days in 2018
Wilmington Priory is owned by Sussex Archaeological Society but is let on a 99-year lease to the Landmark Trust. If you have never visited it, please note that the Landmark Trust is holding free open days there on the following dates:
Friday 11-Monday 14th May
Friday 14th -Monday 17th September.

Check their website for further details.


The Archaeology of Sardinia, 15-22 May
An 8-day (7-night) Archaeological Study Tour to Sardinia. Dates: Tuesday 15th –Tuesday 22nd May 2018. Departure from Gatwick Airport. Tour Leader: Dr David Rudling, FSA. This multi-period tour is being run by Baxter Hoare Travel in association with the Sussex School of Archaeology. It will involve visits to: the Neolithic ziggurat style temple and altar at Monte d’Accoddi, the pre-Nuragic rock-cut tombs of Anghelu Ruju (3500-1800 BC), the famous Nuragic complex of Su Nuraxi  (XV century BC – a UNESCO World Heritage site), the Nuragic site of Santu Antine, the Nuragic sanctuary and sacred well at Santa Cristina, several towers at Nuraghe Palmavera, the beautiful city of Nora (Phoenician, Carthaginian and Roman remains), the Roman temple of Antas, San Salvatore di Sinis (a IV century AD church), the Roman bridge at Porto Torres, Trajan’s Roman baths at Fordongianus, Alghero and Cagliari. Tour price (half-board) per person: £1599 (£400 deposit) based on two sharing. For bookings: please telephone 0207 407 5492 OR see further details and booking form.


The SUSSEX SCHOOL OF ARCHAEOLOGY is offering this summer:

Friday 27th April, 11am-1pm. Guided tour of FISHBOURNE ROMAN PALACE, Guide: David Rudling. Fee: £10 (plus any entrance charges – free for SAS members). Email

Friday 27th April, 2-4pm: ROMAN CHICHESTER. Guide: David Rudling. Fee: £10. Email

Friday 2nd May, 11am-1pm: BIGNOR ROMAN VILLA. Guide: David Rudling. Fee: £10. Email

Monday 2nd-Friday 6th July, 10am-5pm: ARCHAEOLOGICAL EXCAVATION TECHNIQUES, Tutors: various. The first of five such courses to be held at Plumpton Roman villa. Suitable for beginners or those with some experience. Fee: £200.

Saturday 7th July, 10am-4pm: PRACTICAL FLINT KNAPPING at Plumpton Roman villa, Tutor: Grant Williams. Fee: £45.

Saturday 14th July, 10am-4pm: INTRODUCTION TO ARCHAEOLOGICAL EXCAVATION, Tutor: Dr Caroline Russell. The second of five such ‘Taster’ days to be held at Plumpton Roman villa. Suitable for beginners. Fee: £40.

Monday 6th-Saturday 11th August, 10am-5pm: ADVANCED ARCHAEOLOGICAL EXCAVATION TECHNIQUES, Tutors: various. Fee: £280.

Saturday 8th September: FLINT TOOL MASTERCLASS at the Redoubt, Eastbourne, Tutor: Grant Williams. knap and haft your own flint tool and take it home with you! Fee: £75.

For further details and to book, contact the Sussex School of Archaeology on:;


The Rottingdean Whiteway Centre in partnership with the Sussex School of Archaeology are offering this summer:

Saturday 21st April, 10.00am-4.00pm: ARCHAEOLOGICAL ILLUSTRATION: FLINT AND STONE, Tutor: Jane Russell. Fee: £25.

Saturday 12th May, 10.00am-4.00pm: ARCHAEOLOGICAL ILLUSTRATION: METALWORK AND OTHER SMALL FINDS, Tutor: Jane Russell. Fee: £25.

Saturday 19th May, 10am-4pm: ROMAN-PERIOD POTTERY, BRICK & TILE FOUND IN SUSSEX, Tutor: Gordon Haydon. Fee: £25.

Saturday 16th June, 10am-12.30pm, THE PREHISTORIC ARCHAEOLOGY OF ORKNEY, Tutor: Jane Russell. Fee: £12.

For further details and to book, email or phone 07913 753493.