Last EDAS Evening Lecture

At our last evening lecture Peter Fenning and David Eales of the Christchurch Antiquarians talked to us about ‘The Archaeology and History of Christchurch Castle’. David and Peter stepped in instead of Roger Hills, and between them told us about the documentary evidence surrounding the castle and Christchurch itself, and then some details about the geophysical investigations that the antiquarians had undertaken into the castle remains. The documentary evidence was extremely well researched, and ranged from the records of the number of houses that were destroyed to enable the building of the castle, to much later drawings that showed the height of the remaining walls at that time. The geophysical survey was very thorough (using the skills of a retired professional) and we were told about the use of electrical potential measurements and ground penetrating radar. This was an extremely fascinating lecture by two very keen and accomplished archaeologists, and we look forward to the forthcoming tour around Christchurch Castle and Priory on Sunday 20th (see below). We thank David and Peter for a very well presented and informative talk.


Sun 20 Mar - Guided Tours of Christchurch Castle and Priory

Meet at the Castle at 11:15 for a guided tour by the Christchurch Antiquarians who gave the February lecture. Meet at 14:00 at the Priory main door for a guided tour by our member Mike Beams. Members are welcome to attend either or both events. Either take a packed lunch or visit one of the local pubs or cafes. If you have any queries please contact Peter Walker on 01425 471326 or mobile 07974 972922

AGM – Wed 30th March

The next AGM will soon be upon us. As usual, the business of the AGM will take up only the first half, and will be followed by a talk in the second half by John Gale about Knowlton. We expect this talk by a very popular speaker to draw a crowd, especially as it might include work on the recent excavation which involved EDAS members.

In line with our constitution, all the Committee Officers must stand down each year for re-election, and also two of the ordinary members. This year those latter are Graham Adams and Keith Allsopp, who are both up for re-nomination. You will find a nomination form included with this Newsletter. The current committee is:


John Day

Membership Secretary:

Della Day


Peter Walker

Programme Secretary:

Steve Smith

Acting Secretary:

Sue Churchill

Special Advisor:

Martin Green

Ordinary Members: Graham Adams, Keith Allsopp, Steve Bungay, Helen Brickell,

Mike Fryatt, Phil Roberts

17th April - Walk to two Deserted Medieval Villages with Phil Roberts

 A 6-mile walk to Higher Melcome and Bingham's Melcome, which once used to be in the same parish. We will be taking in other sites including a Romano-British settlement. Meet outside the Fox Inn at Lower Ansty (ST 765 032), at 10.30am. Bring a packed lunch. Any queries to Phil on 01929 400 507.

We have used the £60 of book tokens given to us by AC Archaeology for our help with the dig at Shillingstone to purchase the following books for the library:

Recent additions to our library include Prehistoric Dorset  by John Gale, (332-3) kindly donated by the author. As the title of the book suggests, this does not include anything Roman or later. An extensive search of the Sites and Monuments Record makes this an essential reference book for research or just planning a walk. We look forward to welcoming John Gale as our speaker at our meeting on 30th March following the AGM.

Other notable additions are The Art of Roman Britain by Martin Henig, (338-2) with many illustrations but sadly not in colour, and Roman Painting by Roger Ling, (339-3) which although soft back does have a few colour illustrations but of course not of British examples. A full list of books and reports can be found on our web site or a list is available at our meetings.  If you wish to borrow any of the books in our library, please speak to Alan Hawkins at our meeting or contact him on 01202 668178 or email him at



The dates for EDAS events are underlined. The monthly evening lectures start at 7.30pm.

Walks and field visits usually meet at 10.30 am at the published Grid Reference. Ring the leader if the weather is doubtful or if more details are required.


Wed 9 Mar

**Change to the published Programme**

EDAS Lecture: Davina Freedman of EDAS on ‘The Rock Art of Mid Argyll: An Archaeological Investigation’.

Sun 20 Mar

Tour of Christchurch Castle with David Eels and tour of Christchurch Priory with Mike Beams.

Wed 30 Mar

EDAS AGM, followed by a talk by John Gale on "The Knowlton Environmental Project".

Wed 13 Apr

Talk by Nancy Grace of the National Trust. Topic to be announced in a later Newsletter.

Sun 17 Apr

Walk with Phil Roberts. See earlier for more details.