Chichester and District Archaeology Society

Tuesday 6 March - Textiles: A study day led by Sue Wallis - 10:00-15:30 - Location: Eames Farm, Thorney Road, Emsworth, PO10 8DE.  Directions Free parking is available.  You will need to bring a packed lunch.

Cost: Members £25, non-members £30 (if places are available). Payment is due by 1 February. Details of how to pay will be sent when your place is confirmed.

The course outline: Textiles require a huge amount of time and resources to produce. Surviving evidence of textiles and textile technology is often scanty. The significance of textile production to our ancestors is easy to overlook. An understanding of the history of textiles is fascinating and gives insights into the levels of interconnectedness of ancient societies.

The study day will give an overview of the evidence for ancient textiles and an opportunity to have ‘hands on’ experience of some of the technology.

The leader of the Study Day has a strongly scientific background and is currently Chairman of the Cambridgeshire Guild of Weavers, Spinners and Dyers. She has always had an interest in textiles and has been a weaver since 2010.

To book your place email Pauline Blagden at

Wednesday 14 March - Guided Walk - Kingley Vale - Leader: Mike Kallaway - Start time: 10:00 - Meeting point: West Stoke Car Park, Downs Rd, Chichester PO18 9BE

Cost: Members £1.00, non-members £6.00 (if places are available) payable in cash on the day.  Please book your place in advance by emailing Pauline Blagden

Kingley Vale is a well-known National Nature reserve within the South Downs National Park. Most visitors are aware of the ancient yew tree forest, Devils Hump Bronze Age Barrows and Iron Age settlements. Less well known is Kingley Vale’s past as a military training site particularly during World War 2.

During this walk we will explore a number of military sites from the 19th Century rifle range to Auxiliary Unit WW2 hideouts. We will look at the evidence that still remains of its military use and the efforts made to clear munitions from the site after WW2. The walk will be illustrated by the use of old maps, aerial photos, LiDAR images and other documents. Other more ancient features such as field systems, settlements, enclosures and unusual barrows will also be revealed.

The walk will start and finish in West Stoke Car Park.  From the Car Park to the entrance to Kingley Vale Nature Reserve is around 0.8 miles adding 1.6 miles there and back to the overall route.  The full walk will take around three and a half to four hours.  A shorter option is possible taking about a mile out of the route. People who chose this option will have a break whilst the others take an "excursion" to see other sites.

The climb from the car park to the top is around 150 metres and is quite steep in parts so appropriate footwear should be worn. There are no facilities.

Wednesday 28th March - Talk by Edwin Wood Archaeological finds from Sussex: Portable Antiquities Scheme finds 2016-17 at 19.30, New Park Centre, New Park Road, Chichester, West Sussex, PO19 7XY

Portable Antiquities Scheme Free to Members, non-members £5 payable at the door.

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Posted on Thu, 22/02/2018 - 09:43