Chichester & District Archaeology Society
Founded : 1991
Because of the numerous impending activities proposed for members during the summer recess and
the fact that a significant number of members are as yet uncontactable by email, a special Newsletter
has been prepared, which sets out these activities and opportunities below.
Sunday 18th June: Site visit to the UCL excavations at Batten Hanger Roman Villa,
organised by Bill Sillar of the Institute of Archaeology. The excavation has quite a complex mix of
refuse and re-deposited refuse - so not as clear to look at as a building structure, but the intention is to
visit the excavation first and then come on to West Dean to see the finds.
The excavation is at Batten Hanger - grid ref: SU 818 155 - accessed from Chilgrove Road, going
down Hooksway track to the Royal Oak pub. Parking is limited so it would be good if people could
share cars and have a drink at the pub - prior to coming to site around 2.00 p.m.!
Tuesday 20th June: Rowlands Castle Brickworks
Jonathan Dicks will lecture on the information that could be gathered by doing documentary research,
using Rowland Castle Brickworks as the example. The purpose of this lecture is to demonstrate the
techniques and potential results of documentary research. This lecture is on 20th June at 7:00pm at
Fishbourne Roman Palace. Please let Trevor Davies know if you can come.( Tel: 01243 373587.
CDAS Guided walk, Sunday July 9th 2006
This year’s Summer walk will start at the car park on Cocking Hill at 10 am and will comprise a
strenuous 5 mile circuit, taking in both the village and sites on the Downs. Bring packed lunch,
something to drink and suitable clothing.
As usual the walk will be led by James Kenny and Alison James. For those expecting to watch
England win the World Cup final - we should finish by 4 o’clock! The car park is on the A286
Midhurst Road at the top of the Downs just before the descent of the scarp into Cocking village, NGR
Surveying training during the dig at Selhurst Park
English Heritage are keen to bring CDAS into surveying work in the Chichester District.
Accordingly they would like the Society to establish a pool of volunteers who would commit to
carrying out geophysical surveys on behalf of EH, who will provide the meters and software to
accomplish this. Full training will be given for a week at the Selhurst Park excavation. For further
information contact Nev. Haskins on 023 9225 9734
Second World War defensive structures,
We are looking for a member with specific interest in Second World war defensive structures, who is
able to help us with the project to assess the condition of the SMR recorded sites within the Area of
Outstanding Natural Beauty surrounding Chichester Harbour. If anyone is interested, please contact
Storage cabinet for CDAS equipment
We wish to acquire a storage cabinet, of steel or wood, to be kept at the New Park Centre, in which
our sound system, audio visual equipment etc would be kept. The minimum dimensions should be 2ft
by 2ft (60 cms x 60 cms) with height anywhere between 3ft (90cms ) and 6ft (180 cms). If any
members know where such a cabinet could be purchased or obtained, please contact any Committee
member, preferably as early as possible between now and September.
Best wishes to members for the Summer!