The next MAS event will be one of our summer outdoor meetings (the evening lectures will resume in September).
Summer 2022 outdoor meetings Saturday 14th May - Hale village, Dungeon saltworks etc. Saturday 11th June - Newton-le-Willows motte, mill, battlefields Saturday 9th July - Hilbre Islands Please note changed date: Thursday 11th August evening - Formby Second World War and Cold War defences Full details are in the May newsletter.
The long-awaited (postponed from 2020 due to covid restrictions!) Archaeology in Merseyside (AIM 2022) conference.
The 2022 conference was held at the Museum of Liverpool on 2nd April 2022.
The conference featured talks about new archaeological work in Merseyside in the morning and afternoon sessions, with a handling and display session and book sales after lunch. Topics ranged from prehistoric period rock art at Calderstones and footprints and environmental evidence on the beach at Formby, to post-medieval pottery production in and around Liverpool.
Field trips Summer 2021
Monday 21st June - Guided walk of Crosby beach
Tuesday 13th July - Site visit to Piermaster's House dig, Liverpool
Tuesday 17th August - Guided walk to Hilbre
Saturday 25th September - Site visit to Norton Priory Excavation
MAS Field Trips - Summer 2019
Saturday 13th July 10am. Field trip on foot. Venue: Widnes and Runcorn Meet at 10:00am in the cafe at the Catalyst museum. We will visit Spike Island and then walk across the Jubilee Bridge to Runcorn Old Town for lunch (various options). Afterwards investigate the Bridgewater Canal and lock flight down to the Ship Canal. Walk back over the bridge or return to Liverpool on bus or train from Runcorn. There is a car park at the Catalyst museum and it can also be reached by bus from Liverpool (walk from Victoria Road) or by train to Runcorn (with a walk over the pedestrian bridge). Trip in cooperation with Merseyside Industrial Heritage Society - booking is not required.
Saturday 24th August 10am. Venue: Hilbre Island Details: Roy Forshaw will guide a walk of Hilbre Island which has evidence for Prehistoric, Roman, medieval, Post-medieval andVictorian settlement and industry. Details of meeting points etc TBC, please contact Mark Adams in advance.
Saturday 21st September . Venue: The Calderstones Details: A preview visit to the Calderstones.
MAS Field Trips - Summer 2018 Saturday June 9th - An invitation to Castleshaw with Norman Redhead The Castleshaw Valley (near Delph, Oldham) has archaeology from all periods including a Roman fort, medieval iron smelting and post-medieval textile industry.
Weekend of 14/15th July - South Cumbria On Saturday there was a walk in the area around the village of Orton (near Tebay off M6 Junction 38) looking at Iron Age remains, a stone circle and a Roman road amongst other features. On Sunday there was a walk in the valley at Smardale (10km east of Tebay) following an old railway to see prehistoric settlements, medieval fields, a drover’s road and 19th and 20th century industry.
Saturday August 18th - Norton Priory and Halton Castle Following the recent talks to the society by Lynn Smith and Sarah Cattell, there was an opportunity for an enhanced visit to the newly rebuilt Norton Priory Museum and a chance to see Halton Castle with a fabulous view of the landscape. There was also a medieval event with re-enactors demonstrating crafts, fighting techniques, fashions etc. throughout the day.
Merseyside Archaeological Society jointly with Museum of Liverpool held a one day conference in the Museum of Liverpool at Pier Head, Liverpool on 13th October 2018. A series of talks covered recent archaeological discoveries in Merseyside ranging from an 8000 years old Mesolithic hunter-gatherer site to 20th century defence structures. There was also be a handling session and book sale.