The next MAS event will be one of the field trips:
Sunday 23rd June 12:30. Venue: Roman Wigan Details: The Roman fort at Wigan, known as Coccium, was built early on in the Roman campaign into North West England, probably around 70 AD but was abandoned by 160 AD. The bath house was excavated in 2008 by Oxford Archaeology North. We’ll meet at Wigan Wallgate station at 12.30. If you wish to do some preparatory reading before this trip a free booklet entitled: ‘Discovering Coccium. The archaeology of Roman Wigan. Greater Manchester’s Past Revealed No. 3’ can be found at: https://diggreatermanchester.files.wordpress.com/2018/01/gmpr03_wigan.pdf
June (date to be confirmed). Venue: The Calderstones Details: Provisional arrangements are in place for a preview visit to the Calderstones but are subject to construction timetables so dates are not currently available.
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.
Sunday 22nd September. Venue: Tong Castle & Church, Shropshire, Stafford Castle Details: The church and castle at Tong have connections with Liverpool (and Shakespeare) via the Stanley family. The church also has the ruins of a medieval college. The remains of the castle are little known but well worth the trip. Details TBC
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.
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.