We are looking for people working, studying or volunteering in the archaeological world to participate with us in a “Day of Archaeology” in July 2016. The resulting Day of Archaeology website will demonstrate the wide variety of work our profession undertakes day-to-day across the globe, and help to raise public awareness of the relevance and importance of archaeology to the modern world. We want anyone with a personal, professional or voluntary interest in archaeology to get involved, and help show the world why archaeology is vital to protect the past and inform our futures.
EMAS Field Trip to Wells Cathedral and Bishop's Palace
Saturday, 9th July 2016
The summer field trip will be to the Bishop’s Palace and Cathedral in the beautiful medieval city of Wells. David Beard will be our guide for Wells on 9th July. Though the Cathedral was begun by 1186 at the latest, tradition dictates that the first foundation was by King Ina of Wessex in the 8th century. Wells is unusual in that a wide range of the subordinate buildings that were connected with a medieval cathedral have survived. They include fortified gateways; the Bishops’ Palace; houses of the dean, archdeacon and chancellor; the exceptional 14th century houses of the Vicar’s Close as well as the cloisters and chapter house. While in Wells, David Beard will show us some of these buildings, but our main visits will be to the Bishop’s Palace in the morning and the Cathedral in the afternoon. The Bishop’s Palace dates from the early 13th century, while the chapel and now ruined Great Hall were built in the Decorated Gothic style, later in the 13th century. Local unrest led, in the 14th century, to the Palace being surrounded by crenellated walls, a moat and drawbridge with a massive three-storey gatehouse, to emphasize the defensive aspect.
2016 marks the 950th anniversary of the Battle of Hastings and the year when four kings came to the throne of England. This day school will consider the events that led to the Norman invasions and will look in detail at the period from the death of Edward the Confessor in early January to the Coronation of William the Conqueror on Christmas Day. We will then look at the evidence from archaeology, documentary sources, place-names and loanwords in English to examine the changes that occurred in England after this momentous event. We will finish with a consideration of the evidence concerning landholdings from the Domesday Book. Click here for further details...