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Talks are on a Friday at St Mary’s Church Hall, Darley Lane, Derby  DE1 3AX at 7:30 pm unless advised otherwise.All talks are free.  



Mar-01 DAS

Room OL1, The University of Derby, Kedleston Road, Derby

at 7.30pm on    1st March 2019

A frontier in transition and conflict: the results of the recent

and on-going excavations at Vindolanda

Lecturer : Dr. Andrew Birley, Director of Excavations - Vindolanda Trust

Over the past five years there have continued to be remarkable discoveries at the site of Vindolanda as archaeologists have looked to identify key parts of the site and the evidence for the ever changing nature of occupation over so many centuries. The discoveries range from a new hoard of writing tablets which formed part of the archive of the first commander at Vindolanda to the recovery of complete swords, the copper-alloy hand of a god (Jupiter Dolichenus) to a pair of boxing gloves and complete set of Roman horse shoes. Each new piece of the puzzle takes us that little bit closer to understanding what it was like to live on the frontier almost 2000 years ago and it is a rich and diverse picture.

Andrew Birley is the Director of Excavations at Vindolanda. He is the son of Robin Birley and grandson of Eric Birley, who founded the department of Archaeology at Durham University and purchased Vindolanda. Andrew graduated from the University of Leicester and is responsible for the day-to-day running of the excavations.


Mar-08 ARG

Section AGM. Excavations at Belper : Denise Grace.


Mar-22 LHS

Section AGM The Derwent Hospital : Rita Bailey.


Mar-29 AS

Section AGM. Staffordshire Gems : Ruth Williams.


Apr-05 IAS

Section AGM. The Magpie Mine, Sheldon : Lynn Willies.


Apr-26 DAS

Society AGM in St Mary’s Church Hall, Little Chester : Speaker to be confirmed