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Over 50 years of active archaeology in West Yorkshire

The Society actively studies, explores and records the archaeology of the Huddersfield area. It has been doing so since 1956, covering prehistory, the Roman and mediaeval periods and the archaeology of the recent past.

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A Winter Lecture Series is held, usually, on the first Friday of each month from October to March, attracting speakers from the top-rank of professional archaeologists and researchers. The illustrated talks are usually held in the Heritage Quay at the University of Huddersfield; non-members are welcome.
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The Society publishes occasional books and reports on work done and a regular Newsletter is issued free to members.

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NEWSLETTER


As well as research and excavation work, the Society organises excursions and social activities. It has a library of specialist books and an extensive archive of the Society’s archaeological activities over the past 50 years. New members are encouraged to be involved in all the Society’s activities; including exploration and excavations.


VIDEOS

HDAS AND THE CASTLESHAW TO SLACK ROMAN ROAD

THE STORY OF THE 40 YEAR SEARCH FOR A MAJOR MILITARY WAY ACROSS THE YORKSHIRE PENNINES

David Cockman's video outline of the epic search for the route of a Roman road that defied all previous expectations.

Click below for the links to the 'You Tube' videos -

 

Road Across the Pennines

 

and more recent work on the road -

Pule Hill Excavation

 

and

 

Spectacular Extension

 


****NEW VIDEO****

 

Archive video of the HDAS search for the Roman road.

An invaluable record compiled by Brian Howcroft from his visual recording of the early work done to find the road.

There are theories, clues, disappointments and triumphant discoveries - never seen in public before now.

 

EUREKA! 1983 TO 1986

 


VIDEO  

    

HDAS EXCAVATIONS AT SLACK

David Cockman's informative and comprehesive review of excavations at Slack Roman fort over many years and how HDAS has been uncovering surprising new evidence.

Click below for the link to the 'You Tube' video -

Slack Excavations

 


VIDEO

RETURN TO MYERS WOOD

THE STORY OF THE AWARD WINNING HDAS EXCAVATION OF

A MEDIAEVAL IRON MAKING SITE

The latest rewarding video by David Cockman

Click below for the link to the 'You Tube' video -

Myers Wood Excavation

 


CALLING ALL YOUNG ARCHAEOLOGISTS

HDAS strongly supports The Young Archaeologists' Club (YAC) and some of our members help to organise the Kirklees YAC.

The YAC organisation now has a new website which will be of interest to all budding archaeologists. It can be found here -

YOUNG ARCHAEOLOGIST

 


 

 

 

 

- FEATURE -

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JOTTINGS

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BY DAVID COCKMAN

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HDAS MEMBER DAVID COCKMAN IS A PROLIFIC WRITER AND AN AVID COMPILER OF POWER POINT PRESENTATIONS ON MANY ASPECTS OF ARCHAEOLOGY AND HISTORY.

HE PRESENTS HIS VERY INTERESTING AND SOMETIMES QUIRKY LECTURES TO CLUBS AND SOCIETIES OVER LARGE AREAS OF WEST YORKSHIRE AND LANCASHIRE.

THESE 'OCCASIONAL' JOTTINGS ALSO INCLUDE PERSONAL REMINISCENCE AND COMMENT ON CURRENT EVENTS.

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THEY HAVE PROVED VERY POPULAR WITH MEMBERS AND MANY HAVE REQUESTED THAT RECENT JOTTINGS BE KEPT ON THIS SITE TO GIVE MORE PEOPLE A CHANCE TO ENJOY THEM.

 

NERO'S KILLING MACHINE

(BOOK REVIEW)

 

READ ALL ABOUT IT!

 

THE FOOD OF LOVE

 

A NEW WORLD

 

THE BATTLE OF BRITAIN

(MYTH AND REALITY)

 

POMPEII: CHEW ON THIS

(ROMAN TEETH)

 

THE CURSE OF POMPEII

 

PLINY

 

VOLCANO

 

RIVERS

 

ON THIS DAY

(SAMUEL PEPYS)

 

GLOBAL WARMING

(MORE PEPYS)

 

SO, DID SANTA DELIVER?

 

GAUDEAMUS IGITUR

 

SECRETS OF THE NATIONAL ARCHIVES

(BOOK REVIEW)

 

GOLDILOCKS

 

CALF LOVE

 

DNA

 

ROMANS AND ROADS

 

NOT ANOTHER ROMAN VILLA

 

ALAS POOR YORICK

 

HISTORY FOR DUMMIES

(CAN YOU BELIEVE IT?)

 

HOMECOMING

 

NEW  **

LONDINIUM

 


 

 

 

 

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