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Enfield Archaeological Society have recently published a new book on the archaeology of Roman Enfield - click here to view further details.

Please see the 'Events' page for details of our programme of talks.

Photographs of some of the activities in our digging at Copped Hall can be seen on the 'Gallery' page.

Check the 'What's On' page for information on upcoming events and activities of local societies and national organisations.

Nene Valley Ware Pot from a Roman Well, excavated by WEAG at Little London, Chigwell

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Welcome to the web site of the
West Essex Archaeological Group

WEAG's aim is "to promote the advancement of knowledge and education by a study of archaeology, history and kindred subjects".


It is with great regret that we have to announce the recent deaths of Frank Clark, one of our Vice-Presidents, and Peter Huggins, who was for many years the major driving force behind the Waltham Abbey Historical Society. Click for a short history of Frank's substantial contributions to the running and development of WEAG; further details about Peter's life, and access to many of his publications, can be found on the Waltham Abbey society's website. Frank and Peter will be sadly missed by their many friends and colleagues in both societies.

Thank you to everyone who took part in the 2017 Spring Dig, Taster Weekends and Field Schools - as a result of the enthusiasm and commitment shown by everyone that came along, we have continued to uncover a complex range of foundations and structures that were, in the main, totally unexpected.
The Taster Weekends included work in that area and also furthered the investigation of the Tudor garden staircase. The final Tester Weekend provided an introduction to Geophysics techniques.

A report on the the Geophysics weekend is now available to view.

Thanks to our members who took part in the 2018 Spring Dig last month. There will be Archaeology Experience Weekends and Fields Schools in July and August respectively - details, dates and booking forms can be found on the Research & Excavations page.

Our 2016-17 season of meetings included talks on The Must Farm Archaeological Project, The Lea Valley Before The Romans, The Great Fire of London and The Fenwick Treasure, and our 2017-18 season has featured Shrines and Sacrifice in Iron Age Gaul and Britain, Diocletian's Palace and Excavating Shakespeare’s Shoreditch and The CITiZAN Community Coastal Archaeology Project 2015 - 2018.

Our next meeting will be at 7:45 p.m. on Monday 11th June, when John Clark will give a presentation on "Lost and Found: the Rediscovery of Roman London".

John Clark, a former President of LAMAS, was for many years curator of the medieval collections of the Museum of London, and since his retirement has been Curator Emeritus. He has a particular interest in the relationship between London history and the legends and myths that have grown up about the city.

In 1136 a book appeared that was to change history - Geoffrey of Monmouth's "History of the Kings of Britain" detailed a fraudulent 'British History' that was accepted as genuine for 400 and more years. London was 'New Troy', older than Rome and ruled by independent British kings like Lud, who built the city's walls. Only in the 16th century did London historians begin to question this story.

There are no meetings in July or August.

The following meeting will be at 7:45 p.m. on Monday 10th September, when Maria Medlycott, Historic Environment Consultant at Essex County Council, will present "Recent archaeological work in Harlow and Epping".

Details of the upcoming talks in our 2018 season can be found on the 'Events' page.

Unless a different time is specified above, talks will be held at 7:45p.m. on the second Monday of the month, normally in the Conference Room at the north end (entry via the door next to the car park furthest from the entry gate) of Woodford County High School, High Road, Woodford Green IG8 9LA.

The school is easily accessible by public transport: stops on bus routes 20, 179, 275, 657, 675, 679 and W13 are located nearby; the Central Line stations at Woodford and South Woodford are within 2 kilometres and both have taxi services available. A map and details of how to get to the school can be found here.

Click here for further details of our programme of talks.

Non members are welcome to attend the talks - voluntary contributions are appreciated.

WEAG is a local community archaeological society, affiliated to
the London and Middlesex Archaeological Society (LAMAS)
and The Council for British Archaeology (CBA).

For details of membership go to 'About Us' or click here

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