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Our President, Harvey Sheldon, has recently published an update on the excavations at the Roman pottery manufacturing site in Highgate Wood. It is available from Archaeopress in paperback or eBook through - see the flyer for further details.

Enfield Archaeological Society have 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.

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

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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".


COVID-19 UPDATE: WEAG is continuously monitoring the situation with regard to Corona-virus, our principal objective being the safety and well-being of our members, visitors and students. In line with most similar organisations, we currently cannot hold meetings in the normal venue, and our Archaeology activities have been temporarily suspended.
However in order to maintain contact with members, and to continue to offer our usual presentations, a schedule of lectures have been organised that can be attended on-line.

For details of the planned presentations please check the 'Events' page.

A report on the geophysics and excavations carried out by WEAG members and school pupils at Woodford County High School in June and July 2018 is now available to download on our Reports page.

Thank you to everyone who took part in, or provided support during, our 2019 season of Archaeology acitivities at Copped Hall (Spring Dig for members, Archaeology Experience Weekends and Field School) - as a result of the enthusiasm and commitment shown by everyone that came along we have continued to work to expose the complex area of paths in front of the supposedly 'simple' Tudor staircase, and we have revealed more details of the comple brick structures in the garden area to the West of the house.

A summary and photographs of the activities can be found in
the Copped Hall Archaeology 2018 Report.

In 2017 we allocated one of the Experience Weekends to provide an introduction to Geophysics techniques - a report on the Geophysics techniques and results is available to view.

We will continue to monitor the Covid-19 situation in order to establish the details of how we can run the 2021 digging season at Copped Hall - in the meantime if you would like details of the planned activities, and background information, please check the Archaeology Experience Weekends page.

Our 2019-20 season of meetings has featured 'Shrines '.

Our next meeting will be via Zoom at 7:15 p.m. on Monday 11th January 2021, when Georgia Green will give a presentation on 'Humphrey Repton at Highams.'

Georgina is a local historian and has taught in adult education in Redbridge and Waltham Forest about the local area.
She has also written several books and as an old schoolgirl of Woodford County High School has a particular interest in Highams House.

The following meeting will be at 7:15 p.m. on Monday 8th February 2021, when James Wright will present 'Medieval Building Myths'.

James is an award-winning buildings archaeologist.

Details of recent and upcoming talks can be found on the 'Events' page.

Once the Covid situation allows, we hope to return to our normal venue, where 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 room in which we meet has step-free access; the school is easily reached 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).

Registered Charity No. 263486

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