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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 view of this, our lecture programme has been suspended, and the Archaeology activities planned for the rest of 2020 have been cancelled. As soon as a decision is made regarding resumption of the lecture meetings then details will be made available here and through our social media links.

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.

In view of the Covid-19 situation the planned activities for the 2020 digging season at Copped Hall have been cancelled - however for details of the planned activities, and background information, please check the Archaeology Experience Weekends page.

Our 2018-19 season of meetings has featured 'Shrines and Sacrifice in Iron Age Gaul and Britain', 'Diocletian's Palace', 'Excavating Shakespeare’s Shoreditch', 'The CITiZAN Community Coastal Archaeology Project 2015 - 2018', 'The Rediscovery of Roman London', 'Hill Hall', 'London Stone: from History to Myth', 'Septimius Severus' and 'Medieval Fortified Manor Houses'.

Our next meeting will be at 7:45 p.m. on Monday 13th January 2020, when Louise Robertson will give a presentation on 'The Georgian Group - its origins and the role of amenity societies.'

The aims of the Georgian Group are to save and protect Georgian buildings, parks and gardens, and to encourage public knowledge and appreciation of Georgian architecture, design and craftsmanship.
Louise is Member Engagement for the Georgian Group.

The following meeting will be at 7:45 p.m. on Monday 10th February 2020, when Phil McKinder will present 'The Perfect Murder'.

Phil is a Trustee of the Copped Hall Trust.

Details of recent and upcoming talks 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 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).

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

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