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MerrillLynchSite visit in the City of London

Stoneleigh Abbey, Warwickshire

PiddingtonNear Piddington Roman villa

The City of London Archaeological Society was founded in 1966 to encourage interest and engagement in British archaeology, particularly in the heart of London and its ancient environs.

Membership is open to anyone with an interest in the history and archaeology of London. COLAS members enjoy:

  • Free monthly lecture meetings, with a distinguished roster of guest speakers
  • Occasional members' nights for short presentations on members’ own research, fieldwork and travels
  • Occasional guided walks in the City and beyond
  • Our quarterly members' magazine, Context, with up to 36 pages of news, lecture notes, site reports, reviews, events and activities
  • Site visits to current excavations in and around London
  • Excursions to heritage sites in London, East Anglia and the South East
  • Outreach activities including stalls at archaeology open days and heritage events
  • Seasonal fieldwork and occasional invitations to volunteer on projects elsewhere
COLAS contributes to the study of the City and its environs through fieldwork and research. Over the past several years, COLAS members have been exploring the industrial archaeology of the Thames’ foreshore from Limehouse to Wapping, studying and recording features including eroding causeways, and abandoned barge beds, anchors and rudders.
Wapping Roman baths
COLAS filmed by the BBC on the Wapping foreshore
COLAS is a Registered Charity supported entirely by the work of its volunteers. The Society iis affiliated with the Council for British Archaeology (CBA), London and Middlesex Archaeological Society (LAMAS), Rescue – The British Archaeological Trust, and London Archaeologist.
A guided walk on Wanstead Flats

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St Olave Hart Street,
8 Hart Street,
London EC3R 7NB
7 p.m.
Visitors welcome

Friday 17 January 2020
The Dating Game
Dr Alex Bayliss
Historic England

Friday 21 February 2020
AGM And Lecture
Excavations at the Adrian Boult Music Centre, Westminster Abbey
Joe Brooks
Pre-Construct Archaeology

Friday 20 March 2020
in the interests of public health
Scheduled CRaFT update will follow later this year

Friday 17 April 2020
Scheduled lecture:
Londinium, Britannia
and the Rhine Frontier

Harvey Sheldon
Honorary Research Fellow
Birkbeck College,
University of London

Friday 15 May 2020
Scheduled lecture:
Medieval Treasure in the Thames:
Accident, Rubbish or Ritual?

John Clark
Curator Emeritus
Museum of London

Friday 19 June 2020
Scheduled lecture:
Getting to the grist of it:
The Excavation of Tottenham
Mills at Hale Wharf

Ellen Green
Pre-Construct Archaeology

Friday 17 July 2020

Friday 21 August 2020

Friday 18 September 2020

Friday 16 October 2020

Friday 20 November 2020

Friday 11 December 2019
(2nd Friday of the month) Christmas Social

Please note:
With the redevelopment of St. Olave’ s Parish Hall, where we have been meeting for the last several years, from April 2019 until further notice, COLAS will meet in the church of St Olave Hart Street, 8 Hart Street, London EC3R 7NB. Nearest stations: Bank, Tower Hill, Aldgate and Fenchurch Street.

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