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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 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 our popular weekend at HM Tower of London during the Festival of British Archaeology
  • Seasonal fieldwork and occasional invitations to volunteer on excavations 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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Friday 19 January 2018
Tower Bridge and the Bridge House Estates
Dirk Bennett, Exhibition Development Manager
Tower Bridge Exhibition

Friday 16 February 2018
AGM and Lecture
Uncivilised Genes: Human Evolution and the Urban Paradox
Gustav Milne, UCL

Friday 18 March 2018
The Archaeology of Western Sicily
Ian Jones

Friday 20 April 2018
The Rediscovery of Roman London: From John Stow to William Stukeley
John Clark, Curator Emeritus
Museum of London

Friday 18 May 2018
Septimus Severus,
First Hammer of the Scots

Dr Simon Elliott

Friday 15 June 2018

Friday 20 July 2018

Friday 17 August 2018

Friday 21 September 2018

Friday 19 October 2018

Friday 16 November 2018

Friday 8 December 2018
(Note: 2nd Friday of the month) Christmas Social

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