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June 2019 Memorial to Joan Samuel We are sorry to report the passing of Joan Samuel, long term RAS member, on 1st June at the age of 91.
Joan was one of the earliest members of RAS and served on the Committee for a number of years in the 1980s and 90s.
She is remembered fondly by members of that vintage, not least for the convivial committee meetings at her house in Teddington. She served as Secretary and was particularly good at welcoming new faces attending talks and outings. Joan had many cultural interests and became one of the founding Friends of Strawberry Hill, in the days when the successful restoration of the buildings lay in the future. She even arranged for RAS to have a New Year party there.
In recent years Joan had been in poor health and she passed away peacefully in a nursing home in Teddington. From RAS, Deyman, Vivian, her old friend Marion Martyn and Anna Cronin attended her funeral, which was followed by tea in the Long Gallery at Strawberry Hill. There was a projected display of photos of Joan from her long life, and it was interesting to observe the changing hairstyles and fashions, and just how many images featured Joan in a castle, ruin or other historic site Ė a true RAS member. It was also lovely to meet some of her family, who were delighted to meet RAS members because over the years they had heard so much about RAS and our exploits.
Whenever Fred and Dot recommend a trip out to Google Hilly Fields stone circle It's across London but if you're near it's worth a trek up the hill to the top where there's a cafť which sells great baguettes and near it is the stone circle. One of the best millennium memorials
The Thames Discovery Programme
Ongoing Joining FROG After the success of the November activities, details of further activities can be found from Andy Longfellow (020 - 8571 - 3599)
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December 2013 Visit Lincoln Anna Cronin spent the freezing spring of 2013 working in Lincoln, and thinks that it is not properly appreciated.
November 2013 Our own Bob Cowie publishes new monographs Robert Cowie and Lyn Blackmore, 2012 Lundenwic: excavations in Middle Saxon London, 1987-2000, Museum of London Archaeology Monograph Series 63. 361pp plus CD Rom, 187 colour and b&w pls and figs, 64 tables. ISBN 978-1-907586-14-9. Price £34.00 hb

Robert Cowie, Amy Thorp and Angela Wardle, 2013 Roman roadside settlement and rural landscape at Brentford: Archaeological investigations at Hilton London Syon Park Hotel, 2004-10, Museum of London Archaeology Studies Series 29. 114pp, 78 colour and b&w pls and figs, 22 tables. ISBN 978-1-907586-19-4. Price £15.00

The latter is more likely to be of interest to RAS members. Indeed several members helped on site (chiefly with finds processing) and are duly named and thanked in the acknowledgements. The volunteers included: John Bourne, Ann Chambers, Lynne Darwood, Christine Hayek, Jennifer Hunt, Andy Longfellow, Gill Marks, Yvonne Masson, Anne Merritt, Colin Nutley and Hugh Wilson.

Both books should be on sale in the Museum of London bookshop. Or can be ordered online through various booksellers (eg Oxbow Books, Amazon etc).

Museum of London Archaeology have produced a wide range of books, including a number of popular ones. For more information follow the link Museum of London Some, such as Julian Bowsher's Shakespeare's London Theatreland (which includes a series of walks (for the more active) might make good christmas presents.

One other publication which might be of interest to members of RAS is the 47-page booklet: St Mary's Church, Barnes: Archaeological investigations, 1978-83, by Robert Cowie and Scott McCracken. This was published 2011 and is on sale in the church.

Any Year SHARP (Sedgeford Achaeological and Historical Research Project) Sedgeford is a site that several RAS members go to every year. It offers an excellent training opportunity for those new to archaeology whatever their age and there is the opportunity to get involved with human remains as the main focus of the site is a Christian Anglo-Saxon cemetery.
Talk to Mike Lapworth, John Richardson or Martin Hatton, or visit
Whenever For RAS members who do not get enough e-mail For those with particular interest in pre-history, Mike Lapworth strongly recommends a regular weekly e-mail which collates news stories from all around the world relating to this period. Click on and subscribe there.
John Hood also informs us of a news service that sends a regular e-mail embedded with dozens of archaeological news web sites throughout the world. Just send an e-mail to Explorator.

support needed at all times RESCUE RESCUE, The British Archaeological Trust is the only independent campaigning organisation in Britain today dedicated to protecting and preserving our archaeological heritage. Click for details, or see their web site at
Anytime Hardham in Sussex Anna & Phil would particularly recommend some stunning medieval wallpaintings in Hardham in Sussex. The tiny church of St Botolph is almost entirely covered inside with 11th century paintings including Adam and Eve, and St George. . Itís located in a little hamlet just east of the A29 and south of Pulborough Ė blink and youíll miss it, as itís on a short stretch of road which must have become cut off when the A29 was straightened out. Itís a gem, and the church contains helpful leaflets and you can switch on the lights yourself on a dull day. It features in Simon Jenkinís book on Englandís Thousand Best Churches. He only gives it two stars Ė more fool him, I think.
Anytime Walks in Richmond Park The Friends of Richmond Park organise free guided walks throughout the year. They start and finish at the same car park (dogs are welcomed). Walks commence at 10.00 am and last about 2 hours
For information about the walks, please contact John Repsch (tel. 020 8878 6912)
Anytime Tree-Ring Services This organisation has asked us to advise our members of their services