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Enfield Archaeological Society have recently 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.

Check the 'What's On' page for information on upcoming events and activities of local societies and national organisations.

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

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Welcome to the web site of the
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".


It is with great regret that we have to announce the recent deaths of Frank Clark, one of our Vice-Presidents, and Peter Huggins, who was for many years the major driving force behind the Waltham Abbey Historical Society. Click for a short history of Frank's substantial contributions to the running and development of WEAG; further details about Peter's life, and access to many of his publications, can be found on the Waltham Abbey society's website. Frank and Peter will be sadly missed by their many friends and colleagues in both societies.

Thank you to everyone who took part in the 2016 Spring Dig, Taster Weekends and Field Schools - as a result of the enthusiasm and commitment shown by everyone that came along, we have uncovered a complex range of foundations and structures that were, in the main, totally unexpected.
During the 2017 Spring Dig our members continued to investigate these structures; students on the first 2 Taster Weekends have pushed on with that work and also furthered the investigation of the Tudor garden staircase. The final Tester Weekend will provide an introduction to Geophysics techniques.

Places are still available on our 2017 Fields Schools; further details, dates and booking forms can be found on the Copped Hall Archaeology Project page.

This season our meetings have included fascinating talks on The Must Farm Archaeological Project, The Lea Valley Before The Romans, The Great Fire of London, Harold II (the Last Anglo Saxon King of England), The Fenwick Treasure, the Defences of Milford Haven and the Boleyn Tower excavations at the former West Ham Football Ground.
The season closed with a fascinating presentation on Arts Council England funded projects that have been run over the past few years at the LAARC to improve the archive and engage people with archaeology across London and beyond.

Our 2017-2018 season will open with a meeting at 7:45 p.m. on Monday 11th September, when Jon Cotton will present 'In the land of Gods and Monsters: Shrines and Sacrifice in Iron Age Gaul and Britain'.

The following meeting will be at 7:45 p.m. on Monday 9th October, when Sam Pfizenmaier will talk about 'St Giles: Medieval Hospital, Tudor Mansion and Early 18th century Rookery'.

Details of the upcoming talks in our 2017-2018 season will be added to the 'Events' page as they are finalised.

Unless a different time is specified above, talks will be held at 7:45p.m. on the second Monday of the month, in the Sixth Form block at the rear of Woodford County High School, High Road, Woodford Green IG8 9LA.
Note: please take care on the path and steps leading to the Sixth Form block.

The school is easily accessible 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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