HIAG Talks Programme 2019-2020


All talks are held at 7:30pm at Histon Baptist Church. Members and accompanied children free. Non-members £3. Refreshment available.

Monday 9th September      Windows into the Distant Past: Iron Age Coins and what  they tell us about the  Celtic Peoples  with Rodney Scarle(Local Volunteer Museum Numismatist)

Monday 14th October      Identity and Power: Wimpole at the time of the Roman Conquest with Paddy Lambert (Oxford Archaeology East)

Monday 18th November   Bog Bodies. The 2000 year old mystery of Lindow Man with Dr Jody Joy (Senior Curator in Archaeology, Cambridge)

Monday 13th January      Roman to Saxon in East Anglia: the archaeological evidence with Dr Catherine Hills (Senior Fellow, McDonald Institute for Archaeological Research, University of Cambridge)

Monday 17th February       Bronze Age settlement in East Anglia with Nick Gilmour (Oxford Archaeology East)

Monday 23rd March         Postponed The Black Death: and later outbreaks of the plague in Cambridgeshire with Craig Cessford (Senior Project Officer, Cambridge Archaeological Unit)

Monday 27th April           Postponed Colonising Inlands: Later Prehistoric and Roman North West Cambridge with Christopher Evans (Director, Cambridge Archaeological Unit)

Monday 8th June               Postponed The Old Stones (Joint meeting with FEAG) with Andy Burnham (Editor of the award winning book “The Old Stones: A Field Guide to the Megalithic Sites of Britain and Ireland”)

Monday 6th July               Postponed Who Stole Histon Green?  – A thousand years of encroaching  development with Eleanor Whitehead, our local historian

Recent Posts

Unearthing Histon’s Past – Come and join the HIAG June Digs

Friday to Sunday. June 2nd – 4th and June 23rd – 25th.

Test Pit at Abbey Farm in 2022. Photo credit: David Oates.

We are excavating test pits in several gardens in the older part of Histon, near Histon church. Volunteers – experienced or beginners just coming for a try-out – are welcome to come and enjoy helping the Histon and Impington Archaeology Group make further discoveries in our usual sociable setting. Training and full instructions will be given. The project involves a certain amount of digging (not compulsory!) and a lot of sieving of soil to look for finds, plus washing, identifying and recording them.

Anglo-Saxon and later medieval pottery from a test pit in 2022. Photo credit: Rob Noble

These pottery sherds are examples of our “treasure.” The five dark pieces are from Anglo-Saxon cooking pots – used for cooking dinners in the Histon of 1200 years ago. The others are medieval – 600 to 800 years old. We have even found pieces from the Bronze Age – back to about 1200 BC – and want to find clearer indications of exactly where people lived in the different periods.

Base of Romano-British drinking cup. Photo credit: Rob Noble.



Now take another look into the past. A Romano-British person drank out of this cup 1800 years ago. In Histon. Not far from the Red Lion.



You may book for all day, 9.30 – 5.00, or just morning or afternoon, as many
sessions as you like, using this link. We ask for your email address and mobile
number to keep in touch. Bookings can be changed or added to later, using the
same link. We will always use your latest booking submission. Friday bookings
especially welcome. Under 18s must be accompanied by a parent or guardian.

David Oates.
Project Manager.

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