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Over 60 years of active archaeology in West Yorkshire

The Society actively studies, explores and records the archaeology of the Huddersfield area. It has been doing so since 1956, covering prehistory, the Roman and mediaeval periods and the archaeology of the recent past.

For latest news and events click on the menu on the left.

A Winter Lecture Series is held, usually, on the first Friday of each month from October to March, attracting speakers from the top-rank of professional archaeologists and researchers. The illustrated talks are usually held in the Heritage Quay at the University of Huddersfield; non-members are welcome.
For full details click on ‘Events' on the left.

The Society publishes occasional books and reports on work done and a regular supply of information and items of interest is sent to members by email. (Or by post if requested).


As well as research and excavation work, the Society organises excursions and social activities. It has a library of specialist books and an extensive archive of the Society’s archaeological activities over the past 60 years which is available for inspection at the Heritage Quay, University of Huddersfield. More details on 'Latest News' page.

 

New members are encouraged to be involved in all the Society’s activities; including exploration and excavations.


SLACK AND CAMELOT

 

Claims have been made recently that the legendary King Arthur established his castle and court of Camelot on the site of an abandoned Roman fort at Slack, near Huddersfield.

 

HDAS has been asked to comment on this speculation.

 

Below are answers to some of the questions we have been asked, which, based on our long experience of this site, should help to clarify the facts and help towards a reasoned assessment of the claims being made.

 

Is there any evidence for 'Camelot' being located at Slack?

 

Were any object found that could be related to 'Camelot'?

 

What happened to the site after the Romans left?

 

For answers to these questions, click here - Document 1

 

What about the Roman amphitheatre that could have become part of 'Camelot'?

 

What does HDAS think of the 'Camelot' theory?

 

For answers to these questions, click here - Document 2

 

What was the Roman name for Slack fort?

 

For the answer to this question, click here - Document 3

 


VIDEOS

 

HDAS AND THE CASTLESHAW TO SLACK ROMAN ROAD

THE STORY OF THE 40 YEAR SEARCH FOR A MAJOR ROMAN MILITARY WAY ACROSS THE YORKSHIRE PENNINES

David Cockman's video outline of the epic search for the route of a Roman road that succesfully challenged all previous expectations.

Click on the links below to view the 'You Tube' videos -

 

Road Across the Pennines

 

and more recent work on the road -

Pule Hill Excavation

 

and

 

Spectacular Extension

 


ARCHIVE ROAD VIDEO

 

Archive video of the HDAS search for the Roman road.

An invaluable record compiled by HDAS member Brian Howcroft from his visual recording of the early work done to find the road.

All the theories, clues, disappointments and, eventually, triumphant discoveries. Click on the link below -

 

EUREKA! 1983 TO 1986

 


VIDEO  

    

HDAS EXCAVATIONS AT SLACK

David Cockman's informative and comprehesive review of excavations at Slack Roman fort over many years and how HDAS has been uncovering surprising new evidence.

Click below for the link to the 'You Tube' video -

Slack Excavations

 


VIDEO

RETURN TO MYERS WOOD

THE STORY OF THE AWARD WINNING HDAS EXCAVATION OF

A MEDIAEVAL IRON MAKING SITE

Another rewarding video by David Cockman

Click below for the link to the 'You Tube' video -

Myers Wood Excavation

 


CALLING ALL YOUNG ARCHAEOLOGISTS

HDAS strongly supports The Young Archaeologists' Club (YAC) and some of our members help to organise the Kirklees YAC.

The YAC organisation now has a new website which will be of interest to all budding archaeologists. It can be found here -

 

YOUNG ARCHAEOLOGIST

 


 

 

 

 

- FEATURE -

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JOTTINGS

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BY DAVID COCKMAN

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HDAS MEMBER DAVID COCKMAN IS A PROLIFIC WRITER AND AN AVID COMPILER OF POWER POINT PRESENTATIONS ON MANY ASPECTS OF ARCHAEOLOGY AND HISTORY.

HE PRESENTS HIS VERY INTERESTING AND SOMETIMES QUIRKY LECTURES TO CLUBS AND SOCIETIES OVER LARGE AREAS OF WEST YORKSHIRE AND LANCASHIRE.

THESE 'OCCASIONAL' JOTTINGS ALSO INCLUDE PERSONAL REMINISCENCE AND COMMENT ON CURRENT EVENTS.

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THEY HAVE PROVED VERY POPULAR WITH MEMBERS AND MANY HAVE REQUESTED THAT RECENT JOTTINGS BE KEPT ON THIS SITE TO GIVE MORE PEOPLE A CHANCE TO ENJOY THEM.

 

GLOBAL WARMING

(MORE PEPYS)

 

SO, DID SANTA DELIVER?

 

GAUDEAMUS IGITUR

 

SECRETS OF THE NATIONAL ARCHIVES

(BOOK REVIEW)

 

GOLDILOCKS

 

CALF LOVE

 

DNA

 

ROMANS AND ROADS

 

NOT ANOTHER ROMAN VILLA

 

ALAS POOR YORICK

 

HISTORY FOR DUMMIES

(CAN YOU BELIEVE IT?)

 

HOMECOMING

 

LONDINIUM

 

WHO DO YOU THINK YOU WERE?

 

TAKE A DIP INTO THE PAST

 

DNA TESTING - GENETIC ASTROLOGY

 

VIKING YORKSHIRE

(AND THE THE LOSS OF DIALECT)

 

SEEING IS BELIEVING

UFOS

 

PHYSICS MADE SIMPLE

(BOOK REVIEW)

 

HONLEY WOODS AND CLITHEROE

(A QUIRK OF HISTORY EXPLAINED)

 

MAKING OUR MARKS

(CAVE ART)

 

BOB THE BUILDER

 

QUEEN KAMEL-OT OF SLACK

 

FINDERS (NOT ALWAYS) KEEPERS

 

TWITTERATI ROMANI

 

HOMEFRONT

(BOOK REVIEW)

 

NEW  **

 

GEOLOGY OR ARCHAEOLOGY

 


 

 

 

 

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