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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

 

*For videos of spectacular discoveries made by the Society, including the Roman road, Slack Roman fort, Myers Wood mediaeval site and more, click on VIDEOS to 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

 


*NEW*THE 2007 EXCAVATION THAT CHANGED HISTORY

 

To mark the tenth anniversary of the HDAS excavation at Slack fort that radically changed our understanding of the Romans in Huddersfield, here are three photo compilations of some of the events and remarkable discoveries.

The images capture the enthusiasm of the members involved, some of them, sadly, no longer with us.

 

Please click here -   Photo compilation  - for general activity.

 

Please click here - Photo compilation 2 - for more details of the

 

discovery of the Roman water supply system.

 

Please click here - Photo compilation 3 - to discover where the

 

water came from - with sound commentary.


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.

 

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)

 

GEOLOGY OR ARCHAEOLOGY

 

ANOTHER PEEP INTO PEPYS

AND

TISHOO TISHOO

 

TOBACCO - A ROYAL WARNING

 

YOU SAY TOMATO

(LANGUAGE ARCHAEOLOGY)

 

DON'T TRUST ME I'M A DOCTOR

 

ROMAN CATS

 

THE BUTCHER, THE BAKER, THE CANDLESTICK MAKER

(HISTORY OF THE CENSUS)

BOOK REVIEW

 

CONCRETE EVIDENCE

 

QUO VADIS?

 

** NEW  **

 

A LITTLE DIGGING AT THE BBC

(HOW TO ACCESS THE BBC'S VAST ARCHIVE AND MORE)

 

 


 

 

 

 

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