HADAS (Hendon and District Archaeological Society) wins prestigious London Archaeology award

HADAS has won the 2011 Ralph Merrifield Award for London Archaeology, presented by the London and Middlesex Archaeological Society (LAMAS).

This award was given for the work HADAS has undertaken in the field of post-excavation analysis.

A training programme was created in 2003 under the title “Post-excavation: Analysis of materials from the Ted Sammes archive” and resulted in the publication in 2006 of a book “The Last Hendon Farm: The archaeology and history of Church End Farm”.

This was followed by a series of related courses, all tutored by a co-recipient of the award, Jacqui Pearce BA, FSA, MlfA, of the Museum of London Archaeological Service (MOLAS).

HADAS is currently presenting the latest course in the series entitled “Looking at Finds: A practical course in post-excavation analysis”. This is also expected to result in a book about Church Terrace, Hendon, provisionally to be published later this year. The award was presented at the LAMAS Archaeology conference on Saturday 9th April 2011 by the new LAMAS President Professor Martin Biddle, OBE, FBA. HADAS is an amateur archaeological society based in the London Borough of Barnet and is a registered charity.

The Society was founded in 1961 by Themistocles Constantinides to investigate the Saxon origins of Hendon and since has grown to over 200 members covering the whole of the London Borough of Barnet, and addressing all archaeological periods. Its two declared objectives are to undertake archaeological and historical research, and education for the public benefit, with particular reference to the London Borough of Barnet.

The first excavation in 1961 was at the ruins of Church End Farm, near the parish church of Hendon St. Mary’s. Further excavations have included the West Heath Mesolithic camp site at Hampstead, Roman Hendon, medieval Chipping Barnet, and the probable Roman site of Sulloniacis at Brockley Hill.

In addition to undertaking archaeological investigations, HADAS also organises visits to sights of archaeological and historical interest across the UK, and a series of expert lectures throughout the year.

For further information contact: Don Cooper Chairman, HADAS Tel: 020 8440 4350 Email: chairman@hadas.org.uk

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