The aim of the Society's Active Archaeology Group is twofold: to enable interested but archaeologically unqualified members to undertake archaeological activities, and to provide information about archaeology in Buckinghamshire to anyone who wants to know.
To provide the first, the group organises archaeological projects – surveys, investigations, even excavations supervised by a qualified archaeologist – where members work together to investigate and record the archaeology of Buckinghamshire. This may be by fieldwork, the study of known monuments, or through documentary sources.
To provide the second the group organises monthly evening meetings that are open to all, on a variety of archaeological subjects, and occasional outings to archaeological sites.
The group's first project, in 2013, was at Stoke Mandeville's old church, now a ruin due for complete demolition by the construction the HS2 high-speed rail line, and surrounding land believed to be the site of the original medieval village. Here a dozen members of the group conducted a geophysical survey guided by National Trust archaeologist (and BAS member) Gary Marshall.
This was followed by a hillforts survey, research and surveys of the deserted village of Hogshaw... and the group's recently completed 14th project has been industrial archaeology: the excavation of the former steam-generating boilerhouse at Three Locks on the Grand Union Canal.
Anyone with an interest in archaeology is welcome; prior knowledge and experience are by no means essential. Our meetings and general activities are open to all. The group produces a quarterly information sheet or you can join our eMailing list by sending an eMail message to firstname.lastname@example.org.
If you want take part in the group's field activities, such as surveys and excavations, there is one requirement: everyone taking part must join the Buckinghamshire Archaeological Society – because membership brings with it insurance against accident while involved in archaeological activities.