Next month (14th July) sees a conference with the above title, in honour of Dr. Tony Rook‘s 80th birthday. Tony founded the Welwyn Archaeological Society (WAS) in 1960 after discovering the Dicket Mead Roman Villa, and successfully preserved the remains of the villa’s Roman baths in a steel vault 30ft under the A1(M) motorway in Welwyn, Hertfordshire. He is also a Director of the Roman Building Trust.

Archaeologically, Hertfordshire is well known for it’s Roman connections, but there will be more than just Roman ruins to be discussed at the conference, as the programme for the day attests:

  • John Baker: “Hertfordshire Hundreds: Names and Places”
  • Isobel Thompson: “When was the Roman conquest in Hertfordshire?”
  • Stewart Bryant: “A nice place to live: settlement and landscape in Hertfordshire from 1500BC to 100BC”
  • Pete Boyer: “Recent excavations at Station Road, Watton-at-Stone”
  • Kris Lockyear: “The late Iron Age and Roman site at Six Acres, Watton-at-Stone”
  • Simon West: “Out of Town, and on the Edge?’ Evaluating recent evidence for Romanisation within the Verulamium region”
  • Gil Burleigh: “Burials, ditches and deities: defining the boundaries of Iron Age and Romano-British Baldock”
  • Anne Rowe: “In praise of pollards – living archaeology”
  • Keith Fitzpatrick-Matthews: “Local landscapes for local people? The significance of the Baldock bowl”
  • Sarah Dhanjal, Kris Lockyear and Gabe Moshenska: “The ‘Dig Where We Stand Project’: community archaeology in action.”

Tickets for the day are priced at £17.50, full details are available on the Society’s website. Heritage Action hope to have a representative present, and if so, will be live tweeting the event under the hashtag #WAS2012

Membership of WAS is available at £12 (single) or £18 (family)