Albert Daniels

It is with deep sadness that we bring you the news that Albert Daniels, a regular on the archaeology scene in Kent, passed away this morning in Maidstone hospital. He contributed a great deal to Kentish archaeology and history over the years and he will be greatly missed.

From Andrew:

Albert was a towering personality and a gifted amateur archaeologist with an encyclopedic knowledge of the archaeology of the county. You could drop him into any site and he would crack on with his can do attitude and no nonsense approach. As I got to grips with riding the juggernaut that was Randall Manor, he was always a voice of wisdom in my ear. They don’t make archaeologists like Albert anymore and we are much the poorer for his passing. He also made great strides to write up his catalogue of excavated sites, an example to us all. I have many memories of Albert, from his participation in many seasons at Randall, to his rule over the finds tent on the Lullingstone dig last summer. Memories and tributes are being left on the Maidstone Area Archaeological Group facebook page, a group he will always be synonymous with.

Albert at Randall Manor in 2008. Photo courtesy of Sophie Adams

If you have any memories or photos of Albert that you would like to share, please send them to Thank you.

For further details on Albert’s life please see the Kent Online website –

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Surrey Archaeological Society, Research Committee, Online Conference 2020

Date: Saturday, 28 November, 2020 – 10:00 to 16:00

Research Committee Autumn 2020 Conference

SHERF (Surrey Historic Environment Research Framework) 2020


Saturday 28th November 2020

Due to COVID-19, this year’s SHERF conference, chaired by Historic England’s Dan Miles and SyAS’ Anne Sassin, will take place online via Zoom video conferencing.

The cost of this online conference is £5.  This is a substantial discount on our usual physical conference fee.

You will need to book using the booking tab above and, once you have paid through Paypal, you will receive an email explaining how to register for the meeting on Zoom. Click here for further details on how to set yourself up to attend a Zoom meeting.

It is ESSENTIAL that you complete both stages of this registration process otherwise you will not be able to enter the Zoom meeting on the day.

The full programme is below.  We will strictly adhere to the timings of the individual talks.

9.30 Meeting link will open

10.00 Chair: Anne Sassin

10.05 Dan Miles (Historic England): Supporting community archaeology in England

10.45 Hannah Potter (SCAU): Witley Camp: the Camp and the Community

11.30 Coffee/Tea

12.00 Andrew Mayfield (Kent County Council): Fifteen years of fun: community archaeology in NW Kent

12.35 Lunch

13.30 Chair: Dan Miles

13.30 James Brown (National Trust): Community Archaeology in Protected Landscapes – a personal perspective

14.10 Helen Johnston (MOLA): Explorations along the Thames Foreshore

14.45 Coffee/Tea

15.05 Anne Sassin (SyAS): Making volunteer archaeology sustainable in Surrey

15.45 Closing comments and Q&A

16.00 Close

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Crockhamhill Commons survey

This week SWAG members are joining up with Sevenoaks Commons Heritage volunteers to survey Crockhamhill Common by foot. We’re looking for features that have shown up on a recent LiDAR map and recording details for future reference.

Today was a successful start with little to no rain to speak of. We found ditches (probable WWI training slit trenches), mounds (possible medieval rabbit warrens), the Common’s boundary wall and a hillfort. With our local guide Gareth at the helm we fought through the dense forest armed only with red and while survey poles. Tomorrow is Gareth’s day off so I hope the next team will make it out by sundown…

The Squerryes Hillfort
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Maidstone Museum: talking walls

One of our volunteers, Roger Cockett, has been working with the Maidstone Museum to produce an online history of the building in which the Museum is housed. Click here to see the history, in four parts, from the 13th century to the present day.

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SWAG’s new accommodation

We have a new cabin! It’s next to the old one (looking a little worse for wear these days) in the compound at Shorne Woods Country Park.

Covid 19 restrictions mean we can’t make proper use of the space just yet but in time we will be able to hold more indoor activities. The purchase was made possible thanks to the generosity of our volunteers.

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