As well as regular talks and outings, every two years SSARG usually organises an academic symposium, Cadbury Day, which is held in the Autumn. The theme in 2014 was the Late Roman - Early Medieval Transition in the Southwest. Watch out for news of another event next October!
We alternate the academic conference with a community-based event with a local theme. Our 2013 Community Archaeology Day was held at Sutton Montis Village Hall and included talks, artefact and information displays, a guided walk up South Cadbury Castle Hillfort and a geophysics demonstration.
SSARG also take part every year in the Council for British Archaeology's Annual Archaeology Festival. For the past few years we have been at Montacute House, helping the National Trust by carrying out geophysical surveys to try and locate lost buildings. Reports on the two previous surveys are available online via OASIS (see the Reports page).
For more information about the Annual Archaeology Festival there is a link to the Council for British Archaeology on the Contact Us page.
Saturday 29th July, Montacute House. This year we carried out a resistivity survey looking for evidence of the lost 19th Century North Gardens, assisted by members of the public and Mick Aston's Young Archaeologists. Unfortunately we were unable to complete the survey due to bad weather but we will return to Montacute later in the year to finish off. Once completed, the results will be posted on our website.
This shows the results of the 2016 resistivity survey on the lawn at the front of Montacute House. Thank you to all the members of the public who helped us with the survey.
The results show a central feature which was the location of a pond. The white areas are consistent with buried stone and could be from former garden features. The darker circular areas could be flower beds.
Sunday 22nd October, 2pm, North Cadbury Village Hall. A informal and informative afternoon where members give a short presentation about archaeological projects they are involved with outside SSARG.
Saturday 9th December
We're thinking of trying something different for Christmas this year! Instead of a meal we are planning on a Christmas outing to Salisbury. The day will include a visit to Salisbury Museum's new Archaeology galleries plus their current exhibition about the late Sir Terry Pratchett, the archaeology that influenced his writing and the replica sword he had made when he was knighted.
If there is sufficient interest we will book somewhere for Christmas lunch. There will also be time to visit other sites such as the Cathedral or do some Christmas shopping, including the German-style Christmas market!
Please email if you are interested in coming along on this day out.