About us

The society’s main goal is to provide opportunities for members to participate in various aspects of archaeological fieldwork, such as archaeological excavations, recording and metal detecting.


While primarily providing the community with an opportunity to practice archaeology we also organise a programme of public lectures, field trips and other themed events.

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The Shaas committee meets regularly through out the year, governing all of the society's activities including excavation goals and plans, community events, social events and community projects etc.

An Annual General Meeting is held every year and all members and interested people may attend.

Chair: Anthony Palmer, BA Oxon, MA Oxon, FGS

Anthony (Tony) joined SHAAS at the start of their digging activities and took part in the initial SHAAS dig in Brokes Wood. Tony has a BA and MA in Geology from Oxford University and is a Fellow of the British Geological Society, as well as having a BA in Archaeological Studies from the University of Kent. Tony has considerable experience in field archaeology gained from working with local archaeology teams and with the University of Kent for more than 15 years. In addition to his role as chair, Tony also oversees and supervises our excavations.

"Being able to work with a local community archaeological project allows me to help local volunteers to develop their archaeological skills, and hopefully to enrich our knowledge of our local heritage and history."

Vice Chair: Anthony Evans

Tony has always been interested in archaeology since watching programmes such as Chronicle and Time Team. Tony joined SHAAS as a volunteer in 2017 when the team were excavating a water mill in Powdermill Lane, Southborough.


When the Vice Chairman post became vacant at the end of the 2018/19 season Tony agreed to take on the post and has been a keen member of the committee since then.

Membership Secretary: Di Drummand

Di has been interested in history since a kid, the more ancient the better. After a varied career in graphic design, community art, adult education, managing a charity and now as an artist, field archaeology gets her outside putting all sorts of skills to the test.

'We are really lucky having a local community dig. I'm leaning a lot of practical skills and love uncovering even the slightest marks in the ground. I do hope the new season is as interesting as the last and can't wait to try out my new trowel.'

Treasurer: Jenny Kneller

Having a lifelong love of history and archaeology, but never having much spare time due to long hours as a theatre nurse, this was too handy to miss. I joined straight away, loving all aspects of the dig, & felt very welcome by the other members who were a diverse bunch of characters! I was also fortunate to study basic aspects of archaeology in the last “Knole Revealed” course run as part of the lottery project at Knole House & have found it very useful for SHAAS digs.

I couldn’t believe my luck when I chanced to see a small ad in a local paper in 2015 asking for volunteers for a new local archaeological group digging only 5 mins walk away from home!

Finds Co-ordinator: Rosemary Hill

Rosemary joined SHAAS from its start, delighted with the opportunity for field work instead of being just an armchair archaeologist, fascinated with finding things in the soil since childhood. Rosemary read Medieval and Modern History at UCL, had a career in primary education and bookselling and has always been a keen gardener.

"Never happier than grovelling in the soil. I am now learning about recording techniques with a skilled team. I also bake the cakes!"

Specialist Metal Detectorist - John Turley (non committee member)

John is a retired mechanical engineer who worked for the MOD and has experience in project management and working on committees. John joined SHAAS after reading the call for new members in a local newspaper. John is an experienced metal detectorist and is responsible for conducting SHAAS metal detector field surveys, and for the training of members through the detector workshop programme.

“When I saw the article in the local newspaper I saw an ideal opportunity to combine my interests in metal detecting and history, within an archaeological framework. It is good that metal detectorists and archaeologists can work together to reveal the fascinating history of High Brooms and Southborough.”

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