Latest 100 Club winners notification

Many congratulations to John Baxter, winner of the June 2021 100 club draw!

Spring 2021 newsletter released

The CLASP newsletter for Spring 2021 is now available in the usual location.

CLASP memorial lectures; updated.

The latest CLASP memorial lecture in the series is now open for registration. Stephen Bacon presents “Medieval Spices” on 22nd June. The next event in the series is Dr. Samantha Leggett’s talk “You are what you eat: isotopic evidence from Whitehall Farm and Early Medieval England” on 27th April. More information and booking for both events is available on the events listings page.

CLASP memorial lectures 2021

We’re delighted to announce a series of archaeology lectures from guest speakers for spring 2021. The virtual lectures begin on the 13th of April with “Bannaventa: Geophysical survey and the Roman road network” and proceed fortnightly throughout April, May and June. For more information and to register for free tickets please see the events listings page.

News update March 2021

The CLASP Trustees met on 1st March.

Dear Member,
A short note on some of the matters discussed.
    Digs at Bannaventa and the Anglo-Saxon cemetery are still proposed, one in August and one in September, COVID restrictions allowing. These will be confirmed hopefully in the next few weeks. It is intended that the Organising Committee will be asked to meet (by Zoom) by the end of April to flesh out the details.
    We have had a disappointment concerning our Planning Application at Nether Heyford, the requirement to incur the cost of creating an additional car parking place and also objections from local residents. Whilst there is always a possibility of being able to stay at the farm under new owners, we are also pursuing other potential options. On the good news front one member has extremely generously donated £1200 plus gift aid towards the cost of a Portacabin.
    Steve Y and Salma are working on organising a number of lectures over zoom over the coming months. more on this as soon as possible.
    The Newsletter is being delayed until the end of April to enable us to include information about the digs. Any member that wishes to contribute to the Newsletter should send to Tony Johns or myself.
Rob Close


CLASP brings local archaeology enthusiasts together to investigate their local past.

Our members, all volunteers, are technically led by our professionally qualified Archaeological Director, himself a volunteer. Members are encouraged and enabled to learn skills for themselves, both formally and ‘in the field’, to become confident and self-sufficient in all aspects of archaeological investigation.

CLASP also provides talks and lectures as part of its commitment to encouraging local communities to ‘own’ their archaeological heritage.

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  • You can find out more about CLASP by excavating this website using the links at the top of the page.
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The Reports & Submissions section of this website includes:

  • CLASP case-studies
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  • CLASP technical guidance documents
  • CLASP submissions to planning enquiries

To enter the Members’ Area, or to read “Protected” posts, you will need to be a CLASP Individual Member, and to use the password shown on your current CLASP membership card.


CLASP Conference 2016 online
Watch the videos of the proceedings (on Vimeo): nine talks plus the welcome and panel discussion.


Archaeology – Back To Our Roots
This illustrated account of the Whitehall Farm Roman Villa excavation was published in the spring 2018 edition of Gridline, a publication for National Grid’s grantors and landowners.


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