University of Sussex Archaeological Society

Welcome to the USAS on the web!

Future USAS Lectures for 2024

(more details and sign-up coming soon)

Wednesday 25th September 2024

The South Downs Explored from Above

Speaker: Gary Webster (Heritage officer, National Trust)

Wednesday 16th October 2024

Plumpton Place

Speaker: Diccon Hart (HB Archaeology and Construction Ltd)

Wednesday 27th November 2024

‘Down these viae sordidae’

Speaker: Lindsey Davis (Author & Historical Novelist)

Lindsey will talk about her life as a historical novelist, with particular reference to using

Fishbourne Roman Palace as a location in A Body in the Bathhouse.

We are currently working on our 2024/2025 online lecture series but please click on the link for details about the 2023/2024 lectures, some of which are available as recordings for our subscribers*

* Email us for more details

NEWS about the USAS 2023/2024 on onwards

The University of Sussex Archaeological Society (USAS) was initially set up in 1998 by a small group of part-time students who were studying archaeology at the Centre for Continuing Education (CCE), University of Sussex, for the benefit of other students, staff and members of the local archaeology community.  Sadly, despite the popularity of CCE and the teaching of archaeology at the university, both came to an end in 2013, but the USAS has continued and has welcomed anyone who has an interest in archaeology, whatever level that interest may be. During the pandemic we took our lectures online, and this proved to be very popular, and so we have continued on that route.

Some of you may know that David Rudling and Sarah Green have recently taken on the Sussex School of Archaeology and History (SSA&H) and we felt that maybe now is the time to review the future of the USAS. 

We certainly don't want to see the end of the USAS and the great community of supporters that we have been fortunate to have with us over our 25 years.  So, we have decided that we will merge the USAS to become a part of the Sussex School of Archaeology and History (SSA&H), but the name USAS will remain and we will have a dedicated area of the website for the 'USAS Lecture Series'

Whilst our lectures have been free of charge up to now, with a request for donations, we are proposing to make a nominal charge of £3 for registration and attendance at each lecture.  This will help to pay our speakers and zoom fees. Any surpluses are added to our reserves to help fund archaeological research in Sussex.   You will also be able to purchase a 'membership' at the rate of £12 which will entitle you to attend all lectures in the academic year, plus the recordings of those lectures that the speakers allow us to make available - please email us for details.

Booking for our lectures will continue to be through Eventbrite, and those links that are currently available are shown below each event.

The talks will start at 7.30pm and you will need to register online in order to receive the link for the lecture. 

We are also giving you information about conferences that the SSA&H is organising, with the next one being in October 2024.

So, it's not the end for the USAS, or Artemus Smith, but it is a new adventure and one which we hope you will feel you would like to join us on.  We look forward to welcoming you back to our lecture series.