The Society actively promotes the cause of archaeology and the wider study of our heritage and warmly welcomes new members from Ulster, Ireland and further afield. Our members come from all walks of life and from all sections of the community, encompassing all ages from students to retired people both amateurs and professionals.
What does the membership of the Society entitle you to?
It brings you an annual journal, lectures, workshops, field trips and the UAS Newsletter regularly sent or published on the Society's own Web page all for an annual cost of £20.00 (€28.00) or £7.50 (€12.00) if retired (less Journal).
The comprehensive journal - The Ulster Journal of Archaeology was originally founded in 1853. The current series (the third) was begun in 1938. It publishes information about Ulster's heritage, up-to-date reports of excavations, more general articles about Ireland and the Irish Sea Province which relate to Ulster as well as shorter notes and book reviews. The whole range of archaeological subjects is covered: Prehistoric rock art, Bronze Age burials, Celtic ritual sites, Medieval settlements etc - in short the wealth of Ulster's archaeological remains.
Monthly lectures are held at Queen's University Belfast and cover a wide range of archaeological and related topics. All lectures are normally held at 8.00pm in the Main Lecture Theatre in the School of Geography, Archaeology and Palaeoecology, Elmwood Building in Elmwood Avenue.
Throughout the year, the society provides opportunities for members to participate in archaeological fieldwork. Activities include surveys of historic monuments, archaeological excavations and surface artefact collections. Further details can be found on the Survey Group, Field Surveys and Excavations web pages.
Occasional 2 hour evening workshops are designed to give the members a hands-on appreciation of artefacts. These are located in the adjacent Archaeology and Palaeoecology Building in Fitzwilliam Street and usually start at 7.00pm.
Throughout the summer, members have the opportunity to participate in field trips lead by experienced archaeologists. Each year there are usually two local evening trips, two full day trips, a weekend trip to an Irish county and alternating one week study tours to the continent and British mainland. There is a separate charge for these to cover hire of buses etc.
This ambitious annual programme provides you with the opportunity to talk to the experts and with other members interested in the study of Ulster's past.
For further information, please contact :
The Hon. Secretary
Ulster Archaeological Society,
c/o School of Geography, Archaeology and Palaeoecology,
Queen's University of Belfast,
Belfast, BT7 1NN