Monthly Talk 4th July 2019


SPEAKER: Bob Jones

This talk will contrast the state of archaeology and heritage between Bristol and Bath and the reasons for the differences, followed by an explanation of the growth in discovery in Bristol from the 1960s, including the famous PPG 16. It will cover the existing knowledge base including the lack of evidence for Roman occupation and that Anglo Saxon Bristol was bigger than thought.

The talk will include reference to William Worcester’s 1480 manuscript/book; the work on the castle; the changes in industry from craft working to mass production and important work on housing in Bristol, including the summer houses and the fact that rich and poor lived contiguously.

He will probably conclude with a talk on the areas still to be covered, with perhaps a little speculation.


Bob Jones is a graduate of the University of Liverpool and has over 40 years’ experience both as a field archaeologist, working in places like Chester and Lincoln, as well as Bristol.

From 1992 until 2016 he was City Archaeologist for the City of Bristol and has published several works, including a report on excavations at the former house of William Canynge in Redcliffe, and on excavations he carried out in Lincoln. Most recently he was the co-author of a major assessment of Bristol’s archaeology, published in 2018 by Oxbow Books for Historic England and Bristol City Council.

He is a full member of the Chartered Institute for Archaeologists and a Fellow of the Society of Antiquaries of London. He is also the archaeological adviser to the Diocesan Advisory Committee for the Bristol diocese.