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About Hadas

Welcome to Hadas, one of the most active archaeological societies within Greater London. From our base in the Garden Room at Avenue House, East End Road, Finchley, N3 3QE we cover archaeology throughout the London Borough of Barnet. The Hadas Working Party actively conduct field walking, surveying and excavations. We also have an excellent programme of outings and lectures throughout the year [more...]


August 2014
HADAS have been excavating again at Martin School, East Finchley looking for the entrance and layout of a WWII air raid shelter. This air raid shelter appears to have had a chequered history, the re-enforced concrete was removed and the passages filled with building rubble. Was it ever used? Despite considerable local effort no one has come forward who remembers it.   
Here Bill Bass of HADAS' digging team uses a hired mini digger to get through the rubble. Although a couple of the passages were exposed and the probable entrance, more work needs to be done before we fully understand the full layout and history of this WWII memorial.

Lectures & Events Diary


The course is currently full, but a waiting list is available.
For the academic year 2014/2015 HADAS are again running their post-excavation course. This course, which will concentrate specifically on reprocessing the wasters from an Early Mediaeval Kiln from Arkley, Herts. , will be tutored by Jacqui Pearce BA FSA MIfA and will take place on Wednesday evenings from 18.30 for two hours at Avenue House, 17 East End Road, Finchley, N3 3QE. There will be 22 sessions. The cost of the course will be covered by a donation to HADAS of £275. The course starts on Wednesday, 24th September 2014.  For more details 

Newsletter Archive Project
The Hadas newsletters have been converted into digital form as part of a permanent archive. We are now busily converting the page images into text to create a complete and searchable archive covering over the 50 years of the Society's history.

Church End Farm Building Record

This is a record of the building history at Church End Farm. It was compiled as part of the post-excavation analysis of of an excavation (Site code CEF61) at Church End Farm Hendon in 1960s.
Hendon House

Excavations at Hendon School prompted research into this important house in the history of Hendon.

Battle of Barnet

Members of Hadas are investigating the Wars of the Roses' site of the 1471 Battle of Barnet.
Over the years HADAS members and others have produced a number of publications on both the archaeology and local history of the London Borough of Barnet. Some of these publications can now be purchased at specially reduced prices.
This link will take you to a list of the places HADAS has had outings to over the years, it is intended to help those who can't remember when we went to some place or another.

Woodhouse - home of Thomas Collins
Now the home of the Woodhouse Academy this beautiful old house has a fascinating history.......