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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...]


July 2014
A Book produced in conjunction with Jacqui Pearce called "A Hamlet in Hendon" has now been published and is being formally launched on 3rd August 2014 price £20.

HADAS have been excavating at Stephens House & Gardens in the area of the glasshouse. The key find was a large cistern previously unknown as well as a pit of Victorian/Edwardian rubbish consisting of old drinks bottles, ceramics and a large number of large animal bones from some obviously good dinners!!
Figure 1: A view of the cistern

Lectures & Events Diary



The Hendon and District Archaeological Society presents

Getting to grips with Pots & Pipes: the archaeology of everyday artefacts from Saxon times to Queen Victoria

with Jacqui Pearce BA FSA MIfA

on Saturday 2nd August 2014

at Stephens House & Gardens (formerly Avenue House)

17 East End Road, Finchley, London N3 3QE

from 10.00am to 4.00pm


For the archaeologist pottery and clay tobacco pipes are among the most common finds made during excavation. This one-day workshop aims to provide an introduction to identifying these ubiquitous artefacts, and to understanding their role in the everyday lives of the people who used them, through specialist-led presentations and handling sessions. Attendees are also invited to bring along finds for identification.

The workshop will consist of presentations in the morning, on medieval and post-medieval pottery, and in the afternoon on clay pipes.  A number of finds handling sessions have been built in throughout the day.

Jacqui Pearce is Senior Specialist, medieval and later ceramics, at MOLA (Museum of London Archaeology).

Tickets cost £20 which include morning coffee, buffet lunch and afternoon tea.  To book please apply for booking form from membership@hadas.org.uk

For the academic year 2013/2014 HADAS are running their course called "Finds in focus" . This course, which will concentrate specifically on post excavation analysis, 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, 25th September 2013.  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.......