South Castle Street excavation Merseyside Archaeological Society (MAS) marks its 40th birthday this year. To celebrate Museum of Liverpool is highlighting some of the finds from some sites excavated by the society in a new display Digging it!, which opened today. We will also be hosting the society's conference in October. In March 1976 a committee met with the aim of bringing forward plans for the creation of an archaeological society for Merseyside. MAS was one of a large number of new societies in the 1960s and 1970s which aimed to enable people to build their knowledge about local heritage and to provide opportunities to get involved in fieldwork and research. On its foundation MAS's aims included working to:
- Promote archaeological activity, research and publication associated with the County of Merseyside.
- Organise archaeological fieldwork and excavation.
- Encourage the preservation of local sites, buildings, monuments or records of archaeological interest.
- Arrange meetings, lectures, exhibitions, conferences and visits to places of historic interest.