Archaeology

Guided Archaeology Walks

on Saturday, 13 April 2019. Posted in Archaeology

Devizes Arts Festival guided walks (led by Wiltshire County Archaeologists)

Please book via the Devizes Arts Festival website

Sunday 9th June, 10.30.  Fee payable for Devizes Arts Festival  - Roundway Down. 

An opportunity to explore the historic landscape of Roundway Down and Oliver’s Fort, guided by experts from the Wiltshire County Archaeology team. In this walk, we will look at the archaeological features of Roundway Down and Oliver’s Fort, and you will hear tales of the bloody Civil War battle and the nearby holy wells.

Sunday 2nd June, 10.30. Fee payable for Devizes Arts Festival  - Historic Devizes. 

An opportunity to explore the main features of the historic town of Devizes, including exciting new evidence from recent excavations, guided by experts from the Wiltshire County Archaeology team. In this walk, we will explore the main features of the town of Devizes, discussing its development through time and especially the influential role of the castle where recent excavations have revealed exciting new evidence.

Guided walks led by Wiltshire Council Archaeologists

Anyone who is interested in the below walks to please email the Archaeology Service at the Wiltshire and Swindon History Centre This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. for further details.

Friday 12th July, 7.00-9.00 pm - Romans, Saxons and Kangaroos: Archaeology in Market Lavington.

Join Martin Brown (Wiltshire Council Archaeology Service) on a walk into the past of Market Lavington. See the site of the and find out how our forebears shaped the land we inhabit. We will walk from the church through the designed landscape north of the village, before returning through the medieval village to the Market Place (and pub), via a Saxon cemetery and Roman temple.

Sunday 14th July, 2.00-4.00 pm – Ludgershall Castle.

Join Melanie Pomeroy-Kellinger, County Archaeologist, on a walk exploring the varied history of Ludgershall Castle, from Prehistoric earthwork to sixteenth century garden.

Saturday 27th July, 2.00-4.00 pm – South of Stonehenge Landscape.

Join Sarah Simmonds, Stonehenge and Avebury World Heritage Site Partnership Manager, on a walk exploring this complex and compelling landscape and to understand why it’s a World Heritage Site. 

Culture therapy anyone?

on Tuesday, 20 November 2018. Posted in Archaeology

Having an understanding about the past can improve mental wellbeing and create a sense of identity. Getting out into the landscape and exploring heritage sites can be a great way to bring people together, but fortified with information even individually or in smaller groups can create admiration and wonderment towards the places in which you live. 

There is growing recognition about the value of archaeology and heritage to the wellbeing of people.  The Wiltshire Council Archaeology Service plays an essential part in safeguarding our heritage through ensuring archaeology, which is to be destroyed through development, gets properly excavated and recorded and through managing the Historic Environment Record (HER). This information forms the basis for academic research such as the recent synthesis of The Rural Settlement of Roman Britain. The HER also provides a free service to the general public who are interested to know more about their local area. It can be accessed online and reports are available to view by appointment at the Wiltshire and Swindon History Centre.

The Archaeology Service also shares information about exciting new discoveries via presentations to the public but we also lead various walks to some of our most outstanding heritage sites.  This last year we led walks in the Stonehenge and Avebury World Heritage Site, to Iron Age hillforts and to visit our registered battlefield at Roundway Down.

Simply put, a bit of culture therapy that can make you feel better!

A walk near Warminster led by the Archaeology Service in October this year, with Middle Hill in distance (top) and Scratchbury hillfort in the distance (above).

 

Stonehenge and Avebury World Heritage Site Conference

on Thursday, 25 August 2016. Posted in Archaeology

You can book now for a place at a conference celebrating 30 years of World Heritage at Stonehenge and Avebury on Saturday 19th November 2016 at the Corn Exhange, Devizes.

Tickets are available through http://www.stonehengeandaveburywhs.org/ and Eventbrite.

You can download a PDF of the poster here

Festival of Archaeology 2016

on Saturday, 09 July 2016. Posted in Archaeology

As part of the Council for British Archaeology’s national Archaeology Festival the Wiltshire and Swindon History Centre will be helping to host the following events:

To reserve places or for more information on these events email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

 

 

Pre-historic remains unearthed on a Dartmoor

on Thursday, 22 November 2012. Posted in Archaeology

Pre-historic remains unearthed on a Dartmoor

Nationally important pre-historic remains unearthed on a Dartmoor burial site...

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