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Walk in the footsteps of William Cunnington

Summary: Learn about a 19th century father of archaeology

Date: Jul 27, 2017 10:30:00

A walk, led by Nick Cowen, has been organised at Heytesbury, Wiltshire, and will follow in the footsteps of one of the fathers of archaeology - William Cunnington (1754-1810).

The morning is centered on Iron Age field systems and Bronze Age barrows, the latter investigated by Cunnington and one of the other founding fathers, Sir Richard Colt Hoare. There are spectacular landscape views and the opportunity to walk down a dry valley where there is usually no public access (total of 4km of easy walking). This will be followed by a picnic lunch in the grounds of Cunnington's house in Heytesbury, after which his connections in the village will be explored. The afternoon will conclude with tea at local historian Penny Copeland's house.

William Cunnington was a self-educated merchant who developed an interest in the rich archaeological landscape around his home village of Heytesbury, where he both lived and worked. In contrast to the vast majority of antiquarians of the time, Cunnington realised that to fully understand the barrows which fascinated him, they should be excavated and recorded carefully and methodically. Beginning his work around 1798, his initial investigations were self-funded, but increasingly they attracted the interest of a succession of wealthy patrons, including Sir Richard Colt Hoare (1758-1838) of Stourhead.

This walk is limited to 20 people, therefore early booking is recommended. For more details, visit www.foundationsofarchaeology.wordpress.com/ or email philippeplanel@gmail.com/tel: 01747 870810.