• Cranborne Chase AONB Office, Rushmore Farm, Tinkley Bottom, Tollard Royal, Wiltshire, SP5 5QA  Tel: 01725 517417


Mar 22, 2017

Early bird discounts are available for Foundations of Archaeology one-day celebration of the past


THE Foundations of Archaeology one-day conference will explore the present day legacy of the work of pioneering Cranborne Chase archaeologists Sir Richard Colt Hoare, William Cunnington and General Pitt-Rivers.

Held on Saturday 6 May at Dinton Village Hall and open to all, the theme of the conference is ‘Celebrating the past in the present’. Speakers include Nathalie Barrett and David Ashby from the University of Winchester, Mike Allen from the University of Bournemouth and the National Trust’s Martin Papworth, who will explore the present day legacy of these three groundbreaking archaeologists. Salisbury Museum’s Adrian Green will discuss General Pitt-Rivers’ many links to Cranborne Chase.

The General was the man who refined archaeology as a scientific discipline. One of his excavations was of the Neolithic long barrow of the Wor Barrow in 1893-4, within which he found a mortuary enclosure containing six burials, as well as Neolithic pottery. The ditch of the long barrow also contained Neolithic burials and the insertion of 17 late Roman burials, eight of which were headless. It is fascinating details such as these, as well as new archaeological research and fieldwork taking place today, that will run across the conference and shed new light on the sites these pioneers examined.

Additionally, Emma Rouse and Philippe Planel of Wyvern Heritage will discuss The Foundations of Archaeology Project as a whole.

“We are working with volunteers to help further investigate and evaluate the three archaeological sites associated with these pioneers in South Wiltshire and North East Dorset,” explained Emma. “There is no doubting the passion of these men for their subject – amply reflected in Colt Hoare’s beautifully produced two volume Ancient History of Wiltshire (1812).”

Booking tickets early saves money and there is an early-bird discounted price of £18 per ticket if booked before 31 March 2017. All tickets bought after this date will cost £23. Pre-booking is essential.
The conference, at Dinton Village Hall, Bratch Lane, Dinton, Salisbury, Wiltshire SP3 5EB, commences at 9.30-10am for registration.

Click here  to download the full conference programme/application form. Send your booking form and payment to Wyvern Heritage & Landscape, 2 Fonthill Cottages, Hindon Lane, Tisbury, Wiltshire SP3 6QD.

For more information, log on to www.foundationsofarchaeology.wordpress.com; email philippeplanel@gmail.com; tel: 01747 870810.