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UNCOVER THE SECRETS OF CRANBORNE CHASE’S PIONEERING ARCHAEOLOGISTS
LEADING archaeologist Martin Green will take history enthusiasts on a unique and fascinating journey through the 18th and 19th centuries, delving into the work of the founding fathers of archaeology, Sir Richard Colt Hoare, William Cunnington and General Pitt Rivers, in a compelling half-day talk and exclusive hands-on learning experience during the Chalke Valley History Festival (26 June-2 July).
Martin, a landowner who has devoted 50 years to uncovering the riveting age old, long buried secrets of the Cranborne Chase Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONB), will take the audience through the exciting story of the prehistoric archaeology of the Cranborne Chase, including ancient burial mounds, enigmatic processional pathways and the transformation of the landscape by our farming ancestors.
His talk is scheduled for Friday 30 June at 9.30am, and will be followed by exclusive practical workshops that will explore the modern archaeological techniques, including geophysics, that are helping archaeologists to shed new light on the archaeology of the Cranborne Chase AONB. During these workshops ticket holders will have the unique opportunity to:
• See a prehistoric flint knapping demonstration with Ancient Wessex Network
• Get hands on with geophysics, including resistivity led by Winchester University
• Meet General Pitt Rivers and learn why he started to look at the archaeology of the Cranborne Chase AONB with new eyes in the 19th century
• Get hands on with the techniques used in studying ancient human bones with Gabrielle Delbarre.
Early booking is recommended, with tickets to the talk, which include lunch, costing £75. To book, log on to https://programme.cvhf.org.uk/?date=2017-06-30
Cranborne Chase AONB, the Foundations of Archaeology and the Landscape Partnership Scheme will all be exhibiting and hosting pop up talks at this year’s Chalke Valley History Festival, where there will be information available on various projects, including Cranborne Chase AONB’s bid for International Dark Night Sky Reserve status, the award-winning South Wiltshire Farmland Conservation Project and Taste the Chase (5 October), a festival devoted to the food and drink produced in the Cranborne Chase AONB.
Pop up talks will be given by various experts, including heritage consultant Mike Heaton, who will discuss the area’s water meadows, while there will be a special guest appearance from none other than General Pitt Rivers, one of the early Darwin followers. A full programme of the talks will be available on www.ccwwdaonb.org.uk nearer the time.
TV presenter Dan Snow has said of the Chalke Valley History Festival, which has been running for seven years: "[It’s] the best history festival in the country. It’s fantastic.”