The walk will comprise a tour of Cadbury Castle hillfort, looking in particular at areas which demonstrate the development in the use of the hill from the Neolithic period, through the creation of the hillfort in the early and Middle Iron Age, Roman use as a barracks, important post-Roman refortification and construction of a hall, through to the early medieval period, when it became a burh and a mint. The contemporary sites in the surrounding landscape will be discussed. There will be an optional visit to the South Somerset Archaeological Research Group base at Sutton Montis after the walk.
She was Research Assistant for the South Cadbury Environs Project, and completed her PhD at Bournemouth University studying the successive prehistoric landscapes around Cadbury Castle in conjunction with the information on livestock husbandry from the animal bones recovered during excavation of the hillfort and surrounding sites.
She has been Research Director of the South Somerset Archaeological Research Group, which continues to work in the area, since 2007.
The walk is on Saturday 1 July 2017 starting at 2.00pm at the car park at Cadbury Castle. The walk is FREE although a donation of £3 is encouraged to cover costs.
On Saturday 3rd June 2017 starting at 2.00pm, Martin Green will lead this trip to explore the archaeological landscape of Down Farm.
This will include the Fir Tree Field shaft containing evidence of Mesolithic to Beaker activity, a rare pond barrow, the Dorset Cursus and other prehistoric features. We will also visit Martin’s museum containing his extraordinary collection of archaeological artefacts, mainly found in the area.
Martin is a Dorset farmer and renowned amateur archaeologist, awarded an honorary doctorate by Reading University for his life long contribution to the archaeology of Cranborne Chase.
The walk is free although a donation of £3 is encouraged to cover costs.
Down Farm, near Wimborne St Giles, Dorset, grid reference ST 999 149 . Turn off the A354 signposted Wimborne St Giles. Continue a short distance along this road. Take the tarmac lane on the right (signposted ‘Down Farm’). The farm is past the cottages on the right hand side.