Proceedings of the Dorset Natural History and Archaeological Society Vol 136 – 2015

Proceedings of the Dorset Natural History and Archaeological Society Volume 136 - 2015Remarkable archaeological finds, controversy over the latest film version of Far from the Madding Crowd and ‘the world’s biggest bite’ marine reptile exhibit are revealed in the new style annual just published by the Dorset County Museum.

Read about the pliosaur, the Museum’s latest marine reptile fossil exhibit, a fearsome creature which had the largest bite in the world. Experts discuss new film version of Thomas Hardy’s Far from the Madding Crowd. Finds from the excavations at the Durotriges village excavations at Winterbourne Kingston and the major Roman villa excavation at Druce farm are detailed. Plus over twenty other major articles.

“We are really excited about the latest volume which looks great and has lots of fascinating articles,” says Dr Paul Lashmar, the journal’s editor. “These are scholarly papers but we pride ourselves that they are very readable so there is something in every edition to delight the casual reader or visitor to Dorset.”

Weymouth Bay Pliosaur Skull © DCM

Weymouth Bay Pliosaur Skull © DCM

The new volume features original line drawings on the cover that were used to illustrate the Cornhill Magazine serialisation of Hardy’s Far from the Madding Crowd in 1874.

“With its classic yet unique British countryside and a long and enthralling history Dorset is a remarkable county. Home too many great writers and artists Dorset can also boast the best prehistoric landscape in Britain and the geological wonders of the Jurassic Coast. The annual, the Proceedings of the Dorset Natural History and Archaeology Society 2015 celebrates everything that is fascinating and important about Dorset.in the last year,” says Dr Lashmar.

Druce Farm Roman Villa

Druce Farm Roman Villa

While Dorset inspires many books, papers and articles, only Proceedings publishes with regard to academic scholarship. From its home at the Dorset County Museum Proceedings has published for 136 years a remarkable annual collection of scholarly papers, monographs and reports from a wide range of disciplines in the furtherance of knowledge and understanding.

CONTENTS:

PAPERS

  • What Tess meant to Hardy, and why Keith Wilson
  • Far from the Madding Crowd (2015) Directed By Thomas Vinterberg. A review Paul J. Niemeyer
  • How to get a head in Dorset County Museum: The tailless tale of Pliosaurus kevani Jenny Cripps
  • The environmental quality of the Sherford River (Dorset) assessed with macroinvertebrate data – Patrick D. Armitage, J.A.B. Bass & Adrianna Hawczak
  • Underwater light-trapping of mobile invertebrates in the Fleet lagoon, Dorset – Nina Wills, J. A. B. Bass & J. I. Jones
  • ‘Gone for a Burton’: Thomas Arthur Burton (1842-1936), musician & composer, and his family (from Leicestershire, Derbyshire, Cotswolds, Hampshire & Dorset) – Hugh S. Torrens
  • Mrs Alicia Moore, dedicatee of Henry Rowland Brown’s 1859 guidebook Beauties of Lyme Regis – Michael A. Taylor
  • A token found at Lyme Regis, Dorset, England, apparently associated with Mary Anning (1799–1847), fossil collector – Michael A. Taylor & Richard Bull
  • The Dorset Hundreds from the early nineteenth century – J. W. Hart

ARCHAEOLOGY

  • Dorset Archaeology in 2014
  • Portable Antiquities Scheme 2014 – Ciorstaidh Hayward Trevarthen
  • Preston: Bowleaze Cove Romano-British building – Iain Hewitt And Grace Jones
  • Observations at Church Street, Christchurch – Michael Heaton with a contribution from Professor Malcolm Thurlby
  • Interim Report: Druce Farm Roman villa, Puddletown – Lilian Ladle And Andrew Morgan
  • Excavation of a Romano-British well at Farnham – Martin Green, Mark Maltby & Rob Perrin
  • Mortlake and Grooved Ware pottery associated with worked stone in a pit at Lambert’s Hill, Winterbourne Abbas, Dorset – Richard Tabor, With A Contribution By Cheryl Green
  • The Old Manor, Stratton – Rosemary Maw
  • The Thompson’s clay canal – A clay-working enterprise near Lytchett Bay, Poole in the 1830s – Bryan Gambier, Alan Hawkins And Keith Jarvis
  • Witchampton chess pieces – Gill Vickery
  • The Durotriges Project, Phase Two: an interim statement Miles Russell, Paul Cheetham, Damian Evans,Karina Gerdau-Radonic, Ellen Hambleton, Iain Hewitt, Harry Manley, Nivien Speith and Martin Smith
  • The Development of Properties inside the southern defences of Roman Durnovaria: an excavation at Charles Street, Dorchester – Andrew B. Powell with Contributions From Kirsten Egging Dinwiddy, Rachael Seager Smith & J.M. Mills

Proceedings are available from the Museum Shop Price £20.00. However if you become a member of the Dorset Natural History and Archaeology Society the price is £15.00. For more details about membership contact the the membership secretary on 01305 756829 or visit the website for more details www.dorsetcountymuseum.org

For further information and enquires about the Proceedings contact the editor Dr. Paul Lashmar on 01305 262735

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Archaeological Finds Workshop at the Museum

Ciorstaidh Hayward Trevarthen, Finds Liaison Officer Dorset

Ciorstaidh Hayward Trevarthen, Finds Liaison Officer Dorset

On Saturday 15th August, Ciorstaidh Hayward Trevarthen, expert Finds Liaison Officer for Dorset will be in the Museum’s Victorian Hall from 10.30am to 12.30pm to help identify archaeological objects found by members of the public.

If you have any finds from metal detecting, field walking or casual finds from gardening etc. and would like to know more about them, Ciorstaidh will be happy to take a look at them. This includes metal objects such as coins, buckles, brooches and tools, as well as pottery, tile and worked stone.

Finds are identified and, depending on their date and type, may be recorded in more detail onto a national database as part of the Portable Antiquities Scheme. Ciorstaidh is happy to help identify any finds the public brings in, but generally those dating to before 1700 will be recorded.

This event is FREE of charge, but a small donation in support of Dorset County Museum is encouraged.

For further information contact the Museum on on 01305 756827 or check the website on www.dorsetcountymuseum.org or follow us on Facebook and Twitter

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Festival of Archaeology at the Dorset County Museum

All Saint's Church, Dorchester

Dorset County Museum’s Archaeology Store – All Saint’s Church, High East Street, Dorchester

On the 22nd July 2013, as part of the CBA Festival of British Archaeology, a rare opportunity to tour the Dorset County Museum’s archaeology store in All Saint’s Church, High East Street, Dorchester. Tours will commence from the Museum at: 10.30am, 12 noon, 1.30pm and 3.30pm. The Ticket Price of 36.50 includes admission to the museum

If you have any finds from metal detecting, field walking or casual finds. from gardening etc. This includes metal objects such as coins, buckles, brooches and tools, as well as pottery, tile and worked stone and want to know more about them, show them to Ciorstaidh Hayward Trevarthen, Finds Liaison Officer for Somerset and Dorset Portable Antiquities Scheme, who is holding a finds identification ‘surgery’ at the museum. We will identify your finds and then, depending on their date and type, decide if they need to be recorded in more detail.

Dorchester Roman Town House

Dorchester Roman Town House

On the 28th July 2013 there will be a rare opportunity to go inside Dorchester’s Roman Town House and see the beautiful mosaic floors at close range. Tours will commence from the Town House at: 11.00am, 12.00pm, 1.30pm and 3.30pm. £6.50 for adults, accompanied children are free (this ticket also entitles you to entry to the Museum). As numbers are limited, please book your ticket through the Museum shop.

For further information contact the Museum on 01305 262735 or check the website on www.dorsetcountymuseum.org

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