Above : The iconic Stonehenge
Below : Trace of Roman Road on south Dorset Ridgeway. (Photo Bill Putnam)
For our normal speaker meetings, we meet at the Community Church Hall in Poundbury. The postcode is DT1 3DF. It is on the corner of Peverell Avenue East and Liscombe Street adjacent to Damers First School.
No 6 & 10 Buses from Dorchester stop nearby on Peverell Avenue East. There is plenty of parking on the street.
Please do not park in front of the entrance - the area is not a carpark (although it looks like one !).
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(At the moment streetmap have not completed mapping Poundbury)
Meetings start at 2pm normally on the 4th Monday of the month. However, with other outside visits and venues, times may be arranged to suit (see the programme below).
At Poundbury, tea/coffee and biscuits are available a small donation to the CCH funds
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Above : Roman Town House, Dorchester
Below : Lidar image of Frampton Roman Villa
Programme for 2023 & 2024
lease use the link below to the Dorchester Archaeology Website for full details.
18th December 2023 - Christmas archaeological film "The Dig" and social at the Poundbury Community Hall starting at 2pm.
We have a relaxing treat for you . We shall be showing a feature length movie of "The Dig" which chronicles the original discovery and excavation of the Sutton Hoo burials, with added adventure, romance and academic controversy. The film is about 1 hour 50 minutes long so we will be having an interval half way through for tea, biscuits, mince pies, and chatting. You should expect to finish a little later than usual. Michael is keen to hold a discussion at the end of the film for anyone who would like to join him!
The steering group do hope you will join us for this experiment.
22nd January 2024. A speaker meeting at the Poundbury Community Hall starting at 2pm. Our member Michael Insley will give an illustrated talk on
'The Life and Death of a Minoan City' - Akrotiri on Thera (Santorinii)
26th February 2024. A speaker meeting at the Poundbury Community Hall starting at 2pm. Clare Randall will give an illustrated talk on
'A modest mansion" - the development of a Roman villa at Dings Crusaders, Bristol.
25th March 2024. Members talks & contributions
Now for something completely different !
It is time for the members to make a contribution. We would like to hear from you about places you have visited (with your holiday snaps), maybe something that has interested you, an object you would like us to see, a book you have read or a talk you have heard - anything archaeological really. Each talk should last 5-10 minutes and be prepared for questions . If you can contribute - and please do, contact one of the steering group and we can help you with AV etc.
Some ideas for the future in the planning stage by the steering committee are shown to the right >
OUR WEBSITE : We have our own Dorchester Archaeology Group website. This allows us to give members far more detail on our group's activities together with a facility for members to share their own research and visits.
There are many linked activities, such as Lidar access and links to many archaeological sites, organisations and local resources. There are a selection of illustrated talks from past years. The website has a dedicated email address to allow members to send in material and ask questions. Please use the link below :
The visits & talks below are some that are being planned :
Roman Baths at Bath visit
Chickerell - recent finds and excavations talk.
Visit to Avalon Heritage Centre (Somerset)
New members and other ideas are always welcome
– no previous knowledge is necessary
For more information on our programme
please call Annie or Michael
(For number please see Newsletter)
Updated by Richard Crumbleholme 01/12/2023
Photos / Lidar images have been taken by members of the group
Lidar image of part of the Dorchester Roman aqueduct