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Archaeology Open Day - Rochester


Wessex Archaeology London & South East will be holding an Open Day on 
Saturday 4 July 2015, 
between 11am and 3pm.
Come along and experience what it is like to be a real archaeologist and see what goes on behind the scenes! There is no need to book and the open day is free of charge. Follow the link to our flyer for more information or contact Marie Kelleher at
By Marie Kelleher

The Maritime Archaeology of the Dover Barrage

2115 Multibeam Swath Bathymetry of the UB 109

Graham Scott of Wessex Archaeology will talk about recent English Heritage investigations of First World War U-boat wrecks, carried out with members of Canterbury Divers and Folkestone 501
All Welcome

Wednesday 14 January 2014 8pm

Folkestone Yacht & Motor Club
North Street, Folkestone, CT19 6AF
Image crown copyright, courtesy of Swath Services

We Die Like Brothers


Lying beneath the waves to the south of the Isle of Wight is the wreck of the Mendi , a Liverpool steamship which sank in 1917 with the loss of over 600 lives.
Most of the dead were men of the South African Native Labour Corps on their way to France to support Allied troops on the Western Front.
The loss was quickly forgotten in war weary Britain and suppressed in South Africa during white rule. Nearly 100 years later, the sacrifice made by the men on board has emerged to become a South African icon of equality, hope and reconciliation.
On Wednesday 10 December 2014, Coastal & Marine’s Graham Scott will be telling the story of the Mendi, and explaining how the archaeology of the wreck is now being used by the South African National War Memorial to honour and tell the story of the men on board.
The talk starts at 17.30 at the Centre for Maritime Archaeology, Building 65 B, Avenue Campus, Southampton University (SO17 1BF), and all are welcome.

Barrow Clump Open Day


As part of the Festival of Archaeology this summer, discover the amazing archaeology at Barrow Clump, a Bronze Age burial mound and Saxon cemetery being excavated by injured Service personnel and veterans as part of Operation Nightingale.


Free entry
Saturday 19th July 2014 
11am - 4pm
No need to book, all ages welcome
  • Witness the archaeological excavation
  • Come face to face with Saxon warriors 
  • Handle replica Saxon artefacts with Wiltshire Museum
  • Meet Channel 4's Time Team favourite Phil Harding
  • Take part in activities for the whole family
  • Plus lots more to see, do and discover!
For more details contact Laura Joyner


How to find us
Drive north on the A345 from the Amesbury junction of the A303, crossing one roundabout. Turn right at the 'C' tank crossing and follow signs to the parking area. Please note that the site is a 15-minute walk from the parking area. Limited spaces are available at the site for those with walking difficulties. 

Prehistoric Half Term Club


Are you looking for something fun to do this half term?
Then look no further than the prehistoric half term club at the Beeches Community Centre in Bulford. Come and join the team and take part in games, bush craft activities, Stone Age cookery and much more!
This club is for children aged 7-11
and is completely FREE.
It will run from 10am-12pm on:
Monday 28th October
Tuesday 29th October
Wednesday 30th October
If you have any questions, or to book a place for your child, please contact Amy Pugh, from the Army Welfare Service, on 07785 357065. Early booking is advisable. 


This innovative and fun event is being organised by the Army Welfare Service, English Heritage and Wessex Archaeology. 

Bulford Now and Then


This Autumn, 8-12 year olds are invited to explore the history of Bulford and tread in the footsteps of people from the past. 
The Bulford Now and Then project will recreate archive photographs taken in the 1970s to see how the town has developed over the last 40 years. Meetings will take place on: 
Saturday 19th October 10.30am-12pm
Saturday 9th November 10.30am-12pm
Saturday 7th December 10.30am-12pm
All sessions are free and you do not need to be able to attend all sessions to take part. We will be meeting at the Beeches Community Centre (Bulford Road, SP4 9BT) and walking to the locations, so please wrap up warm!
For more information please contact Laura Joyner on or 01722 326867
This project has been organised in association with the Army Welfare Service and kindly funded by English Heritage and the Heritage Lottery Fund.

Tinsley Manor


Preparations are underway for the second year of the Tinsley Manor Project, a three-year Heritage Lottery Funded ‘Your Heritage’ project being undertaken by Wessex Archaeology’s Sheffield team in partnership with Heeley City Farm and Tinsley Junior School. The education and community project is investigating the possibility that the remains of a medieval manor house may survive beneath the school. The ‘Old Manor House’ farm was demolished in the 1960s to make way for the school.
The first season has been a great success with the children many of whom are learning English as a second language and learning about archaeology for the first time. They have explored the history of the local area, taken part in archive research, map regression, geophysical survey, test-trenching and finds processing. The project is also engaging the community through a new volunteer group focusing on archival research and collating oral histories, but also training in survey techniques. The local history society, church coffee morning group, local library and community forum have been spreading the word, collecting old photographs and memories. 
At the end of the summer term four trenches were located on the school playing fields in relation to the results of map regression and resistivity survey and three revealed stone and brick foundations and surfaces. The Year 5s converted their classroom into a site hut for the duration of the fieldwork. The site was open to the whole school community and visitors included the local history group, parents, school governors, the local press and the Sheffield South East MP Clive Betts who called in to check on progress. Finds recovered from the trenches included a sherd of medieval 12th to 15th century pottery along with post-medieval pottery, clay tobacco pipe, glass, brick, slate and animal bone. 


Wessex Senior Project Manager Richard O’Neill will be talking about the Tinsley project at a forthcoming ‘Archaeology in Partnership’ workshop at Sheffield’s Weston Park Museum on 22th October

20,000 leagues under the Solent


Last week our Community & Education Officer, Laura Joyner, travelled to Gosport for the 20,000 Leagues under the Solent event at the Royal Navy Submarine Museum
The event was organised as part of the museum’s Sammy Sardine Summer School and provided an insight into the underwater world of diving and marine archaeology. Our display featured a variety of mystery marine artefacts, our latest Dredged Up magazine and a make-your-own-boat activity sheets. The day proved popular with both children and parents alike!
Find out about future archaeology events like this one by following us on Twitter (@wessexarch) or liking us on Facebook.

Archaeology Open Day at Cannington Court

1199 Artefacts on display

Archaeological excavations at Cannington Court, Somerset were opened up to the public last week for a unique ‘behind the scenes’ viewing. Local residents were invited to see the excavation area and artefacts, whilst Wessex Archaeology staff were on hand to provide information and answer questions.
Sponsored and organised by EDF Energy, the open afternoon came at the end of a five-week excavation on the site of Cannington Court, originally a 12th century Benedictine priory. Archaeological work, carried out by Wessex Archaeology, revealed several medieval features including wall foundations, two lined culverts and a cobbled floor surface. These features may be contemporary with the original priory, although dating evidence was very limited with only one sherd of 10-12th century pottery found.


EDF Energy are sensitively refurbishing the historic buildings to produce a state of the art training centre for their staff. Find out more about the Cannington Court development here

Piece of Cake for Volunteers


Wessex Archaeology’s volunteers were treated to an exclusive ‘behind the scenes’ tour at Salisbury & South Wiltshire Museum last week as part of a Volunteer Together event. Organised by the Stonehenge Learning & Outreach Coordination Group (SLOCG) this event was open to everyone who volunteers within the Stonehenge landscape for either English Heritage, the National Trust, Wiltshire Museum, Salisbury & South Wiltshire Museum and of course Wessex Archaeology.
The afternoon featured updates by the five SLOCG members on their current volunteering opportunities, a tour of the museum’s new gallery space and a special viewing of some of the rare artefacts that have been temporarily removed from the display cases. There was also plenty of time to network and chat over tea and cake! The event was attended by over 80 volunteers and was enjoyed by all.
To find out more about volunteering with Wessex Archaeology please contact our Community & Education Officer, Laura Joyner.
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