Archaeology in Wiltshire Conference
The third archaeology conference looks to be an exciting day showcasing some of the new discoveries and research over the last year in Wiltshire which is to be held on 18 April at the Corn Exchange in Devizes. It coincides with the International Day for Monuments and Sites, the theme of which is The Heritage of Commemoration. Some members of our team will be there on the day with displays so come say hello and find out about ways of getting involved such as volunteering opportunities in the Stonehenge and Avebury World Heritage Site
UNESCO established 18 April as the International Day for Monuments and Sites in 1983 with the aim to raise public awareness about the diversity and vulnerability of the world’s heritage sites and the efforts required to protect and conserve them. Each year there is a different theme and this year Heritage of Commemoration reflects on how monuments and sites are tangible carriers of the memory of a part of the human experience and contribute to the commemoration and transmission of values. Though the day is commonly known as World Heritage Day, it concerns not just places listed as World Heritage Sites but all cultural heritage places and landscapes of international, national and local significance. The heritage of commemoration can take many forms, from engraved inscriptions, mausoleums of exceptional architecture or works of monumental sculptures, more modest elements reflecting vernacular traditions or dedicated landscapes such as cemeteries or memorial gardens.
The line up for the day will feature many Wiltshire examples of commemorative heritage, some more apparent than others. To name but a few, there will be the results of the excavations at Marden Henge where Jim Leary is leading on a project on the complex of prehistoric monuments between Stonehenge and Avebury; the final season of excavations at Barrow Clump, where an Anglo-Saxon cemetery was located on the site of a Bronze Age burial mound; an overview of the geophysical survey results of The Stonehenge Hidden Landscapes Project; the results of geophysical survey at Wanborough Roman Town and Old Sarum; Digging War Horse, a project exploring the role of the horse and artillery in the Great War; the results of a large Iron Age and multi-period settlement site at Roundhouse Farm in Marston Meysey; and a round-up of other recent investigations and projects in and around Wiltshire.
Rachel Foster, Assistant County Archaeologist
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