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Archaeology Section: Visits in 2024

Becoming Roman: Silchester, a town of change’ exhibition: Saturday 2nd March at 11.00 am.

Professor Mike Fulford - current HFC&AS President - who excavated at the site for many years, will give an explanation of this exhibition at the Willis Museum, Basingstoke. As the Hampshire Cultural Trust website notes:

"2000 years ago, Silchester, just north of Basingstoke near the Hampshire/Berkshire border, was a hub of trade to the Roman world and a capital for the tribe that controlled the area. In this interactive exhibition, explore the streets of ancient Silchester as it changes from an Iron Age to a Roman town. Silchester was the capital of the Atrebates and an important trade centre. Coins were minted there, and tribute flowed in from the surrounding area. But what was life like? What did people eat, what diseases did they have and what animals did they live alongside? See the skeleton of the earliest known lap dog in Britain and learn about its origins. When the Romans came from the middle of the 1st century AD onwards, what changes did they bring? Learn about the Roman bath house, dwellings, and the amphitheatre. See behind the scenes of an archaeological dig that has been revealing its secrets for half a century."

N.B.: This event is fully booked.

Butser Ancient Farm – Wednesday 17th April starting at 10.30 am

Butser Ancient Farm

This will be an exclusive visit and guided tour of Butser Ancient Farm. The buildings at the farm are all based on evidence from archaeological excavations, and they test theories about the technologies, building techniques and ways of life of ancient people by reconstructing elements of their homes and lives.

The location of the original Ancient Farm on Butser Hill, in what is now the Queen Elizabeth Country Park, was partly chosen because of evidence for extensive Iron Age field systems on Butser Hill, still visible in the prehistoric field boundaries and earthworks that cover the landscape. In 1991 the location of Butser Ancient Farm moved to its current site at Bascomb Copse near Chalton. Initially the Iron Age enclosure was created with the construction of several new roundhouses within a hexagonal ditch and bank. Experiments in Roman construction soon followed with the building of a working Roman hypocaust followed by surrounding Roman Villa based on excavations from Sparsholt near Winchester.

In 2021 a multi-award-winning project saw the construction of a Bronze Age roundhouse in collaboration with Operation Nightingale - a charity set up to help the healing and rehabilitation of ex-service personnel through involvement in archaeology.

Book your place via the TicketSource website.



Any questions about the Archaeology Section?
Then email Chris Sellen
Chris Sellen, Archaeology Section Chair
c/o 8 Lampool House, Station Road, Overton, Basingstoke, RG25 3TL
tel 07507263500 (daytime)