Get your walking boots on to travel through history...
Join the Wiltshire Council Archaeologists for two free guided archaeology walks. This year we are celebrating the annual Festival of British Archaeology by organising walks in two archaeologically rich and exciting locations.
In the morning of Saturday 11th July Rachel Foster, Assistant County Archaeologist will be leading a guided archaeological walk up to the fabulous Iron Age hillfort at Oldbury near Cherhill and across the Cherhill Downs. You get a chance to see the multiple and well preserved ramparts, the location of the Iron Age settlement, the Cherhill White Horse and Lansdowne Monument. From the top of the hill you will experience the fantastic panoramic landscape views and Rachel will point out and discuss key archaeological features such as Roman roads, the Wansdyke and Silbury Hill.
On Saturday 18th July, Melanie Pomeroy-Kellinger, County Archaeologist, is offering a guided tour of Littlecote Roman Villa near Hungerford, one of the few completely excavated Roman villas in the country. We will begin the afternoon’s event by an introducing you to Littlecote and explaining what we know about this very special archaeological gem with its famous Orpheus mosaic. The tour will last for about an hour. Afterwards, it will be possible to view some of the artefacts discovered in the excavations which are displayed in the Littlecote House Hotel.
Booking is essential for both of the guided walks as places are limited. Call or go online for further information about the meeting place, parking and what you need to bring with you and also to book your place. We look forward to seeing you and taking you back in time with us!
Phone: 01249 705500
Fax: 01249 705527
Melanie Pomeroy-Kellinger, County Archaeologist