The event commences with an informal guided tour of the city of Salisbury, followed by a visit to the new museum at Amesbury which houses finds from the significant Mesolithic Blick Mead site recently featured in the May/June issue of British Archaeology. The evening continues with a light meal and talk, highlighting the archaeology of the Wessex region.
Saturday starts with a visit to Avebury and an expert led guided tour of the monument and key sites in the Avebury landscape. The day concludes with a viewing of the new archaeological gallery at Salisbury Museum. This exciting redeveloped gallery was only opened to the public last year and is a fantastic chance to see the results of this multi-million pound project. The evening will end with a hot meal and expert talks on further interesting archaeology in the Wessex area.
Sunday starts with a limited numbers (max 29 persons on a first people to book basis) to Stonehenge with access to the stone circle with Julian Richards as guide. The later morning will be spent exploring a range of sites within the MoD controlled Salisbury Plain Training Area which contains a wealth of well-preserved prehistoric, Roman and WW1 sites usually unavailable to the general public. The weekend finishes with a visit to Larkhill, Woodhenge and Durrington Walls.
Costs include transport between events, entrance fees and evening meals. Note a £4 discount should be taken for English Heritage and National Trust members as they have free entry to the Avebury Museum.
Detailed programme (approximate timings and subject to change):
|5.00pm||6.15pm||Short tour in Salisbury|
|8.30pm||9.30pm||Light meal at Antrobus House|
|9.30pm||10.15pm||Talk by Mike Pitts at Antrobus House|
|9.00am||10.00am||Coach to Avebury|
|10.00am||11.30am||Guided tour of Avebury stone circle|
|12.30pm||1.30pm||Lunch at Avebury|
|1.30pm||4.30pm||Guided walk/trip of Avebury landscape with Julian Richards|
|4.30pm||5.30pm||Coach to Salisbury|
|5.30pm||7.30pm||Guided viewing of Salisbury Museum new Wessex Gallery|
|7.30pm||8.30pm||Buffet meal at Salisbury Museum|
|8.30pm||10.00pm||Talks on Wessex archaeological topics|
|7.00am||9.30am||Optional tour inside Stonehenge circle with Julian Richards|
|10.00am||2.00pm||Coach trip to Salisbury Plain Training Area|
|3.00pm||4.30pm||Guided walk/trip of Larkhill, Durrington Henge etc.|
|4.30pm||Return to Salisbury|
See ‘Bookings’ instructions below for details on how to book this event