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Stonehenge – we need to talk

3 March


Stonehenge is a world-famous monument, the greatest achievement of our prehistoric ancestors. It has been the subject of investigation and speculation for centuries and, while science has provided some answers, there is much that remains enigmatic.

Following on from our very successful day in the Autumn, which concentrated on Stonehenge itself, we are now going to turn our attention to its surrounding landscape. Stonehenge is just one part (albeit the focus) of a complex of prehistoric monuments, some of which pre-date it, others of which demonstrate Stonehenge’s power well into the Bronze Age. This day will involve three experts who will look at the landscape through differing eyes:

Julian Richards is an archaeologist who has studied Stonehenge and its landscapes for over 40 years, conducting the first major survey of the Stonehenge Environs in the 1980s. Julian will examine how our understanding of the landscape has developed over the past three centuries.

Dr Mike Allen is a leading environmental archaeologist who has extensively researched the prehistoric landscape of Wessex. Mike will examine the evidence for landscape change from the post-glacial period onwards and why the environment may have determined the location for some of our most spectacular complexes of Neolithic monuments.

Luke Winter is one of the country’s leading experimental archaeologists. Responsible for the design and build of the Neolithic houses at the Stonehenge Visitor centre, Luke will examine the landscape from a prehistoric resource viewpoint, examining the ways in which it provided for everyday life.

After each presentation there will be an opportunity for questions and discussion and the remainder of the day will allow the opportunity to explore wider issues. This is the chance to ask all those questions about Stonehenge that you have always wanted to ask…

The course starts with registration at 10.00am and will finish at 4.00 pm. Tea/coffee will be provided throughout the day. Lunch is not provided and there are no shops or food outlets nearby so please bring a packed lunch. Lunchtime will give an opportunity to explore Springhead’s beautiful gardens. Please note the heating is kept low so wrap up well.

The course is strictly limited to 40 participants and early booking is advised. The cost per person is £40 and all proceeds will go towards supporting Springhead’s education aims.

Advance booking essential.

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Springhead Trust
Mill Lane
Fontmell Magna, SP7 0NU
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