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Archaeology in Wiltshire Conference 2022

We are back with our popular Archaeology in Wiltshire Conference at the Corn Exchange in Devizes. We are planning to welcome over 150 delegates to hear a host of speakers, browse stands and bookstalls and meet and make friends over lunch.

Draft Programme

10.00 Introductions
10.05 Josh Pollard, University of Southampton, West Kennet Palisade Enclosures
10.30 Jessica Lowther, Headland Archaeology, Roman sites in South Swindon
10.55 Liam Wilson, Cotswold Archaeology, Sites in Malmesbury Area
11.20 Comfort break


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11.40. Unearthing a Lost Narrative: Rethinking Devizes’ First Chalk Horse
Garry Gibbons, Curator, Uffington Museum

Established 150 years ago, the creation narrative of Devizes' first chalk horse has remained largely taken-for-granted. Recent survey and research work now suggests the chalk horse may be older and stylistically more in keeping with Wiltshire's wider stable of equine chalk horses than previously claimed.

11.50 Wil Partridge, Wiltshire Museum, Unlocking Museum collections research
12.00 Tony Hack, Lacock Abbey graffiti

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12.10 Sophie Hawke, Salisbury Museum, Recent PAS finds

12.20 Phil Andrews, Archaeology Field Group Plans for 2022

12.30 LUNCH

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2.00 Melanie Pomeroy-Kellinger, Wiltshire Council Archaeology Service, County Round-up
2.25 Dr Phil Harding, Wessex Archaeology, Bulford


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2.50pm. The Pippins, Calne – the evolution of a burgage plot

Tom Rogers, Worcestershire Archaeology

Excavations to the rear of the former Barclays Bank in Calne revealed a series of well-preserved structures and cut features including well-built stone boundary walls, medieval rubbish pits, postholes and ditches, a stone building, stone cisterns and a lime kiln which provide a window on the evolution of a burgage plot from establishment to the present day.

3.15pm TEA

3.45 An Anglo-Saxon cemetery in the Stonehenge Landscape
Dan Carter, AC Archaeologye

This presentation outlines the interim excavation results of a previously undiscovered Anglo-Saxon cemetery on the eastern fringe of the Stonehenge World Heritage Site, near West Amesbury, undertaken in February 2021 by AC archaeology Ltd

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4.10 pm. Exercise Ring-Giver: a Seventh Century Cemetery on Salisbury Plain.

Richard Osgood, Defence Infrastructure Organisation.

The 2021 Operation Nightingale programme focussed on a 7th Century Site on Salisbury Plain. The dig uncovered over 20 burials with grave goods telling a story of transitions and trade.

There will be a sale of high quality pre-owned archaeological publications at bargain prices. Please bring some sturdy bags for your purchases!

There will also be stands from a range of organisations including archaeological contractors and groups such as the Association of Roman Archaeology and Victoria County History


Booking Essential: Tickets must be purchased in advance and include lunch and tea/coffee. In previous years, we have sold all the available tickets.

  • Non-Member - £35
  • Member - £25
  • Student - £15 (with proof of status)

We will be investigating options for making recordings.

Sunday 22 May; 10.00am to 4pm (lunch included).

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