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Archaeology in Wiltshire Conference 2024

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

FINAL Programme (9/3/2024)

10.00 Introductions

10.05 Melanie Pomeroy-Kellinger, Wiltshire Council Archaeology Service

  • Overview of Archaeology in Wiltshire

10.30 David Roberts (Cardiff University) and Denise Wilding (English Heritage / Freelance Archaeologist)

  • Excavations at Teffont

Last summer a large excavation at Teffont explored a major ancillary site to the large Roman shrine complex that the Teffont Archaeology Project has been investigating for over a decade. Our volunteers, students and placements excavated and recorded an extraordinary elaborated springhead building and a range of other structures supporting visitors to the shrine. This talk will summarise our results and the latest analysis work by our specialist team, and set this in the wider context of the site's interpretation.

10.55 Sophie Hawke, Portable Antiquities Scheme, The Salisbury Museum. With Alix Smith, Alyson Tanner and Paul Banton.

  • Recent PAS Finds and Donations

11.20 Coffee



11.40 Roland Smith, Wiltshire Council Archaeology Service

  • ‘Seeing the monuments for the trees’. A volunteer project to clear scrub from some of Wiltshire’s Scheduled Monuments

Wiltshire is a county extraordinarily rich in upstanding archaeological monuments, many of which are nationally protected as Scheduled Monuments. This does not mean that they are not at risk from a number of agencies, especially uncontrolled growth of trees and scrub. Roland’s talk describes a collaboration between Historic England, Wiltshire Council’s Archaeology Service, and CBA Wessex, to remove scrub from some of the Scheduled Monuments in the County that are most at risk.

11.50 Alejandra Gutierrez and Lorraine Mepham

  • Creating a Wiltshire Pottery Type Series

12.00 Dr Ros Cleal - curator, National Trust, Dr Ben Chan - Postdoctoral researcher at University of Bristol , Professor Mark Gillings - Head of Archaeology and Anthropology, and University of Bristol

  • The Avebury Papers: exploring Avebury's 20th century excavation archive


12.10 Phil Andrews, Wiltshire Archaeology Field Group

  • Recent Projects


12.30 Lunch



2.00 Kerry Donaldson, Archaeological Surveys

  • The 'Highworth Circles - some new geophysical discoveries

The “Highworth Circles” are a group of enigmatic circular enclosures located primarily in the Hundred of Highworth. Over 50 of these features have been recorded from aerial photos and LiDAR imagery, but there has been limited archaeological investigation. A recent geophysical survey carried out within an area known to contain a number of circles has discovered several further, previously unrecorded examples, as well as evidence for earlier Roman and Iron Age settlement.

2.25 Robert Arkell

  • The Medieval Deer Parks of the Bradford Hundred’

We are very grateful to Robert for stepping in with this talk at short notice. The talk on behalf of John Moore Heritage Services about recent Investigations at Box Roman Villa has had to be cancelled due to ill-health.


2.50 Ben Chan, University of Bournemouth and Josh Pollard, University of Southampton

  • Tracking the Mesolithic and Neolithic at Cherhill: the beginnings of new work



3.15 Tea



3.45 David Dawson, Wiltshire Museum

  • Update from the Wiltshire Museum

A brief update on current developments at the Museum, including our plans to bring the Assize Court back to life as the new home of the Wiltshire Museum and a hub for the community.



4.10 Richard Osgood, MoD/DIO

  • Repopulating Imber: excavations at Wiltshire’s ‘Ghost Village’ on Salisbury Plain

Increasing military training demands around the old village of Salisbury Plain led archaeologists from Wessex Archaeology and Operation Nightingale to conduct a fortnight of fieldwork to see what, if anything, still lay in the fields at the former heart of the settlement. This talk will show the results.



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.  Email to be added to the waiting list.

  • Non-Member - £39.00
  • Member - £29.00
  • Student - £16.00 (with proof of status)

Sunday 17 March; 10.00am to 5pm (lunch included).

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Unless sold out, bookings will close at 9 am on 14 March to allow confirmation of catering.  To be added to the waiting list please email

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