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What lies beneath Max Gate? Live stream of discussion about excavations at Thomas Hardy’s former home

Speakers: National Trust archaeologist Martin Papworth; Hardy’s Wessex curator Harriet Still and Wiltshire Museum director David Dawson.

In 1884, the writer Thomas Hardy unwittingly built his house Max Gate (near Dorchester) in the centre of a late Neolithic enclosure, now known as Flagstones. During the foundation excavations, he revealed a sarsen stone and various Romano-British clasps and bowls, as well as human remains.

Now, 138 years later, Martin Papworth returns to the same site to see what else this fascinating and ancient site can reveal to us.

Brought to you by Wessex Museums in partnership with National Trust and Home of Hillforts & Henges -an exciting new event from 21st to 31st July that will celebrate Dorchester’s prehistoric landscapes and is part National CBA Festival of Archaeology 2022.

Tickets £5 – book through the Wessex Museums website.

  • 28th July 2022
  • 5:30 pm - 6:30 pm
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