Chieftans to Senators - Iron Age Roman Dorchester

1 days

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Based in and around Dorchester, this study day will visit a range of sites dating from the 4th millennium BC to the 4th century AD.

At Maiden Castle we will see the remains of the most impressive hillfort in southern Britain; built in the Iron Age on an earlier site which included a Neolithic causeway enclosure and associated funerary monuments including a rare survival of a ‘bank barrow’. The site also has the remains of a late Roman Temple within the ramparts.

At Maumbury Ring we shall see a Neolithic ‘henge’ monument which was converted into an earthen amphitheatre by the Romans in the 1st century AD; was later incorporated into the defenses of Dorchester during the English Civil War and finally used as a place of public execution.

After a walk following part of the defenses of Roman Dorchester we shall visit Colliton Park. Here we can see one of the best preserved late Roman town houses, with mosaics still visible in Roman Britain.

We conclude the day at Dorchester County Museum Stores which house artefacts from all of the sites visited.

Please note the museum is due to have a major refurbishment so we will go to the stores instead.

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Iron Age hill fort of Maiden Castle in Dorset
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August 20 2021 AXDC210820 August 20 2021 (Friday) Mark Corney $170
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