2020-21 Programme Brochure

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2021PROGRAMME - all meetings take place on Wednesdays at 7.30 p
8 SeptThe Etruscans Zoom lecture by Dr Lucy Shipley. Based on Lucy’s well-received book, the talk looks at this relatively unknown group of Iron Age communities in central Italy, and unravels some of the nonsense written elsewhere about how ‘mysterious’ they were.
13 OctBronze Age Shipwrecks by Prof. Dave Parham. Dave is the Professor of Maritime Archaeology at Bournemouth University. His talk covers the small number of Bronze Age shipwrecks found in UK waters and looks at the international context to help understand them.
10 NovThe Khmer Empire by Francis Taylor. At its height the Khmer Empire covered modern Cambodia and large parts of Vietnam, Thailand and Laos. Francis tells the story of the series of Khmer-speaking kingdoms that flourished in the region between the 4th and 17th centuries, and of the fascinating architecture that they inspired.
8 DecThe Most Riotous Unprincipled Men by Dr Leonard Baker. Protest, crime and communal identity in Sixpenny Handley, c. 1800-1850. This period saw great changes to the traditional ways of life for the ordinary peoples of Cranborne Chase, and it was also a time of economic depression and poor harvests. Sixpenny Handley was, and is, the largest settlement on the Chase and resistance to the changes centred there.
12 JanIt's A Grave Business by Rob Curtis. Burials and cremations from past to present, together with Church memorials and graveyard headstones. This really is Dead Interesting Dorset!
9 FebSticks and Stones and Broken Bones by Prof Tim Darvill. Tim will explore the connections between the first monuments along the north-west Atlantic coastlands.
9 MarAGM, followed by Wimborne All Hallows Church and Graveyard. The church at Wimborne All Hallows was demolished in the 1730s, but the graveyard continued in regular use until 1900. It then became overgrown and the location of the church was lost. This project surveyed the remaining memorials, investigated the historic record and excavated to find the church.
6 AprilRoman Glass In Britain by Dr Denise Allen. The Romans introduced glass to Britain following the invasion in AD43. Denise discusses the manufacturing techniques and locations, the resulting trade and evidence for local manufacture.
11 MayThe Vale of Pewsey Project - Marden Henge and Cat's Brain Long Barrow Zoom lecture(tbc) by Dr Jim Leary. Jim will give an overview of the Vale of Pewsey project, including the latest account of the investigations at Marden Henge and the exciting excavation of Cat's Brain long barrow.

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