Tuesday, 8 July 2008

Archaeological talks in Somerset

Somerset’s rich archaeological heritage will be brought to life next week in a series of illustrated talks across the county as part of National Archaeology Week (12 – 20 July).

The five talks will be delivered by expert staff from Somerset County Council’s Heritage Service. They will be taking place in Glastonbury Rural Life Museum and libraries in Street, Burnham-on-Sea, Langport and Frome between 14 and 17 July. Attendance is free but booking is essential as places are limited.

All talks start at 2.30pm and are as follows:

  • Monday 14 July, Glastonbury Rural Life Museum: ‘The life cycle of an Iron Age Round House’, talk by Patrick Stow, Conservation Engineer, and Dr Richard Brunning, Levels and Moors Archaeologist.
  • Tuesday 15 July, Street Library: ‘A Mammoth Discovery: recently uncovered evidence of Ice Age Somerset’, talk by Steven Membery, Senior Historic Environment Officer.
  • Wednesday 16 July, Burnham-on-Sea Library: ‘The Archaeology of the Somerset Coast’, talk by Chris Webster, Historic Environment Record Manager.
  • Thursday 17 July, Langport Library: ‘Artefacts and Archaeology: recent discoveries reported to the Portable Antiquities Scheme in Somerset’, talk by Naomi Payne, Finds Liaison Officer.
  • Thursday 17 July, Frome Library: ‘The Archaeology of Mendip from the air’, talk by Bob Croft, Somerset County Archaeologist.

Councillor Justin Robinson, Somerset County Council Portfolio Holder for Health and Well-Being, said: “The archaeological record of Somerset is extremely rich and diverse and will be of interest to everyone who lives in the County. These excellent talks will give people the chance to learn more and hopefully stimulate further interest in this field.”

To book a place at any of the talks, please contact Sarah Bisson of the Historic Environment Service on 01823 424040 or email skbisson@somerset.gov.uk

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