Things to do and places to visit
Dorset County Museum A large collection of prehistoric archaeology- view many of the artefacts from the South Dorset Ridgeway
Maiden Castle Go for a walk around this amazing hillfort. Free entry!
Landscape Partnership Events– a whole variety of different events
Dorset Archaeological Days– Guided walks
People to meet and groups to join
National Trust Own and manage land across Dorset and the UK. Follow their blog for more information about archaeology and heritage across the South West.
East Dorset Antiquarian Society ‘an amateur society which is actively engaged in all aspects of archaeology and historical research’
Dorset Diggers Researching, surveying and excavating the archaeology of West Dorset.
WAFA– Wessex Archaeological Field Academy- learn archaeology with Julian Richards
CBA – The Council for British Archaeology is a national charity that is ‘working throughout the UK to involve people in archaeology and to promote the appreciation and care of the historic environment for the benefit of present and future generations’. Here you can find information about excavations to get involved in, about recent discoveries and much more.
Young Archaeologist Club A brilliant club for 8-16 year olds. Branches have recently been set up in Poole and Dorchester. Contact them directly to find out more about their activities.
Things to read
Prehistoric Dorset by John Gale
Maiden Castle by Niall Sharples. Published by English Heritage
‘Down to Weymouth town from Ridgeway’ : Prehistoric, Roman and later sites along the Weymouth relief road by Lisa Brown, Chris Hayden and others. Published by Dorset Natural History and Archaeological Society
Websites of interest
National Mapping Programme- English Heritage – they carried out an aerial survey of archaeology on the South Dorset Ridgeway
Ridgeway Sounds DIVAContemporary sounds from the ridgeway. Listen to Sam Scrivens explain the geology of South Dorset
Commercial archaeology organisations that work in Dorset
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