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Wiltshire Heritage Museum - Lecture by Jim Leary on Marden Henge

LECTURE: The Marvellous Marden Henge: Recent Work
2:30 pm, Saturday, 05 February, 2011
LECTURE: The Marvellous Marden Henge: Recent Work

A lecture by Jim Leary about the excavations at Marden in 2010 and the discovery there of an extraordinarily well-preserved Neolithic building.

The summer of 2010 saw excavations at one of the largest Neolithic henge monuments in Britain: Marden. Located in the heart of the Vale of Pewsey between Stonehenge and Avebury it does not have any surviving stone settings, but its sheer size is astounding.

The excavation was the culmination of a two-year multi-disciplinary project and provided evidence for a now demolished mound – said to be the second largest in Wiltshire after Silbury Hill. More remarkable, however, was the discovery of an extraordinarily well-preserved Neolithic building – undoubtedly one of the best preserved in Britain outside Orkney.

This lecture will discuss the findings from the project, and explore some reasons of why it was constructed and what it could have been used for.

Jim Leary, FSA, an English Heritage archaeologist, was much involved with the excavations at Marden Henge and also those at Silbury Hill. He is co-author of a new book 'The Story of Silbury Hill'.

Pictures (c) Jim Leary, English Heritage.
Saturday afternoon lectures start at 2.30pm and last approx. one hour.

This lecture is now taking place at Devizes Town Hall, just a short walk from the Museum.
Booking: Essential
Contact the Bookings Secretary:
* Tel: 01380 727369 (10am to 5pm Monday to Saturday)
Cost: £3.00 members, £5.00 non-members
tjj Posted by tjj
27th January 2011ce
Edited 27th January 2011ce

Comments (6)

Hello - people can learn more about the excavations and the excavators at Silbury Hill - and perhaps a little about Silbury itself - at this website:

Posted by fachtna
28th January 2011ce
This is now sold out, incidentally.

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goffik Posted by goffik
4th February 2011ce
Oh good, I'm glad they sold all the tickets; they had 150 places and certainly hadn't sold them all when I collected mine a week or so ago. tjj Posted by tjj
4th February 2011ce
Just received this from Wiltshire police*:

"For anyone who HASN'T got a ticket, you may still be able to get a ticket from the various touts who will be hanging around near the venue, muttering "tickets, tickets" to anyone who passes within earshot.

Make sure, though, that if you DO buy a ticket from an unofficial source, that it isn't a fake. The real tickets have a hologram of Devizes Town Hall on one side, a slither of gold leaf woven through it, and a watermark of Jim Leary's face on the back."

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*This may not be true
goffik Posted by goffik
4th February 2011ce
LOL!! tjj Posted by tjj
4th February 2011ce
Just to say it was a great talk, I learnt a lot; Jim Leary speaks well and is happy to take questions after. Hope there will be some discussion about the findings. tjj Posted by tjj
5th February 2011ce
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