Coronavirus update

Following careful consideration of ongoing medical and government advice and our duty of care, most of our public events will be taken online. You can discover our upcoming digital events here and across our social media channels.

Please also explore the huge range of information, activities and media freely available to the public on our website, YouTube channel, Flickr, SketchFab gallery and social media channels.

Wessex Archaeology Webinar

Salvaging the Evidence


Admiralty wreck and salvage rights sales and salvor operations during the 20th century
By Ben Saunders
Wednesday 9 June 2021 11am (approx. 1 hr)

This webinar will explore our work for the MoD’s Salvage and Marine Operations department investigating the potential condition of salvaged wrecks and the type of works completed on them.

Senior Marine Archaeologist Ben Saunders will examine the procedures which the Ministry of Defence and its predecessors used to grant salvage rights to its wrecks from the end of WWI onwards. The webinar will explore the process and conditions for the sale of wrecks and sale of salvage rights by the Director of Naval Contracts, the different types of salvage operations completed, and the effects of salvage works on the wrecks themselves.

You will be able to pose your own questions to our team during the webinar.
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Excavations at the Sheffield Castle; An Online Presentation of the Project


Monday 14th June, 7-8pm

In 2018 Wessex Archaeology undertook trial trench evaluation at Sheffield Castle. It was the first time the castle had been investigated in a systematic way. Join archaeologist Ashley Tuck, who led the excavations, as he recounts the results of this exciting investigation into the buried remains at castle hill, including the remains of the castle and of the bowling green, slaughterhouses and steelworks that occupied the site after the castle was slighted.
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Wessex Archaeology Webinar

Barrows, Burials and the Bronze Age at Doveridge


14 July 2021 11am (approx. 1 hr)

This webinar will explore our archaeological excavations undertaken at Doveridge, Derbyshire.

Barrows are numerous across this area of the country, however the majority of excavated data relates to often poorly documented 19th century work, and few monuments have been dug under modern conditions. In 2018 excavations of a barrow at Doveridge revealed a minimum of eight cremated individuals including a near-pristine Bronze Age Collared Urn found with two undisturbed cremation burials inside. In this webinar we’ll look at the intriguing assemblage of individuals and the mortuary practices of the Bronze Age.

You will be able to pose your own questions to our team during the webinar.
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Wessex Archaeology Webinar

Places in the Past?


Archaeology, Folklore and the Historic Landscape
By Alex Godden
Wednesday 11 August 11am (approx. 1 hr)

This webinar will explore the links between Archaeology and Folklore, focusing on the way that the folklore of archaeological sites can tell us about how past and present societies have interpreted the landscape around them. Exploring these associations can inform our knowledge and understanding of the past, either real or imagined, and help us to better interact with our shared histories.
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Wessex Archaeology Webinars

Medieval Enclosures to Iron Age Onion Couch Tubers at Alfreton


By Ashley Tuck
15 September 11am (approx. 1 hr)

This webinar will explore our archaeological excavations undertaken at Alfreton, Derbyshire.

To tie in with publication in the Derbyshire Archaeology Journal, senior research officer Ashley Tuck discusses the results of nine year's work on this site. As the remaining farmland in this part of the east of the parish is subsumed into the growing settlement of Alfreton, a series of medieval enclosures were revealed adjacent to the recently-demolished farmstead. Nearby, a few Iron Age pits contained onion couch tubers. Could these have been eaten? Join us for this live talk to find out more.

You will be able to pose your own questions to our team during the webinar.
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Wessex Archaeology Webinar

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HS2 Coleshill online exhibition event

HS2 Coleshill online exhibition


As part of our ongoing work recording the archaeology along the route of HS2 we are happy to announce our Coleshill online exhibition is now live!
You can access it here