Wiltshire Archaeological and Natural History Society Conference, Devizes (Saturday 16 April)

Over 200 people filled the Corn Exchange – an ideal venue − to hear an excellent range of talks covering archaeological work in the county over the past year.
There were no less than five presentations involving Wessex Archaeology projects: Si Cleggett and Martin Brown on Bulford/Larkhill, Phil Andrews and Jan Dando on Mother Anthony’s Well, Rachael Seager Smith and Alistair Barclay on Roman burials from Amesbury (Boscombe) Down, and Phil Harding on the ‘beast’ of a flint core from West Kennet near Avebury (see video below). 
The day was rounded off by Richard Osgood with a characteristically amusing description of the Operation Nightingale/Wessex Archaeology project on the Netheravon barrow, followed by a visit to the museum to see the enormous urn and wonderful finds now on temporary display there.
Rachel Brown looked after a very busy Wessex Archaeology stand with some nice up-to-date display panels, sold new publications and gave away old − which meant the van went back a lot lighter than when it came! 
This must be one of the best attended and consistently good and enjoyable county conferences in the country – book early next year to avoid disappointment!
Click on the link below to watch the video of the drawing of the ‘beast’ of a flint core from West Kennet near Avebury.