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The Archaeology of Southampton from the Ice Age to the Middle Ages Study Day Event

Lifelong Learning
Southampton Archaeology
17 February 2018
Avenue Campus, University of Southampton, Southampton SO17 1BF

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Event details

The Southampton area is home to unique and nationally important archaeological sites, many of them the focus of study since the 19th century.

The archaeology includes everything from exceptional Palaeolithic sites from the Solent area, to the hidden gems of the medieval town of Southampton, taking in the later prehistoric settlements of the Test, Itchen and Hamble, and the riches of Roman Clausentum and Saxon Hamwic. This study day will give an overview of the archaeology of the area from Palaeolithic hunter gatherers to medieval merchants. It will look at the ways that the region’s environment has influenced the use of the area and how successive settlements have exploited locations on the banks of the local river estuaries.

The speakers, many of them alumni of the Department of Archaeology at the University of Southampton, have many years of experience working on the environment and archaeology of the region. The first part of the study day will summarise the main periods of archaeology in Southampton, drawing on some of the most recent discoveries in the area. This will be followed by case studies of artefact analysis and environmental investigation, with insights on the methods and techniques used to reveal and record evidence, from chance discoveries in gravel quarries to large-scale excavations, that provide insight into one of the richest archaeological landscapes in the south of England.


09:30 Registration and coffee
10:00 Welcome
10:10 Ice Age Southampton, and the Palaeolithic - Francis Wenban-Smith (Department of Archaeology, University of Southampton)
10:50 Southampton’s later prehistory - Matt Leivers (Wessex Archaeology)
11:30 Refreshment break
11:50 From Barbarian to Classical-a coming of age for Southampton - Andy Russel (Archaeology Unit, Southampton City Council)
12:30 Lunch
13:15 Hamwic: the Saxon settlement in the St Mary’s area of Southampton - Matt Garner (Archaeologist)
14:00 Environmental archaeology: past environments, plants, animals and people - Frank Green (New Forest National Park Authority)
14:40 Refreshment break
15:00 A Life in Pieces - Duncan Brown (Historic England)
15:40 Discussion and Questions
16:00 Event ends

Further information is available in the programme attached.

Please note a sandwich lunch is provided.

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