Going underground – digging for history in Dorset

Archaeology webinars

A major landscape enhancement project unearths a wealth of fascinating finds on an impressive scale 

When National Grid started work in 2018 on its Dorset Visual Impact Provision (VIP) project just outside Dorchester, no-one could have imagined that 20 months later the team of more than 25 archaeologists would have uncovered a rich palimpsest of human presence in the area dating back 6000 years.   

With the archaeology now concluded and the engineering work which will enhance the landscape  in full flow we have organised a series of webinars to give a taster of the fantastic findings and what they mean. Please register to attend at the links below.

A recording of these webinars will be made available after the event.  If you have any questions or feedback, please email us at visualimpact@nationalgrid.com

Digging for history

Led by National Grid’s Lead Project Manager, Paul Hamnett and John Boothroyd of Oxford Archaeology, each webinar will focus on a different period in history and feature a contribution from one of the many stakeholders who made the project possible, including Historic England, the Dorset AONB Partnership, and the Dorset County Archaeologist. 

Webinar 2 – Roman (Tuesday 15th June)

Works have uncovered remains of a small Roman settlement comprising stone buildings with evidence for crop processing and aggregate extraction, along with the remains of a few of the inhabitants.  Click here to register to attend

Webinar 3 – Early to post Medieval (Tuesday 22nd June)

The Saxon arrived in west Dorset around the end of the 7th century and excavation of large cemetery dating to the early-mid 8th century will provide a fantastic insight into the population of the area at this time. Evidence of later material activity was also noted within the scheme and sheds light the agricultural landscape we see today. Click here to register to attend

Previous webinars

Webinar 1 – Neolithic & Bronze Age (Tuesday 8th June)

Excavations along the route of the Dorset VIP scheme have provided a fantastic opportunity to enhance our outstanding of one of the richest Prehistoric landscape in the country. Over the course of the project evidence for life and death during the Neolithic (4000-2500BC) and Bronze Age (2500-800BC) has been uncovered, ranging from funerary monuments to stock enclosures. A recording of this webinar is available below.