Invitation from Archaeology in Marlow (a joint talk with Marlow Archaeology)
The Old Stones – the Megalithic Sites of Britain and Ireland
by Andy Burnham
Andy will present a ‘whistle stop’ tour with amazing photos of prehistoric sites from all over the UK. The talk is based around many of the fascinating themes, new discoveries and mysteries highlighted in the book ‘The Old Stones’, along with a look at lesser known but interesting sites in the local area. ‘The Old Stones’ is the mostcomprehensive and thought-provoking field guide ever published to the iconic standing stones and prehistoric places of Britain and Ireland, and was awarded Current Archaeology Book of the Year 2019. Andy is the lead author, and also founder of the Megalithic Portal web resource.
8.00 p.m in the Garden Room, Liston Hall, Marlow, SL7 1DD
AIM & MAS Members £3.00, non-members £4.50 Free parking at the adjacent car park after 7.00p.m
This day school brings together professional archaeologists, archaeological societies and those interested in archaeology in Berkshire and surrounding counties to hear reports about the latest projects.
The legend of Troy has endured for more than 3,000 years. The story of a great city, plunged into a 10-year war over the abduction of the most beautiful woman in the world, is irresistibly dramatic and tragic. This allure has sent adventurers and archaeologists in quest of the lost city, which is now widely believed to have existed.
But what of the heroes and the heartbroken, the women and the wanderers, who are said to have a played a part in the Trojan War? Why have they inspired so many retellings, from Homer to Shakespeare and Hollywood? Get closer to these captivating characters as you explore the breath-taking art that brings them to life, from dramatic ancient sculptures and exquisite vase paintings to powerful contemporary works.
You can also examine the fascinating archaeological evidence that proves there was a real Troy – and offers tantalising hints at the truth behind the mythical stories.
From Helen of Troy’s abduction to the deception of the Trojan Horse and the fall of the city, tread the line between myth and reality in this phenomenal new exhibition.
Bringing together for the first time, over 11 hoards from all over West Berkshire. A chance to see buried treasure from prehistory to the medieval period, ranging from a hoard of Bronze Age Axes, Iron Age hoards of gold coins, Roman hoards of hundreds of coins, to a hoard of coins of Charles I and James I. Explore the history of each hoard, find out how they were found, and consider why they were hidden and never retrieved.
Entry to West Berkshire Museum is free but donations are most welcomed.
Open: Wednesday – Sunday 10am -4pm