New Iron Age settlement on Bathampton Down: news unveiled at Uni of Bath

News of a newly-discovered Iron Age settlement on Bathampton Down is to be revealed to the public for the first time at the University of Bath next week (23 February).

It will be part of the ‘The pre-history of Bathampton Down - Bath's Sacred Landscape’ lecture being organised by the Division for Lifelong Learning.

Another discovery to be unveiled is a possible stone circle, as well as updated views of Bronze Age round barrows and an Iron Age enclosure.

The lecture is being delivered by Dr Rod Thomas, a retired physician and cardiologist, who has lived in Bath for 30 years.

Dr Thomas has spent more than five years studying and investigating Bathampton Down. His training has included a number of University of Bath archaeology courses, as well as working with the Bath and Camerton Archaeology Society.

He has also published a book about his findings called ‘A Sacred Landscape: the Prehistory of Bathampton Down’.

Dr Thomas said: “There are a number of important pre-historic monuments on the Down which many people are unaware of, and this lecture will help introduce people to them.

“There are also some new finds, including an Iron Age settlement which currently only a handful of people know about.”

The lecture is part of the University’s General University Lecture Programme (GULP).

Others in the series include:

  • Do We Need Emotional Robots, Dr Joanna Bryson, 2 March
  • The Tale of the Tulip, Russell Bowes, 9 March
  • Europe’s Great Witch Hunt, Professor Ronald Hutton, 16 March
  • Brunel a Man of Vision, Reginald Palk, 23 March

The lectures take place on the main University campus at Claverton Down in 8 West, Room 1.1 and run from 5.15pm to 6.30pm.  Free parking is available in the West Car Park after 5pm.

 

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