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Dr Nick Snashall
Dr Nick Snashall

Press Release - 07 March 2007

Enjoy a Neolithic lunch

How did the people of Neolithic Britain live their lives? Local people can find out about the lives of those who built monuments such as Stonehenge and Avebury in a lunchtime lecture at the University of Bath in Swindon.

The lecture, Between the monuments: Neolithic Wessex and beyond, will run on Friday 16 March at 12.15-1.30pm and includes a sandwich lunch.

Archaeologists have traditionally focused on the tombs and monuments of the period but Dr Nick Snashall, National Trust Archaeologist at Avebury, will look at recent discoveries and reassess the evidence from existing fieldwork from Wessex and beyond.

“The Neolithic era heralded the introduction of agriculture, pottery and ritual monuments to the British Isles,” said Dr Snashall. “Awe-inspiring monuments such as Stonehenge and Avebury have formed a focus for much of the attention of archaeologists studying the period. But what was happening in the lives of people who lived nearby?

“My lecture will explore the clues that can help us to understand how the people who built the tombs and stone circles of Neolithic Britain lived in and understood their world.”

Dr Snashall has a doctorate in archaeology and has excavated on prehistoric sites across Britain and Europe. She has carried out research and fieldwork in the Cotswolds for over 20 years. She is also a tutor on the University’s programme of part-time archaeology courses run by the Centre for Lifelong Learning.

Tickets for the lecture cost £5 and need to be booked in advance. Please send a cheque made payable to the University of Bath to: University of Bath in Swindon, Centre for Lifelong Learning, Marlowe Avenue, Swindon SN3 3JR. The lecture will take place in room 2.6 and parking is free. For queries contact Anne Olesen on 01793 328800 or email

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