Chieftans to Senators - Iron Age Roman Dorchester

Based in and around Dorchester , this study day will visit a range of sites dating from the 4th millennium BC to the 4th century AD.

At Maiden Castle we will see the remains of the most impressive hillfort in southern Britain; built in the Iron Age on an earlier site which included a Neolithic causeway enclosure and associated funerary monuments including a rare survival of a ‘bank barrow’. The site also has the remains of a late Roman Temple within the ramparts.

At Maumbury Ring we shall see a Neolithic ‘henge’ monument which was converted into an earthen amphitheatre by the Romans in the 1st century AD; was later incorporated into the defences of Dorchester during the English Civil War and finally used as a place of public execution.

After a walk following part of the defences of Roman Dorchester we shall visit Colliton Park.Here we can see one of the best preserved late Roman town houses, with mosaics still visible in Roman Britain.

We conclude the day at Dorchester County Museum Stores which house artefacts from all of the sites visited.

Please note the museum is due to have a major refurbishment so we will go to the stores instead.

Itinerary 2019

Day 1

Please note that start and finish times below are exact but other timings may vary slightly.

Morning: 9.30 am start

09.30 - Meet in Fairfield long stay car park. We then walk to Maumbury Ring to see the Neolithic henge.
10.15 - Coffee break.
10.45 - Taxi to Maiden Castle to visit the most impressive hillfort in southern Britain built in the Iron Age.
13.00 - A two course lunch.


14.15 - Walk to Colliton Park Roman town house about a 10 minute walk following the part of the defences of Roman Dorchester.
15.00 - We visit Dorset County museum stores which houses artefacts not on show in the museum.

16:00 - Disperse

What's Included

  1. Expert Guide Lecturer
  2. Lunch - A two course lunch will be provided.
  3. Fact Sheet - Including background information about your Guide Lecturer, historical context for the Day, detailed itinerary, a suggested reading list and directions to the venue

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  • An expert guide to accompany you throughout the Day
  • A mixture of lectures, practical demonstrations, handling sessions, guided tours and walks
  • Special access to museums, sites and galleries otherwise closed to the general public (where specified)
  • Small Groups 12-25 guests 
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2019 Study Day Details

Fri 9th August



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Led By: Mark Corney

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