Wessex Centre for History and Archaeology 2017 seminar series
Our seminars are free and open to all.
27 April 2017: Significant impacts: causes, consequences and treatment of prehistoric head injuries, by Dr Martin Smith, Dept. of Archaeology, Anthropology and Forensic Science, Bournemouth University
A talk in the Centre for Medical History annual seminar series
What was prehistoric life like? Was it 'nasty, brutish and short' or were early societies populated by 'noble savages' who have since fallen from grace through the corrupting influences of wealth and civilisation? Scholarly opinions differ, and without written records, and with archaeological evidence open to multiple interpretations, such views have remained largely a matter of conjecture. However, preserved human bones may offer the most direct and unequivocal line of evidence for the quality of life in the past. In particular, recent advances in the understanding of mechanisms of bone fracturing, coupled with reconsideration of past human remains, has revealed serious head injuries to have been far more common throughout prehistory than was previously realised. Many of such injuries are also most consistent with assaults with various weapons, contra to previous views that saw accidents as being the principal cause. This presentation considers what these injuries might tell us regarding past human behaviour and conflict, their ongoing effects on individuals and the extent to which evidence for early surgery may largely relate to efforts to treat such wounds.
The talk will start at 18.00 and take place in room 16 of the Medecroft Building, King Alfred Campus, Sparkford Road, Winchester SO22 4NR. CMH events are free and all are welcome; for more information, visit the Centre for Medical History website.
27 Jan. 2017
Skeleton from high-profile excavation yields clues to genetic origins of leprosy
The skeleton of a medieval leprosy victim, excavated from Magdalen Hill, the site one of Britain's oldest hospitals, is shedding light on the genetic origins of leprosy.
6 Oct. 2016
New initiative helps former service personnel study Archaeology at Winchester
The Department of Archaeology has welcomed its first cohort of students funded under a pioneering joint initiative established by the department and the charity Help for Heroes. 'Heritage for Heroes' arose out of discussions between Giles Woodhouse, senior army officer and a former professional archaeologist, and the department's Dr Paul Everill (photo). Find out more.
9 August 2016
More research funding awarded for high-profile medieval hospital project
Dr Simon Roffey, Reader in Medieval Archaeology, has been awarded over £6000 by the British Academy for the long-running investigations at the medieval hospital of St Mary Magdalen in Winchester. Dr Roffey, who he is co-director of the project, has been awarded numerous grants for this high-profile site.
12 July 2016
Leverhulme Trust-funded research project to shed new light on human evolutionary story
An international team of archaeologists and geologists led by Dr Keith Wilkinson, Reader in Environmental Archaeology (photo), has been awarded substantial funding by the Leverhulme Trust to further its research into the colonisation history of early humans in Eurasia.
27 June 2016
Community archaeology project makes rare Roman discovery in Hampshire
A recent excavation near Meonstoke, Hampshire, has revealed the foundations of a Roman building with a very rare hexagonal shape. The project was led by Dr Nick Stoodley, a former Lecturer in the Archaeology Department and currently one of the Department's Visiting Research Fellows.
Read the full news release
13 June 2016
Archaeology Department joins forces with Jon Egging Trust
The Department and the Jon Egging Trust have united to help inspire young people to reach their full potential through the Trust’s Blue Skies programme.
Read the full news release
3 Dec. 2015
Out now: new volume on Danes in Wessex, edited by Winchester medieval experts
Danes in Wessex, the Scaninavian impact on southern England ca 800 - 1100, edited by medieval historian Dr Ryan Lavelle and medieval archaeologist Dr Simon Roffey,
has just been published by Oxbow. This is the first collection of
essays solely devoted to Scandinavians in Wessex and contains
contributions by renowned scholars. Wessex was a major theatre of the
Viking wars in the reigns of Alfred and Æthelred Unræd. Two major
topics, the Viking wars and the Danish landowning elite, figure strongly
in this collection.
14 Sept. 2015
International RAF bomber excavation unearths aircrew's personal items
Our recent investigations have helped recreate the final moments of a World War II Allied bomber that crashed into a German hillside in 1944. The work paved the way for a recent memorial service, attended by Dr Phil Marter from the Department along with family members of the crew, local politicians, delegations from the RAF and German Air Force, and a representative of the Australian military.
13 August 2015
New volume celebrates 40 years of rescue archaeology
Sept. 15th sees the publication of the volume Rescue Archaeology: Foundations for the Future, co-edited by the Archaeology Department's Dr Paul Everill. It assesses the current frameworks within which archaeology is practised in Britain in 22 chapters written by currently practising archaeologists. Available now at early-bird rate; find out more.
Archaeology Department plays central role in international project investigating WW II bomber crash site
Staff and students from the Archaeology Department have been working closely with German and Dutch institutions to excavate the crash site of an RAF Halifax bomber in Germany. (Photo: students excavating the crash site)
14 June 2016: The Search for Alfred the Great
A public lecture by Dr Katie Tucker, Post-Doctoral Fellow in Human Bioarchaeology.
The talk will detail the archaeological, osteological and historical
detective work that was involved in the search for the remains of King
Alfred, a recent collaboration between the University of Winchester and
3 Dec. 2015: The WWI military transit camp at Magdalen Hill, Winchester
of 'Musket, Fife and Drum: Winchester's Military Past', an evening of
talks organised by the Winchester Excavations Committee (WARG). The
other presentations will be given by Prof. Martin Biddle and
Pre-Construct archaeologist Paul McCulloch.
17 Oct. 2015: Home Front Legacy Day School
Part of a UK-wide project helping communities to record and map our WWI sites; in collaboration with CBA Wessex and Historic England.
17 Oct. 2015: CHALK - Time, Sense and Landcape.
An interdisciplinary symposium, part of the 10dayswinchester festival, which brought together an international programme of sound artists, filmmakers and scientists to question our perception of time and place. Head of Archaeology Dr Nick Thorpe presented the archaeological perspective.
23 Sept 2015: The Search for Alfred the Great
A talk vby Dr Katie Tucker, Visiting Fellow in Human Osteology, in the Mayor of Winchester's Charity Abbey House events series. Find out more
20 July 2015: Archaeology is rubbish
Head of Archaeology Dr Nick Thorpe talked rubbish at the Winchester Discovery Centre: Archaeology is rubbish; what does your rubbish say about you? is part of The Great Waste Project, a partnership between Winchester City Council and Winchester Action on Climate Change, which is based at the University.
The Great Waste aims to help people recycle more and to encourage people to reduce the amount of waste they produce from their home and work. Find out more about the Archaeology is rubbish talk.
8 July 2015: The Early Christian Archaeology in Britain Conference: Archaeology and the search for early insular Christianity in Britain. Present and future research foci
A collaboration between the Centre for Applied Archaeology and Heritage Management (CAAHM) and the Coptic Orthodox Church.
This one-day conference on the archaeology of the Early Church in Britain focussed on the present state of archaeological and historical research on the evidence for the earliest Christian communities of these islands up until the age of Augustine. Special themes included Continental and Mediterranean links, the British fringes and early monasticism. (Photo: Early Christian chi-rho symbol on a 4th-century Romano-British lead water tank) visit the conference website.
87% of the Archaeology Department's publications rated as being of international significance in REF 2014
Posted: 18 December 2014
The results of the Research Excellence Framework (REF) 2014 show an improvement of the Department's grading from the previous nationwide research assessment, RAE 2008: 87% of the publications submitted to the REF panel were assessed as having international significance, compared with 75% in RAE 2008. In addition, 34.8% of total publications were rated as being 'internationally excellent' or 'world-leading' in terms of their originality, significance and rigour'.
Full details can be found on http://results.ref.ac.uk
Winchester archaeologists recognised for community engagement
Posted: 23 Oct 2014
At this year's Graduation ceremony for the Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences, Dr Simon Roffey and Dr Phil Marter, Directors of the Magdalen Hill Archaeological Research Project (MHARP), received the Vice Chancellor's Community Engagement Award. This award recognises and celebrates the work of staff and students who have made an outstanding contribution to the community and have thereby advanced the mission and values of the University.
Magdalen Hill is a multi-phase site on the outskirts of Winchester; it comprises among other features a medieval leper hopital. "Dr Roffey and Dr Marter have been working with the UK Leprosy Mission and helping to raise funds, gaining nationwide publicity", said the Vice-Chancellor, Professor Joy Carter. "They have been the driving force behind these significant community engagement initiatives and their work forms a key distinctive feature of the Archaeology Department."
Photo: Dr Phil Marter, Chancellor Prof. Dame Mary Fagan and Dr Simon Roffey at the 2014 Graduation ceremony in Winchester Cathedral. (Photo Dominic Parkes).
Palaeolithic site challenges current thinking about early stone tool development
posted: 26 Sept. 2014
According to a groundbreaking study, published today in the journal Science and co-authored by Winchester geoarchaeologist Dr Keith Wilkinson, analysis of stone tool artefacts from the 325,000‐year old site Nor Geghi 1 in the Hrazdan Gorge in Armenia has demonstrated that human technological innovation occurred intermittently rather than spreading from a single point of origin, as previously thought.
Photo: University of Connecticut researchers Nathan Wales and Phil Glauberman investigating Nor Geghi 1 in 2008 (Photo Dan Adler)
Winchester Seminars on Comparative Medieval Cultures series 2014-2015