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Lifelong Learning The Archaeology of Southampton from the Ice Age to the Middle Ages Study Day

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The archaeology includes everything from exceptional Palaeolithic sites from the Solent area, to the hidden gems of the medieval town of Southampton, taking in the later prehistoric settlements of the Test, ltchen and Hamble, and the riches of Roman Clausentum and Saxon Hamwic.

This study day will give an overview of the archaeology of the area from Palaeolithic hunter gatherers to medieval merchants. It will look at the ways that the region's environment has influenced the use of the area and how successive settlements have exploited locations on the banks of the local river estuaries.

The speakers, many of them alumni of the Department of Archaeology at the University of Southampton, have many years of experience working on the environment and archaeology of the region. The first part of the study day will summarise the main periods of archaeology in Southampton, drawing on some of the most recent discoveries in the area. This will be followed by case studies of artefact analysis and environmental investigation, with_ insights on the methods and techniques used to reveal and record evidence, from chance discoveries in gravel quarries to large-scale excavations, that
provide insight into one of the richest archaeological landscapes in the south of England. 

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17th February 2018

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