Excursion to Down Farm, Cranborne Chase : 25th August

Our guide will be the owner, Martin Green, archaeologist, farmer, curator and writer who
came to speak to BACAS in December 2017. On arrival at Down Farm we will visit the
museum which consists of 3 rooms – local archaeology, fossils mainly from the Jurassic
coast and a small rural life collection. The archaeology collections, of all periods, have been discovered very locally, many from the farm itself. Some very rare examples of local Prehistoric Rock Art are nationally important finds.

Following this we will take a walk around adjacent Fir Tree field to see the “Great Shaft” a
remarkable natural feature which was an important place from the 5th millennium BC to the end of the 3rd. Seventeen radiocarbon dates recovered from it spanned the Meso/Neo and Neo/BA transitions.

Continuing the walk we will then see Martin’s restoration of the Bronze Age pond and bowl barrows he excavated in the 1980’s. We will also view the recently excavated section of the Dorset Cursus and continuing excavations undertaken by Southampton University on the early Iron Age settlement in adjacent Home Field. See the ‘Digital Digging’ website for more information on these sites.

Details at https://www.bacas.org.uk/wp-content/uploads/2018/02/Excursion-No-5-Down-Farm-2018X5d.pdf

Come along !      BACAS Members £6, Non-members £8