The Archaeology & Heritage Group will be leading a visit to the remains of the Roman settlement of Calleva Atrebatum, near the village of Silchester on the 1st. September. The site is still enclosed by its ancient walls, considered to be one of the best preserved examples of that age in the country.
By special arrangement, the visit will be guided by representatives of the archaeology team from the University of Reading, which has been working on the site for a number of years. The current season is on the point of closing down and we will have the benefit of hearing about the discoveries of the past season and viewing the process of closure of the site.
The programme for the day is:
1030-1045 Meet in the car park (see guidance notes below)
1100-1130 Introduction by Silchester staff
1130-1230 Tour of the latest excavations
1230-1300 Free time
1330-1430 Lunch break at a local pub (if desired)
1500-1630 Visit to Silchester Gallery at Reading Museum
Approach route guidance:
If approaching from North: Turn off the Aldermaston/Mortimer road at brown signpost ‘Roman Silchester/The Red Lion’. Continue past The Red Lion public house (on l) and turn left at brown sign post ‘Roman Silchester’. Car park is on right in under 200m.
If approaching from South: Proceed North thro’ village of Silchester to T junction. Turn right and follow brown sign posts ‘Roman Silchester’.
Feature image courtesy of English Heritage