Marek Lewcun will take us on a guided tour of the remains on Bathampton and Claverton Downs, looking at their particularly rich and well preserved archaeological landscape. To be seen are a Bronze Age enclosure and barrows, Iron Age field boundaries, the remains of a Roman villa, parts of the Wansdyke, standing stones from an 18th century racecourse, stone quarries of all ages, and even a First World War firing range. The walk includes a visit to Sham Castle, with its spectacular views across the city and beyond.
Marek was born in Bath, and has spent a lifetime working in and around the city. Following 23 years with Bath Archaeological Trust, he became a Senior Archaeologist for the Museum of London Archaeological Service until 2011. Since then he has worked for a number of archaeological units and supervised the excavations at Bath Abbey for Wessex Archaeology. With such a wealth of archaeology on the doorstep, he works on all periods of history, though specialises in the Roman period and industrial archaeology. In his spare time Marek researches the clay tobacco pipe making industry in Somerset and the south west, and has published widely on the subject.
Further details – the walk is 2.5 miles, and will take 3 hours (we will cut a bit shorter if it’s very wet). There are some steps, stiles and kissing gates, but it is mainly flat. The walk starts opposite the Cats and Dogs home, Claverton and finishes not far from the starting point at University of Bath. It is accessible by public transport.
Please wear stout shoes or boots with good tread and come dressed for the weather. No dogs on this walk, please. The walk is not suited for children.
Booking is essential, you can book your free place here – Book Archaeology.