Amazingly, the landscape we live in today still holds monuments built by the people who lived here in the Bronze Age. Many of these are ceremonial monuments built to honour and house the remains of their dead.
2500 years ago this was one of the most important ceremonial lands in Europe, but today few people realise quite how important this Ridgeway was.
Could you help us to preserve and showcase this special place?
Because, like the woman in our picture, when it is gone we will never know it again. It will be lost forever.
To find out about the many ways you can get involved with looking after and enjoying it just sign up using the link on this page.
Join us for a circular walk from Poundbury to Maiden Castle on Wednesday 14 January and get your New Year resolutions off to a good start! Fresh air, gentle exercise, great views and great insights in the company of Steve Wallis, Dorset County Council Senior Archaeologist. For more information or to book a (free) place please contact Jill Hearing firstname.lastname@example.org or tel: 01305 228273
THIS EVENT IS NOW FULLY BOOKED BUT WE HOPE TO ARRANGE A REPEAT EVENT THE FOLLOWING WEEK: if you would like to add your name to a waiting list and be kept informed when details are confirmed please contact Hayley on 07706 442 377 or email: HRoberts@bournemouth.ac.uk
Portesham is a special place - but do you know just how special? The village lies at the heart of what has been described as one of the most important prehistoric landscapes in Europe, where our ancestors commemorated their dead in barrows high on the Ridgeway. Join Hayley Roberts, an archaeologist at Bournemouth University, for an illustrated talk exploring the field systems, settlements and burial monuments which are all clues hidden in the landscape. There will also be an opportunity to get involved in discussions about the future of archaeology in Portesham and how you can get involved in new research - this place was very special indeed to our ancestors and we need your help to make sure it remains so for future generations to celebrate and enjoy. For more information please contact Hayley on 07706 442 377 or book your ticket at Eventbrite - Portesham Archaeology Talk
Join us on Sunday 22 February on William Barnes' birthday for a circular walk from Dorchester exploring the life and landscape of Dorset's own pastoral poet. For more information and to book a place please contact Jill Hearing email@example.com or tel: 01305 228273
Join us on Friday 20 March for a guided walk on the South Dorset Ridgeway and find out more about The Chalk, the Springs and how they helped form this landscape. For more information and to book a place please contact Jill Hearing firstname.lastname@example.org or tel: 01305 228273
Join us for International Dawn Chorus Day on Sunday 3 May and experience the joyous sounds of our songbirds in spring. Don't treat yourself to a lie-in - just this once, get up with the larks and treat yourself to nature's daily miracle of sound, which so often goes unheard. For more information and to book a place please contact Jill Hearing email@example.com or tel: 01305 228273