Join Alastair Simpson for a walk around the town, providing an introduction to Dorchester’s pre-Roman and Roman history and sites still seen in our modern age.
The Roman town of Dorchester, called Durnovaria, was protected on three sides by walls and ditches, and on the north side by a wall and the river. The walls were replaced by avenues of trees, still known today as the town walks, which means the town is the same size now as it was in ancient times.
The tour will start at Maumbury Rings and visit the sites of the Roman baths and Dorchester Henge, the Forum and a fountain fed by the aqueduct. Find out where hoards of coins and mosaics were discovered and finish at the Roman town house.
Children welcome, but must be accompanied by an adult.
Home of Hillforts & Henges is an exciting event from 28th to 30th July that will celebrate Dorchester’s neolithic, bronze and iron age landscape rich in earthworks and the people that have lived here for over 6,000 years.
The event is included in the National CBA Festival of Archaeology 2023 and activities will take place at multiple locations across the town.
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