Halls of the Dead
New excavations will be starting on Tuesday 27th June to the week-end of the 22nd/23rd July.
Talks for JULY
Held in conjunction with the new excavations on Dorstone Hill.
Village Hall – 7.30p.m.
Admission £1 for everyone – to cover costs of Hall hire.
Wednesday, 28th June –– ‘Previous discoveries on Dorstone Hill & an introduction to Causewayed Enclosures’ – Professor Julian Thomas
Wednesday, 5th July – ‘Hilltop Enclosures from the Cotswold Scarp to Radnorshire’ – Dr. Keith Ray
Wednesday, 12th July – Dr. Nick Overton (tbc)
Wednesday, 19th July – ‘Results of the latest excavations on Dorstone Hill – 2017’ – Professor Julian Thomas
New excavations will be starting on Tuesday 28th June through to Open Day Sunday 24th July
There will be a series of four talks all in Dorstone Village Hall at 7.30pm
Admission £1 for everyone
Thursday 30th June Professor Julian Thomas
Neolithic ‘Halls of the Dead’ at Dorstone Hill: The story so far – prospects for the 6th season of work, June-July 2016
Wednesday 6th July Dr. Keith Ray
Neolithic Herefordshire: a Dorstone Hill perspective
Tuesday 12th July Dr. Nick Overton
People and Animals in the British Mesolithic
Wednesday 20th July Professor Julian Thomas
Six seasons of work, 2011-16: Dorstone Hill in British (and European) Neolithic studies
The 2015 dig is now completed . It is now clear that there were indeed three mounds, very close together, which were developed at different periods and even in different ‘styles’.
This year’s excavations re-exposed the 2014 dig, and continued further out towards the road to expose the end.
Evidence of rows of post holes has emerged to the north side, showing where a ‘hall’ stood in relation to the final mound. There is evidence that the south side was robbed of stone at some point.
We look forward to hearing more in the coming months as the finds are interpreted.
From Our Records
Dorstone History Society got off to a flying start in January 2014, when 53 people attended the first meeting and 32 immediately signed up as members.
His excellent talk gave a surprisingly detailed picture of the purpose and construction of the ‘Halls of the Dead’ and the society in which they were created. One surprising fact was just how far afield people travelled and traded thousands of years ago, as evidenced by the artefacts that have been discovered so far.
Some astonishing and rare artefacts were discovered including – Rock crystal, flint axe heads and arrowheads – many of them brought from long distances away. Sadly there are no bones surviving, due to the acidity of the soil. Click Here
Dorstone Hill Dig 2014 View Update
In July, the dig team from Manchester and Cardiff Universities returned for a month to explore a new area of the site. A long barrow had been flattened at the end of WWII to provide land for cultivation. Underneath there appears to be yet another Hall of the Dead, revealing huge post holes. This underlines the initial conclusions that this was a very important site, which continued to be developed over many centuries.