17 December 2020

Late lunch talk: Excavating the archives at Kings Weston Roman Villa

How excited would you be to discover Roman remains and then what would you do?

Many museums hold archaeological finds and records from sites explored before modern fieldwork techniques were developed. But rarely do they also end up managing the site itself – as is the case with Kings Weston Roman Villa.

The site was discovered by two teenage boys, George Boon and John Clevedon Brown, during the construction of Lawrence Weston housing estate in 1947. But who else was involved and what happened next?

There’s certainly more to this story than meets the eye! Gail will explore the background to the discovery and its consequences – using largely unpublished archive material.

Speaker: Gail Boyle, senior curator of Archaeology and World Cultures

Gail Boyle has cared for Bristol’s archaeological collections in a curatorial capacity for over 30 years and has a particular interest in both exploring and sharing the rich vein of personal, social and historical documentation that exists to support them.

How to take part

This free, online talk will be held over Zoom. Please book your place below. Details of how to join the session will be in your registration email. Please check your spam folder if the email does not arrive. Bookings close at 11am on Thursday 17 December.

Although this talk is free, we would be grateful if you could consider making a donation.

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