Excavations are taking place at Insula III – Silchester & Pond Farm Hillfort. More information from Cathie Barnett (Research Manager, Silchester Post Excavation and Calleva Environs Iron Age Projects) below:
WHO CAN VISIT AND WHAT IS THERE TO SEE?
‘Everyone is welcome! You can visit us Monday to Friday on either of the sites between 10am and 4.30pm. We are not open weekends except Sunday 13th September. If you intend to come in a larger group please let us know in advance: firstname.lastname@example.org so we can welcome and accommodate everyone. Please be aware that parking at Little Heath car park for Pond Farm is severely limited so do share a lift or arrange drop offs there or at Little Cottages. Access to Pond Farm is on foot via permitted paths by kind permission of the Englefield Estate. It’s a pleasant and relatively easy, approx 10 minutes walk within Benyon’s Enclosure up to the hillfort but may not be suitable for everyone. Cycling is not allowed. For Silchester Insula III please park in the public car park and follow the footpath to the Roman town and the excavation. For directions to Silchester Roman Town public car park visit: reading.ac.uk/silchester
You will be able to see our archaeologists at work on both sites but there will also be finds and environmental processing going on at Insula III. For safety reasons there will be strictly no access to the trenches themselves but you will be able to see them being excavated. There will also be a Public Open Day at the end of the dig at both excavations, on Sunday Sept 13th 10-4:30pm.’