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The Department of Archaeology at the University of Reading will be excavating within parts of the Vale of Pewsey for four weeks each summer.

Visitors are welcome to visit the excavation sites during the season. We are open between 9:30 am and 5pm Mondays – Saturdays (closed Friday 30th June, Friday 7th July and Friday 14th July). 

The working week runs:

9:30 – 17:00 from Monday to Saturday (closed Fridays)

10:00 –16:30 on Sunday

Group visits are welcome. Please let us know in advance (fieldschool@reading.ac.uk)

There will be display panels and student tours to help visitors understand both the archaeology and the history it reveals. Admission and activities are free.

Open Days

We will be holding an Open Day on Saturday 15th July. Admission is free and there is no need to book.

Visit us for up-to-date tours, children's activities and a chance to look behind the scenes at a large excavation project! There is parking at the excavation site. Please use SN10 3RH for the Millstream Inn, Marden, and then continue through the village until you see us in a field on the right - parking is available here.

Admission and activities are free.

Please note that if an Open Day has to be cancelled due to bad weather this will be announced via Twitter and Facebook.

School visits

School visits can also be booked. Activities can be offered at the site if you provide notice.

Please contact the Archaeology Field School Director, Amanda Clarke, in the Department of Archaeology on 0118 378 6255 or email a.s.clarke@reading.ac.uk

Accessibility

We are keen to encourage a wide range of visitors to the excavations and will do our best to cater for the individual needs of disabled visitors of all ages.

Year round access

The Vale of Pewsey has many lovely villages and country pubs andafs-access-map there are small country lanes and footpaths in which to explore it. Marden henge is located immediately to the north of the village of Marden, which is just off the A342, 10 miles from Stonehenge and 5 1⁄2 miles south-east of Devizes. The nearest train station is in Pewsey, which is 5 miles away. See the English Heritage website for bus access.

The henge enclosure is mainly on private land, although two footpaths cross the northern section. The most northerly part of the enclosure is owned by English Heritage protection and access to this section is over a stile in a small gap in the hedgerow off the main Marden road. On a clear day, this part of the henge provides good views of the Alton Barnes White Horse.

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