‘One of the most important excavations Worldwide of the 20th century’ – The Times, Millennium Edition, 1 January 2000.

‘No one excavation had a greater impact on archaeology in Britain in the later twentieth century than Martin Biddle’s project in Winchester in the 1960s’
– Professor John Collis in Great Excavations, edited by John Schofield 2011.

Between 1962 and 1971 the Winchester Excavations Committee carried out the largest programme of archaeological excavations and historical research ever undertaken in a British city. For the first time the centre of interest was the city itself, the urban phenomenon and how it waxed and waned over 2000 years from the Iron Age, through Roman, Anglo-Saxon and medieval times down to the emergence of the modern city in the Victorian period. In 1968 the Excavations Committee founded the Winchester Research Unit to complete the excavations and historical research and to prepare the results for publication in a series of ‘Winchester Studies’.

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The latest Winchester Studies volume, ‘The People of Early Winchester’ was officially launched in the King Charles Suite at the Winchester Guildhall on Wednesday 15th February. The book which traces the lives, health, and diseases of Winchester’s inhabitants as seen in their skeletal remains from the mid-third century to the mid-sixteenth century, is a remarkable achievement.

“Here is a work of exceptional importance … this magisterial volume is by far the most comprehensive published study of burial evidence for any part of Britain”

Martin Henig, Wolfson College, University of Oxford.

The book represents many years of hard work and research by author Dr Caroline Stuckert, who travelled to Winchester from Philadelphia to attend the launch. This book is unique in that it provides a continuous chronological window of Winchester’s population over 1300 years rather than being a series of isolated studies.

The event was attended by a number of distingushed guests including Steve Brine, MP; Cllr Jane Rutter, Mayor of Winchester; and Cllr Keith Chapman, Chairman of Hampshire County Council.

This is the eighth book to be published in the Winchester Studies series and is printed by Oxford University Press. The book can be purchased on the OUP website.

People launch

From left to right: Barbara Bryant, Chairman of Winchester Excavations Committee; Cllr Jane Rutter, Mayor of Winchester; Dr Caroline Stuckert, Author; Professor Martin Biddle, General Editor and Director of the Winchester Excavations Committee; and Steve Brine, MP for Winchester and Chandler’s Ford.

The Winchester Excavations Committee annual lecture evening, which took place at the Hampshire Record Office on Wednesday 7th December, was another sold out success. This year’s event explored Royal Gatherings in Anglo-Saxon and Early Norman Winchester, and addressed the question of where in Winchester important royal and ecclesiastical visitors might have stayed.

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