‘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 British Historic Towns Atlas of Winchester published by The Winchester Excavations Committee and The Historic Towns Trust was officially launched on Wednesday 15th November at The Guildhall in Winchester. The book is available to order online from Oxbow Books and in local bookstores. Get yours today at a reduced price of £55.

Full details and photos of the event are available to view HERE.


The Winchester Historic Towns Atlas is due for release early in November 2017 and is available to pre-order at a special price of £55. This offer will be valid until 31st December 2017. Order yours now from Oxbow Books.

This volume follows on from the publication of the highly successful folding Historical Map of Winchester about 1800. Published by The Historic Towns Trust and The Winchester Excavations Committee and edited by Martin Biddle and Derek Keene, the Atlas covers the whole development of the city from prehistoric times up to the modern day in a series of seventeen maps to Ordnance Survey standard, accompanied by a text of about 60,000 words, a 54,000 word gazetteer of places and street-names, and 140 illustrations of the city, its buildings, and streets taken from watercolours, engravings, and photographs. This volume forms part of the British Historic Towns Atlas series as well as the Winchester Studies series.

For more information on the British Historic Towns Atlas series, please visit: www.historictownsatlas.org.uk

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