Revealing the Hidden Heritage of West Dorset | Dr Anne Teather

6 February 2024, 2:00pm -3:00pm

Lounge Room, The Dorford Centre, Bridport Rd, Dorchester, DT1 1RR

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In July 2023, Anne Teather and the organisation she runs, Past Participate, made national headlines when their discovery of a rare “polissoir”, or polishing stone in the Valley of the Stones, west Dorset, was announced. The stone was used 5,000 years ago by Neolithic people to hone tools such as axes. In this afternoon’s talk, Anne reveals the story of this major find, as well as the work Past Participate do to connect local people with the archaeology of the region.

Anne Teather is an archaeologist who is involved in research, excavation and publication. Anne completed her doctorate in Archaeology at the University of Sheffield (2008). She is a Visiting Fellow at Bournemouth University and has taught undergraduate and graduate students at various universities including Sheffield, Chester and the Highlands.

Anne is Managing Director of Past Participate, a non-profit community interest company that provides high-quality and research-focused community archaeology and has carried out a number of community excavations in Dorset.

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Past Participate specialises in delivering high-quality research-led heritage investigations. We don’t bid for commercial contracts, so you won’t find us on building sites in cities, or working on sites in the path of motorways or runways. Our passion is in community-led research, whether in villages, farms, national parks or back gardens.

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