ONLINE LECTURE – Building a new chronology for the Mount Pleasant mega-henge by Dr Susan Greaney

Located just to the east of Dorchester in Dorset, the enormous and elaborate henge of Mount Pleasant was excavated in 1970-1 by Geoffrey Wainwright. Until recently, our understanding of the site has been based on these excavations and the dating that was available at the time.

Now, a new research project has obtained radiocarbon dates from samples of antler picks, charcoal and human remains held in the Dorset Museum collection and has been able to build a brand new chronology for the monument. The henge and its various components – a palisaded (fenced) enclosure, a concentric timber monument and the great mound of Conquer Barrow – can all now be placed in the latest Neolithic, a time of great change in southern Britain. Dr Susan Greaney, Senior Properties Historian, English Heritage, will discuss the results of the research project, and explore the implications for our understanding of the Dorchester area in the Neolithic period.

Organised jointly with the


  • 11th March 2021

  • 7:30 pm – 9:30 pm

  • Online

The lecture is due to start at 7.30pm and will be held ONLINE using Zoom Webinars. You will be sent a link for the talk on the day.


  • £7 – Standard

  • £4.50 – Wiltshire Archaeological and Natural History Society and Dorset Natural History and Archaeological Society members

  • £4.50 – Students (with an ‘’ address)


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