2020 King Alfred Lecture

The 2020 King Alfred Lecture was given on 23rd October as part of Hyde900’s “King Alfred weekend” of community activities.  This was an absorbing talk by Patrick Ottaway, an academic peculiarly well-acquainted with Winchester’s archaeological history. His professional career began in Winchester where he was Assistant City Archaeologist from 1976 to 1981. He is a Fellow of the Society of Antiquaries of London and a Member of the Institute for Archaeologists. He is Manager of PJO Archaeology, an archaeological and heritage consultancy based in York.

He has a keen interest in archaeology and education and has written all sorts of fascinating publications including the intriguingly named Archaeology in British Towns: From the Emperor Claudius to the Black Death. He has been involved with the Time Team from time to time and took part in the BBC Timewatch programme ‘The Mystery of the Headless Romans’ screened in April 2006.

There are several publications of interest to Winchester archaeology enthusiasts including, The Roman Cemeteries and Suburbs of Winchester, Anglo-Saxon and Medieval Suburbs of Winchester (Hampshire Cultural Trust, 2018) and in 2019 an excellent archaeological study of Winchester’s City defences and areas adjacent to them entitled Winchester’s Roman and Medieval Defences: A Report on Excavations 1974 – 86 and a Gazetteer.

Most excitingly, PJO Archaeology is working with Hampshire Cultural Trust on a new volume in the Winchester Museums Service series of reports on excavations in the 1970s – 1990s which is concerned with Hyde Abbey. The report will cover re-excavation of the burial site in the church and examination of human bones which may come from the royal graves. Publication is anticipated in late 2020.

Excitingly, Hyde900 have contributed two significant sections to this work