The Deverills Archaeology Group (DAG) was formed as a community archaeology group late in 2017 following the discovery of a Roman villa.

Finished villa illustration001

The group aims to improve understanding of, and engagement with, the archaeology and heritage of the Upper Deverill valley through a range of activities including:

  • Co-ordinated archaeological research in the Upper Deverill Valley
  • Disseminating the results of that research in an accessible and sustainable manner, (including depositing copies of all reports with the Wiltshire Historic Environment Record, and archives with the relevant collecting museum)
  • Providing information on, and opportunities for, training and education in all aspects of theoretical and practical archaeology, through lectures, workshops, events, walks and practical activities
  • Encouraging members to work on research and survey projects either as individuals or in teams, on behalf of DAG and to provide members with assistance in planning their projects
  • Ensuring that the County Archaeologist, the Wiltshire Archaeological and Natural History Society, the parish council and other relevant bodies are informed of current and future activities.

The DAG has a small committee of volunteers drawn from the local community including a chair, secretary and treasurer who all live in the Deverill valley or nearby.

A copy of the constitution of the DAG can be found here.

Deverills Villa Mosaic

Above: The mosaic from the excavated villa. (C) Wiltshire Archaeology Service