‘Major’ summit will look at HS2’s impact on county’s heritage.

Reconstruction of a 200,000 year old mammoth whose bones were excavated at Marsworth
Reconstruction of a 200,000 year old mammoth whose bones were excavated at Marsworth
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A conference on the impact of HS2 on Bucks’ archaeological heritage is being held in May.

On May 16 the Buckinghamshire Archaeologic Society will host the conference at Weston Turville Village Hall.

Organiser Mike Farley said: “This is a major event for Buckinghamshire. People have rightly been particularly concerned over the impact that construction of HS2 would have on their property, but few have realised the effect it would have on the county’s heritage.

“This important conference will for the first time give a wide audience an opportunity to learn about the extent of the problem but also to find out what proper advance investigation of these locations might bring to light.”

HS2’s route cuts through several well-known sites: Grims Ditch (an Iron Age boundary), a Roman small town, two deserted medieval villages, and in addition would completely demolish the site of the medieval village church and churchyard site of St Mary’s at Stoke Mandeville.

It would also cut deeply through three locations where Ice Age animal bones – including mammoth - have previously been found.

Tickets cost £16.

Admission is by advance ticket by post from the BAS, at County Museum, Church, Street, Aylesbury HP20 2QP. Admission £10 (or £16 with buffet lunch); cheque payable to ‘Buckinghamshire Archaeological Society. Tickets are also available at the museum desk. Further information see www.bucksas.org.uk.

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