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We are aware of the opportunities – and benefits – heritage can bring to the local economy and people visiting or living and working in Winchester. We want to protect and enhance the heritage of Winchester and have a great interest in, alongside our local community, the archaeology of the CWR site. We are committed to ensuring that this is respected as part of the development proposals. 

July 2023 

Work started in July for early-stage archaeological evaluation (trial trenching) to help us learn more about the history of this key site in central Winchester. We're working with Pre-Construct Archaeology (PCA) based in Winchester, and they'll be working across four 8-10m x 3m trenches which will be between two and four metres deep. The trenches will be behind the bus station and next to Coitbury House on the CWR site, areas where there is currently little information about the site's historical uses.

PCA are updating their website regularly with updates - be sure to check their project page out for the latest updates.

Get involved - events

PCA Archaeology are currently reviewing all the artefacts found at the site - more information will be coming soon!

Previous events:  

IN PERSON: 7 October open day tours of all trenches from 10am-1pm 


IN PERSON:  8 to 17 September 12 to 2pm Heritage Open Days site tours. As part of Winchester Heritage Open Days, PCA will open our Central Winchester Regeneration site to the public between 12 noon and 2pm on weekdays for a talk/tour with poster displays and finds viewing.

IN PERSON: 2 September 10am to 4.30pm open days tours of Trench 1 and the start of trench 3. To coincide with The Council for British Archaeology’s Festival of Archaeology (15-30 July), two events were held about our work on the Central Winchester Regeneration site.

ONLINE: 26 July at 2pm on Teams – PCA joined the CWR Archaeology Panel to discuss the project, they were joined by Keith Wilkinson from the University of Winchester who gave a radiocarbon dating update. There was also a question and answer session too. You can watch the event back on our YouTube channel.

IN PERSON: 29 July –  PCA gave guided tours of Trench 1 (next to Coitbury House). At the open day visitors were able to view both medieval and Victorian discoveries. 


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