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Saturday, 16 February 2008

Launch of the Dorset Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty's South Dorset Heritage Project

Today saw the official unveileing of a new scheme to protect South Dorset's ancient Ridgeway.

The launch at Portesham Village Hall marks the beginning of a three year programme, funded by the Heritage Lottery Fund to put this historic area on the map.

The Dorset Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty team will work with the Lottery Fund and English Heritage, putting on a series of exciting walks, talks, and other events as well as producing accurate geophysical maps and working to find out more about the archaeology.

Despite the Rideway's richness of history, it still remains relatively unknown to visitors and locals alike. The project will aim to change that.

At the launch, television star Phil Harding of Channel 4's popular archaeology programme Time Team, was demonstrating the techniques of the ancient art of flint knapping. This is the process of making stone tools such as arrowheads, hand axes, etc. the kind of tools that have been discovered exstensively at prehistoric sites along South Dorset Ridgeway.

So Dark Dorset went to this important event. The South Dorset Ridgeway stretches between the areas of Abbostbury to Poxwell and is one of the richest in the country for prehistoric monuments. Many of the important prehistoric sites have folklore connections like the Portesham Hellstone, The Came Down Singing Barrows, Maiden Castle as well as being a haunt for many ghosts and spectres.

Visit http://www.darkdorset.co.uk/ to learn more.

We will try to continue our involment with the Ridgeway Project and will keep our site updated accordingly.

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