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Fieldwork

An up to date list regarding the various excavations taking place around the country. 

Roman Road Excavations 2017

North East Hants Archaeological Society - Field Archaeology Branch

Chichester Roman Road

Bank holidays from Easter - August 2017

At Beacon Hill, near Exton (which is on the A32) a ditch has been cut across the Upper of 3 Roman lanes. This enabled us to drawn a section in 2016, showing that the chalk had been levelled. Part of the Middle lane was excavated, showing it was slightly lower than the Upper Lane. We return to this site in Easter 2017 to continue these two lanes. Nearby coin finds and optical evidence suggest a Roman fort, and we will make a plan during of it the Easter weekend.

At Exton the Grid of another potential Roman site has been found. In 2016 a dig was started where the Roman Road lanes divide. Three lanes go into the Grid, two go through it and on under Old Winchester Hill. The fourth 40' lane takes a different route - but connects with the N - S Grid of the settlement. Evidence was found for Roman stonework on one lane in 2016, which will be continued in 2017 towards a second lane. From LIDAR this first lane crosses the above Grid by the above the flood plain of the river Meon, and we section both the Roman Lane and Grid (probably a street) here.

Winchester - London Roman Road

Weekends in September 2017

In Chawton Park Wood we have found three parallel features, two are Roman Roads and one we believe is a water feature. There are disturbances which may be Dark Age dykes cut across these features, and Dark Circles which may be further Roman Water Features. These will be explored after the harvest.

A training course of five modules is available. They cover: Site Layout and Recording, Excavation, Surveying, Finds Processing, Geophysics and new Roman Road methods. They consist of instruction and exercises.

Experienced and novice excavators welcome.

Novice excavators will be required to purchase the training manual (£6). Persons participating in the training exercise will be charged an additional £70 and must purchase and read the training manual at £6. To complete the exercises you are likely to need to book for at least 5 days in total between March & August - though you can carry this on to next year. Those helping with a site set-up will have a discount on the training fee.

Other activities also include:  Surveying Roman Roads and Field Walking is held on various sites over the course of the year.

NEHHAS-FAB membership £10.

For further details contact Dr Richard Whaley, Field Works & School Director, 2 Rotherwick Court, Alexandra Road, Farmborough, GU14 6DD. Telephone 01252 548115. Email nehas@whaley.me.uk.

You can also visit our website for more information.

Meillionydd excavations – season 8

5 May 2017 - 28 July 2017

For the past seven years Bangor University’s School of History and Archaeology has conducted excavations at the ‘double ringwork’ hilltop enclosure at Meillionydd, near Rhiw, on the Llyn peninsula in northwest Wales. 

After finishing the excavation of the entrance area in 2015 and the cross-section of the site in 2016, we now aim to corroborate our findings in other parts of the Late Bronze/Iron Age settlement. During the 2017 season we plan to continue excavations in the northern half of the settlement. The excavation will give us a chance to gain a better understanding of the complex stratigraphy on site which indicates that there are at least 8 main building phases (some with multiple sub-phases).

The excavation is run as an archaeological field school for archaeology students. The project is also open to a limited number of external volunteers, all of whom will be trained in archaeological excavation and field recording techniques alongside the students. Preference may be given to volunteers who do have some archaeological fieldwork experience, depending on supervision capacity of excavation staff. Welsh-speaking participants are also preferred.

For more information please contact Professor Raimund Karl by email at r.karl@bangor.ac.uk  or visit the website.

Saveock Dig and Field School

5 June - 31 July 2017

Excavations on a multi-period site dating from the Mesolithic to 17th Century.

All welcome, training provided on site, no experience necessary.

We will be working on site Monday - Friday each week.

Cost £200 per person plus £25 for lunches per week.

No accommodation on site but student recommended accommodation is featured on the website. Student discount available when booking and paying in blocks of 4 students (£700 for 4 people per week).

Contact Jaqui Wood on 01872 560351 or email Jaqui@archaeologyonline.org.

For more information on the site and the field school please visit the website.

Bryn Celli Ddu landscape project

11 - 24 June 2017

Bryn Celli Ddu is a Neolithic passage tomb on Anglesey, in northwest Wales, and this project focuses on the landscape surrounding this famous tomb.

During the last two years we have built up a picture that includes a Late Neolithic / Bronze Age cairn, along with several rock art panels situated close by, making a case for a complex multi-period landscape. We recorded the cairn in plan, recovered samples for radiocarbon dating, and re-excavated previous interventions in order to determine the construction sequence.

During the 2017 season we will return to work in the vicinity, looking for further evidence of the Late Neolithic / Bronze Age burial cairn. There will also be opportunities to explore the surrounding landscape, recording the eight new rock art panels found during the last two years.

Our team consists of archaeologists from Welsh Government’s historic environment service, Cadw, University of Central Lancashire and Manchester Metropolitan University and local volunteers.

Whether you are an experienced digger or want to try your hand at archaeology for the first time, you would be very welcome to join the team. We work on site from 10am - 4pm.

To register please email Dr Seren Griffiths at Sgriffiths7@uclan.ac.uk.

More information about the project can be found on our website.

No previous archaeological experience is necessary, and you can join the excavation for free.

Two further activities are taking place at the site during June:

The project’s archaeological open day on 17 June 2017 from 11am – 4pm. This event is free to attend, and no booking is required.

A stargazing event on 16 June 2017 at 9.30pm. This event is £5 per ticket, and places are limited. To book phone Dark Sky Wales on 07403 402114.

The Poulton Project Archaeology Courses

26 June - 25 August 2017

The Poulton Project is a multi-period rural excavation 5 miles south of Chester, which has produced extensive evidence for 10,000 years of human activity. The site was discovered during the search for a lost Cistercian Abbey, when excavation unexpectedly revealed the foundations of a medieval Chapel and associated graveyard, with an estimated 2000 burials.

Continual research has also uncovered Mesolithic flints and later tools of Neolithic and Bronze Age farmers. Notably, the site contains the largest Iron Age lowland settlement discovered west of the Pennines. An extensive and high status Roman landscape is indicated by structures, industry and field boundaries, which have produced a large assemblage of ceramics, metal and building material.

The Poulton Project offers students the opportunity to excavate well-preserved archaeology from a variety of periods. Currently, Iron Age and Roman features and the Medieval Chapel and graveyard are available in our field courses.

Please note that no accommodation is offered, but there are several camp sites and B&B accommodation available locally.Details and assistance in locating suitable accommodation will be provided.

The courses are designed as an introduction to excavation techniques, plan and section drawing, context recording, photography, finds processing and surveying. Deposit required when booking.Minimum two week booking required for skeletal excavation.

For more information please visit the website or email Kevin Cootes at kvecootes@hotmail.co.uk.

The project supplies all tools and equipment, mess tents, toilets and facilities for tea, coffee,
etc. Students need to bring suitable digging clothes, footwear and lunch.

The Poulton Research Project is a registered charity. Number: 1094552

Archaeology Live!

Various dates throughout 2017

Archaeology Live! is York Archaeological Trust’s annual training excavation. The dig is set in the centre of York and offers trainees the chance to work with professional archaeologists and to learn and practice the various techniques of archaeological excavation. During Archaeology Live!, the archaeology is entirely excavated and recorded by the trainees with assistance and advice from the trainers. It is a field-based training programme where people learn by doing, making exciting discoveries in a location famous for its wealth of archaeology.

2017 will be our fourth season of excavation taking place in the grounds of All Saints, North Street – one of York’s finest medieval churches. Alongside the chance to learn more about this historic building, the team will be continuing to build upon the story of the church’s grounds. So far we have found extensive evidence including finds and features from the Victorian, medieval, Viking and Roman periods. Also, as we are lifting adult burials this year, there is a special opportunity for those interested in osteology to gain experience. People of all ages (14+) and experience levels are welcome, with training fitted to suit individual requirements. It is a chance for the public to get behind the scenes and in the thick of an archaeological dig, to learn from professionals and add new knowledge to York’s amazing history.

Dates are as following:

Summer Session

26th June - 15th September 2017

Weekend Courses

TBC - email to register interest

Full information on course types and prices can be found on the website or you can email trainingdig@yorkat.co.uk to register your interest.

Excavations & Training at Plumpton Roman Villa

26 June - 5 August 2017

A research and training excavation directed by Dr David Rudling will resume in 2017 on the site of a Roman villa at Plumpton, near Lewes, Sussex. The villa, which is of the winged-corridor type, lies just to the north of the South Downs and a short distance to the south of the Greensand Way (an important east-west Roman road).

There will be six 5-day Excavation Techniques training courses, each starting on a Monday, beginning 26 June. Each course will provide a ‘hands-on’ and theory introduction to archaeological excavation, sessions to  include: basic surveying and geophysics, excavation methods, written records, planning and section drawing, photography, environmental archaeology, finds processing and Health and Safety.

This course is suitable for beginners, those with limited experience, A Level Archaeology students, people thinking of studying archaeology at university, and undergraduates. All participants will be encouraged to start (or continue) a BAJR Archaeology Skills Passport.

Tuition fees: £175 per 5-day course.

Other learning opportunities include several 1-day Saturday ‘Taster’ excavation days at a cost of £40 per day.

Volunteering opportunities (i.e. for those with some prior experience of excavation – such as participation in one of our training courses) are available for £25 for a 5-day week.

Participants can stay full-board (ie 3 meals) at Plumpton College for £40 per day (N.B. places are limited so early bookings are strongly recommended).

Details of other local accommodation and camping are available on our website.

Contact: The Sussex School of Archaeology website; email info@sussexarchaeology.co.uk; phone 01323 811785.  

Join an Excavation with DigVentures

DigVentures is an innovative social enterprise committed to developing and delivering collaborative archaeology projects.

The DV team team comprises field archaeologists, community engagement experts and specialists in digital technologies, focused on increasing access and engagement, and enabling the public to genuinely participate in archaeological and heritage research. By joining our team onsite, you will learn technical field skills, as well as innovative ways of working with digital technology and public outreach techniques. Instruction is delivered by professional archaeologists, with further opportunities to attend masterclasses from leading specialists.

Our projects are open to anyone, regardless of experience or whether you are enrolled as a university student. All participants are assessed, and we offer a written account of skills gained on site towards achieving university credits. We also support the completion of the Archaeology Skills Passport on site.

This season we are running four excavations across the UK, including:

Oldbury Camp, Gloucestershire – June 2017

Iron Age people are famous for building enormous hill forts. Why did they spring up and what were their function? New research is showing that it really isn’t as simple as you think. Choose this dig if you want to help find the answer to one of the biggest questions about Iron Age Britain.

Lindisfarne, Northumberland - 10th - 25th July 2017

It may be one of the most iconic sites in English history, but the exact location of King Oswald’s monastery remains unknown. Last year, we found some tantalising clues, including the famous Anglo-Saxon namestone. Choose this dig to help us dig deeper into this 1,000 year old mystery. See the website for more information.

Elmswell Farm, Yorkshire – 15th-20th August 2017

What have a lost medieval village, a Bronze Age Beaker burial, sixteen Roman denari and some Anglo-Saxon pottery got in common? That’s right, they’ve all been found right here at Elmswell Farm. Choose this dig and help kick off a proper archaeological investigation.

Morecambe Bay, Lancashire– 12th-17th September 2017

The northwest has been dismissed as a Bronze Age blank spot for far too long. Choose this dig to help set the record straight and prove that it was actually a complex ritual landscape, full of burial mounds and impressive offerings. Let’s show ‘em!

Our training is offered from one-day experiences through to two weeks onsite. You can find more about pricing, including student rates, and how to join the team on the website or email hello@digventures.com for more information.

For up to date information and news on the projects we support and deliver please sign up to DigMail.

Big Dig Stroud

Liss Archaeology

Big Dig - Three long weekends: 14-16 July; 21-13 July and 28-30 July.

Fieldwalking - August/September

Stroud (near Petersfield, Hampshire) is the focus of Liss Archaeology's Big Dig as part of the Festival of Archaeology in July with field-walking, excavations and more!

Volunteers from all walks of life are welcome to take part, aged from 18 to 80’s, all abilities.  Full training offered.  In addition to excavation, finds processing, sieving, soil analysis, recording, planning and drawing plus surveying take place to professional standards during the dig.  Local schools take part in on-site archaeology education, outreach education also available. Students are encouraged to experience community-based, volunteer archaeology with a friendly group of like-minded people. Taster days available.

Membership of Liss Archaeology (£15.00 per annum, due 31 March 2017, students half price) is required for insurance purposes. Membership forms and dig booking forms can be found on our website

For more information please contact lissarchaeology@gmail.com or visit our website.

East Wear Bay Field school 2017

July - August 2017

East Wear Bay Field School is running for a third year at the impressive site located on top of the cliff overlooking East Wear Bay in Folkestone, Kent, right on the edge of the Dover-Folkestone Heritage Coast. Unfortunately the area is prone to erosion and with it goes the archaeology on top of the cliff. We are currently running an archaeological field school to record the archaeological remains at the site before they are lost forever. 

The site has long been known as a Roman Villa. Our work has revealed that it was also a late Iron Age trading settlement, as well as the production site for a major industry producing querns from the local sandstone. This site has fast become recognised nationally and internationally important - and there is still much more left to discover.

Training sessions are currently in 1,2,3 or 4 week blocks. You will be trained by professional archaeologists from Canterbury Archaeological Trust, and our training is evidenced by the BAJR Skills Passport. You will have the opportunity to be involved in all aspects of an archaeological excavation, including recording, surveying, and finds processing. Additionally you have the chance to engage in some public outreach as our site is open to the public daily.

If you aren't able to commit to a full week we are offering one day experiences where we will give you a taste of what archaeology is about. We will give you a tour of the site, you will have a go at excavating an archaeological feature, and in the afternoon you will be able to process your finds if you wish.

Further details can be found on the website.

Come and join us in our third season to discover more about the archaeology of this incredible site!

Excavtion of prehistoric cairn at Newbarns

1 July - 30 August 2017

Annual excavation  of prehistoric burial Cairn dating from Neolithic to Iron Age. Later medieval settlement in a defended Motte & Bailey c. AD 1200.

At Newbarns, Dumfries and Galloway.

Local camping sites available nearby.

Under 16s welcome with adult supervision.

Cost on application and professional training by arrangement.

Apply with CV to Project Director via e-mail Alastair@sat.archaeologyIT.co.uk.

Tel: 01556 680478. Or visit the website for more information.

Little Carlton Archaeology Project

Little Carlton, nr Louth, Lincolnshire

2 -14 July 2017

The Little Carlton Archaeology Project is a research collaboration between the University of Sheffield, Bishop Grosetteste University (Lincoln), and the Portable Antiquities Scheme.

The projects aims to understand the character and biography of the Middle Saxon ecclesiastical settlement at Little Carlton and its role in the wider landscape. This summer's excavation will focus on excavating portions of the settlement's buildings, as well as attempting to locate a possible new cemetery.

Fees: £500 for the two weeks, inclusive of food and accommodation (camping), tents can be provided for free upon request.

For more information please contact Dr Hugh Willmott by email at h.willmott@sheffield.ac.uk or visit the website.

SHARP (Sedgeford Historical and Archaeological Research Project)

2 July - 11 August 2017

SHARP is a rural excavation 30 miles north of King’s Lynn which has been running for over 20 years. Excavation of the site has revealed an Anglo-Saxon living and industrial area where a sequence of grain malting ovens has been discovered. Along with these discoveries, Roman and Medieval sites have also been revealed. The project offers a wide range of courses, ranging from basic excavation training, researching human remains, learning about archaeo-metallurgy and putting the skills into practice, and environmental archaeology.

The archives are open to those wishing to focus on research, along with the records of the past twenty seasons.

Minimum of one week booking required for excavation and courses. It is recommended that those taking the basic excavation training course book another week to develop their newly learnt skills.

There is camping space available on site, and limited B&B accommodation is available locally. Three meals a day are provided Sunday to Friday, with Saturday being a change over day and only providing dinner. Vegetarian, vegan, and other dietary requirements are catered for.

Bookings are available for those who are 18+. People who are 16 and 17 may participate with parental permission.

Open to all levels of experience.

For more information please visit the website. For booking information please contact bookings@sharp.org.uk.

The project provides all tools. However, trowels must be purchased from the onsite shop. Volunteers must bring suitable clothes to dig in and study boots.

SHARP is a registered charity. Number-1064553.

The Sherwood Forest Archaeological Training Field School 2017

King John’s Palace, Clipstone, Nottinghamshire

Week A: 10 - 14 July
Week B: 17 July - 21 July
Week C: 31 July - 4 August
Week D: 7 August - 11 August

Run by Mercian Archaeological Services CIC.

Price £275 per person: Students returning from 2014, 2015 or 2016 will receive a 10% discount.

This course is suitable for all levels from beginner to experienced digger.

Everyone is welcome… no previous knowledge or experience is required…

You will receive training and experience in many techniques of excavation, including ALL the Core Skills of the Archaeological Skills Passport;

Use of handtools (trowelling etc), site formation processes, stratigraphic excavation, context sheet recording, site photography, planning, drawing, artefact recovery, recording & storage, site safety… etc

Plus, many higher level archaeological techniques that make up the Secondary Skills of the Archaeological Skills Passport, as well as covering skill requirements for the Passport we also provide:

  • Pottery identification, Finds handling, Finds processing, Flint Knapping Demonstrations, History of Ceramics lectures, And much more…
  • All techniques are taught and experienced throughout the week, with hands on training from our Archaeological experts. Every attendee will learn to excavate, draw sections and plans, and fill in context sheets and paperwork.
  • Lunchtime demonstrations in Prehistoric Technologies: Pot-boiler stone making; Flint-knapping; Pottery identification.
  • Field Days include lunch provided by our field caterers which will be eaten in our welfare area in the field.
  • A tuck shop is also available for snacks and drinks to be bought throughout the day.
  • Onsite toilet facilities are provided along with welfare tents.
  • All equipment is provided, although you are welcome to bring you own trowels etc (more details when you have booked).
  • As well as all the above you will learn about the history and archaeology of Sherwood Forest, and also about the designed royal hunting landscape and Palace at its heart. Mercian Archaeological Services CIC run the Sherwood Forest Archaeology Project and are at the leading edge of research into this landscape of legends…

Also included in the price for 2017:

Two evening field visits (optional attendance):

  • Field Visit to Sherwood Forest National Nature Reserve- learn about Forest Law, the History of Sherwood Forest, and see some of the archaeology in the Country Park- also visit the Major Oak, legendary hideaway of Robin Hood!
  • Field visit to Laxton - Visit the earthworks of Laxton Castle former home of the Keepers of Sherwood Forest (also with links to King John), see the medieval open 3 field system (the only surviving in England), and visit the church with its interesting carvings, and the local visitors centre with its 17th century map of the village and its fields.

Two evening lectures (optional attendance) 6pm-7pm, subjects to include:

  • History of Ceramics
  • Geology and Landscape of the Sherwood region - the importance of the “Ancient Landscape”
  • Viking and Saxon Sherwood Forest
  • History of Archaeology

For more information please visit the website.

Sheriffside 2017: a Hillfort on the Edge of Empire

10 - 21 July 2017

East Lothian, Scotland

Help uncover Sheriffside's story on our archaeological fieldschool uncovering a 1000 year settlement sequence from 600 BC to 400 AD.

Cost £795, include all accommodation, food, travel to and from site.

Open to all levels of experience.

To find out more visit the website or email Dr Murray Cook at info@rampartscotland.co.uk.

We Dig the Castle 2017 – Nottingham Castle, England

17 July – 18 August 2017

We Dig the Castle offers a variety of ways of getting involved, ranging from a 1 or 2 day taster to a 1-5 week study place. A changing daily programme of induction, skills tutorials, task-based workshops, and excavation allows trainees to develop and practice skills in a variety of areas, and to chart how their abilities have developed.

It returns for 2017 on weekdays between 17 July and 18 August, with a family day on 22 July and a Saturday training session on 5 August.

Weekday training sessions include:
Principles of excavation: stratigraphy and contexts
Excavation techniques
Site recording: planning, levelling, section drawing, photography and context description
Survey & laser scanning
Post-excavation and processing
Organic and inorganic finds
Environmental evidence and samples, including flotation

You’ll work with experienced field archaeologists from Trent & Peak Archaeology, including our Community Archaeologist. A variety of experts from both Trent & Peak Archaeology and the wider archaeological community will join us for specialist tutorials and workshops.

The team: We Dig the Castle is the ideal opportunity to develop your archaeological skills, whether or not are working towards (or have) a qualification. We offer a supportive, small-group, environment with high staff to trainee ratios. Trainees will work alongside archaeologists from Trent & Peak Archaeology and join in workshops and tutorials delivered by subject specialists.

This is a unique chance to be part of an excavation of a Scheduled Ancient Monument, on a site famous across the world. This is your opportunity to discover an almost unknown area of Nottingham Castle. 2017 trainees will be excavating at a new lower level, with the possibility of uncovering the castle's first evidence of the English Civil War.

Find out more on our We Dig the Castle website.
Contact: Alison, on 011 44 8967400 or at nottinghamcastle@yorkat.co.uk.

Bexley Archaeological Group - Annual Training Excavation

24 July - 28 July 2017

 Novice excavators from our members and outside the Group are welcome to join us at our Annual Training Excavation Week on our on-going site in Bexley, Kent  

Minimum  unaccompanied age is 16 (with parents consent).

All excavators will have the opportunity to experience the main tasks associated with an excavation under the supervision and guidance of the Field offices from the Field Unit of  Bexley Archaeological Group. Tasks carried out during this excavation will include:

  • field walking
  • geophys
  • surveying
  • excavating
  • finds processing
  • site drawing
  • talks

The fee for the week (1 to 5 days) will be £100 for non-members.  This includes annual membership to Bexley Archaeological Group, insurance, Certificate of Attendance and admin.

For an application form for the training excavation please contact Pip Pulfer, Bexley Archaeological Group, Tel: 07961 963893, Email: principalfieldofficer@bag.org.uk.

 For more information visit our website or visit our facebook page.

Excavations at Piddington, Northamptonshire

29 July - 27 August 2017

Excavation will continue for a 38th season at this late Iron Age settlement site and Romano-British Villa complex, directed by Roy & Liz Friendship-Taylor for the Upper Nene Archaeological Society.

Some training available; varied fees; food and accommodation options.

Award winning site museum.

2+ weeks stay preferred.

Details and application forms available on the website or contact Mrs. Marion Wells by phone 01494 772650 or email digadmin@unas.org.uk.

Student training week on a Roman villa near Faversham, Kent

7 August - 13 August 2017

Kent Archaeological Field School

It is essential that anyone thinking of digging on an archaeological site is trained in the procedures used in professional archaeology. Dr Paul Wilkinson, author of the best selling "Archaeology" book and Director of the dig, will spend five days explaining to participants the methods used in modern archaeology. A typical training day will be classroom theory in the morning followed by excavation at a Roman villa near Faversham.

Topics taught each day are: Monday 7th August: Why dig?

Tuesday 8th August: Excavation Techniques

Wednesday 9th August: Site Survey

Thursday 10th August: Archaeological Recording

Friday 11th August: Pottery identification

Saturday and Sunday digging with the team

A free PDF copy of "Archaeology" 3rd Edition will be given to participants. Cost for the course is £100 with free membership of Kent Archaeological Field School. The day starts at 10am and finishes at 4.30pm. For directions to the Field School see the 'Where' section of the website. For camping nearby see 'accomodation'.

For more information and to download a booking form please visit the website.

Battle Hill Prehistoric Landscape Project

14-25 August 2017

Battle Hill, Huntly, Scotland

Archaeological fieldschool on a Bronze Age hut-circle. Located in a previously unrecorded hillfort with early prehistoric lithic scatters.

Cost £795, include all accommodation, food, travel to and from site.

Open to all levels of experience.

To find out more visit the website or email Dr Murray Cook at info@rampartscotland.co.uk.

Investigation of Prehistoric features at Hollingbourne in Kent

4 September - 17 September 2017

Kent Archaeological Field School.

An opportunity to participate in excavating and recording prehistoric features in the landscape. The week is to be spent in excavating Bronze and Iron Age features located with aerial photography and Geophysical survey.

Members free non-members £10 a day.

For more information and a booking form please see the website.

The Colemore Project

Liss Archaeology

Autumn Excavation – 22 September to 17 October, site closed on Tuesdays

Set amongst the rolling hills in the west of the South Downs National Park, views over the edge of The Weald stretch away in the distance.  Little was known about the site until the landowner discovered some pottery dating to the Romano-British period when the field had a final ploughing before it was laid to pasture.  In 2009, a chance comment during an organised walk led to ongoing investigations by Liss Archaeology.  During this time, approximately a third of the field has undergone geophysical survey revealing a fascinating buried landscape of past rural settlement.  Seventeen major excavations, in excess of 50 test pits plus desk based research and topographical survey have taken place.  To date, many features, including an 80m by 90m rectilinear enclosure with a 50m square enclosure seemingly attached; a raft foundation and associated flint wall foundations; a potentially winged, corridor, 22m+ rural villa with 7.1m square kitchen complete with in-situ oven and the remains of the last meal and a further cooking area with a securely dated Roman cleaver plus possible ‘tank’ remains in the form of badly degraded lead; a foot-worn track-way entering the small enclosure apparently bordered by small gullies that leads to a causewayed entrance with large ditches, the terminus of one gully appeared to have deliberately laid, decorative, rounded chalk pebble placements present; additional features within the enclosures that are ‘landscaped’ by way of redeposited clay levelling deposits plus other structures, have been unearthed that date throughout the whole Romano-British period.  Tantalising hints of earlier occupation have been seen within the later features. Excavations are concentrating on the large enclosure; further up the field a ladder system of smaller enclosures stretches away past curving, linear and rectilinear features towards a small round pond reliably filled with water.  At this stage the geophysics plots suggest that the archaeology respects the pond and years of archaeological exploration are eagerly anticipated.

In 2017, two excavations are planned.  The Spring excavation takes place in May when a large trench is planned over a series of potential archaeological features can be seen on the geophysics plots.  In September/October the excavation will concentrate on looking for more of the large building unearthed previously with at least one trench being opened.  Training will be offered in all aspects of archaeology.

Membership of Liss Archaeology (£15.00 per annum, due 31 March 2017, students half price) is required for insurance purposes. Membership forms and dig booking forms can be found on our website.  

Dig fees are £6 per day (student’s half price), payable in advance; we are non-profit making covering costs only.  

Limited camping available (no extra cost but first come, first served applies)and other accommodation nearby.

Facilities: Tree Bog compost toilets. Tea and coffee provided at start of day and all breaks.  Transport from Petersfield and Portsmouth available most days.

For further information please contact lissarchaeology@gmail.com or visit the website.

 

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