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The Colemore Project
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 email@example.com or visit the website.
Ancient Deeside will be fieldwalking along the river Dee in Aberdeenshire over the winter 2017-18 looking for Mesolithic sites. Dates to be arranged but will be mainly weekends. Contact Ali Cameron to be put on an email list and then you will receive emails with dates and locations. Or find us on Facebook.
Funded by the Heritage Lottery Fund as part of the Scottish Government sponsored Year of History, Heritage and Archaeology.