Excavation will commence on Monday 5 August, running until Sunday 11 August, and will give people the chance to excavate a 4th Century Romano-British site with later occupation.
The course is non residential, but parking is provided on site. The cost will be £150 for the week, made payable by cheque to Absolute Archaeology. This will include full supervision by trained staff.
All applicants please contact Sam Driscoll at sam.driscoll@
Summary of previous investigation:
Agricultural activity carried out within the last 10 years has revealed artefacts dating to the Romano-British period, prompting an examination of the site. Initial investigation of the area comprised a programme of geophysical survey and test pitting (2005-2009), which confirmed the presence of extensive activity, apparently focussed on the SE portion of modern day, Beggars Field.
This was followed by the archaeological excavation of one of the large earthworks, which resulting in positive results (Season One, 2009). The investigation revealed the internal layout of a limestone building, with flagstone floors and at least one in situ mosaic, apparently dating to the 4th century AD. In addition, evidence of Post Roman activity was identified, along with historic robbing of substantial walls. Further investigation carried out in 2010 & 2011 revealed a series of walls and preserved original floor surfaces belonging to a second building and believed to date to the main phase of development, in the late Romano-British period.
Season 5 will aim to focus on the use of the site in the years that followed the demolition of the 4th century high status dwelling.
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