At Beacon Hill, near Exton 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.
In September we will return to Chawton Park Wood. Here 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.
The North East Hants Archaeological Society – Field Archaeology Branch are not to be confused with The North East Hants Historical and Archaeological Society, nor with their website www.hants.org.uk/nehhas.
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