Excavating a Medieval tile kiln (Photo: RHFAG)
Rochford Hundred Field Archaeology Group (RHFAG) is a small South East Essex archaeological group that has been going for 23 years. Members like practical work and to be out in the open air. The group’s activities include fieldwalking, geophysics, surveying, excavation, pot-washing, archaeological drawing, matrixing, research and writing up. RHFAG has published in Medieval Ceramics and though we have given a talk to the Essex Congress the group itself does not arrange regular talks nor does it generally organise trips.
Excavating at Noak Hill, just north of Harold Hill, has yielded a medieval tile kiln (in conjunction with English Heritage), thousands of medieval pottery sherds including wasters, the partially disarticulated skeleton of an interred donkey and an 18th century cottage. At Canewdon, 35 test pits have been dug over several years as part of an ongoing project. RHFAG has also excavated a red hill saltmaking complex on Canvey island, the interior of St Michael’s Church, Pitsea, and worked with the County military archaeologist in recording the World War Two Defences of Rochford.
RHFAG welcomes new members who share their belief that amateur fieldwork which is properly planned and executed can make important contributions to local archaeology and that people who are interested should be given the opportunity of doing it.