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Alton Big Dig

Alton Big Dig – The second year of an exciting new archaeological investigation into the heritage of Alton, Hampshire and part of The Festival of Archaeology. Crop marks within the Town Gardens in the hot, dry summer of 2018, led to a geophysical survey in the park followed by productive test pits in 2019. The Big Dig […]

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Petersfield Excavation

A continuation of Stroud Big Dig (2016 – 2019), Liss Archaeology are continuing exploration of the area with the focus for 2020 being in fields near Petersfield. Test pits and field walking here revealed previously unknown Iron Age/ Romano-British artefacts and features. A series of geophysical surveys have taken place as well as desktop background research including […]

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Scattered across England, a host of monumental mounds have long been interpreted as Norman castle mottes. Large round mounds boast a much earlier pedigree, however – as this month’s cover star, Silbury Hill, attests. A recent project has been investigating whether any sisters to Silbury are hiding in plain sight – with some surprising results.

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Bronze Age barrow cemetery revealed in Hampshire

A Bronze Age barrow cemetery has been uncovered in Hampshire, along with a connected mortuary enclosure and other possible ritualistic features. After an earlier evaluation by Wessex Archaeology and a geophysical survey by GSB revealed ring ditches, the site’s potential archaeological significance was flagged – and with the area selected for development, Cotswold Archaeology began a 2ha excavation last November, targeting the areas highlighted during the initial investigation.

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Review – 50 Finds from Hampshire: Objects from the Portable Antiquities Scheme

Katie Hinds Amberley Publishing, £14.99 ISBN 978-1445662343 Review Lorraine Mepham One of several books recently published celebrating the work of the Portable Antiquities Scheme (PAS), this follows the popular format of using individual objects to tell a larger story. The author had more than 43,000 objects to choose from, reported over the last 18 years. […]