Roman Road Research & Excavations
Excavations on the Winchester - London Roman Road will occur over the August Bank Holiday Weekend
in 2015, near Alton and Four Marks in Hants. There will be some weekends in September 2015, including in the fields depending on the harvest on features associated with the Roman Road, and dark circles in the fields.
Details of Roman Road Research and Excavations. Visit on-line dig information and Booking Form.
Experienced and novice excavators welcome. A training course is available.
Excavations on the new Winchester - Chichester Roman Road occurred on Bank Holiday weekends from Easter - May. A greater area of the concrete found last year was uncovered, but it has been concluded it dates from the Victorian period and associated with the quarry and lime-works nearby. The Roman Road is a ledge cut into the chalk bedrock high above the concrete. Work may continue here if the harvest is late in September.
The Iron Age Hill Fort has extensive outer defences. They extended a mile to west of the traditional ramparts, half a mile to the SE, and 1.5 miles to the NE. It has not been realised that such Iron Age Hill Forts had such extensive defences -- other such forts could do so too. Providing defendable enclosures for their live stock was probably the aim. They form fighting terraces, at least 3 one above the other, with a level way cut on sloping ground, and we expect a palisade at its edge. They are strategically sited, making use of natural escarpments.
Meet 1030 Sat 18 at car park, Old Winchester Hill, SU645 215. Sign from A32 at Warnford. Briefing and visit remains near the car park. Visitors can decide which remains to visit on Sunday - though do not have to attend on both days (but less briefing on Sunday).
Bring picnic lunch both days, and binoculars. There is shelter for briefing near car park if rain. Surveys will be linked here when available. Overview. Survey of the Hill Fort. SW Survey. SE Survey. NE Survey. Visitors should print these out so they have their own maps for the tour.
There will be field work on Roman Roads from Winchester to London and Chichester, generally on Saturdays or Sundays. To join the Email Field Programme, Email us through Contact Us button above.