Roman Road Research & Excavations
Excavations on the new Winchester - Chichester Roman Road will occur on Bank Holiday weekends from Easter - August 2019. Three sites have been established where substantial remains have been found. In addition evidence has been found at each excavation of a Roman settlement, and work will be undertaken on these. At Easter 2019 we will complete the excavation of two of the three Roman Road lanes on Beacon Hill near Exton (A32). Nearby there are ramparts which we think is a Roman temple site, and we will complete the survey map with geophysics. On May and August Bank Holidays we are excavating one of our Roman Road lanes as it enters the LIDAR grid of what we think is the Roman settlement of CLAUSENTUM. A large amount of Roman pottery and tiles have been found, together with the rammed chalk of the grid, and the Roman Road lane beyond it. We are making a map of the street grid, the course of the Roman Road lanes, and others finds. As with the Beacon Hill temple site, we are using a LIDAR image as the base, on which many of the features show, and adding other evidence such as as photos and pottery scatters. See this Site's Page.
On weekends in September 2019 we return to the Winchester - London Roman Road at Medstead near the A31. Here there is considerable disturbance around the Roman Roads which may indicate Dark Age Dykes.
Dig Details. Visit on-line dig information and Booking Form.
Experienced and novice excavators welcome. A training course is available.
Less than 20% of students get to draw a Section, less get to do other common tasks according to a recent survey. Yet all people coming on our dig will help to draw a section and do other tasks. We have written an article showing how we do it, and why professionally run field schools fail to provide these experiences.
There will be field work on Roman Roads from Winchester to London and Chichester, generally on Saturdays or Sundays. The Chichester Road survey has reached the Meon Valley and Old Winchester Hill. It was found that the Iron Age Hill Fort there had extensive outer defences. We are now looking at Caesar's Camp near Farnham - where similar evidence has been found - See the Caesar's Camp page. To join the Email Field Programme, Email us through Contact Us button above.