Archaeology in Hampshire - Annual Reports
Structure and Content
There are reports for the years 2004-14 and each one closely follows the format established for the previous series of reports. Each is organized by District and then alphabetically by location. Individual entries consist of a location that includes a grid reference. This is followed by an identifier, usually a Site UID, which links it to a record held in the AHBR database. The records for Southampton, Portsmouth and Winchester have also provided information about work carried out in these cities and identifiers that relate to their respective databases are given. It is through the identifier that further information about a particular project can be acquired. Where a project has already been published a full bibliographic reference is provided. In addition to archaeological fieldwork each report includes records of building surveys. Survey projects that encompass large numbers of sites, for example by the Hampshire and Wight Trust for Maritime Archaeology or Berkshire Archaeological Surveys are included, although it has not been possible to provide details of individual projects.
Hampshire County Council Museum's Service Identifications
Hampshire County Council Museum's Service have for many years offered an identification service for the general public and a list of finds from the various museums in the county was included in the Annual Report. The lists for the years 2004-10 have been included under their respective years. There is no report in this section for 2011-14.
The Portable Antiquities Scheme (PAS)
A number of local societies already publish a selection of the finds recorded on the PAS database for their county. There has not however been a regular publication of PAS finds from Hampshire. Katie Hinds, the Finds Liaison Officer for Hampshire, has kindly agreed to compile a selection showcasing some of the most interesting and important finds. These range in date from prehistory through to late medieval times and include a variety of different materials.
The data for each year was assembled and edited by Nick Stoodley. However it would not have been possible to produce this work without the assistance of several individuals and organizations. The Hampshire Field Club are acknowledged for financial assistance. I am particularly indebted to William Illsley of the Environment Department (HCC) for providing information from the AHBR database. I am grateful to Dr Andy Russel and Ingrid Peckham (Southampton City Council Archaeology Unit), Jennifer Macey (Portsmouth Museums Service) and Tracy Michaels (Winchester City Council, HER) for assembling information from their respective databases. Thanks must go to Katie Hinds for bringing together so admirably the PAS finds. Finally I would like to offer my gratitude to Dave Allen for helping to organize the project and to offer advice whenever required.