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Archaeology Section: Visits in 2024

Evening visit to "New Copse” Roman settlement at Brockenhurst - Friday 16th August 6.00 pm

This will be an exclusive free evening visit and guided tour with the New Forest History and Archaeology Group around this site.

Excavations at New Copse, New Forest

The New Forest History & Archaeology Group began work in 2017 at New Copse Inclosure, to the east of Brockenhurst, after features and material culture was found associated with a Roman settlement enclosure site, with evidence of a villa-type building.

Pottery finds dated to the later 1st/2nd century AD, but by the 4th century, dumping of material behind the earthwork bank indicated debris from a Roman building, with roof tiles, flue tiles and tesserae. Unshaped stone in beam-slots, and rounded cobbles, probably formed the base of cob-walls. Associated pottery includes typical late 3rd/4th century New Forest indented and bag beakers. It is likely that the findings can be linked to a Roman villa or similar building within the enclosure, and NFHAG continues its search…

The tour is free to Field Club members, but we would be most grateful if you could contribute at the dig itself (Chris’s bucket). We know volunteer excavations do not come cheap and contributions will go to ensuring further visits in later years.

Book your place(s) at TicketSource.

Evening visit to Barton Farm Development, Winchester - Thursday 18th July 6.00 pm

Excavations at Barton Farm

As part of Winchester City Council’s development of the city, the site of Barton Farm to the north has been the subject of new house building, with accompanying archaeological investigation as required by the planning process. Pre-Construct Archaeology, a commercial archaeological company with offices in Winchester, have been charged with this year’s investigations, and have given a number of talks to the Field Club about previous years’ excavations and specific features found. Most recently, we were their guests at the New Alresford dig where three barrows and 122 Anglo-Saxon burials were found.

This is an opportunity to see what they have been finding this year in the latest part of the Barton Farm development to be investigated. We can’t promise treasure, but we can promise a fascinating tour of the process by those doing the digging.

The tour is free to Field Club members, and the society will make a personal contribution of thanks to those archaeologists giving up their time. Contributions are welcome (see Chris on-site). Directions will be given prior to the event.

Book your place(s) at TicketSource.

Morning visit to visit to Winterborne Kingston excavations – Monday 1st July 10.45 am

Big Dig Iron Age Roundhouses

Iron Age Roundhouses

Bournemouth University are continuing their exploration of the Durotriges (and others) landscape in Dorset. HFC made an exclusive return tour to Bournemouth University's excavations at Winterborne Kingston, Dorset.

The project, designed around the training of archaeology students at the university, started in 2009 and is exploring the Iron Age to Roman transition through detailed field survey, geophysical investigation and targeted excavation of hilltop sites in east Dorset. Excavations have revealed “banjo” settlements and burials in ring ditch features. Earlier excavations uncovered 16 roundhouses and identified nearly 150 more showing what life was like at the point when the Romans arrived. This year the team is uncovering what appears to be a discrete cemetery close to the banjo enclosure unearthed last year which is calling into question our view of Iron Age practices and attitudes.

Butser Ancient Farm – Wednesday 17th April starting at 10.30 am

Butser Ancient Farm

This was an exclusive visit and guided tour of Butser Ancient Farm. The buildings at the farm are all based on evidence from archaeological excavations, and they test theories about the technologies, building techniques and ways of life of ancient people by reconstructing elements of their homes and lives.

The location of the original Ancient Farm on Butser Hill, in what is now the Queen Elizabeth Country Park, was partly chosen because of evidence for extensive Iron Age field systems on Butser Hill, still visible in the prehistoric field boundaries and earthworks that cover the landscape. In 1991 the location of Butser Ancient Farm moved to its current site at Bascomb Copse near Chalton. Initially the Iron Age enclosure was created with the construction of several new roundhouses within a hexagonal ditch and bank. Experiments in Roman construction soon followed with the building of a working Roman hypocaust followed by surrounding Roman Villa based on excavations from Sparsholt near Winchester.

In 2021 a multi-award-winning project saw the construction of a Bronze Age roundhouse in collaboration with Operation Nightingale - a charity set up to help the healing and rehabilitation of ex-service personnel through involvement in archaeology.

Becoming Roman: Silchester, a town of change’ exhibition: Saturday 2nd March at 11.00 am.

Professor Mike Fulford - current HFC&AS President - who excavated at the site for many years, gave an explanation of the exhibition at the Willis Museum, Basingstoke. As the Hampshire Cultural Trust website notes:

"2000 years ago, Silchester, just north of Basingstoke near the Hampshire/Berkshire border, was a hub of trade to the Roman world and a capital for the tribe that controlled the area. In this interactive exhibition, explore the streets of ancient Silchester as it changes from an Iron Age to a Roman town. Silchester was the capital of the Atrebates and an important trade centre. Coins were minted there, and tribute flowed in from the surrounding area. But what was life like? What did people eat, what diseases did they have and what animals did they live alongside? See the skeleton of the earliest known lap dog in Britain and learn about its origins. When the Romans came from the middle of the 1st century AD onwards, what changes did they bring? Learn about the Roman bath house, dwellings, and the amphitheatre. See behind the scenes of an archaeological dig that has been revealing its secrets for half a century."




Any questions about the Archaeology Section?
Then email Chris Sellen
Chris Sellen, Archaeology Section Chair
c/o 8 Lampool House, Station Road, Overton, Basingstoke, RG25 3TL
tel 07507263500 (daytime)