July 2017 Roman Excavation

MEON VALLEY ARCHAEOLOGY & HERITAGE GROUP

 

BOOKING IS NOW OPEN FOR THE 2017 ARCHAEOLGICAL DIG

 BOOK YOUR PLACE HERE

 

EXCAVATION DAYS

 

Tues 4th – Sat 8th July 2017

Tues 11th – Sat 15th July 2017

Tues 18th – Sat 22nd July 2017

Tues 25th & Weds 26th July 2017

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SITE OPEN DAY

 SATURDAY 15TH JULY 2017, 10.30 AM-3.30 PM

Opportunity to view the site in action. Talks and tours at:

11.00 pm, 12.00 pm, 2.00 pm, 3.00 pm

All are welcome to come along – no need to book.

Our work continues following the excavation of June 2016 when a team of Winchester University Archaeology students and over 80 volunteers from villages in the Meon Valley and beyond took part in the excavation of a site near the village of Meonstoke

The results of a geophysical survey carried out in 2015 by the Meon Valley Archaeology & Heritage Group had revealed a hexagonal shaped structure which is very rare in Roman Britain. The team of students and community volunteers, led by Professor Tony King, slowly unearthed the foundations of this very rare Roman building, which is thought to be a Roman temple. In addition, an adjacent room was revealed which is believed to be a Roman bathhouse.  The work of the dedicated team of metal detectorists also proved invaluable in finding artefacts from the Roman period and Iron Age.

This year we plan to extend both the main and extension trenches to the east. We shall also continue excavation of  the main site.

This is an exciting opportunity to take part in practical archaeology in a joint project between Winchester University, and the Meon Valley Archaeology & Heritage Group, led by Professor Tony King.  Participants of all levels from novice to expert welcomed. No experience is necessary as training will be provided. You must be over 16 to take part and ideally live in or around the Meon Valley.

Some of our participants last year said:

‘Really had an amazing time – fulfilled a lifetime ambition – seriously!’

‘Thank you for the opportunity, it’s something I’ve always wanted to do, it’s been on my bucket list for years!’