Meon Valley Archaeology & Heritage Group – September 2017

Join our first geophysical survey of the season


Site 1 Location:  Corhampton.   Date:  Saturday 30th September & Sunday 1st October 2017

We are pleased to announce that we will be launching the first in our series of 6 geophysical surveys for Autumn/Winter at the end of this month in ‘The Iron Age to Roman Landscape Project’.

A geophysical survey is a non-invasive method of locating buried features beneath the earth’s surface using two complementary methods; Resistivity and Magnetometry. These methods pass energy into the ground (resistivity) or measure the earth’s magnetic field (magnetometry) in order to detect ‘anomalies’. The data is recorded and the results are downloaded on site. The areas of high resistance show as a darker area and could reveal a possible structure such as a wall, a footing or even a shrine.

Surveys are carried out by MVAHG volunteers and led by Dr Nick Stoodley. In Nick’s words:

The mid and upper Meon Valley contains a very large number of cropmarks, evidence of human occupation and activity over several millennia. Many of the cropmarks are fragmentary and/or difficult to interpret but are evidence of early field systems and sites of habitation. Each of our 6 sites are connected by the central theme: Iron Age and Romano-British evidence, or is an Iron Age site with probable Romano-British evidence in its vicinity, as evidenced by previous discoveries or metal-detected finds.

The site at Corhampton contains a series of potentially significant cropmarks that demonstrate an Iron Age/Romano British settlement, close to the banjo enclosure discovered last year.

Metal detectorist John Whittaker also confirms that there have been two notable large Roman coins found in this vicinity. One of these is a bronze Sestertius of Commodus struck in honour of his father, Marcus Aurelius and was minted in Rome in 180 AD. It is inscribed “DIVVS M ANTONINUS PIUS” on the obverse (front) and “CONSECRATO” on the reverse.

Volunteers Needed! If you are interested in helping with the survey or would like further information, please contact Alison at

NO EXPERIENCE IS NECESSARY AND TRAINING WILL BE GIVEN. You can take part for a morning, afternoon or full day.

Our next geophysical surveys are scheduled for:

Saturday 28th & Sunday 29th October

Saturday 11th and Sunday 12th September

The locations of each of these are still to be confirmed.


The CBA Wessex Annual Conference from Bones to Drones: Science in Archaeology

In collaboration with the University of Winchester and Wessex Archaeology this will be an informative and fun day with eminent speakers and stalls covering a range of talks on how archaeology is brought alive through remote sensing, drone and geoarchaeological survey and the uses of DNA, chemical and isotope analysis. If you have ever wondered how difficult it is to fly a drone steady whilst taking photos or wondered what our ancestors were eating and drinking, then this is your chance to find out.

Date: Saturday 4 November 2017

Pricing: £25 CBA Wessex members*, £35 Non-members, £15 Students/YAC parents

Time: Registration starts from 9 am and conference begins at 9.45 am

Contact: General enquiries to Andy Manning – or 03303 133406 or click onto the link below:

* As a member of the MVAHG, you can book at the discounted rate of £25. When booking, quote ‘MVAHG member’ in the message box.

MVAHG trustees are attending this event with our display stand.