Meon Valley Archaeology & Heritage Group – October 2017

New season of geophysical surveys


Site 2 Location:  Exton.  Date:  Saturday 28th October & Sunday 29th October 2017

Our Autumn/Winter season of geophysical surveysThe Iron Age to Roman Landscape Project’ continues…

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 Exton is close to the summer excavations of 2016 & 2017. Aerial photos have revealed an extremely complicated group of cropmarks in the valley bottom.

Surveys are carried out by MVAHG volunteers and led by Dr Nick Stoodley.

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.

Volunteers Needed!

We need volunteers to help at the following times:

Saturday 28th Oct Morning:          9.00 am – 1.30 pm

Saturday 28th Oct Afternoon:       1.30pm – 4.00 pm

Sunday 29th Oct Morning:             9.30 am – 1.00 pm


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

The third survey in the series is scheduled for Saturday 11th and Sunday 12th November.

BBC4 Digging for Britain

We are delighted to announce that the MVAHG/University of Winchester excavation at Exton will feature in the prestigious BBC4 programme; Digging for Britain! The programme will feature an interview with Professor Tony King together with footage from the site, including the unearthing of the painted wall plaster and floor of the bath house. The programme is scheduled for broadcast in December.

You may be interested in the following local events…

Winchester Cathedral Anglo Saxon Tour and Tea – Saturday 21st October 2017

The Anglo Saxon Minster and its role in the birth of the English nation, the personalities who inhabited it and the traces which are still visible today. Part of this tour is outside on slightly uneven ground, suitable clothing and footwear should be worn. The tour starts at 10 am and lasts approximately 1 hour.

Tickets: £12.50 (plus 75p per ticket booking fee, capped at £5) Includes tea or coffee and cake taken in the Cathedral Refectory after the tour, available online or by phone on 01962 857 275.

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.