VERY RARE ROMAN REMAINS UNEARTHED
For three weeks in June, 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.
The student and local workforce worked very well together, wielding mattocks, shovelling soil and trowelling in typically diverse English weather conditions; ranging from sweltering heat and humidity in the first week to sun, wind and rain in the final week.
Many of our volunteers expressed delight at being involved in the project:
‘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!’
We also had many fantastic comments from visitors to our site Open Day and Open Morning:
‘Just wanted to say big thanks for the site visit. We thoroughly enjoyed the insightful chats.’
‘Thank you to Tony and your hard working volunteers for a really interesting open day.’
Thank you to ALL who visited the site. Thank you to Professor Tony King, ALL the students, dig volunteers and metal detectorists for your hard work and dedication in making this project a success.
WE HOPE TO RETURN NEXT YEAR TO EXPAND THE EXCAVATION OF THIS IMPORTANT SITE