Meon Valley Archaeology & Heritage Group



 Excavation sheds new light on rural history in the Meon Valley

‘This dig demonstrates that even a time period as well documented as Roman Britain can still be rewritten by new archaeological discoveries. It’s a wonderful temple site… and a very unusual hexagonal building.’

Professor Alice Roberts, BBC4 Digging for Britain

We are very pleased to announce that the MVAHG/Winchester University Dig will continue for a third year in July, led by Professor Tony King. The site was discovered through a geophysical survey by the MVAHG in 2015. The hexagonal foundations of a Roman temple were unearthed during the 2016 and 2017 digs, together with rooms of a bath house. More than 100 volunteers have participated over the two summers, working alongside Winchester University undergraduates. The dig was featured in the BBC4 Digging For Britain programme broadcast in November 2017 and demonstrates the importance of the site. This summer we will be extending the ‘Temple Site’ and hope to discover further rooms of the bath house. In addition, we also plan to excavate two Neolithic barrows nearby, which were discovered by MVAHG members during a training course conducted by Historic England  back in October 2014.

Dig days for MVAHG volunteers will be

Week 1 Tuesday 3th– Saturday 7th July

Week 2 Tuesday 10th –Saturday 14th July

Week 3 Tuesday 17th – Saturday 21st July

Week 4 Tuesday 24th & Wednesday 25th July

If you would like to take part, please use our online booking form (Booking Page for dig 2018). You may book up to 3 days.  We welcome all abilities of experience – novice to expert, but you must be over 16 to take part.

We will also be holding a Public Open Day on Saturday 21st July from 10.30 am – 3.30 pm. Talks will be held at 11.00 am , 12.00 pm , 2.00 pm & 3.00 pm.

Please contact for further details.