MEON VALLEY ARCHAEOLOGY & HERITAGE GROUP
BOOKING FOR THE 2020 ARCHAEOLGICAL DIG IS NOW OPEN FOR MVAHG MEMBERS
CLICK HERE TO BOOK YOUR PLACE
YOU MAY BOOK A MAXIMUM OF 2 DAYS
Week 1: Monday 14th Sept – Friday 18th Sept
Week 2: Monday 21st Sept – Friday 25th Sept
Places are limited to 10 participants per day. As this year’s dig is being funded by MVAHG, we are requesting a donation of £5 per day. This can by paid on site by cash or cheque or online through BACS transfer. The dig is subject to government COVID-19 regulations operating at the time.
AS PLACES ARE LIMITED, BOOKING IS CURRENTLY RESTRICTED TO THOSE ON OUR E-MAILING LIST.
Our work continues following the excavations of June 2016, July 2017, July 2018 and July 2019 when a team of Winchester University Archaeology students and over 100 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 bath-house. The work of the dedicated team of metal detectorists also proved invaluable in finding artefacts from the Roman period and Iron Age.
Last year’s dig revealed another area of this site, thought to be a Roman mausoleum. This year we will explore this area further and also plan to expose the floor of the bath-house, under the directorship of Professor Tony King.
This is an exciting opportunity to take part in practical archaeology. Participants of all levels from novice to expert are welcomed, although you should be reasonably fit to take part. No experience is necessary as training will be provided. You must be over 18 to take part and ideally live in or around the Meon Valley. We also welcome participants who are 16 or 17 years old with an interest in archaeology, but they must be accompanied by an adult.
Some of our participants from previous years said:
‘Really had an amazing time – fulfilled a lifetime ambition – seriously!’
‘I absolutely loved it and hope I can be included next year.’
‘Thank you for the opportunity, it’s something I’ve always wanted to do, it’s been on my bucket list for years!’