MEON VALLEY ARCHAEOLOGY & HERITAGE GROUP
BOOKING FOR THE 2018 ARCHAEOLGICAL DIG WILL OPEN AT 12.00 PM ON Friday 25th MAY
Tues 3rd – Sat 7th July 2018
Tues 10th – Sat 14th July 2018
Tues 17th – Sat 21st July 2018
Tues 24th & Weds 25th July 2018
SITE OPEN DAY
SATURDAY 21st JULY 2018, 10.30 AM-3.30 PM
Opportunity to view the site in action. Talks and tours at:
11.00 pm, 12.00 pm, 2.00 pm, 3.00 pm
All are welcome to come along – no need to book.
Our work continues following the excavation of June 2016 and July 2017 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 bathhouse. The work of the dedicated team of metal detectorists also proved invaluable in finding artefacts from the Roman period and Iron Age.
This year we plan to extend both the main and extension trenches to the east of the Temple site. We shall also continue excavation of the rooms of the bath house. Additionally we will also excavate on the other side of the A32 where Neolithic barrows were discovered by a MVAHG geophysical survey in 2015.
This is an exciting opportunity to take part in practical archaeology in a joint project between Winchester University, and the Meon Valley Archaeology & Heritage Group, led by Professor Tony King. Participants of all levels from novice to expert welcomed. No experience is necessary as training will be provided. You must be over 16 to take part and ideally live in or around the Meon Valley. Please note that 16 and 17 year olds will need to ask a parent or guardian to complete the booking form on their behalf.
Some of our participants from 2016 & 2017 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!’