Category Spring Survey

Basing House Survey Final Day – A rain check and some reflections

Originally posted on Kristian Strutt:
The second week of survey at Basing House finished on Friday in a spray of mud and rain, hailstones and inky cloud. What had promised to be a reasonable day quickly became unworkable, wet and cold. The teams set out for the final day of survey, focusing on completion of…

Basing House Survey, Day Four – Spring finally arrives!

Originally posted on Kristian Strutt:
We have had some really productive days on the second phase of survey at Basing House, with third year and postgraduate students from the University of Southamotin working hard, and carrying out resistance survey, magnetometry, GPR and magnetic susceptibility of the Old and New houses, and Civil War defences and…

Basing House Spring Survey – Week 2 Day One

Originally posted on Kristian Strutt:
After a few weeks out of the field, the staff and students from the University of Southampton arrived back at Basing House to start the geophysical survey component of the fieldwork. A mix of third year students from Archaeology and Oceanography, Erasmus students and postgraduates headed out to the site.…

Spring Survey Week One – Day Four

Today was a cold but very productive day up at Basing House. The student teams are getting faster at recording topography and have covered huge areas of the site. Surveying in the limits of the New House has been tricky as there are partial walls to try to identify. One of the student teams is […]

Spring Survey Week One – Day Three: by Kris Strutt

Originally posted on Kristian Strutt:
The third day of archaeological survey at Basing House is over, and the survey teams are really getting in to the swing of things. The two minibuses arrived at 9.20am, driving from sunny Southampton into mist and freezing temperatures around Basingstoke, ready for another exciting day at the site. Tim…

Spring Survey Week One – Day Two

Today was the second day on site for staff and students from the surveying module. ┬áThe weather was changeable (to say the least!), but the teams still managed to get almost a full day’s work in. We were all feeling confident as we arrived on site this morning, and the teams set up quickly and […]

Spring Survey Week One – Day One

This week 25 students and 8 staff are working at Basing House to carry out a topographic survey of the entire earthworks complex, and a building survey of the Old House and the Great Barn. Undergraduate and postgraduate Archaeology students have been hard at work, learning how to use total stations for surveying. We’re on […]