Category Summer Excavation

2016 Fieldwork Plans

This year we will be working on the archives for the previous 100+ years of research at Basing House. We will not be digging, but we will be sharing our research work on the Basing House blog and Facebook page.

Interim Report 2014 – Recording Methodology

Recording Methodology The excavation was recorded by staff and supervised students using University of Southampton context sheets. This archive was supplemented by a dig diary kept by staff. A conventional digital photographic record of the site was recorded with all contexts and finds photographed in plan. Plan and elevation drawings were made onsite where appropriate. […]

New Facebook Page

The 2015 has a new Facebook page that you can follow to keep up to date with the dig team while we are on site this summer. The old page is still available to browse through if you are feeling nostalgic, but we won’t be updating it this year. To find the new page in Facebook, […]

Portraits of Diggers

As per last year, part way through the season I became fascinated by the physicalness of digging. I’m always struck by the way that excavators manipulate their bodies whilst digging, fitting themselves into tiny gaps, like those internet meme photos of cats in glass bowls. The angles necessary to really get your trowel into the […]

Magnetometer Survey at Basing Common

Originally posted on Kristian Strutt:
After the successes of the surveys and excavation at Basing House in 2014, a second season of work is being conducted by the Basing House CAT project (https://basinghouseproject.org/) directed by Nicole and Gareth Beale. Work on the excavation is ongoing, and can be seen on the project blog. In addition…

Facebook Page for Basing House

If you enjoy following our blog, you might also like to take a look at our Facebook page: http://www.facebook.com/BasingHouseCAT Do share with your Facebook friends, we always love getting new followers!

The 2014 Excavation Season is here!

Goodness me, it has been a busy three days! We have arrived on site and have been busily removing turf and beginning to set out how we are going to work on the archaeology that we are already uncovering. This site is so rich in standing remains and there are thousands of bricks just inches […]

Integrating Types of Archaeological Data – Dan’s Major Project

Dan Joyce, our trench supervisor for the 2013 summer field season last year, has written a blog post to summarise his major dissertation project. Dan studied the University of Southampton Masters in Archaeological Computing last year, which he completed at the end of 2013 (well done Dan from the Basing House team!!!)! Dan’s project looked […]

LiDAR Data Processing for Basing House

Dan Joyce used Basing House for his major case study last year when studying for a Masters in Archaeological Computing. Dan has written some posts for us that summarise his research. This is the first in a series of posts about his work.  Thanks to Dan for taking time out to write these posts for […]

A ‘17th Century’ Slipware Mug – by Jamie Ingram

Jamie Ingram dug at Basing House in Summer 2013, as part of a team of undergraduate students. This winter, Jamie wrote an essay inspired by an object found at Basing House. Jamie wrote this essay as part of a module that he was taking entitled: The Social Lives of Objects. Delivered by Dr. Yvonne Marshall, […]

Interim Report 2013 – Geophysical Survey

This Interim Report will soon be available as a PDF on the Hampshire County Council website for Basing House. The authors are: David Allen Gareth Beale Nicole Beale Chris Elmer Jude Jones Kristian Strutt Clare Allen Daniel Jones There are three posts that make up this report. The post below describes the excavation and recording […]

Interim Report 2013 – Finds

This Interim Report will soon be available as a PDF on the Hampshire County Council website for Basing House. The authors are: David Allen Gareth Beale Nicole Beale Chris Elmer Jude Jones Kristian Strutt Clare Allen Daniel Jones There are three posts that make up this report. The post below describes the excavation and recording […]

Interim Report 2013 – Introduction

This Interim Report will soon be available as a PDF on the Hampshire County Council website for Basing House. The authors are: David Allen Gareth Beale Nicole Beale Chris Elmer Jude Jones Kristian Strutt Clare Allen Daniel Jones There are three posts that make up this report. The post below describes the excavation and recording […]

Last Year’s Finds and their Finders – Jude Jones

Jude Jones, our Finds Specialist, has written this fantastic post about the finds of 2013 and their finders.  Thanks Jude! Last Year’s Finds and their Finders On first viewing the Bothy,  I said to Gareth and Nicole Beale, our University of Southampton site directors, that one of the things a finds co-ordinator gets really excited […]

Archaeologists visit Basing House

New Students Trip Tomorrow I am very excited to be bringing the new intake of undergraduate and postgraduate students in the Department of Archaeology to Basing House! We’re going to be touring the site and talking about this year’s excavation. We’ve only got a couple of hours, so we won’t be able to show the […]

Basing House Video: Three Weeks in Two Minutes!

Peter has made this super awesome timelapse video of the summer excavation. Peter is a Masters student studying the Virtual Pasts MSc. He is looking at the use of online technologies for archaeology. Peter has been working on developing online experiences for the Portus Project, another University of Southampton fieldwork project.  The Portus Project will soon […]

Guest Post: An Artist’s Perspective

— Peter Driver, our Artist-in-Residence, has written a piece reflecting on his experience of the excavation season. Thanks Peter! — I relished the opportunity to be artist-in-residence at the Basing House dig.  I  felt rather unqualified for the role, having no previous experience of archaeology, outside of TV documentaries. I didn’t even study History at […]

Guest Blog: Artist in Residence at Work

Peter Driver, our Artist-in-Residence has written posts at his blog about the work that he has been doing with us up at Basing House while we were excavating. Peter is part of the team that is working now to develop a travelling exhibition all about the excavation.  We’ll keep you updated with our plans here […]