Category Excavation Plans

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.

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 […]

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 – 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 […]

Final Preparations

I’ve been doing some last minute preparations, ready for the first day of our dig tomorrow. We how have a Facebook page! The page is here: https://www.facebook.com/BasingHouseCAT I’ve also made a ton of stickers. So that when you come to visit us, you can easily see who is a member of the project team. We’ll […]

Counting Shovels

This morning, Dan, Chris, Gareth and I packed up the vans and transported all of the kit that we are going to need for the next three weeks of excavating up to Basing House. The weather was gorgeous (continuing on this week’s theme) and we stopped at Barton’s Mill (a very nice pub just next-door […]

Paperwork and un-Commonly Hot

This week we’ve been working hard to get everything ready for our dig starting next week. We travelled up to Basing House on Tuesday to meet with all of the staff that work at the site to talk about last minute details. While we were there we walked over to Basingstoke Common to look at […]

Background Reading – The 1964 Excavation Report

We thought that we would share the report of the excavation that we are revisiting this summer. Hampshire Field Club Report This is the 1964 report of the excavation from the 1960s that was published in the Hampshire Field Club’s proceedings: Combley_1964_BasingHouse (a very large PDF – 11MB). If you are an undergraduate student attending the Basing […]

Guest Blog: Meg Davis – New Ways of Recording Excavations

Introducing Meg We’re very excited that Meg will be visiting us on the 1st August to test out how handheld devices can contribute to archaeological investigations. We interviewed Meg to find out what she is planning. What will you be testing at Basing House? I am planning to test out touch-screen tablets for their uses […]

Plotting the trench

This morning some of our team travelled up to Basing House to finalise plans with the staff at the site, and to look again at some of the things we’ll be working on while we’re digging later this month. First of all though, we couldn’t resist going to look at the recently discovered Tudor fireplace, […]

Our 1960s excavation

The excavation this Summer, we’re reinvestigating excavations carried out by Aldermaston Archaeological Society 1962-3 at Basing House. Reported in the Proceedings of the Hampshire Field Club (Pike & Combley, 1964: 11-20), the excavations consisted of a long trench (c.1m x 30m) which ran from the bank and ditch at the back of the earthworks of […]