Category Summer Excavation

Guest Post: Geophysics on Basingstoke Common – Clare Allen

Clare Allen has written a post updating us on her ongoing research for her Masters in Archaeological Surveying and Landscape major project. — The three weeks spent doing geophysics on the common were very eventful; from running away from cows to stomping down nettles. However, some very interesting results have been achieved, with a lot […]

Basing House Open Days – Beyond the Brick Wall

As part of our time at Basing House, we were keen to work with the Hampshire County Council team to keep visitors informed of our dig, and to tell people all about the history of Basing House in an engaging way. The dig was also a training excavation; a compulsory part of an Archaeology or […]

Photos of the Dig

We’ve been adding all of our photos to the Flickr Group. It would be great to see all of the photos that you took while you were at Basing House, so if you have any pictures that you’d like to share, please consider adding them to the Flickr Group. Alternatively, you can share photos with […]

The trench has been covered!

Some Reflections… After three weeks of deturfing and excavation it took only one day to cover back over the 18 x 17 metre trench we had made, re-covering the original 1960s Aldermaston Archaeological Society’s excavation. As an archaeologist working at a university, projects that I am involved with are generally research-based. They begin with a […]

Using Software to Synthesise Data

Dan has put together a few screenshots of some of the awesome things that he has been doing as part of his dissertation work for the Masters in Archaeological Computing. Dan’s dissertation topic is: How can modern computer software be used to create a comprehensive synthesis of information gained from archaeological sites, and what can […]

We’re in the Basingstoke Gazette!

Our excavation has been covered by the Basingstoke Gazette. Read the news article here: http://www.basingstokegazette.co.uk/news/10608910.Archaeology_students_work_in_trenches_at_Old_Basing_ruins/ We’ve also provided a copy of the text and the photo of Lucy, Sam and Anne here: Students and staff from the University of Southampton work at Basing House Tuesday 13th August 2013 By Chris Gregory STUDENTS and staff from […]

Day 18 – Finishing the digging season at Basing House 2013 – by Jamie, Sophie and Sam

Sophie, Jamie and Sam have written a review of the excavation season. This is a taster of the archaeology from the previous three weeks. We had lots of great finds coming out, including four Roman coins, which we will write a post about over the next few days. In the meantime, here is Sophie, Jamie […]

Day 17 – A View from the Trench Edge – by Sophie, Jamie and Sam

On the penultimate day of the excavation Sophie took a few minutes out with a number of members of the excavation team to ask them about their views on the project and if it had met the aims set out at the start. Dave (Co-Director) “The dig has been very successful, in that we have […]

Day 16 – 1960s vs 2013 – by Dom

The difference between what was found in the 1960s excavation and 2013 excavation A true British citizen may open with an assertion about the weather, and staying true to this, I can declare that we started the day with a cool, if some-what summery breeze, with the sun getting progressively hotter throughout the morning. A […]

Day 14 – Box Grid Excavations – by Eden

Student reporter, Eden’s blog post on what it has been like to work on a 1960’s box grid excavation with lots of sections within baulks, rather than a more modern plan excavation where the horizontal plane is significatn for interpretation. — A box grid excavation involves digging a series of square trenches which are separated […]

Day 13 – Amateur and Professional Archaeology – by Corrine

One of our students, Corrine, has written an excellent blog post all about the relationship between professional and amateur archaeologists. Professional and Amateur Archaeologists In increasing regularity archaeological excavations consist of a mix of archaeologists and volunteers. In our site volunteers make up a vital part of the team, the benefits of volunteers may seem […]

Day 11 – Finds so far – by Mike

August 3rd 2013 – Basing House Dig – Day 11 INTRODUCTION Saturday 3rd August – another day of digging for the Basing House archaeologists. There are undeniable groans, yawns and sleepy protestations at a time which most students believe should be legally outlawed for work (let alone consciousness) of any kind. Nevertheless, work was soon […]

Day 7 – Ice Cream, Rain & RTI! – by Vicky

Second Week Begins! So the first week of the Basing House dig has gone, and after a well-deserved Sunday break, the second week begins. Despite spells of rain, it did not dampen the team’s efforts with the trench dig and progress was made. This was seen especially in the tough far corner, which finally after […]

Day 10 – The discovery of a Roman coin! – by Phoebe

The archaeology of the sections so far… The excavation has reached it’s tenth day here at Basing House, and as all the sections are hitting their respective base layers it is easy to see from looking at the section edges of the trench as well as the finds from each of the contexts we have […]

Day 9 – Artists and Family Fun! – by Dan C.

Background information Today the team were continuing with the re-excavation of the work done in the 1960’s from the previous dig that took place at Basing House. The main idea of the day again was too track down the trench boundaries left behind, as well as to continue further on from where the previous excavation […]

Day 7 – Quick Photo Diary

One of our excellent student reporters will be writing up an article about today’s archaeology, so I just thought I’d share some photos from my mobile phone to give you an idea of how our day went. So, a more comprehensive blog post to follow tomorrow, written by Vicky. But I thought I’d get some […]

Day 5 – Hampton Court Palace – by Michael

After four hard days of work at Basing house, the team took a well earned break and headed down to Hampton Court Palace for a day trip. After a short lie-in we headed up north to the famous palace. Basing House is known to have been built in a similar style to Hampton Court so […]

Day 4 – Digging a ditch and playing games!

Hi I’m Alice studying BA Archaeology. During my time at Basingstoke I’m most looking forward to learn more on the field and experience Archaeology from a time period I am passionate about-with hopefully lots of Medieval or Roman finds! And of course working on a site of such magnificent history! — Day 4 – Thursday […]

Day 6 – First Saturday of the Dig – by Michael

I’m Michael Sherry an Archaeology & History Student from Southampton. I’m most looking forward to experiencing a site which has both early modern archaeology as well as Roman and Iron Age finds. — 27th July 2013 First Saturday of the Dig With everyone feeling rejuvenated after the trip to Hampton Court the day before, we […]

Day 5 – Visiting Hampton Court Palace

On Friday, we took a well-earned break and visited Hampton Court Palace. We were very interested in seeing the location that had played such a big part in the life of William Paulet, who was responsible for the building of Basing House in the 1530s. Hampton Court is massive! We were immediately taken aback by […]