Category Summer Excavation

Day 3 – Slipware Mystery! And some other stuff – by Jake

Written by Jake, The Northern One. — Day 3 On the 24th July 2013 at the Basing House Project a slipware tankard was unveiled in the far left corner of the excavation site. At first it was believed to be a c. 17th century contemporary piece, but after careful analysis by experienced Basing House staff, […]

Day 2 – Let the Festival of British Archaeology begin – by Callum

My name is Callum and I’m studying History and Archaeology at Southampton University. What I’m most looking forward to about Basing House is using techniques and technology’s that they didn’t have on the excavations in the 60’s. — Second Day Today at Basing house we started straight where we left off yesterday with the taking […]

Day 1 – De-Turfing begins! – by Callum

My name is Callum and I’m studying History and Archaeology at Southampton University. What I’m most looking forward to about Basing House is using techniques and technology’s that they didn’t have on the excavations in the 60’s. — First Day Morning We set off from Southampton at half past eight looking forward to our first […]

The Archaeology of Archaeology

Thanks to all of the students and volunteers we are making amazing progress here at Basing House. Despite the best efforts of nettles and roots the turf has now been removed. It is fantastic to see the previous of the excavation be uncovered and to get a better sense of how the excavators worked on the site […]

Day 1 – Deturfing and site tours

The first day on site is always a challenge. There is so much to set up and to get going. The weather was amazing. Hot, humid, close, and no clouds in sight. Despite this, we managed to put up the bell tent, take an extensive site tour, go through all of the risk assessment and […]

Civil War Inspired Music

Each day that we’re digging, we’ll be driving to site from the University of Southampton to Basing House. That means that each day we have nearly two hours to fill.  We’ve been putting together a Civil War themed playlist to wile away the time. So far, we only have 8 or so tracks.  That’s alot […]

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: Clare Allen – The Defensive Role of Basing House and its Environs

Student Basingstoke Common Survey Project We’re very happy to share the details of another fantastic project that will be happening at the same time as our dig. Postgraduate student, Clare Allen, will be working at Basing House for the duration of the excavation, to investigate the surrounding landscape of the Civil War period of the […]

Bring Your Bones! Bones Identification Day 8th August

Osteologists Visit Basing House Do you have a mystery bone that you dug up in the garden or found whilst walking the dog? Would you like to find out more about how archaeologists identify bones? We have fantastic news for you! Bones Identification Day at Basing House 8th August 11am-4pm Ellie Williams and her team […]

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 […]

Site Visit (in the snow)

We met with the Keeper of Archaeology at Basing House a few weeks ago to begin to plan the Summer excavations. As you can see it was a snowy day! The site looked gorgeous with a white covering, and the snow meant that the trenches from the 1960s that we are going to be working […]