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Students and volunteers bring the Civil War to life in Hampshire

This summer, a team of Archaeology and History students and staff from the University of Southampton will be excavating at Basing House. The University will be working alongside Hampshire County Council and the Basingstoke Archaeological and Historical Society to investigate the rich history of this important site.

The team will be on site from the 21st July to the 15th August 2014. Students will be hosting Open Days during the Festival of British Archaeology. See the project website for more details:

Basing House has a long and rich history, and the team is expecting to find information about the many phases of the site. The team will be looking for evidence of earlier Roman settlement, as well as investigating the Norman motte and bailey still visible on site, and then examining the importance of the house in the Tudor period when it was visited by many of our royalty, a relationship which resulted in the downfall of Basing House in the English Civil War.

You are warmly invited to come along to Basing House to see our students and volunteers at work and to take part in some of the many activities and events that we will be hosting. Dates and times can be found on our website:

Photos for press purposes, available on our Flickr group:

2014 Season Media Coverage

University of Southampton Archaeology News:

Basingstoke Gazette:

BBC News Online:

2013 Season Media Coverage

University of Southampton Archaeology Events Page:

Basingstoke Gazette listing:

and article:

Basingstoke Gazette news article, 13/08/13:

University of Southampton iSoton Blog:

Breeze FM:

Victoria County History news item:


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