22 Aug 2012 - 10:00
Location: Ashtead Common, Ashtead, , SurreyThe Roman Studies Group is undertaking a seventh season of excavation on Ashtead Common. Working days are grouped as three sets of 5 days from Wednesday to Sunday each week.
Dates are Wednesday to Sunday
22th to 26th August,
29th Aug. to 2nd September and
5th to 9th September
with the possibility of needing
10,11th September for tidying up etc.
The site is 20 minutes walk from the nearest car park or railway station. We will try to arrange lifts from nearby railway stations for people coming from a distance. There seems to be no inexpensive overnight accommodation in the area.
2011 developed our knowledge of the buildings west of the ‘villa’ and this work is to continue in 2012. More work is planned around the tile kiln and we are hoping that a trench across the centre of the ‘villa’ will explain the juxtaposition of rooms 4, 6 and 7.
Our enthusiasm has to be moderated by the status of the site as a Scheduled Monument, an area of Special Scientific Interest and a National Nature Reserve but with the considerable assistance of the City of London who own the site we are attempting to develop an understanding of the whole tileworks complex.
No charge will be made for Roman Study Group members. Members of the Surrey Archaeological Society who are not members of the Roman Studies Group are asked to pay £5 covering all three weeks. Other volunteers are asked to pay £5 for each day that they attend. For inexperienced newcomers preference will be given to those who can attend for at least 5 days.
Anyone interested in taking part who has not already been in touch please contact Stella Fagg on email@example.com or 07850 285245 giving contact details and availability and for newcomers an indication of their excavation skills.
In the spring we will be surveying as large an area as possible: fieldwork, contour survey, geophysics and if appropriate some test pitting. Anyone interested in helping with this please contact Alan Hall on firstname.lastname@example.org or 07807534701.