A fifth season of excavation will take place at Cocks Farm Roman villa, Abinger over two weeks in June (3rd- 7th and 10th
The seventh main season of excavation on Ashtead Common was undertaken by the Society’s Roman Studies Group between 22 August and 9 September this year, with extremely good results. The weather was helpful at first, as while only a short period was lost to rain the ground remained soft. Unfortunately, largely unbroken sunshine in the final week made photography and excavation difficult. Work was aimed at a better understanding of the newly discovered building, the Lowther villa and the tile kiln(s). It was also possible to learn more about the separate bath house.
At about the time Britain became part of the Roman Empire in the first century AD, in Trier the foundations of a new bridge over the Moselle were being laid which still form the base for the modern road crossing, so we thought we too would cross it to learn more about what was going on the other side. Later it became the capital of the Western Roman Empire; Constantine effectively ruled Britain from there, creating an imperial city of immense wealth and standing.
The Ewell Hinterland Project was set up by Surrey Archaeological Society in conjunction with Epsom and Ewell History and Archaeology Society to examine and investigate the archaeological evidence for Iron Age and Romano-British sites around Ewell, a known Romano-British settlement. Over the last two years members have participated in a number of field walking days to ascertain evidence for past occupation. It was decided to include in the project all fields that became
Members of the Roman Studies Group (RSG) and the Artefacts and Archives Research Group (AARG) are continuing work to identify, catalogue and analyse the tiles from the site.
As part of the five year plan to reappraise the work carried out on the Ashtead Roman Villa site, we have recently undertaken a project to maximise the information we can obtain from the artefacts using digital photography. All artefacts have a story to tell and it is important to extract as much information as we can from our photographic images.