Fieldwork

Excavation at Cock Farm Abinger 2024

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Our Summer excavation 2024 will take place at Cocks Farm Abinger. Following excavations on the scheduled Roman villa site our focus has moved to the field adjacent to the villa. Magnetometry indicated a series of field boundaries, ditches, pits and other anomalies (see https://www.surreyarchaeology.org.uk/content/excavations-at-cocks-farm-roman-villa-abinger-2009-present-interim-reports).

Rowhurst excavations 2019-2022

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Rowhurst - Fire and Iron Gallery
Leatherhead

A community test-pitting program took place in 2019 at Rowhurst near Leatherhead in Surrey. The site has a Grade II* listed building on the site dating back to 1346 and surface finds on the site included Bronze Age and Roman pottery and an Iron Age gold stater. The public were given experience in both test-pitting and finds processing.

Albury Park test pitting and open day

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We will returning for one final week of test pitting this season at Albury Park in September, to investigate the deserted medieval settlement which once stretched across the course of the former road which continued all the way to Shere. The original village of Albury was displaced in the early 19th century (to its current location to the west), and little now remains standing of the former cottages.

Excavations at Cocks Farm Abinger 2023

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The latest season of excavations in the field adjacent to Cocks Farm Roman villa will take place 17th June - 23rd July 2023. The plan is to further explore magnetometry features in the field adjacent to the Roman villa, adding to our knowledge of human activity on the hill from prehistory onwards.

Dates are as follows: 17-20th, 22-26th June, 29th June - 3rd July, 6-8th, 13 - 17, 20-23rd July.  

If you are interested in taking part please contact us via romanstudiesgroup@btinternet.com

Excavations at Cocks Farm Abinger 2022

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The latest season of excavations in the field adjacent to Cocks Farm Roman villa will take place 3rd July - 2nd August 2022.

Actual dates are as follows:  July 3-5, 8-12, 15-19, 25-26, 28- 2nd Aug 2022. 

If you are interested in taking part please contact us via romanstudiesgroup@btinternet.com

Priority will be given to RSG members and members of SyAS, but it is hoped to accommodate all those interested in taking part.

Excavations at Cocks Farm, Abinger - postponed

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COVID 19

The advertised excavation  in June-July has been postponed due to the Covid 19 pandemic. We are hoping to reinstate the dig, government guidelines permitting, later in the summer. However we are not accepting any more volunteers as numbers are likely to be severely restricted.  Participants already registered will receive further e-mails with the latest information.

This summer work is planned in the field north of the Roman villa looking for further evidence of Iron Age and Roman rural activity.

Bletchingley test pitting - Mesolithic Hinterlands of Surrey

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As part of the Mesolithic Hinterlands of Surrey project, run by Tom Lawrence (Oxford Archaeology), we will be running one weekend of community test pitting in August (17th-18th 10:00-16:00) utilising the flint methodology. This will be preceded by a training day at our Research Centre at Abinger on Saturday August 10th. 

Farnham Holt Pound community test pitting

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Finding Farnham is back, and Surrey Archaeological Society is running not one, but two community archaeology test pitting events in 2019 in Farnham! 


On Saturday 6th and Sunday 7th July, there will be two days of community test pitting (10:00-16:00) at Holt Pound, where members of the public are welcome to sign-up and have a try at digging, sieving or helping to process the finds. 

Free for all - open to all ages

All sessions must be booked in advance – for info, contact outreach@surreyarchaeology.org.uk.

Bourne Hall test pitting and open day

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Surrey Archaeological Society is running not one, but two community archaeology test pitting events in 2019 in Epsom and Ewell! 


On Saturday 25th May, there will be an open day (11:00-16:00) at Bourne Hall, where anyone can come along and have a try at digging, sieving or helping to process the finds. The day will include activities with Roman legionaries, as well as finds from previous digs, so do come along and see what’s going on!

Free for all - open to all ages

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