Fieldwork

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

Leatherhead test pitting

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There will be four days of further test pitting and trial trenching at Leatherhead, centred this year around Rowhurst and Teazle Wood, to take place in late October.

Digging will require advanced booking, as members of the Society and those from the local community will have a more in-depth opportunity to dig, sieve and process finds. To book and for queries, please contact outreach@surreyarchaeology.org.uk.

**Please note, this portion of the test pitting programme is for adults only**

Excavation at Cocks Farm Abinger

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The latest season of excavation will take place at Cocks Farm, Abinger June-July 2019. This season will further explore Roman and Iron Age features in the field adjacent to the Roman villa first discovered in the 1870s.  The dates are:

Saturday 15th - Wednesday 19th June

Saturday 22nd - Wednesday 26th June

Monday 1st - Wednesday 3rd July

Saturday 6th - Wednesday 10th July

Saturday 13th  - Tuesday 16th July 

Survey training course at Gibbet Hill, Hindhead

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Working with both the National Trust team at Hindhead and Liss Archaeology, this two-day course will provide training in walkover survey and metal-detecting whilst undertaking an initial component of an on-going research project at Gibbet Hill, the Devil’s Punchbowl, Hindhead to locate the site of the former RAF tower masts, one of which was sadly responsible for the crash of the US Air Force Curtis 46D in June 1945.  

Old Woking test pitting (and open day)

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This will be the first weekend for the community test pitting element of the Old Woking Project, to take place over three days in April. All test pitting for this event will be in the gardens of Rosemead, a private residence near the church.

On Saturday 13th April, we will be holding an open day event, where the community can simply show up with no prior booking. Activities will be available for children especially, including Saxon re-enactors.

Charlwood Excavation Update 2018

March 2018

In March 2018, a trench was opened to investigate a pit and ditch formation found in 2017 to the east of the known site. However, due to the weather and soil conditions it was not possible to undertake much work safely for either the archaeology or the volunteers (who were remarkably determined in spite of the challenging conditions). We now hope to return to deal with unfinished business in the autumn.

Farnham Palaeolithic Project

After the successful Palaeolithic dayschool at Farnham Museum in November 2017 and encouraged by Drs Matt Pope and Beccy Scott, the Prehistoric Group is developing a project to assess and catalogue the Bury Collection archived in Farnham Museum. This project will be led by Chris Taylor. Please contact rosemary.hooker@blueyonder.co.uk or info@surreyarchaeology.org.uk to express an interest in joining the team of volunteers.

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