Roman

Excavations at Cocks Farm, Abinger

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This summer we will be continuing work in the field north of the Roman villa looking for further evidence of Iron Age and Roman rural activity. Volunteers are welcome, with Surrey Archaeological Society and its Roman Studies Group members having priority, but other volunteers, experienced or not, are welcome. If you have not dug on the site before you will be asked to commit to five days attendance over the month. The dates for 2020 are as follows:

Saturday 13th - Wednesday 17th June

Saturday 20th - Wednesday 24th June

Monday 29th June -Wednesday 1st July

Talk by Rob Briggs - Using the Surrey Historic Environment Record to research Roman rural settlements in the county

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Rob Briggs, who has worked for the HER for more than two years, and has been an active SyAS member for much longer, will be talking to us about the Surrey Historic Environment Record (HER) database and how it can be used in conjunction with other evidence to identify Roman rural settlement sites in the county. Rob's research interests focus on the early Middle Ages and has also had experience of working on Roman and earlier periods through years of parish-level research into the archaeology and landscape of Puttenham parish.

Excavations at Cocks Farm Abinger 2019

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Emma Corke, Director of excavations at Cock Farm Abinger, will be updating us on yet another successful season on this site of Iron Age and Roman agricultural activity in Abinger. Earlier indications of a human presence include Neolithic pottery and a number of flint implements. Archaeology found in the three CFA19 trenches , including Iron Age, transitional and Roman ditches, and more than 170 postholes, are tying together features from previous seasons to indicate a pattern of activity over several centuries.

James Bromwich talking on Gallic sanctuaries

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James Bromwich is the author of several specialist guide books to Roman archaeology in France. Last season we heard James talking on the garum and salt industries in France and he is back talking to us about Gallic sanctuaries. Sites that will be expanded upon include Le Vieil-Évreux in Normandy and Haut-Bécherel Sanctuary at Corseul in Brittany.

James' detailed guide books will be on sale during the evening.

Roman sites in Surrey with multiple finds by metal detectorists

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David Calow, Director of the Flexford excavations, will be talking to members about a number of sites within Surrey where metal detectorist have uncovered large numbers of metal finds. These finds have either enhanced the understanding of activities on a known site or highlighted the presence of a previously unknown site. Come along to learn more.

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.

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