Part II of the discussion on Surrey's Roman rural settlement project, following on from the November 2020 meeting. Anne Sassin-Allen will kickstart the discussion by highlighting the use of Lidar and how useful it could be in Surrey. She will compare it with Lidar in Kent which is effectivly used as a research tool. David Bird and David Calow will then lead a discussion on how the group can use the available data to research particular areas of Roman settlement in the County and beyond its current borders. Please come prepared to take part.
At the December meeting we normally share mince pies and a glass of wine. Although we are not meeting in person yet, have your mince pie and glass to hand to start off the festive season.
David will discuss two of our known Roman sites, comparing and contrasting the evidence we have for rural settlement and Roman activity in the area.
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This session will concentrate on tools available which can be used to further our research on Surrey's Roman rural settlement.
The provisional line-up is as follows:
David Calow will show how QGIS, an open source desktop geographic information system, can be used to identify areas of likely rural settlement.
Tim Wilcock will highlight the grey literature data available on the society's website, which plugs the gap between HER, PAS and published data.
We start our winter series of talks with Simon Maslin, Surrey's Finds Liaision Officer talking about how the Portable Antiquities Scheme can be used as a tool in our research on Roman rural settlement in Surrey.
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The final main season of excavation on Ashtead Common was undertaken by the Society’s Roman Studies Group in August and September this year. The ground was very dry at first at the end of the long dry spell, making excavation difficult, but it did allow work in places that would usually have been under water (and indeed were at the end of the dig). The excavation was aimed principally at completing work on the area of the newly discovered building, the Lowther villa and the tile kiln(s).
For some years now David and Audrey Graham have been undertaking fieldwork on the site of the building complex at Whitebeech, Chiddingfold in order to gain a better understanding of this enigmatic site. What follows is the text of a recent report to English Heritage dealing with the outcome of a geophysical survey. The report contains a useful summary of what has been achieved to date.
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.
Unfortunately due to the current situation with COVID-19 we have decided to cancel this conference on 9th May 2020.
We hope to re-schedule it for May 2021.
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Dr. David Bird, RSG Chairman and past Surrey County archaeologist, will be giving us an update on his research on Ashtead Roman villa and Tileworks. Surrey Archaeological Society carried out excavations on the site between 2006-2013, but the history of archaeological investigation on the site goes back to the 1920s when AWG Lowther investigated the main villa building and detached bath house. David, in preparation for publication of the project has been examining records, both modern and historic, and his talk will give us a glimpse of what he has found.
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.