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This section contains the latest news from the Field Unit, as and when it occurs. New sections are added as and when to show the progress the Field Unit are making during the year.

* Original Information 30th March 2018

 

BHAS Post Excavation 2017/2018

There have been a number of finds processing days over the winter period. Finds from the excavations at Ovingdean were washed at the premises of the professional unit Archaeology South East (ASE) who once again kindly opened their doors to us. We had several visit to their site for finds washing and this also included finds from some field walking conducted at Perching. There were 3 other finds processing days held at the Patcham Community Centre where finds were sorted into their various catagories, and later marked after washing. All of these events were well supported by the membership.

 

Winter Walks

There have been a number of winter walks to places of archaeological interest. The first was a popular walk around Stanmer where we visited a number of locations. BHAS have excavated in Stanmer on a number of occasions, and we visited Pudding Bag Wood and Stanmer Great Wood where a couple of cross ridge dykes were investigated, and to our Romano-British site at Rocky Clump and the medieval enclosure at Patchway Field. There was also a visit to the Stanmer Water catchment, and a number of other locations. A second walk visited the Devil's Dyke where excavations took place in 1936. The walk then continued across the Downs to the medieval settlement at Upper Perching. We almost visited the Motte and Bailey fort at Truleigh Hill, unfortunately the weather closed in and prevented this. A full programme of summer walks is being organised and these will be published in a future website update.

 

BHAS Field Work

During the earlier months of 2018 the BHAS Field Unit conducted some field walking at Perching, on a field just to the west of Fulking. It was a large field and the northern section had the potential for finding Palaeolithic material. The walking did produce some flint work, and medieval pottery, and the finds are currently being processed prior to the creation of dot density diagrams. The diagrams may reveal concentrations of finds indicating potential sites for future investigation. One observation was the vast amount of plastic now scattered across these fields.

 

Watching Brief at Beacon Hill

During February and when the snow was arriving BHAS conducted a watching brief on a water pipeline trench being excavated along the east side of Beacon Hill. The trench was not very wide, but a number of geophysical surveys conducted over the past decade have revealed a number of interesting anomalies. Sadly the watching brief produced no sign of any features and the only finds were of modern brick and tile.

 

Excavations at Rocky Clump from April 14th 2018

The Brighton and Hove Archaeological Society will be returning to Rocky Clump on Saturday 14th April. This season we will be investigating the east end of a large ditched enclosure. This is the entrance to this late Iron Age or early Romano-British enclosure, other areas inside of the enclosure will also be examined. A flint wall was found during the last season and it would be interesting to see if we can find a building. There will be training available, but anyone is welcome whatever their experience. The excavations will be led by the new Archaeological Secretary Pete Tolhurst.

 

 

BHAS have a full winter programme with lectures, finds processing, day schools and walks or visits to places of interest.

The BHAS field unit is open to anyone with an interest in archaeology, no previous experience is required, all training will be given. For further details apply to the membership section or contact either Pete Tolhurst at archsec@brightonarch.org.uk or John Funnell at co-ordinator@brightonarch.org.uk for more details

 

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