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 15th March 2017
BHAS Post Excavation 2016/2017
There have been a number of finds processing days over the winter
period. The pottery and flintwork has all been washed leaving only
the bone to be completed. The finds were sorted into catagories and
after washing were marked and catalogued. There is and interesting
collection of pottery with a number of different rims styles, but the
fabrics are quite limited. Other finds including marine shells and
metal work will be inspected and recorded in a post ex. Day at
Patcham Community Centre on March 11th
There have been a number of winter walks to places of archaeological
interest. The walks included visits to the hill fort at Caburn. A
wander around the archaeological sites of Stanmer visited the Bronze
Age sites at Pudding Bag Wood and Stanmer Great Wood, the Roman site
at Rocky Clump and the medieval site at Patchway. A visit was also
made to a number of locations around Ovingdean, where BHAS have been
digging, field walking and conducting geophysics for over a decade.
Planned visits to Wolstenbury Hill and Alciston had to be cancelled
due to bad weather. These walks will be rescheduled for the summer.
BHAS Field Work
The BHAS field unit have been very busy during the winter months. In
December the team, led by Pete Tolhurst, visited Rottingdean Grange
and conducted a resistivity survey of the gardens to the west of the
house. Rottingdean is considered to have numerous underground tunnels
linked to 18th century smuggling activities. Sadly the survey failed
to reveal any such features at the Grange.
The team also visited a farm at Burwash in November, where a farmer
had observed a peculiar circular feature in one of his fields. The
field around the farm has produced numerous finds of coins and
bottles and other artefacts. The team conducted a small survey around
a very visible feature but sadly failed to find any anomalies which
could indicate archaeological features. It is possible that it is a
fungal 'fairy' ring. The farmer is keen for the team to return and
conduct some small scale excavations.
BHAS have been asked to conduct some surveying and geophysics at the
site of Old Erringham Farm. The fields around the farm are full of
earthworks and Heritage England has asked BHAS to conduct some
investigations. This is being planned for the spring of 2017.
In February the team conducted some field walking on a small field
immediately north of Hog Croft field, Ovingdean, where the Society is
conducting its excavation. The weather was particularly wet and the
going heavy, but a good number of finds were produced. Among the
finds were medieval pottery, marine shells, flintwork, some
whetstones and a nice, but broken, Neolithic rough out axe. The finds
are being washed and will be studied soon.
Members of the BHAS Field Unit conducted a watching brief while a
large trench was being dug in Palace Place, close to the Royal
Pavilion. The trench revealed a number of arches and walls probably
dated to the Regency and Victorian periods. There were quite a lot of
features in one small area. The only find were a spoon and some
glazed ceramics which have been dated to about 1820.
Excavations at Hog Croft Field, Ovingdean 2017
A new season of excavations is planned to commence at Ovingdean in
April. The long term weather forest is being studied as an early
start to the digging last season coincided with a period of extremely
wet and cold weather. The start of the 2017 digging may be pushed out
till a little later if similar weather is on the horizon.
For more information on the BHAS Training Sessions contact Pete
Tolhurst at firstname.lastname@example.org
For more information about the excavations contact either the site
director John Skelton at email@example.com or
the BHAS co-ordinator at firstname.lastname@example.org
If you are interested in any of these projects contact John Funnell
or call 0844 5888 277 (Evenings)