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* 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


Winter Walks

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.


 

Watching Brief

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 training@brightonarch.org.uk

For more information about the excavations contact either the site director John Skelton at archsec@brightonarch.org.uk or the BHAS co-ordinator at co-ordinator@brightonarch.org.uk



If you are interested in any of these projects contact John Funnell at co-ordinator@brightonarch.org.uk or call 0844 5888 277 (Evenings)

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