Field Projects

Every year the Society is invited to conduct a number of field projects. These usually involve geophysical survey and sometimes also excavation.

If you would like to take part please contact the Project Manager listed in the projects below. No previous experience is required but if you have any particular skills they are always appreciated.

If you have researched a local project that you would like the Society to assist with please contact Andrew Hutt

2016

Geophysics survey at La Hyde

Tudor and Georgian site in Sonning Common
This year’s excavations involved excavating three trenches.  We reopened trench 1 which was first dug in 2014.  We extended trench 3 which was first dug in 2015 and we opened a new trench (trench 4) to investigate a geophysics anomaly.

The excavations in trench 4 revealed balls of grey Kimmeridge clay which was used to make water proof floors, puddle ponds and point brick walls. Excavations in the extended trench 3 revealed a garden path which was probably associated with the Georgian garden wall and two phases of construction of a mortared flint wall.  One phase of construction has a floor of assorted tile and rubble covered with domestic rubbish – broken pots, animal bones and clay pipe.

Post excavation report in progress. Meanwhile you can read the report in the Henley Standard

New resistivity meter
For many years the Council of Independent Archaeology has been testing a new resistivity meter and the Society has been waiting to buy one.  In June following more news that it was not yet in production, the Council decided they needed a new meter. As a result we now have a TAR-3 resistivity meter from R M Frobisher.

The mobile frame for this system weighs about 2kg, the same as a bag of sugar, and the electronics are modern and fast.  Once we had taken delivery we spent three days on Streatley Meadows getting familiar with it and working with the developer to rewrite parts of the manual so it explains how to do things which are important to a geophysics surveyor, such a going back a traverse, rather than the capabilities of the machine.

2017

Roman, Tudor and Georgian site in Sonning Common – 1-21 April
We have been granted permission to excavate some trenches to gain a better understanding of the Roman mortared flint wall we have found in 2015 and 2016 and to see if we can get more dating evidence for building R8 which pottery evidence suggests may be Medieval.

If you would like to come on site please send Andrew Hutt an email at andrew_hutt@talktalk.net