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

Recent & Active Projects

Roman, Tudor and Georgian site in Sonning Common

Geophysics survey at La Hyde

Excavations at Cholsey

Aberleigh, Hall Farm, Arborfield 

Excavations at Knowl Hill

Equipment and Processes

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.

The BAS Software Portfolio
Making an effective contribution to our local archaeology requires the use of both computer systems and teamwork.  For this reason, over many years Andrew Hutt identified a portfolio of applications which have been used to support the Society’s work.  More recently, Tim Lloyd and Martin Labram have identified new applications to add. Members may download a pdf of a paper explaining the current portfolio and the uses of each application.

Study group meetings

March 2018: Geophysics
At the March meeting, Andrew Hutt gave a presentation on the geophysics technology.  This covered the capabilities of resistivity meters, magnetometers, ground penetrating radar and magnetic susceptibility meters.  This was followed by comments of the global positioning systems and guide lines on writing fieldwork reports.

April 2018: Stratigraphy and the Harris Matrix
The April meeting was workshop run by Alison McQuitty on Stratigraphy and the Harris Matrix.  She started by defining key terms used by excavators; they were stratigraphy, context, matrix, inclusions and Harris matrix.  She then got everybody working in pairs to draw Harris Matrices of archaeological sections recording an excavation she carried out in Jordan.  We thank Alison for an interesting, informative and fun afternoon.