Field Projects

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

Opportunities to take part will be emailed to members as projects are planned. 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 at projects(at)berksarch.co.uk.  For security we are not publishing email addresses as direct links. Please re-type substituting the @ symbol for (at)

Recent & Active Projects

2014-2019 Roman, Tudor and Georgian site in Sonning Common

2015-2017 Geophysics survey at La Hyde

2016-2017 Excavations at Cholsey

2017 Aberleigh, Hall Farm, Arborfield 

2018 Excavations at Knowl Hill

2019-2020 Ankerwycke priory

2020-2021 Roman Wickham

Equipment and Processes

New resistivity meter
In 2015 BAS purchased 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. It has been used successfully on several recent projects.

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.