Monday, 21 June 2010

Time left to sign up!

We are counting down the days until the Big Dig recommences in the Allotments. Already the archaeology Master's students from the Oxford University Department for Continuing Education are assembling for their survey week which begins on the 27th of June. they will be doing a variety of non-invasive surveys around the village, doing geophysics (know popularly as 'geofizz') and GPS work and topographical survey. A buildings survey is also planned. More details will be reported as the Survey Week shapes up. there will be a public Open Evening in the Village Hall on Thursday July 1, from 6-8pm.

Excavation begins on the 4th of July in the Allotments and in our new North Trench. If you'd like to come dig with us, volunteer applications are still being accepted for the third week of the dig, July 18-23rd. Please complete the application found here and return it by July 3rd.

There is so much exciting archaeology waiting to be discovered and to tell us more about this fascinating location! Come join us!

Monday, 7 June 2010

One month to go!

In a month's time, the 4th season of excavation will begin in the village of Dorchester-on-Thames. Details of the project can be found here, but basically, Dorchester is a place that has played a significant role in the story of human settlement of the Thames Valley. From Neolithic funerary monuments to an Iron Age place of trade and power, from a walled Roman town to the bishopric of St Birinus, Dorchester has many secrets to share. We are poised to uncover some of them through archaeological excavation, and hope you will enjoy reading about the dig as it happens during the month of July.

This blog will take you from the machining off of the topsoil, all the way though the processing of the finds. You will share our triumphs (hopefully, exquisite artefacts) and our travails (digging in British weather!)

If you live in Southern Britain please come visit us or join the dig! If not, pull out your virtual trowel and see what we can discover!