Friday, 11 December 2015

Members now active on six projects

The BAS Active Archaeology Group is a hive of activity this Autumn and Winter, with six projects on the go across Buckinghamshire: 

Hobb's Hill, a small earthwork on the Chiltern escarpment just south of Monks Risborough, is the current target for an earthworks survey which is due to be completed in January. Hopefully the results will add to our knowledge of the surrounding Iron Age landscape. 

Our report on the geophysical surveys at Hogshaw Knights Hospitallers manor and deserted village site has now been completed and submitted to Historic England. The site will be the subject of an exhibition in the County Museum in 2016.

Three former nurses who are members of the group have been gathering regularly at the County Museum Bones Store recently. What they've found, and what this might tell us about the people of Buckinghamshire past, will be the subject of the group's evening meeting on Tuesday 19 January.  

Next to the Iron-Age Cholesbury Camp, another group of members are helping to survey a field where parchmarks have been noted during dry weather. For the first time our geophysical survey, led by Kris Lockyear of University College London, will include Ground-Penetrating Radar.

Northchurch World War I practice trenches are the site of a survey led by the National Trust, with help from six of our group members. The commons there were the site of a large training camp in WW1 and the landscape still bears the marks - if you know where to look. 

The sixth project will be at Cheddington Airfield in the New Year, when four members will be surveying what was an American Air Force bomber base during the Second World War. This is part of a project styled 'The 8th in the East' which is surveying former American airfields across eastern England.

  • IF YOU'RE INTERESTED in joining any of our projects, eMail us at to find out what's happening and when.

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