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Meet us In 2017........ Get ready to dig!

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Join us at the SHAAS AGM to see where we will be digging in April, join the team, take out membership for the new season and have a drink with us. Tuesday 7 March at the Imperial, Southborough. 7.30pm.

Practice or learn new skills at out Family Allotment Dig Sunday 19 March. No, we're not digging for spuds, but to see what has been buried in the allotment site over the years. Suitable for all the family (accompanied children 7+). Southborough Allotments. Two sessions 10-12pm & 1-3pm. Booking essential - email us to book your session with names and ages of children. THANK YOU - see you there.

THE NEW SEASON STARTS TOWARDS THE END OF APRIL - DO BECOME A MEMBER AND GET YOUR TROWEL READY!!

2016 Digging Begins!

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The sun is out and we are ready to roll! Preparations are underway to prepare the site for Saturday 21st May when the excavation will officially commence. This weekend the committee will begin to transport equipment to the site and start to peg out the grid for trench outlining. Thanks to a generous donation from the Royal Tunbridge Wells Round Table, the society was able to have a complete overhaul of archaeological equipment for the new season.

 

Digging at the site will run from 10am until 4pm on both the 21st & 22nd of May. We hope to see you all there for what promises to be a very exciting season!

 

Best Wishes,

Jane Clark

Honnington Farm 2016

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This April saw the commencement of fieldwork with a magnetometer survey being carried out on our new site. Conducted by geophys expert David Stavely, 40 meter grids were aligned to the OS national grid using GPS, totalling a total area of 120m x 120m. Survey lines, spaced 1 metre apart, were walked northsouth with 4 readings per metre along the line and the results are very promising for our summer of archaeology. The survey revealed quite a significant feature under the surface. The outline of which is indicative of a building. Judging by the size of the foundations we are dealing with an enormous structure. Is it an Anglo-Saxon feasting hall? Is it Roman encampment? Or is it simply a long forgotten post-mediaeval barn?

 

All we now for sure is that we have a series of large postholes or pits arranged roughly in a rectangular 20m x 30m plan. It may be safe to assume that we have some sort of post built building, but we cannot say for certain until we start excavating.

 

I look forward to seeing you at the Honnington site this summer.

 

All the best,

Robert Falvey

2016 Field Work Update

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We have finally finished the last bit of Christmas Cake and thoughts turn to what SHAAS will be doing in 2016. We enjoyed a very exciting season last year excavating a local Iron Age bloomery furnace site. The research team are currently busy writing the excavation report which will be available in the Spring. Unfortunately, we were caught out by the hideous weather last Autumn which turned the site into a quagmire, so first on the agenda is to finish any remaining backfilling in early spring. We will announce a date on the website and any volunteers who are in need of burning off any Christmas excesses would be much appreciated! 

 

The committee are now in the process of organising this year's season. We are intending to excavate a Post-Medieval site in Southborough Valley, and will confirm details within the next few weeks. Watch this space!!

 

Finally, everybody thoroughly enjoyed the recent trip to the Celts Exhibition at the British Museum. Our next trip is a guided walking tour of Oldbury Hill Fort near Sevenoaks in mid-March 2016, further details are on our events page.

 

Best Wishes,

Jane Clark

Brokes Wood 2015

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SHAAS have had a very pleasant inaugural season excavating in Brokes Woods and the society would like to thank Peter Marshall for allowing us to pursue archaeology in his wood. However, SHAAS's archaeological investigation of Brokes Wood will be finishing as of March 2016.

 

Brokes Wood is a fantastic area of natural beauty and it has a rich archaeological history, nevertheless, any further investigation within Brokes Wood will not be endorsed by the society. We welcome any of our members to join Nigel, Paul and Peter with their independant research within the woods but the society's work on the bloomery furnace has come to a fruitful end with the release of the post-excavation report. Our forthcoming excavations, taking place within 2 miles of where we excavated last summer, is the next step on our journey to explore the archaeology of the Southborough Valley. Using feedback from our volunteers, the team has been working really hard behind the scenes developing a new and improved archaeological programme for this new site.

 

I would like to take this opportunity to thank Nigel, Peter and Paul for founding the Southborough & High Brooms Amateur Archaeology Society; they have provided our local community with a wonderful way of pursuing archaeology as a hobby.

 

Regards,

Robert Falvey


 

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