The Weald was one of the most densely wooded parts of the country in and around the time of the Doomsday Survey. Experts agree that colonization of the Weald was largely through the seasonal movement of people and animals between different grazing grounds, producing a distinctive settlement pattern by the Mediaeval Period. The project is setting out to uncover and record archaeological features in an area which has seen little investigation in the last 40 years.
Days on Site
We normally excavate on site every Sunday throughout summer and autumn . However, the start of our digging season has been delayed due to the corona virus situation.
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Current Excavation (2019-20)
SHAAS has identified the remains of a possible finery forge located on Old Forge Farm, Powder Mill Lane, as the site for our excavations of previous years. This site has previously been investigated, and we have extended and broadened the excavations, to define the structures, layout and site stratigraphy.
Currently we are investigating the site of an 18th Century Corn Mill, identified as Broakes Mill on the map to your right.
To support our primary excavations, SHAAS has undertake preliminary surveys of other significant landscape features of the local area. These can include a mid-19th century railway viaduct, an 18th century mill pond, and a possible second lost gunpowder mill site. Historical and map evidence show the area of Old Forge Farm to be the site of a number of 16th century forges. The area is rich in archaeological remains, and SHAAS is excited to be given the opportunity to explore this site by the landowner, Mr Chris Leaning.
Ordinance Survey Map from 1872 showing area to be investigated.
For information about out previous excavations please click HERE