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Colemore Project: Autumn Excavation

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Volunteer excavating at Colemore
The Colemore Project (Credit: Liss Archaeology)

Colemore is in the west of the South Downs National Park with a fascinating buried landscape of past rural settlement. Eleven seasons of excavations, test pits, desk-based research and geophysical survey reveal a complex settlement of enclosures and habitation dating mainly to the Romano-British (RB) with glimpses of the Iron Age (IA). Buildings include a ‘villa rustica’ with internal and external corridors, a possible tower at the southern end and known length to date being 25m+. The site has an RB fresh water management system, iron production and working plus an IA ladder style field system.

Several large trenches are planned. Compost toilets. Training is available in all aspects of archaeology, all skills levels welcome.

Volunteers from all walks of life are welcome to take part. From 18 to 80s, all abilities. Activities include excavation, finds processing, sieving, soil analysis, recording, planning and drawing plus surveying – professional standards. On-site archaeology education. Students are encouraged to experience community-based, volunteer archaeology with a friendly group of like-minded people. Booking/further info www.lissarchaeology.uk


Location: North East Hampshire, halfway between Alton and Petersfield
Region: South East
Time period: Iron Age/Romano-British
Accommodation provided: Limited quiet camping available – basic facilities, first come basis, must be booked in advance. Lifts available from mainline rail stations Alton/Petersfield. Both have good selection of accommodation available.
Level of experience required: No previous experience required; full training available on request. Skilled or unskilled – all welcome.
Academic credit available: No – can provide a reference; Cifa passport completion available; can be used as university placement
Extra on-excavation activities: Full training available by request. Geophysics, Finds Processing, Artefact Illustration. Day Schools, Planning/Drawing/Recording. Educational activities – local school visits. Outreach education. Other Excavations – Colemore (May), Petersfield Excavation (July) – see other listings/website www.lissarchaeology.uk
Age limit: Over 18 only – not suitable for children
Dates: September (site closed on Wednesdays)
Cost: £6 per day; membership required (£20 per year). Full-time students under 25 – half price.
Contact name: Juliet Smith (Archaeological Director)
Contact address: 42 Furze Hill Road, GU35 8HB
Contact telephone: 07732327697
Contact email: [email protected]
Website address: www.lissarchaeology.uk
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