DIARY OF EVENTS
Activities for 2021
The events listed below are now all confirmed but, depending on changing Government and professional guidelines, our working practices will be subject to additional COVID-19 precautions.
Please note that, unless otherwise stated, all events are for members of Liss Archaeology only.
For membership information, further information and to volunteer to help with events, please contact us by email at email@example.com
May and June 2021
In preparation for some of our digs later in the year and to train and give practice to our members we will have a number of one-day events in May and June to undertake geophysics scans, mainly in Alton and Liss. These will usually be at short notice and will be notified to paid-up members by email. The next of these is on 18 June in Liss. (Members have already been sent an email on how to take part).
17 July - 1 August 2021
Alton Big Dig
The Alton Big Dig in 2019 - our first - was a great success. In the Public Gardens we found archaeology ranging from the Romano-British period through Tudor, Civil War and Victorian eras up to the Second World War. Over 600 visitors were shown around the site during the Dig and some 120 children took part in the children's activities.
With agreement from the Town Council we now have permission to continue our exploration in Alton in July, to coincide with the British Festival of Archaeology. We also hope to work on new sites there, subject to a meeting with Alton Town Council in early April.
14 August - 5 September 2021
The dates are now confirmed for this annual summer dig. We have been exploring the mainly Romano-British archaeology in the village of Stroud (near Petersfield in Hampshire) for the last 5 years with great success. Our focus this year will be to continue excavation on the main site where we started uncovering an interesting structure in 2019. If time and the harvest permit we may do test pits on another site on the Farm where geophys last September revealed the likelihood of another previously unknown Romano-British structure. Bookings will open in late July.
18 September - 3 October 2021
The dates are also now confirmed for our autumn Colemore dig, although this will be shorter and on a smaller scale than in past years. Colemore is near Farringdon in Hampshire and has been our major exploration site for the last decade. Previous geophys surveys and digs have revealed a complex of archaeology features and finds, mostly Romano-British but some dating back to the Iron and Bronze Ages, including ditches, enclosures, buildings and evidence of metal manufacture.
We expect to be undertaking mainly geophysics scans and excavation of test pits rather than large trenches, because of the ongoing impact of COVID restrictions on working in large trenches. If circumstances change, we have the option to extend this event by one week. Bookings will open in late July.