Archaeology

The Gravels Give Up Their Secrets!

on Friday, 15 March 2013. Posted in Archaeology

Over the last thirty years gravel has been commercially extracted from the North East of Wiltshire in the Upper Thames Valley, close to the border with Gloucestershire. This has always been a landscape rich with natural resources and has been exploited by human communities since time began. The gravel extraction has clearly changed the appearance of the landscape with the subsequent creation of lakes, many of which now make up the Cotswold Water Park.

The scale of this gravel extraction and the planning requirement for the developer to fund archaeological excavation has led to an unprecedented opportunity for archaeologists to investigate and record vast area of landscape settled and used by past communities. In the last 10 years three projects in particular have had amazing findings and over 100 hectares of land has been archaeologically investigated.

A Touching Bronze Age Burial

on Wednesday, 30 January 2013. Posted in Archaeology

An archaeological excavation was undertaken by Wessex Archaeology on an area that was proposed for a new magazine store (planning number S/2010/1865) at DTSL Porton Down. The fieldwork is completed and the initial post-excavation work has been done, so I thought it would be interesting to talk about some of the results. Readers should be aware that some of this blog will talk about and have pictures of human burials, including those of infants.


There had been previous work on this site to evaluate the archaeological potential, so the site had results for geophysics and trenched evaluation. The main features identified through the evaluation and the excavation were two long ditches, one a ‘Wessex Linear’; a small barrow with associated cremation and inhumation burials and a further inhumation burial associated with the smaller ditch.

 

Construction of the new Stonehenge Visitor Centre has begun

on Thursday, 22 November 2012. Posted in Archaeology

Having recently joined the Wiltshire Archaeology Service in September, I am endeavouring to get up to speed on Wiltshire’s heritage. One site, however, that I am familiar with is Stonehenge, having previously worked at English Heritage providing archaeological advice on the Stonehenge and Avebury World Heritage Site. For those of you driving along the A344 on the western edge of the World Heritage Site, you will see a hive of activity where the new Stonehenge Visitor Centre is being built at Airman’s Corner.

 

Construction of the new Stonehenge Visitor Centre has begun
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