During 2014 Archaeology In Marlow (AIM) is conducting further investigations at a site in Little Marlow, Buckinghamshire. This site comprises of a double enclosure earthwork believed to be Medieval in date, but Neolithic artefacts and Iron Age pottery found there suggest the origins of the site are much earlier. AIM will continue to conduct research into the site and surrounding area to learn more about the site. In addition, AIM will be continuing to excavate a 7 x 1 metre trench across the bank and ditch of the outer enclosure and will then commence excavating two new test pits (1 x 1 metre) in the inner enclosure. AIM intends to visit the site on Sunday mornings (10 o'clock) during 2014. These visits last around 3 hours. The schedule of visit dates is available upon request. Participation at these gatherings is free to all AIM members. Non-members are very welcome, experienced, or not, as training will be given in a wide variety of archaeology practices, but they must first join AIM via the AIM website. Excavators must be over 16 and under 77 years of age to be covered by AIM's insurances. As the investigations are on private land and space is limited, potential volunteers will need to 'book in', by emailing John Laker.
In 2014, we found evidence of an ever changing landscape that began the 19th century as a busy and rather smelly semi-industrial yard, before being absorbed by All Saints church to become a burial ground in 1826. This quiet place of remembrance would receive the remains of parishioners old and young until 1860, when All Saints church hall was built. This building was used as a Sunday school, a mortuary chapel and even a boxing club, until its demolition in 2013. Pre-dating all of this, we began to discover elements of a much altered post-medieval rectory, wall footings that could once have been a row of medieval cottages and pits and deposits relating to the site's 12th century occupation. In 2015, we aim to look more closely at these features and to see what surprises are laying in wait beneath them. The dates for the 2015 season will follow the same format as last year, with three main sessions and a number of weekend courses. The 2015 dates are as follows: Spring session Monday April 6th - Friday April 17th 2015, Weekend course Saturday April 11th - Sunday April 12th 2015, Summer session Monday June 22nd - Friday September 11th 2015. Weekend course Saturday August 22nd- Sunday August 23rd 2015. An Autumn dig will be scheduled in 2015, most likely occurring in October. Please email us to express interest.
Annual excavation of prehistoric burial cairns, dating from the Neolithic to Iron Age with later settlement in the Anglo-Saxon and Medieval periods. Local camping sites available. Under 16's welcome with an adult. Cost on application and training by arrangement. Apply with CV.
This year at Ipplepen in South Devon we will continue to investigate in detail structures in the busiest area of the largest known Romano-British settlement in Devon. This season will focus on the Roman road and the associated late and post-Roman cemetery, revealed in 2011 and 2014, twice featured on the BBC Digging for Britain programme (series 2, 2011; Series 4, forthcoming). The significance of the site has been demonstrated through four seasons of geophysical survey, targeted excavation and an extraordinary wealth of material culture. In previous years students and members of the local community have also revealed an Iron Age Settlement phase along with evidence for earlier Neolithic activity. Run by The University of Exeter and supported by the Portable Antiquities Scheme, the British Museum and Devon County Council. 06th- 31st July Cost £200 per week. Accommodation and food is not included, but reduced rates at a local campsite have been arranged. No experience needed as full training is given. Must be over 18 (or over 16 if accompanied by a parent/guardian).