On 28th July 2013, AVAS members manned a stand at the Rockbourne Archaeology Festival, at Rockbourne Roman villa. There were a number of local exhibitors at the event, including Wessex Archaeology, the New Forest Remembers World War 2 project, and members of the RocDam Community project who have secured funding to tell the stories of the discoveries of the Roman villa, and the nearby Damerham prehistoric monuments.
Quite a few AVAS members attended, which meant that some of us were free to attend an absorbing tour of the site by David Allen, senior Keeper of Archaeology at Hampshire County Council.
What we didn’t realise was that while we were on the tour, a gust of wind had launched the AVAS gazebo into the air, leaving Steve to hang on and rescue the bent remains as best he could. By removing the side panels, the gazebo just about stood until the end of the event.
There was a steady stream of visitors to the stand during the day, with a lot of interest in the finds display and the geophysics equipment. At the end of the day, there were plenty of hands to pack away and puzzle over how everything should be squeezed back into Mark’s Landrover.
As usual, the above photos plus a few more are on the AVAS Flickr photostream.