Category Archives: Field Work

Field work undertaken by AVAS

A lost long barrow rediscovered?

In a previous post, I described an initial survey which aimed to look for a lost long barrow near Sopley.  The barrow was apparently bulldozed by American troops in WW2 to make way for Winkton airfield.  The first survey took … Continue reading

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Searching for a lost long barrow

On a web page recording memories of Winkton airfield, near Sopley, there is the following reference to the blatant destruction of a barrow to support the war effort: “Apparently the site of the airfield contained an old burial mound, a … Continue reading

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Gradiometer survey of second mound

We were extremely fortunate with the weather yesterday whilst carrying out further survey work on the second possible long barrow (see Promising results from second gradiometer survey).  Progress was slow due to barbed wire fences and hedges crossing the survey area, … Continue reading

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Promising results from second gradiometer survey

Last week we undertook our second gradiometer survey using the gradiometer loaned out by Bournemouth University as part of the LoCATE project.  The survey site was a second ploughed out mound about 200m north of the site of our first … Continue reading

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Successful first gradiometer survey

Last weekend a group of AVAS members undertook their first gradiometer survey using equipment borrowed from Bournemouth University.  The equipment is being lent out to local archaeological groups as part of a project called LoCATE (Local Community Archaeological Training and Equipment), … Continue reading

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Geophysics – large enclosure – September 2014

A team of AVAS members met early(ish) on Sunday morning to survey a large cropmark near Fordingbridge.  This is in the same field as the previously surveyed oval barrow.  Here is an aerial photo of the cropmark, with the 20m … Continue reading

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Visit to Clearbury Ring – June 2014

Today a group of AVAS members visited Clearbury Ring hillfort, up on the downs between Salisbury and Downton.  One purpose of the visit was to complete a survey for the “Survey of Hillforts” project.  Apart from a footpath around one … Continue reading

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Geophysics – Oval Barrow – Part 3

Following on from previous posts about the possible oval barrow near Fordingbridge (Part 1 and Part 2), I was away when two more squares were surveyed with the resistivity equipment.  I recently downloaded the data from the data logger, and … Continue reading

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Geophysics – Oval Barrow – Part 2

On Saturday four of us returned to the site of the possible oval barrow, the survey of which we had started the previous week.  We quickly measured out our grid and started the survey.  After a visit from the gamekeeper … Continue reading

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Geophysics – Oval Barrow – September 2013

Today a team of AVAS members visited a site near Fordingbridge where a possible oval barrow has shown up as a crop mark, as shown below. On another vertical aerial photo, we were able to roughly position a 20m square … Continue reading

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