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Reverse engineering a 1970s geophysics survey of Lake Farm Roman Fort, Wimborne, Dorset

During the 1970s and 1980s, the Ancient Monuments Laboratory undertook geophysics surveys with pioneering fluxgate magnetometer equipment. This was before there was access to personal computers, and results were plotted directly onto line trace plots. For the first time, buried … Continue reading

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Survey of a long barrow on Cranborne Chase

We have just completed the report on a small geophysics survey we did of a Neolithic long barrow, Gussage St Michael 10, East Dorset.  It is now a low ploughed out mound situated on the same ridge as a number … Continue reading

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Report on the survey of possible long barrow at Sopley

We have just completed the report on the survey we did at Sopley, near Bransgore, in September 2017, where we were looking for the lost site of a long mound, supposed to be a long barrow (burial mound).  The report … Continue reading

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Re-visualising a long barrow near Old Sarum

A few weeks ago I was walking around the ramparts of Old Sarum hillfort when I spotted the cropmarks of a long barrow, and adjacent ring ditches, in one of the fields to the north of Old Sarum.  These cropmarks … Continue reading

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Environment Agency Lidar data shows archaeological potential

The announcement earlier this year that the Environment Agency was to make its Lidar data freely available was welcomed by archaeologists, who are able to use the detailed terrain height data to add a new dimension to existing aerial photographs, … Continue reading

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AVAS Barbeque July 2015

We had great weather on Saturday for the annual AVAS BBQ, once again hosted by Mark on the banks of the River Avon. The food was fantastic (thanks to Vanessa, Rachel and family for preparing an array of tasty treats). … Continue reading

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AVAS BBQ July 2014

Last Saturday, Mark once again hosted the annual AVAS BBQ on his farm next to the River Avon.  The forecast hadn’t been promising, with heavy showers during the day, but by evening time the sun broke through and we were … Continue reading

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Meetings for 2014

The meetings for 2014 have recently been announced.  See the Meetings page for details of the speakers for the first part of 2014.  These include lectures on a diverse set of subjects, ranging from the new Wessex Gallery at Salisbury … 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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