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Community Archaeology 2017

datePosted on 09:34, March 3rd, 2017 by Website Admin

Hyde900 Community Archaeology

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Aided by the Heritage Lottery Fund and other sponsors, Hyde900 is able to offer an enhanced programme in 2017

Hyde900 is in the privileged position of having a number of prized sites for excavation literally on our doorstep. And we also have a number of local householders more than happy to have their gardens dug over to discover what lies beneath. It presents the kind of opportunities that Time Team could only dream about!

Last year with the help of WARG and forty volunteers – many of whom were getting their hands dirty archaeologically for the first time ever – we excavated a garden in Alswitha Terrace. And we got a result! To our great satisfaction we discovered, on the final day of the dig, the ‘robbed out’ (as archaeologists describe it) wall of the lost South transept of the church – exposed for the first time since the Dissolution of the monastery in 1538. We weren’t totally surprised to find it there but by establishing its exact location we have added significantly to the sum of precise knowledge about the abbey establishment.

To read the full story of the 2016 dig please click here

Hyde900 trustee Rose Burns and local MP Steve Brine sieve for small finds  at the 2016 dig with dig advisor David Ashby looking on

Hyde900 trustee Rose Burns and local MP Steve Brine sieve for small finds at the 2016 dig with dig advisor David Ashby looking on

A junior digger working on Trench 2 of the 2016 excavations

A junior digger working on Trench 2 of the 2016 excavations

2016 excavations in full swing

2016 excavations in full swing

The robbed out wall of the south transept revealed in the 2016 dig

The robbed out wall of the south transept revealed in the 2016 dig

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Hyde900 trustee Rose Burns (left) interviewing householder Justine Field with Southampton Video Camera Club members Howard Blake and Karen wielding the equipment

Hyde900 trustee Rose Burns (left) interviewing householder Justine Field with Southampton Video Camera Club members Howard Blake and Karen  Barter wielding the equipment

Coming up shortly, the Second Annual Hyde900 Community Excavation will take place between 27 and 30 April 2017. The locations this year are in a pair of adjoining gardens in King Alfred Terrace belonging to Chris Prior and his wife Ann (at Number 14) and Justine Field (Number 15) . Material has already come up from the earth which strongly suggests that this area has strong potential for a number of different types of find. There is speculation that the south cloister of the abbey along with other buildings was roughly in this area. But exactly what will be turned up remains to be seen – that’s the exciting element of a dig. You can never quite tell what you will – or won’t – discover.

Currently the plan is that no less than four separate areas will be excavated with the work being undertaken by a combination of experienced archaeologists and local volunteers. As with the 2016 dig, there will be 2 hour slots for diggers, sievers and finds-processors and recorders to work under the supervision of WARG. In total there should be opportunities for more than 100 volunteers of all ages to take part. This means that we are keen to welcome new people – from school-children to the retired pensioner – to get involved for the first time. It requires concentration but it is a very sociable activity and holds out the possibility of a really exciting discovery.
An exciting new development this year is the filming of the event. Courtesy of Southampton Video Camera club the cameras will be there to record the highs and lows of the excavation – and to see yourself on youtube and our website as the dig progresses.
Hyde900 is grateful to our partners WARG and to the Heritage Lottery Fund, Winchester City Council, Adam Architecture and local estate agents, Belgarum for the support to enable these events to take place. Bookings will open on March 30th.

To register or just find out more about the 2017 Community Excavation Project please click here

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2017 Hyde900 Community Dig Update

datePosted on 05:05, December 6th, 2016 by Website Admin

2017 Hyde900 Community Dig update – December 2016

All is solved with no need for Techer's bucket of tools! The cheerful group is (L to R) Mike Craze, Techer Jones, John Crook and Chris Sellen

All is solved with no need for Techer’s bucket of tools! The cheerful group is (L to R) Mike Craze, Techer Jones, John Crook and Chris Sellen

Where should we put the trenches? As usual more is unknown than known.

Where should we put the trenches? As usual more is unknown than known.

There has been a lot of interest in the forthcoming dig to take place 27 to 30 April 2017. No less than 25 volunteers have registered to take part – those who wish to get involved are advised to register as soon as possible, as this will provide them with email updates and priority when bookings opens.

The dig sites, adjoining gardens courtesy of Chis Prior and wife Ann (no 14 King Alfred Terrace) and Justine Field (No 15) were visited by the writer (David Spurling) , John Crook, Consultant Archaeologist Cathedral, Chris Sellen, Techer Jones and Mike Craze (WARG).

The consensus was that we would be finding ground level (medieval, that is) remains of the cloister and also the cloister buildings, most probably the refectory. If this is the case it will be the first time we will know the positions of the north and south walls of the building, and even the line of the cloister arcading.

Potential excavation areas were identified, and it seems likely that no less than four areas will be excavated. As with the 2016 dig, there will be 2 hour slots for diggers, sievers and finds processors/recorders. The event should provide opportunities for over 70 participants (max allowed slots per person – two)

The full dig proposal is available to down load here

To register http://www.hyde900.org.uk/events/2017-hyde900-community-dig/

For insurance purposes please note that volunteers have to be members of either Hyde900 or WARG .

To join Hyde900 http://www.hyde900.org.uk/join/

For WARG http://www.warg.org.uk/

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Hyde900 Community Archaelogy Announcement

datePosted on 19:15, October 26th, 2016 by Website Admin

Winchester Mayor Jane Rutter Announces Further Plans for Community Archaeology by Hyde900 in 2017

Winchester Mayor Jane Rutter

Winchester Mayor Jane Rutter accepts personalised sieve from David Spurling, HYDE900’s Community Archaeology organiser, to mark her sign-up to next year’s dig

Taking centre-stage at the recent Hyde900 King Alfred Weekend exhibition was a display of finds from the community archaeology project undertaken earlier this year in a garden in King Alfred Place, Hyde. This revealed, among other things, the site of Hyde Abbey church’s south transept.

Following this success Mayor Jane Rutter announced on behalf of Hyde900, that there will be a further community excavation project in 2017 when work will commence on investigating two adjoining gardens in King Alfred Terrace. The Mayor was the first to sign up for the excavation, and was presented with a personalised sieve for her use by event organiser David Spurling.

Event organiser David Spurling, Westgate pupil Ben Holliday in the pit, with Steve Brine, and WARG supervisors Techer Jones and Don Bryan looking on

Event organiser David Spurling, Westgate pupil Ben Holliday in the pit, with Steve Brine,David Ashby, University of Winchester,  and WARG supervisors Techer Jones and Don Bryan looking on

Hyde900 Community Dig April 27th to 30th 2017

“We already have extensive material which has surfaced on the site thanks to the work of local resident Chris Prior who contacted us when he discovered a number of interesting stone while preparing the ground for his vegetable plot,” explained Hyde900’s David Spurling.

“An examination by Ross Lovett, formerly the head mason and conservator at Winchester Cathedral confirmed that the stone dated from the Norman period and also included high quality Purbeck stone which is thought to come from the interior of the abbey establishment.

We now plan to work with WARG next year to explore Chris Prior’s garden more thoroughly and also that of the next door neighbour Justine Field. We think that this could reveal for the first time detailed information about the south side of the abbey cloister.”

Hyde900 is delighted to announce that the 2017 Hyde900 Community Dig is being supported by the Heritage Lottery Fund, Belgarum Estate Agents and Winchester City Council.

Steve Brine with Hyde900 trustee Rose Burns sieving the spoil from the excavation looking for remains of the abbey church during the inaugural  2016 community dig

Steve Brine with Hyde900 trustee Rose Burns sieving the spoil from the excavation looking for remains of the abbey church during the inaugural 2016 community dig

The Hyde900 community archaeology project 2017 is scheduled for the 27th to 30th of April

At the exhibition the first to register to take part in the dig was the mayor of Winchester followed swiftly by local MP Steve Brine.

People of all ages who want to join them and get a sense of what might be called the ‘Time Team Experience’ can now register their interest.

There will be plenty of opportunities for local people – and those from further afield – to take part.

No prior experience is required.

 The full dig proposal is available to download here

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2017 Hyde900 Community Dig update

datePosted on 05:01, September 10th, 2016 by Website Admin

2017 Hyde900 Community Dig update – December 2016

There has been a lot of interest in the forthcoming dig to take place 27 to 30 April 2017. No less than 25 volunteers have registered to take part – those who wish to get involved are advised to register as soon as possible, as this will provide them with email updates and priority when bookings opens.

(To register http://www.hyde900.org.uk/events/2017-hyde900-community-dig/ )

For insurance purposes please note that volunteers have to be members of either Hyde900 or WARG .

(to join Hyde900 http://www.hyde900.org.uk/join/ . For WARG http://www.warg.org.uk/ )

The dig sites, adjoining gardens courtesy of Chis Prior and wife Ann (no 14 King Alfred Terrace) and Justine Field (No 15) were visited by the writer (David Spurling) , John Crook, Consultant Archaeologist Cathedral, Chris Sellen, Techer Jones and Mike Craze (WARG). The consensus was that we would be finding ground level (medieval, that is) remains of the cloister and also the cloister buildings, most probably the refectory. If this is the case it will be the first time we will know the positions of the north and south walls of the building, and even the line of the cloister arcading. Potential excavation areas were identified, and it seems likely that no less than four areas will be excavated. As with the 2016 dig, there will be 2 hour slots for diggers, sievers and finds processors/recorders. The event should provide opportunities for over 70 participants (max allowed slots per person – two)

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