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Integrating Types of Archaeological Data – Dan’s Major Project

Dan Joyce, our trench supervisor for the 2013 summer field season last year, has written a blog post to summarise his major dissertation project. Dan studied the University of Southampton Masters in Archaeological Computing last year, which he completed at the end of 2013 (well done Dan from the Basing House team!!!)! Dan’s project looked at how archaeologists can mesh together different types of archaeological data. Continue reading →

Interim Report 2013 – Geophysical Survey

This Interim Report will soon be available as a PDF on the Hampshire County Council website for Basing House. The authors are: David Allen Gareth Beale Nicole Beale Chris Elmer Jude Jones Kristian Strutt Clare Allen Daniel Jones There are three posts that make up this report. The post below describes the excavation and recording methodology and outlines the research question for the dig for 2013. Continue reading →

Photos of the Dig

We’ve been adding all of our photos to the Flickr Group. It would be great to see all of the photos that you took while you were at Basing House, so if you have any pictures that you’d like to share, please consider adding them to the Flickr Group. Alternatively, you can share photos with us on our Facebook page: You can see all of our photos at our Basing House CAT Project Flickr Group: Continue reading →

Guest Blog: Will Heard – Spring 2013 Survey Results Part 2

Last week we published a guest post from Will Heard, as a summary of the Spring Survey that the University of Southampton students carried out this April-May. Here is Will’s second and final blog post about the survey results. Will Heard Thanks again to Will! — Basing House Spring Survey Part 2 by Will Heard, 2013 Will is a third year undergraduate student, with interests in survey, geophysics and the use of computers for archaeological purposes. Continue reading →

Guest Blog: Will Heard – Spring 2013 Survey Results Part 1

As part of the Spring Survey that the University of Southampton students carried out this April-May, undergraduate Archaeology students who attended the fieldwork were asked to write a report summarising the survey data. One of the students that attended the Spring Survey, Will Heard, has written a summary of his report, and has kindly allowed us to share it with our readers. Continue reading →

Basing House Survey Final Day – A rain check and some reflections

Reblogged from Kristian Strutt: The second week of survey at Basing House finished on Friday in a spray of mud and rain, hailstones and inky cloud. What had promised to be a reasonable day quickly became unworkable, wet and cold. The teams set out for the final day of survey, focusing on completion of the magnetometry and resistivity in the area of the New House and outer bailey, and GPR over the outer bailey also. Continue reading →

Basing House Survey, Day Four – Spring finally arrives!

Reblogged from Kristian Strutt: We have had some really productive days on the second phase of survey at Basing House, with third year and postgraduate students from the University of Southamotin working hard, and carrying out resistance survey, magnetometry, GPR and magnetic susceptibility of the Old and New houses, and Civil War defences and the outer bailey. Spring also finally arrived today after single-figure temperatures and damp weather. Continue reading →

Basing House Spring Survey – Week 2 Day One

Reblogged from Kristian Strutt: After a few weeks out of the field, the staff and students from the University of Southampton arrived back at Basing House to start the geophysical survey component of the fieldwork. A mix of third year students from Archaeology and Oceanography, Erasmus students and postgraduates headed out to the site. Chris Elmer again gave the group a tour of the site, while supervisors commenced gridding out the site using Smartnet GPS. Continue reading →

Spring Survey Week One – Day Four

Today was a cold but very productive day up at Basing House. Preparing for day four of the topographic and building survey. March 2013. The student teams are getting faster at recording topography and have covered huge areas of the site. On day four, students have been surveying the earthworks at the south east of the site. Surveying in the limits of the New House has been tricky as there are partial walls to try to identify. Surveying the New House stables. Continue reading →