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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 →

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 →

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 →

Basing House Survey Week 1 Day Three – Traversing the Old House Ringwork and Tops and Toes

Reblogged from Kristian Strutt: The third day of archaeological survey at Basing House is over, and the survey teams are really getting in to the swing of things. The two minibuses arrived at 9.20am, driving from sunny Southampton into mist and freezing temperatures around Basingstoke, ready for another exciting day at the site. Continue reading →

Spring Survey Week One – Day One

This week 25 students and 8 staff are working at Basing House to carry out a topographic survey of the entire earthworks complex, and a building survey of the Old House and the Great Barn. Undergraduate Archaeology students have been hard at work, learning how to use total stations for surveying. We’re on site all week (the rain will not put us off), so do come and visit. The site is open to the public Saturday to Thursday (closed Friday). Continue reading →

Preparing for the Spring Survey

This week some of the staff from the surveying modules for undergraduate Archaeology students visited Basing House to set out the grid for the planned survey work. As the site is so large, we spent some time working out where to put our pegs so that all of the teams of students would be able to set up total stations and carry out a topographic or building survey across the extensive site. The weather was beautiful (I even think I caught the sun a little bit). Continue reading →