Sir George visits Roman settlement at Tidgrove Warren Farm
11 Sep 2004
A Roman Soldier lends atmosphere to the dig
A Roman Soldier lends atmosphere to the dig
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Chris Strutt, from Southampton University, explains the layout
Chris Strutt, from Southampton University, explains the layout
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"Many congratulations to Janet Bond and the Kingclere Heritage Association for arranging a Heritage Weekend at Tidgrove Warren Farm, the site of a settlement some 2500 years ago. With the help of some Lottery Money through the Countryside Agency and the Local Heritage Initiative - and from the local authorities - they have excavated this site and opened it up to the public for two days. It was also kind of Mr Raleigh Place to allow this to happen on his farm."

The University of Southampton used modern technology to survey the site before disturbing it, which enabled them to identify where the structures and ditches lay. It was then carefully excavated to expose a settlement that probably started some 2500 years ago, and may have been influenced by the Roman excavation. The Celtic Field system, dating from the Iron Age,is still in evidence. The pieces of pottery that were found dated from the first century BC to the 4th century AD.
 
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