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Mosaics at MK@50 Heritage event, June 2017

CLASP participated in the recent Heritage event, part of the MK@50 events, held in Campbell Park on 17/18 June. As part of our display we were, very generously, lent some plastic reproduction tesserae by the Deanshanger Village History Society. We offered visitors the chance to make their own model mosaics using these. 76 people, mostly children, did so. Each person was given a dual-language certificate recording their participation and signed by Dave.

LOOK HERE for a gallery of almost all of the mosaics!

Gren Hatton

It was with great sadness that I have to report that our colleague and Trustee, Gren Hatton, passed away peacefully in the early hours of today, 11th July 2017.

Gren maintained his drive and enthusiasm for things historical and archaeological in West Northamptonshire and beyond virtually until the end. His work on the technical Case Studies and developing a ‘house style’ have helped put CLASP very much on the map.

At a recent national conference his work for the Atlas of Hillforts of Britain and Ireland Project received specific mention from the platform as being of the standard of a thesis.

Thank you Gren!

Our thoughts are with his wife, Sylvia and wider family.

Dave Hayward
Chair of Trustees

CLASP TR13 – Policy on disclosure of archaeological locations

Just added to the list of Technical reference documents.

Geophysical Report 17/2, Tiffield added

Click here for the list of Geophysical Reports.


The MK50 History event being held as part of the MK50 celebrations, in Campbell Park, Milton Keynes on the 17th and 18th June.

CLASP will be providing a static exhibition that will be themed on
the link through the Watling Street between Romano-British Milton Keynes and Northamptonshire.

CLASP is most appreciative of a substantive donation from Milton Keynes Heritage Association for the reprinting of three of our Case Studies that are relevant to this event.

Details of the event can be seen at:-

Atlas of Hillforts: CLASP to attend award ceremony

The The Atlas of Hillforts of Britain and Ireland Project, that CLASP was deeply involved with by studying the hillforts of Northamptonshire, has won the University of Oxford’s Vice Chancellor’s Award for Public Engagement with Research. CLASP has been formally invited to attend the Awards Ceremony at Oxford. Dave Hayward, Chair of Trustees, will be attending to represent not only CLASP but also our colleague Gren Hatton who led our input but will be unable to attend.

Additionally Dave will also be attending the final Conference of the Atlas Project at Edinburgh University and will ensure that both our overall work and the leadership of Gren are aptly reflected.

New geophysical report – Plum Park

Just added to the site:

CLASP Geophysical Report No. 17/01
Geophysical Survey of a field West of Plum Park, Paulerspury, Northamptonshire

CLASP Case-Studies published

Six of a series of case studies written by Gren Hatton are now published. They summarise the work and findings of several CLASP projects in a uniform printable A3 format. Download and print them now to start your own CLASP library!

Go to CLASP Case-Studies

New Bannaventa geophysics report published

  • CLASP Geophysical Report No. 16/04
    Geophysical Survey of the North-East corner of the walled Roman posting station of Bannaventa (Whilton Lodge) Norton, Northamptonshire: OS SP 461234 264692

Iron Age Hill-forts survey welcomed by Oxford University

From: Gren Hatton

Sent:17 December 2016

Subject: New CLASP case study, Iron Age Hill-forts survey project

Dear Colleagues,

The case study on CLASP’s recent project (providing survey reports to Prof. Gary Lock at Oxford University) is now complete, and has gone through the approval process within CLASP; it is now ready for printing, when appropriate funding is available. The case study (see below) provides a summary of the project, and includes examples of some of the analysis and interpretation that was contained in the full CLASP report on the project; the full analytical report is available as a download from CLASP’s website, along with copies of the individual survey reports on each of the hill-fort sites included in the project. Please feel free to copy the attached case study to anyone who might be interested.

With best wishes, Gren Hatton


From: Gary Lock

Sent: 19th December 2016

Subject: New CLASP case study, Iron Age Hill-forts survey project

Many thanks Gren.

Can I take this opportunity to thank you and your colleagues for a tremendous piece of work, the surveys have been invaluable to the Atlas. We are behind schedule but have now finished data collection and are well under way with mapping/analysis. We are hoping to launch the website with database around June time.

Happy Christmas to you all.
Best wishes,


Gary Lock MCiFA,
FSA Emeritus Professor of Archaeology
Emeritus Fellow of Kellogg College
University of Oxford