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A busy Winter for CLASP

CLASP’s Current Activities

Whitehall Villa

The ongoing ‘post-excavation’ work mainly centres on digitising plans, cataloguing photographs and other winter work – all important to keep the preparation of the final report on track.

Geophysical surveys

Fred has been leading the geophysical surveys on the northern annex of Borough Hill, Daventry and at Bannaventa. Both of these projects are coming up with some excellent results. We hope that at Borough Hill we have identified the site of the Romano-British building that Jeremiah Bottfield excavated back in the 19th C; we just need now to conclude what it is. This work is a joint project with MOLA – they are currently surveying the whole of the Hill, and doing the earlier ‘bulk’ of the site, although we are helping with that. Hopefully the outcome of this project, together with the work that CLASP undertook for the Atlas of Hillforts Project, will lead to a greater understanding of what this site was all about.

Bannaventa

The work at Bannaventa has revealed the perimeter defences of the earlier defended site, doubling the size of what was previously known from work undertaken by others many years ago. We have also identified a plethora of early routes that require untangling: definition will be important if we are to understand the early development of Watling Street and possibly the road to Duston.

Everdon Stubbs

To support the Woodland Trust we are undertaking an earthwork survey at Everdon Stubbs to de-cypher what appears to be a small quarry at the entrance, to facilitate the extension of the car park.




Medieval hamlet uncovered near Daventry (Daventry Express report)

Heres the link:

http://www.daventryexpress.co.uk/news/local/medieval-hamlet-uncovered-near-daventry-1-6941493




Nether Heyford graves of girl and soldier (BBC News)

Here’s the link:

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-northamptonshire-34294421




Whitehall: iron age pot and enclosure ditch

by Jeremy Cooper

Five days of test pitting ended yesterday. Pits were dug in the Iron Age Field or IAF (better known as the villa car park) …

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and The Paddock just up the hill from the Anglo-Saxon Cemetery (labelled ASC) …

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Test pit 4 in the IAF proved to be the most interesting and soon became a fully-fledged  trench …

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Iron age pot was found in it …

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… and the enclosure ditch that Steve has been hunting at last put in an appearance …

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Reintering the Saxon remains

By Jeremy Cooper

Here are some photos of today’s event. Sorry there are no shots of people – I was videoing during the ceremony itself. The video, produced by Harry Young, will be on YouTube when it is ready. There will be a link to it from this site.

The grave was prepared just over the hedge from where the cemetery was found.

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These are the new grave goods buried with the remains, to replace the ones we have kept.

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The sun shone. The mood was serious but not sombre.

Wise words of thanks were spoken.

Earth was scattered …

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BBC Radio Northants preview of re-interment

Read the online article here:

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-northamptonshire-23000616#story_continues_1




Re-burial of Whitehall skeletons

The Whitehall skeletons will be re-interred in a simple ceremony near the villa on Wednesday 26th June at 11am. Please park in the Whitehall paddock. If you are coming along, please to let him know.




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