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Glastonbury Abbey: Archaeological Excavations 1904 - 1979 in association with the University of Reading

Glastonbury Abbey was renowned in the middle ages as the reputed burial place of the legendary King Arthur and the site of the earliest Christian church in Britain, believed to have been founded by Joseph of Arimathea in the first century.

Grant Report 04/2014 Flotation samples at Glastonbury Abbey, Abbot's Kitchen

Archaeological excavations were carried out at in the Abbot’s kitchen in Glastonbury Abbey in preparation for the installation of underfloor heating. Read Ellen Simmons' Report.

Grant Report 04/2014 Shellfish from Abbot's Kitchen, Glastonbury Abbey

39 bags of shell from samples taken during the course of excavations of 12 th – 14 th century deposits at the Abbot’s Kitchen in Glastonbury Abbey were analysed. Read Matt Law's Report.

Grant Report 03/2014 Dating animal bones from Brimble Pit Swallet Following a successful application to the Maltwood Fund, six radiocarbon dates have been obtained on animal bones from Brimble Pit Swallet, Westbury-sub-Mendip. Read Dr Jodie Lewis' Report
Grant Report 07/2013 Bruton Abbey Excavations at King's School, Bruton

The third Abbey dig took place from 20 to 24 October following fieldwork in the two previous years. Work involved the excavation of a trial trench on Abbey field and an extended geophysical survey over the Glebe and Abbey fields. Read Roger Gallannaugh's report.

English Heritage Monographs English Heritage has a long tradition of producing highly illustrated archaeological monographs about key sites and topics of importance to the understanding of the historic environment in England. Many of the past titles have long been out of print and yet are still of value for reference purposes. As a service to the wider archaeological community, English Heritage is now making these titles available as ebooks (see theEnglish Heritage Publishing catalogue for details) and as PDFs which can be accessed here for free. Link
Practical Archaeology in Italy with Valdosta State University We are still accepting applications from students and volunteers to participate in our ninth season of the excavations of the baths at Roman Carsulae. The application deadline has been extended to April 15, 2014. More details available.
Heritage Projects Conference @ Strode College
Attached are details of an exciting half day conference concerning contemporary heritage projects due to be held, in partnership with Plymouth University, at Strode College in Street on Saturday 29 March, 2014. Tickets are £10 and the event will take place at Strode College in Street in central Somerset. For details on how to secure a place please go to the official Strode College website at
New Approaches to Roman Archaeology

10am – 4.45pm Saturday 19 October 2013 @ the Museum of Bath at Work, Camden Works, Julian Road, Bath BA1 2RH

A day workshop examining the renaissance in Roman archaeological studies and its impact on our understanding on the Roman landscape with particular attention to Somerset.


Archaeological Priorities for Somerset

You are cordially invited to participate in compiling priorities for an archaeological strategy for Somerset. Meet at the Museum of Somerset, Taunton Castle at 10am (coffee) for 10.30am for the morning of Saturday 13 th July 2013

Want to give archaeological excavation a try? Cambridge Archaeological Unit and Cardiff University are coming back to dig on the hillfort and are offering to train a few lucky members of the public. Don't miss out on this fantastic opportunity to experience archaeological excavation first hand on the largest hillfort in the country.
Philip Rahtz - Archaeologist Conference Philip Rahtz (1921-2011) was “the 20th century’s most important archaeologist in Somerset”(Mick Aston, PSANHS, Vol. 155, P. 317). On Saturday 2nd February 2013 a day conference was held in the King’s of Wessex Academy, Cheddar to celebrate his life and work. Read a report of the Conference here.
The Roman Settlement at Fosse Lane,
Shepton Mallet:
The TESCO Excavation, 1996–7
Specialist Reports: FLINT - Lynne Bevan.
Thirty eight items of humanly worked flint were
recovered comprising three cores, two retouched
blades, eight scrapers, and 25 flakes; none are
A lecture by Niall Sharples, Reader in Archaeology, Cardiff University
British Archaeological Awards 2012 There were two surprise presentations on top of the six awards. Our Fellow Mick Aston was presented with the Lifetime Achievement Awards. Read
SANHS & SCC Archaeology Conference 14 Jan 2012 The 308 delegates who attended this all day conference were treated to a rich banquet of fascinating information served up by ten expert speakers. Read
Somerset - A Landscape with Chapels A rich diversity of buildings in both the physical, urban and rural, and cultural landscape of the county.
An address to the Somerset Archaeological and Natural History Society at Rook Lane Chapel, Frome, 11 February 2012.
South West Archaeological Framework Draft Strategy (SWAFS) The purpose of the draft strategy is to identify the resources in the region which could address research priorities within the identified research aims of the agenda. Read
SWAFS Action Plan Action plan derived from above strategy Read
SWAFS Appendix Themed project summaries Read
Winscombe Project 33 one-metre-square test pits have now been dug in the parish so far (mainly in Winscombe village and the hamlets of Sandford and Woodborough), 15 buildings have been surveyed by the Somerset Vernacular Buildings Research Group (mainly in Sandford), and much of the medieval documentation for the parish transcribed and translated (by Martin Ecclestone)........ Read
Banwell Wint Hill The Romano-British site at Wint Hill between Banwell and Winscombe has been excavated on many occasions since 1950 but still does not seem to be generally known. It extends over several fields, has good earthworks and is likely to have been the main Roman settlement in the valley of the River Lox Yeo, the wide valley probably indicated in the nearby place name Winscombe.... Read
Portbury Primary School Excavations by Andy Young and the Avon Archaeological Unit were carried out in 2004 and 2005 on the site of an extension to St Mary’s Church of England Voluntary-aided Primary School in Portbury not far from the medieval parish church which is probably the site of an early medieval minster..... Read
Radiocarbon Grant to South Somerset Archaeological Research Group (Interim) The £1050 grant was used to pay for three radiocarbon dates relating to the excavation of a barrow ditch at Crissells Green in South Cadbury parish which was carried out by SSARG to clarify the nature, condition and development of the site following a previous inconclusive investigation. Read
Red Earthenware Pottery from the Chandos Glass Cone, Bridgwater Pt 1 The excavation of the Chandos glass cone in Bridgwater, Somerset by the Somerset Industrial Archaeological Society in 1976-77 led to the discoveryof a large quantity of 19th and early 20th Century pottery..... Read

Red Earthenware Pottery from the Chandos Glass Cone, Bridgwater Pt 2

Discussion. According to the documentary evidence pottery has been made in Bridgwater since the Medieval period (La Paturel 1968, 125)..... Read

Somerset in the Ages of Arthur and Alfred (400 to 900AD) Project: New Radiocarbon Dates for Early Medieval Somerset

When Professor Philip Rahtz wrote about ‘The Dark Ages 400-700’ in 1982 he said ‘we must regard cemeteries as fundamental to dark age studies’....... Read