Arrival 2015

After a long journey, not helped by being stuck in traffic south of Worcester for three and a half hours, the advance party arrived.

Pitching camp in the dark was a bit of a trial, but the warm welcome from Colin and Maggie made us feel right at home. Most of the advance party are veterans of the 2014 season and it feels like we’ve never been away.

We’ve got quite a lot planned for tomorrow. We need to collect some tools from our friends at SSARG, recce the site, buy some shopping and strategise a bit.

Next on the agenda is a plate of fish n chips and a swift drink to make up for the long journey.

Fingers crossed for some warm(ish) weather.

All set

We’re packed and pretty much ready to go. Tomorrow morning the advance party set off from Newcastle: James, Andy, James H and Hayley, collecting Chris somewhere in the midlands and hoping to arrive late afternoon in Lufton.

The rest of the team – Elliott, Ellie, Douglas, Holly-Ann, Samara, Tilly, Josh and Zara – will be joining us in a week’s time.

In addition to the blog we’ll be sending a few tweets @ArchaeologyNCL #Luftondig2015



Target 2015

We’ll soon be in Somerset starting our 2015 excavation. As a taster here’s the geophysics of our target area.

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The survey on the left was undertaken recently and shows a marked deterioration in the survey results – perhaps a result of green waste (for which see James, Liz and Ali’s paper in Archaeological Prospection)

The geophysics shows a complicated group of anomalies that we hope will be a trackway and parts of enclosure systems and possibly buildings associated with the villa. We won’t be able to dig it all (alas!) but we’ll have an opportunity to evaluate these features.