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Alton Big Dig

East Hampshire's community archaeology group with 160 volunteer members working under professional archaeologist supervision, exploring sites at Alton, Colemore and Stroud near Petersfield.

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Romans in Lenten Street?

Today Keith, Juliet and I knocked on doors all along the northern side of Lenten Street to ask for permission to dig test pits in people's back gardens during the Big Dig. We explained why we believe there may be features in those gardens ranging in date from Roman through the Middle Ages to Victorian times because these are some of the oldest houses in Alton.


We also described what is involved in digging an exploratory test pit like the one shown below (near Petersfield) and almost without exception the residents seemed very interested and could not have been more helpful.

We now have permission to dig at least half a dozen such test pits in addition to the ones the public will be able to see in the Public Gardens.

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