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After the heat and lack of rainfall last year, 2019 has so far had excellent growing conditions with moderate temperatures and just enough moisture. The tall growth makes for difficult surveying conditions with a number of jobs currently delayed. The cool Spring has also delayed the ripening of arable crops, at least compared to recent years, but harvest started locally at the beginning of July so the landscape is beginning to change and ground conditions will soon be optimum for survey.
Excavations close to Truckle Hill Roman Villa in Wiltshire have revealed a remote bath house perched on the edge of a wooded valley. There appears to be a number of phases to the building, with incredible preservation of some of the walls due to hillwash debris that has buried the site with up to 2m of soil. Archaeological Surveys Ltd have carried out numerous research surveys across the site with interesting results, and we were commissioned to carry out geophysics and LiDAR analysis across the main villa site and surrounding area.
Unsurprisingly, the village of Castle Combe in Wiltshire owes part of its name to an unusual motte and bailey castle situated on a spur of limestone close to the village. Although no excavation has taken place at the site, it is generally thought that most of the earthworks and masonry date to the 'anarchy period' of the twelfth century.
During fieldwork carried out in the parish of Pillerton Priors in Warwickshire, a high status Roman building was located. The villa is an important find in the region where few high status Roman sites are known.
A complex basin of coal known as the Bristol Coalfield underlies the City of Bristol and South Gloucestershire at its northern end whilst the southern portion underlies northern parts of Somerset including Radstock, Midsomer Norton and Nailsea.
The Edgehill Project was set up by a group of keen archaeologists, historians and ecologists in 1995 in order to better understand settlement and land-use in an area of south Warwickshire close to the Edgehill escarpment. Fieldwalking was carried out over a large area within the parishes of Tysoe and Pillerton Priors, in addition geophysics and airphoto analysis were undertaken.