David Millum, co-director with Rob Wallace of the Culver Archaeological Project, gave a summary of the recent excavations of the Romano–British settlement at Bridge Farm, near Barcombe Mills. Whilst the main theme of the talk was the features and artefacts found in Trench 7 during 2018-23, they also included a brief background to the site as well as their current thoughts about how this 1st to 4th century settlement evolved and how it fitted into the wider Roman landscape of south-east Britain. Anyone who missed their previous talk to WAS in 2018 and who would like to catch up on the features and finds revealed in the six previous trenches excavated between 2013-18 will find earlier PowerPoint presentations and written summaries on the project's website: www.culverproject.co.uk
On New Year bank holiday, 2nd January 2023, in glorious sunshine, a group of WAS members did 'The Walk of the Rings - there and back again' between Cissbury and Chanctonbury rings. Some mince pies were eaten... The views over the flooded River Adur were stunning.
Three archaeology dogs came along too.
The 2022 season dig at the Malthouse Field Sompting started on the 15th August and continues until the 4th September. A photo blog of the dig can bee seen on the page: Discoveries/Digs-History/Sompting/Malthouse_Field.
We are very excited to welcome Worthing Archaeological Society (WAS) who will be undertaking an excavation at Bignor Roman villa this summer.
The dig will take place outside of the scheduled area on the following dates during normal opening hours.
General public are welcome to come and observe.
10th June 2022 - Resistivity Survey
2nd July 2022 - Start of the Dig
3rd July 2022 - Day Two
Alan with his Jedi Master (aka John Mills) Straight-sided Chris in the Southerly trench, and Flinty Folk at the top. Sid's sondage, and Finds Folk plus Detectorists
9th July 2022 - Day Three
What a great turnout on a beautiful day. Plenty of digging & Sid's team may have unearthed a great find. Will keep you posted in tomorrow's update
10th July - Day Four
Another extremely hot day. Find of the day by Sid & Alan with a broken Roman pot. Keith was entertaining the visitors with his wit & knowledge!
A very busy day on site, new trenches B & C opened up, lots of visitors, a lovely tegula and some more nice pottery.
Another busy day - windy too.
Photographs from subsequent days , together with the photos here can be found on the Discoveries/Digs_History/Bignor_Roman_Villa page.
The WAS report on the EPIC Project at Sompting, written up by Connie Shirley, Gill and Bob Turner, is now available to download here: EPIC Report