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Bronze Age Barrow project

Field Walk:  Saturday March 14th

Appeal for helpers!

The project has reached an interesting stage.  We have cleared 30years of undergrowth and removed dead and dangerous trees (thanks to support and funding from Historic England) prior to reseeding.  The data from a deep resistivity survey is being processed to understand the internal structure, and it appears that there is a possibility of two phases of bronze age inhumation rather than one, as well as the Anglo Saxon chest burial.

With the promise of Spring on the horizon we need to "field walk" the barrow to remove any surface artefacts prior to reseeding.  Since it is a Scheduled Monument this has to be carried out carefully under HE consent (especially since a few small human remains have been discovered on the surface).  A series of referenced 5m squares will be set out over the scheduled area.   
We would be very grateful of volunteers for one day to recover any artefacts and remove the remaining dead weeds.  This is confined to surface items only – no digging or surface disruption is involved (or allowed!).

  Saturday March 14 th
Time:   9.30am: briefing
Place:   St Andrew Church, Ogbourne St Andrew, SN8 1SD.   SU 188723
Car parking will be available close to the site.
Suggested PPE: stout boots, knee pads or kneelers.
Please bring a packed lunch; tea and cake will be available in the church.

If you would like to participate please contact us   

A more detailed Site Information Guide will be sent to volunteers before the event.

In the event of bad weather we will contact everybody the day before with an update.

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