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Southampton archaeology students bring the Civil War to life in Hampshire

Published: 24 July 2013
Image courtesy of Nicole Beale

This summer, a team of Archaeology and History students and staff will be excavating at Basing House. The University will be working alongside Hampshire County Council and the Basingstoke Archaeological and Historical Society to investigate the rich history of this important site.

The team will be on site from the 22 July to the 11 August. Students will be hosting Open Days during the Festival of British Archaeology, and will also be working with the Artist-in-Residence in his Open Studio to produce an exhibition.

Basing House has a long and rich history, and the team is expecting to find information about the many phases of the site. The team will be looking for evidence of earlier Roman settlements, as well as investigating the Norman motte and bailey still visible on site, and then examining the importance of the house in the Tudor period when it was visited by many of our royalty, a relationship which resulted in its downfall in the English Civil War.

You are invited to come along to Basing House to see our students and volunteers at work and to take part in some of the many activities and events that we will be hosting.

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