Archaeology and the Army Basing Programme


New houses need to be built for Army families moving into the area.

Archaeologists need to check the land before the builders start building houses, to see if there is any evidence of people living on and using the land in the past; such as burials, buildings or evidence of them farming.
So far archaeologists have found: 
    People during the Stone Age used the area around Bulford and Larkhill
  • At Larkhill we have found evidence of people using the land during the Roman period
  • At Bulford and Tidworth, we have found Anglo-Saxon cemeteries where people were buried with a range of weapons, tools and personal items 
  • We have also learnt that soldiers were training at Bulford and Larkhill before they went to fight in World War I. At Larkhill we have found practice trenches and tunnels used by soldiers before they went to fight abroad in War.


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Incredible archaeology has been uncovered on Salisbury Plain since Wessex Archaeology was commissioned by WYG on behalf of the Defence Infrastructure Organisation (DIO) to carry out archaeological investigations ahead of development for the Army Basing Programme (ABP).
These works, which collectively involve an ambitious project to accommodate the 4000 additional service personnel and their families who will be based on and around Salisbury Plain by 2019, required excavations to the east of Larkhill Camp, on land to the south of Bulford, and to the east of Tedworth House between 2015 and 2017.
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