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The Origins of Mid-Saxon Southampton

A new publication, funded by Southampton Football Club, redraws the map of Hamwic - the Saxon settlement beneath part of Southampton. The investigations reveal a rather dirty, polluted and unhealthy place, pockmarked with rubbish and cess pits, where disease and infection were daily hazards.

Excavations between 1998-2000, the most extensive single investigation yet undertaken within the Saxon settlement, were funded by Southampton Football Club prior to the building of the new Friends Provident St Marys Stadium.

They show that the Saxon town extended further north than had previously been thought. Much of the pottery that was found had been imported, showing that foreign trade was clearly already important to Saxon Hamwic.

As well as an early Saxon cemetery, traces of a street and of wattle and daub buildings were found, including the possible site of a blacksmith’s workshop.

Intriguing finds include a small skein of gold thread, and Romano-British jewellery that was already 300 years old when it was buried.

Update December 2011

This book has now sold out. If it is reprinted, or made available as an ebook, we will update this page.

Online Exhibitions

Visit our new online exhibitions section to see the display panels from some of our recent exhibitions across the UK. You can also get to our exhibitions from their project homepages (in “projects“) or from our “Learning” section.

Practical archaeology course 2005

Details of this year’s practical archaeology course are now online. You can read all about last year’s course (2004), including a diary, photos, and video coverage.

Robert Key MP appointed a Trustee and Board Member

Salisbury MP Robert Key has been appointed a Trustee and Board Member of Wessex Archaeology, based at Old Sarum.

Wessex Archaeology is Britain’s leading consultancy, working on excavation projects where there is a statutory obligation on developers of property or roads to undertake archaeological surveys, and many other heritage projects.

Robert said," I am thrilled to have joined the Wessex Archaeology team. In my childhood I collected arrowheads, old token coins and anything else my mother let me hoard. My tenth birthday treat was a picnic on top of an Iron Age barrow on Cranborne Chase. I spent hours in the old Salisbury Museum with the great curator, Hugh Shortt. Later, as Heritage Minister and then as Roads’ Minister, it was a delight to work with archaeologists. Now I will be able to put something back."

Sue Davies, Chief Executive of the charity, said “We are delighted that Robert has agreed to join our Board. He is immensely supportive of our archaeological and outreach activities. We look forward to his contributions to our organisation’s development.”

NB: The post is unpaid

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