1982

During 1982 the Stonehenge Environs Project (SEP), South Dorset Ridgeway Project and the Lower Kennet Valley Survey in Berkshire continued. Like the SEP, both of these projects had developed from earlier government-funded work undertaken before WAC became an active field unit, in 1977 and 1976 respectively. All three projects set out to investigate the early development of landscapes that we see today. In order to do this, a variety of techniques were used to draw a larger and more complete picture. As well as excavation, geophysical survey, fieldwalking, phosphate analysis, environmental sampling, and analysis of soil and crop marks on aerial photographs were all used.
 
Excavations at Pingewood as part of the Kennet Valley project revealed what was initially thought to be a Neolithic ring ditch as a Romano-British feature. At South Street in Dorchester excavation uncovered part of the Roman town of Durnovaria. The excavation showed how the early town's water supply had developed from being carried along an open aqueduct channel to being piped.
 
There was a large-scale excavation at Easton Lane, near Winchester, the site proposed for Junction 9 of the M3 motorway. The excavation was co-directed by Pete Fasham for WAC and Dick Whinney for Winchester City Council. The whole site, some 10 hectares in area, was examined either by excavation or watching brief in the period between August 1982 and April 1983. Features dating from the Late Neolithic through to Late Saxon and early medieval period were recorded.