1984

Large-scale excavations in advance of development continued throughout 1984. At Greyhound Yard, Dorchester (now Waitrose) for example, WA added to the growing body of knowledge about the town's history. Although evidence of the Roman town was encountered as anticipated, the excavation also found part of a much earlier Neolithic 'enclosure'. This took the form of an arc of 21 massive post pits, each big enough to have held the trunk of an oak tree (evidence of which survived). The complete plan of the enclosure is still not known.
 
Along with Greyhound Yard, the excavation of an Iron Age farmstead and deserted medieval village at Hatch Warren, Basingstoke, also ran Community Programme Schemes, funded by the Manpower Services Commission to help combat increasing unemployment. The financial help these schemes gave not only allowed these important excavations to go ahead, but gave people who otherwise may never have experienced archaeology the opportunity to take part in an archaeological excavation. Some of these have made careers for themselves in archaeology as a result and are still with WA.
 
Another Manpower Services Commission-funded project was the excavation of a Late Bronze Age to Early Iron Age midden at Potterne, near Devizes. The site was notable for the quantities of finds recovered, including domestic, animal, and industrial. It became the first Wessex project to use computers for statistical analysis. IBM was involved in the project, creating a three-dimensional model of the midden to test whether there were any special patterns to its development. Computer costs in 1984 were £645!