1989

After the move of the previous year, 1989 was a time for settling in to the new offices. There was time, however, to inaugurate the first WA Newsletter, a simple double-sided A4 handout. It was also a busy fieldwork and post-excavation year.
 
Post-excavation work for the sites at Jennings Yard in Windsor, Dorchester Bypass, Anslow's Cottages and elsewhere was in progress. WA was also about to start a major project that would draw together the results of all the excavations done at Stonehenge during the 20th century. It was estimated that almost half the area of the monument had been excavated, but the results had never been drawn together to give a comprehensive account of its development. The first task was to find and assemble copies of records from all the excavations.
 
Fieldwork was still based largely in the Wessex counties. The first seasons of excavation at Charles Street in Dorchester, Bray in Berkshire, Rooksdown near Basingstoke, and at Ashton Keynes in north Wiltshire all started in 1989.
 
A different sort of fieldwork was carried out at Monkey Marsh Lock on the Kennet and Avon Canal near Thatcham, Berkshire. There, an 18th-century turf-sided lock, a Scheduled Ancient Monument, was in such a state of disrepair that it was surveyed, partly excavated and restored under archaeological supervision. The rebuilt lock, which had already been repaired and rebuilt several times during its lifetime, was finished in time for the official re-opening of the canal in 1990.