We would like to thank everyone who donated to our campaign for the geophysics survey and Allen Archaeology for helping us carry out this task, we can now share the results of our successful surveying!

Geophysics Results October 2020

After surveying selected fields of our Scalford project we have been able to make some exciting discoveries!

Roman Villa and Romano-British Settlement:

We have been able to uncover more of the Roman Villa located near Scalford, in Wycomb, in addition to a possible Romano-British settlement around 2 km to the south-west. This settlement spans a large area and even continues beyond the scope of our survey. This means that there is more geophysical surveying of this area required in the future, and you can get involved!

Prehistoric Settlements:

We have surveyed the areas where a vast array of stone and flint tools were recovered and have discovered some potential enclosures. These are however, obscured by later ridge and furrow action. However, we would love your input on interpreting an area of the survey (as seen below right).

If you have any ideas on what you think may be present, let us know by emailing projects@pasttopresent.org

Test Pit Results:

Following on from our successful geophysics survey, we decided to target specific areas of interest from the possible new settlement site that we discovered. We did this by digging four test pits which gave us some surprising results!

After discovering a possible new Romano-British settlement site during our geophysical survey, it was decided that we would target this area with test pits to try and confirm our theory. We placed four test pits on areas of the geophysics that should the most potential. Two of our pits focused on an area that showed potential for structural remains, whilst the other two were placed over intriguing anomalies to the south west. This has allowed us to gain an understanding on both areas as to the potential and specifics of this newly found site!

Once the topsoil and subsoil were removed and the archaeological layers reached, two of the test pits in the south-west showed signs of a rectangular enclosure being present with potential for industrial working inside, with finds of slag and prehistoric pottery. Another test pit towards the north-east also showed signs of a potential occupation layer. And lastly the other north-eastern test pit revealed part of a wall. All of the pits included pottery sherds that indicate the settlement site to be Roman in age, possibly being occupied at the same time as the nearby villa, at Goadby Marwood, apart from the test pit that revealed earlier prehistoric finds.

The Next Steps

More Events at Scalford

We would love you to get involved with the next steps of our Scalford project! We are currently still aiming to run some community fieldwork this year, although we realise due to the current Covid-19 pandemic that plans may change. So, that is why we are planning for our Prehistoric Leicestershire (and now Roman of course) field school to take place in autumn 2021.  So why not grab your trowel and join us in uncovering the secrets hidden in the landscape!

Keep your eyes peeled for event details and don’t forget to follow us on Instagram @pasttopresentarchaeology and Facebook @worldwidearchaeology and join our mailing list to get all the latest updates.

We are planning on more events to take place on our Scalford project that we welcome you to join in on! We have a range of activities and events that we are planning such as the extension on our geophysics surveying of the Romano-British settlement and some fieldwalking events to possibly uncover more surface finds of stone tools and pottery to enhance our collection!

We will be updating our website with more details of these events, so keep your eyes peeled or join our mailing list for more information.

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