Welcome to GlosArch

The website of Gloucestershire Archaeology

GlosArch (Gloucestershire Archaeology) is a local amateur archaeology society with a mission to widen public knowledge of the fabulous archaeology and history of the county of Gloucestershire. Between September and April we hold an monthly series of public lectures by guest speakers on a range of archaeological and historical topics and in the summer we run a programme of visits to sites of interest. In addition, we have an active programme of archaeological fieldwork for members, both excavation and geophysical surveying, and run an osteoarchaeology recording group. No previous experience is needed to take part in these activities.

We publish a newsletter twice a year and our annual journal, Glevensis, which is in its 55th edition, carries reports on archaeological and historical topics by professional and amateur researchers.

If you share our passion for the past, why not join us?

Latest News

Excavation at Miserden 9-10th and 20-22nd June


In June GlosArch will be undertaking an excavation near Miserden, north of Stroud at the site of a ruined building on a terrace in a steep sided valley.  A trial excavation last year showed remains of a substantial and well-built structure and finds landing from 14th century to modern.

We aim to reach floor levels in a part of the main building, to collect dating evidence and to trace the complete footprint of the whole building(s) including door locations so that we can work out their use.

We will return for a full scale excavation of the bulding on the following dates. Note that there are now five days instead of the four originally planned:

June 9th and 10th.
Thursday June 20th to Saturday 22nd inclusive.

To take part (GlosArch members only) please email Neil Cathie at fieldwork@glosarch.org.uk

No previous experience is required.

Excavation on Cleeve Common

Following four successful, if sometimes windy, days of excavation on Cleeve Common, at the site of the first Cheltenham Racecourse, GlosArch members have uncovered the remains of a substantial building, with walls over half a meter thick. We have also recovered polished plaster from the inside of the building, roof slates, nails of various sizes, glass, pottery, a clay pipe stem with he makers mark and .. a racing horseshoe. Altogether a successful dig. We are now recording the site, and will then fill it all in until next year, when we will be back!

Thanks to #cotswoldarchaeology for support with surveying and Jamie Kyte for drone photos.

Frocester Fund Grant 2024 – Call for applications

Applications are invited for the 2024 Frocester Fund Grant. The grant, thanks to a bequest from past President Mr Eddie Price, is for up to £1000 towards work leading to publication of a piece of archaeological work.

Applications close on 30th September 2024.

For more information and to download the application form click here


Membership subscriptions fell due on 1 March 2024. Please ensure that you are making your renewal payment to the correct bank account:

Gloucestershire Archaeology; Sort code 08-92-99; A/c no. 67285787.

Current subscription rates are: Full Ordinary member £20; Student and Associate member £10.


Forthcoming Activities

Winter Lectures and Summer Visits

April Lecture and Annual General Meeting. Monday 29th April at 7:00pm

The 57th Annual General Meeting of Gloucestershire Archaeology will take place at 7.00pm and will be in hybrid format as before. Members can attend in person at St Andrew’s Church Hall or on Zoom.

This will be followed at 7:45pm (note the slightly later start time) by our final lecture of this series which will by Tony Roberts of Archaeoscan who will present an Update on the latest results from excavations on Medieval and Roman sites around Gloucestershire.

The papers for the AGM and Zoom links for the AGM and lecture will be sent to members nearer the time. Non-members can request the link for the lecture by emailing: mailbox@glosarch.org.uk


Below is the revised programme for the 2023-24 lecture series, with talks ranging from the Neolithic to the Medieval periods. Lectures are free to members and non-members (non-members are invited to make a small donation towards the cost of running the talks – £5 is suggested). Payment can be made by bank transfer to Gloucestershire Archaeology; Sort code 08-92-99; A/c no. 67285787.

Talks can be attended in person or via Zoom. For the Zoom link please email mailbox@glosarch.org.uk

Click here to see the revised schedule for 2023-24

Recordings of this, and previous years’ lectures are available to GlosArch members. To access recorded lectures , log in to your website account and go to Resources>Recorded Lecture Archive

Summer Visits 2024

The programme for 2024 is as follows:

Saturday 11th May, 2pm

Guided tour of St John the Baptist church, Cirencester. Meet at the church. Cost £5.

Please let Mike Milward know if you are coming so we have sufficient guides. m.milward1@yahoo.co.uk

Saturday 1st June. 2.30pm

Guided walk around the route of the Roman walls of Gloucester with City Archaeologist, Andy Armstrong. Meet at the Cross in Gloucester city centre at 2.15.


Saturday 8th June, all day

Coach trip to Avalon Archaeology and Wells. Cost £42.50 to include coach travel and guided tour of Avalon Archaeology. Afternoon in Wells to explore at your leisure. To book a place contact m.milward1@yahoo.co.uk

For full details of these visits see the Summer Visits page under Activities.



To take part, email fieldwork@glosarch.org.uk (members only).


Excavation on Cleeve Hill 14th-15th and 19th-20th April 2024

Following geophysical surveys performed over the last couple of years, GlosArch and the Cleeve Common Trustees have received consent from Natural England to undertake an excavation of the grandstands of the original Cheltenham Racecourse, which operated on the Common between 1819 and 1842. We aim to find out more about the structure of the grandstands and gain some insight into early 19th century horse racing.

The dig is open to all GlosArch members, although spaces are filling up. To take part email fieldwork@glosarch.org.uk or message dig director Neil Cathie on 07802 272035. No previous experience of excavation is required.

Excavation at Brookthorpe, 12-13th and 17-18th November 2023

This activity is now complete. In very muddy conditions the team located the probable courtyard of the villa and recovered substantial further amounts of building materials, pottery and tesserae. Neil Cathie will be providing a short summary of the findings at the meeting on Monday 18th December. For details see ‘Winter Lectures and summer visits’ on this page.

Excavation at Minsterworth, 6-8th August 2023

The excavation at Minsterworth is now complete. A short report appears in the Autumn newsletter. Neil Cathie presented a summary of the findings at the fieldwork update meeting on December 18th. A recording of this talk is available to members in the Recorded Lectures Archive page in the members’ area of the website.


Magnetometry Surveying at Castlemeads, Gloucester 

This activity is now complete.

In rather wet conditions and after having to abandon the original survey due to flooding (it is on a flood plain after all) we managed to complete the magnetometry survey on a chilly, slightly damp December day.

The results show a number of underground electricity cables but also features which appear to correspond to the LIDAR images. The findings were presented at our members update meeting on 18th December.

Geophysics Training

If you are interested in receiving training on our geophysics equipment, please contact Phil Cox via: fieldwork@glosarch.org.uk as a further session can be arranged if there is demand.

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