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


Grant Award by Jockey Club from GC100 Fund

GlosArch is excited to announce that we have been awarded £2000 a grant of from the Gold Cup 100 Community Grant Initiative administered by the Jockey Club and Rotary Clubs of Cheltenham. The grant is to support post-excavation analysis of finds from the excavation of the Cleeve Common Racecourse grandstands and the creation of a digital 3D reconstruction of the building based on the evidence we uncover. This will be available to view via our website and on the Common.


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

 

The excavation at Honeycombe, near Miserden, north of Stroud at the site of a ruined building on a terrace in a steep sided valley is now under way.  A trial excavation last year showed remains of a substantial and well-built structure and finds landing from 14th century to modern.

We have made good progress over the first two days determining the footprint of the building and have exposed a well-constructed doorway. The work continues on 20/21/22 June.

The dig is fully subscribed, but in case of cancellations (GlosArch members only) please email Neil Cathie at fieldwork@glosarch.org.uk to go on the waiting list.

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

Activities


Forthcoming Activities


Winter Lectures and Summer Visits

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

Well that’s it for the 2023-24 lecture series! We finished with Tony’ Roberts’ update on the excavations carried out by Archaeoscan during 2023. Slimbridge and Guiting Power become more and more interesting the further into them they get.

If you want to find out more about digging with Archeoscan, go to: https://www.archeoscan.com/

The 2024-24 lecture series is being prepared and the first talk will take place in September. In the meantime, GlosArch members can access the archive of recorded lectures by logging in to their account on the website and going to Resources>Recorded Lecture Archive.

2024-25 LECTURE SERIES

The programme for the 2024-25 lecture series, will be available in the next couple of months. 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

To get a flavour of the range of topics covered in 2023-4 click on Lectures below and follow the link.

Summer Visits 2024

The programme for 2024 is as follows:

Saturday 11th May, 2pm

For a brief report on this interesting tour click here

Saturday 1st June. 2.30pm

A 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.

Fieldwork

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

Excavation

Excavation at Honeycombe, Miserden. 9/10 and 20/21/22 June 2024.

The second excavation of 2024 is taking place at Miserden. A preliminary excavation in 2023 showed substantial building remains in this quiet valley. This has been confirmed in the first two days of the excavation. The aim of the dig is to find evidence of the function(s) of the building, its layout and to recover dating evidence.

The excavation is fully subscribed, but in case of cancellations you can contact Neil Cathie at fieldwork@glosarch.org.uk or message dig director Neil Cathie on 07802 272035 to go on the waiting list. The dig is open to all GlosArch members. No previous experience of excavation is required.

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

This excavation has been completed for 2024. For a brief report see ‘Latest News’ above.

We intend to return to the site in Spring 2025 to continue investigating the layout of this interesting site, with the aim of producing an interactive 3D visualisation of the building which will be publicly available.

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 provided a short summary of the findings at the meeting on Monday 18th December, 2023. The talk is available to members on the GlosArch website.

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.

Geophysics

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.

Uncovering our Past Together

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