Kingsclere Parish Archaeological Project (KPAP)

Kingsclere Parish Archaeological Project Blog Archive

The Kingsclere Parish Archaeological Project (KPAP) has been initiated to research the history and archaeology of the downland and valleys contained within the Parish of Kingsclere. The downland is part of an area of outstanding natural beauty (aonb) and as such has not been over developed which allows for good access to a potentally rich archaeological resource. This can then be fully deployed to educate local adults and school children about the heritage of the area as well as providing a valuable academic resource. The buildings that will form part of the building survey are mostly listed and graded buildings in the heart of Kingsclere village.

Carving of a face in the central beam at 20 Swan Street, Kingsclere

The focus of KPAP is on the wider downland area around, and the area within, Kingsclere Village to discover and record evidence of the settlement pattern; changes over 10,000 years; how land use and settlement has changed and its effect on human habitation; phases of settlement and the development of the parish of Kingsclere. The project will utilise a range of techniques which include fieldwalking, excavation, geophysical survey and building The Kingsclere Parish Archaeological Project (KPAP) has been initiated to research the history and archaeology of the downland and valleys contained within the Parish of Kingsclere. The downland is part of an area of outstanding natural beauty (aonb) and as such has not been over developed which allows for good access to a potentally rich archaeological resource. This can then be fully deployed to educate local adults and school children about the heritage of the area as well as providing a valuable academic resource. The buildings that will form part of the building survey are mostly listed and graded buildings in the heart of Kingsclere village.

Excavation and Survey in 2011

This year a season of excavation is due to be conducted at Tidgrove Warren Farm from 30th August to 24th September. A team from the Department of Archaeology at the University of Southampton, together with volunteers from the Kingsclere Heritage Association and certificate students from the University of Southampton will be excavating in the vicinity of the Romano-British settlement, investigating a rectilinear platform and boundary ditch located close to the farm.

Air photo of the excavations of a Romano-British settlement from 2004

Time permitting a building survey will also be conducted by the team at the Swan Inn in Kingsclere, continuing the building survey programme initiated last year with the survey of No. 20 Swan Street.

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Kingsclere Parish Archaeological Project Blog Archive

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One response to “Kingsclere Parish Archaeological Project (KPAP)

  1. rosemary

    hi I have just befriended the KINGSCLERE Heritage assn. I grew up in Hannington near Cottington Hill and was wondering if you have done any research there I was informed by my history teacher that king JOHN built a bower for his mistress Eleanor of Aquitaine on the hill, which was all part of his hunting ground. As children we played in a huge recess in the ground which we were led to beleive was the Kings ornamental fish pond when the new aerial was erected they did find fish and other bones when they had to dig up part of the farmers field. would love to know if any of this was true
    thanks Rose

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