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One might expect that, by virtue of there size and prominent locations, new hillforts are unlikely to be discovered, however examples that had been levelled in later centuries continue to appear. Crow Hill near Irthlingborough was first spotted from the air in 1986 while in 2000, excavations at Taplow in Bucks revealed yet another. Recent geophysical survey as part of the Whittlewood Survey has revealed now confirmed the existence of a new hillfort in Northamptonshire.
Archaeological Services and Consultancy Ltd have recently published their annual report for 2004, which has details of fieldwork in Northamptonshire. This includes a salvage excavation and watching brief at Kings Sutton and a programme of geophysical survey and fieldwalking at Wakerley. In addition to this, ASC have carried out a programme of historic building recording at St Edmund's Hospital in Northampton, a site evaluation at St James Road Northampton and a study of a former shoe factory at Rothwell. Details of this and work undertaken in neighbouring counties can be found in the full version of the annual report which is available at the ASC website http://www.archaeological-services.co.uk
New Survey of the Hunsbury Hillfort
A new survey to assess the
condition of both the interior and the surviving rampart of the hillfort at Hunsbury
has been partially completed in the early months of 2004.
the Scenes at the Time Team
An account of what it was like to work for the Time Team as a digger on an excavation at Prebendal Manor House in Nassington, Northamptonshire.
Higham Ferrers Roman Site Open Day
Oxford Archaeology (formerly Oxford Archaeological Unit) has recently excavated a major Roman roadside settlement on land off Kings Meadow Lane on the north side of Higham Ferrers, between the A6 and the A45 bypass (Site NGR SP954692). The work formed part of a planned programme of archaeological investigation in advance of residential development. The excavation (c. 1.7 hectares stripped) revealed extensive remains of the Roman settlement, including remains of around 18 stone-founded buildings within ditched/walled enclosures ranged along a broad road. On Sunday 8 December 2002 there was a public Open Day, which included tours of the site and a display of finds. Between 350-400 people turned up, including many families, which was a pleasant surprise given the very cold weather conditions.
Stanion Roman Villa
The Society excavated this newly discovered site near Corby in May 2002. The excavation was funded by English Heritage and directed by N.A.S. chairman, Dr Martin Tingle. The digging team was provided by The Northamptonshire County Council Archaeological Unit and members of the N.A.S. and MIDNAG.
Stowe Nine Churches Excavation
In June 2001 the Society carried out the excavation of a possible Prehistoric triple ditch system at the Larches, Stowe Nine Churches, near Weedon, which had first been investigated by Gwen Brown, Archaeological County Correspondent to the Department of the Environment, in 1972.