Putton Lane Archaeology Open Day

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Website Open Day poster

Context One are pleased to announce a forthcoming Open Day at Willowbed Hall, Putton Lane, Chickerell on Thursday 18th August between 3pm and 7pm to showcase the ongoing excavations at Lower Putton Lane.

Excavation so far has revealed the remains of important stone buildings which formed the core of the medieval manor of Podington (which became Putton). These include a cross-passage house, a further large building and a smaller structure aligned E-W that might represent a private chapel.

There will be regular tours of the site (weather permitting) with opportunities to talk to the archaeologists and see some of the finds from the site.

FREE site tours will run every 30 minutes starting from Willowbed Hall with group sizes of up to 30 visitors. We recommend advance booking if you wish to select a particular time slot but there will also be spaces on the day.

To reserve your place on the tour, you can fill out our booking form (link below) or call us on 01963 824696.


If you would like to display our poster or send it to someone who might be interested in our event, there is a link below to view/open/save the poster.


How to find us:

Willowbed Hall is located along Putton Lane with the excavation site opposite. There is public parking to the rear of the Hall but space is limited. The postcode for SatNav is DT3 4AJ.


Approaching the site from Weymouth, take the B3156 toward Chickerell. After the Crookhill council depot on the left, turn right along Glennie Way (the main road to the north west becomes the B3157 at this point). Follow the road round for c. 700m. The playing field and Willowbed Hall will be on the left.

We recommend sturdy footwear if you wish to join us on a site tour as some areas may be uneven under foot, and depending on the weather it may be muddy.


Festival of British Archaeology Open Days

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Festival of British Archaeology Open Days 2012

We are opening up our offices at Maperton between 10am and 3:30pm on the 17th and 18th of July and we would be thrilled to see one and all. This year we will be showcasing a recently excavated Roman site in Bath. Regarded as one of the most significant discoveries in the city for decades, the site in Bathwick charts settlement from the early years of the Conquest to the end of the Roman period and beyond. At its height, we believe the site formed part of a commercial district with small shop units flanking a metalled road. Features include kilns, latrines, pits and hearths. An incredible array of finds including 4,000 sherds of pottery, rare coins, jewellery, glass vessels, militaria and personal items will be on display for the very first time.

We can offer visitors plenty of free parking, free entry and a welcoming smile. For a small donation to our chosen charity ‘Never Give Up’, visitors can also enjoy a cup of tea and selection of homemade cakes including Flavian fairy cakes, Aquae Sulis apple cake, Claudian carrot cake and Britannicus biscuits.

Details of how to find us can be found on our contact page at http://www.contextone.co.uk/contact-us/

We look forward to seeing you!

Celebration Event, The Bishop’s Palace, Wells, Somerset – June 2012

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HRH Prince Edward, Earl of Wessex says a few words at the Bishop's Palace Celebration Event

We were honoured to have attended the Celebration Event at The Bishop’s Palace, Wells last evening at the invitation of Bishop Peter of Bath & Wells and his wife, Dee Price. The highlight was the attendance of HRH Prince Edward, The Earl of Wessex who is the Bishop’s Palace Appeal Patron.


For the Palace, this marks the culmination of a fundraising campaign that began in 2004 and which has seen the construction of a new visitor’s centre, education centre and improvements to the undercroft. A newly created Garden of Reflection will also serve as a ‘landform sculpture’ to view the Palace and Cathedral.


Context One is proud to have been commissioned to carry out the archaeological work as part of these exciting projects since 2010 and the present programme will shortly draw to a close following the completion of the Garden of Reflection.


The Celebration Event may have been the Palace’s thank you to all those many organisations and individuals that has helped see the fruition of Bishop Peter’s vision, but, in turn, we would like to thank all of our staff, past and present, for their contribution to the excavations and making sense of some complicated archaeology. Visitors to the Palace must have often wondered why the moat was drained and filled so many times, not knowing of course that only when it was empty could we dig without our trenches being flooded! We also saw all the seasons in their extremes and I suppose it was fitting that the extremes of the British summer weather did not let us down on the night and the rain promptly fell like stair rods!


The job now is to piece together all the evidence that we have gathered in the last 18 months and shed new light on the fascinating history of the Palace. Watch this space….

PRESS RELEASE: Roman remains discovered in Bath

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Roman remains discovered in Bath

An archaeological excavation currently being undertaken by Context One, on behalf of Ashford Homes, on the corner of Bathwick Street and Henrietta Road, Bathwick, have uncovered the remains of several Roman structures with associated features, as well as a Roman road surface.

Based on some of the finds recovered so far, it appears to be an early Roman site. A preliminary look at the structures suggests we’ve discovered at least one dwelling, divided into both domestic and industrial areas, the latter comprise various external surfaces and boundary walls.

We have also revealed a Roman road crossing the site. This is constructed from a number of layers that have built up over some time, suggesting the road was in continued use. Several exterior (possible yard) surfaces have also been uncovered adjacent to the road.

A large number of smaller features (including various pits) have been revealed during the initial cleaning of the site. Whilst some of these almost certainly post-date the structures and road surface, others may prove to be contemporary.

We are in the initial stages of our investigation and are likely to be on site for at least the next month. Updates on our progress will be forwarded to the local press but for more immediate information we will be posting here on our website.


A very happy Christmas to you all…

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We would like to wish all of our clients, associates and website friends a very happy Christmas and a prosperous New Year. Thanks to everyone for making 2011 such an archaeological treat.

As we approach the end of a busy year, it seems an opportune time to tell you about the charity that we will be supporting, not only this Christmas, but into the future. The charity we have chosen is Never Give Up, a foundation that was set up by my sister-in-law, Pamela McConnell, in honour of her daughter and my niece, Abbi. Abbi passed away in 2010, aged just 17, after a valiant battle against cancer.

In the last months of her short life, Abbi turned her thoughts, not to her own struggle, but to her family, friends and the numerous medical professionals who supported her tirelessly. She recognised that in many cases, those looking after a loved one with a terminal illness need support too and Never Give Up was founded to serve that principle.

Brickfield Offices in the snow...

Our small contribution to the memory of Abbi is to raise money at various public events in the Context One calendar. This year it included a collection during two Open Days that we held at our Maperton Offices as part of the Festival of  British Archaeology and a donation instead of sending out corporate Christmas cards. Personally, I also spent an exciting and yet poignant two weeks with my brother, Jeremy (Abbi’s Dad), back in May as he cycled the length of the country from John O’Groats to Lands End on his 30 year old bike! Not bad for someone who isn’t a cyclist! He raised nearly £5,000 and I was honoured to support him. We kept a daily blog and it’s well worth a read for all the ups and downs of this mammoth journey.

A new challenge is being planned for 2012 and we will be bringing you all the news as our plans are refined. In the meantime, if you attend any of our public events, then you will see us with collecting bucket in hand!

We look forward to working with all our partners in 2012.

Richard McConnell on behalf of all at Context One.