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Community projects

The ASL team have been involved in many community archaeology projects over the years, especially in connection to the Barcombe Roman Villa excavations.

In the past our team have designed and delivered public engagement activities, covering a wide range of events including talks to local societies, walks with local groups and conferences about our projects, as well as training for local colleges, the National Trust and working with the Young Archaeologists Club. Sites we have collectively contributed to include Isfield Ditched Enclosure, Barcombe Roman Villa, Varley Halls in Brighton, Plumpton Roman Villa  and Bridge Farm, Wellingham. These have been conducted as a mixture of hands on teaching with students, as well as providing voluntary excavation and site direction/supervision.


In addition, we have attended open days with displays about the work that we do in order to promote community excavations with local societies, such as the Brighton and Hove Archaeological Society and University of Sussex Archaeological Society, working both on-site and off-site and including report writing. We are fully insured for these activities and have a robust Health and Safety policy and working practice.


We are now involved with a new community project to conserve the Mint House in Pevensey, East Sussex. ASL's Proprietor is now an advisor to the Friends, as well as serving on two committees: The Wealden Buildings Study Group and the Sussex branch of the Society for the Protection of Buildings.


"The Newmarket Farm Dig Project is currently recieving much needed support from ASL for the post-excavation processing of our finds offering the use of their office space, as well as linking me with further volunteer and professional help - thank you"


David Cuthbertson, Community Project Site Director

Royal Pavilion July 2016


In July 2016, ASL were invited to supervise the excavation of a small test trench within the grounds of the Pavilion, in conjunction with Brighton Museum and the Brighton and Hove Archaeological Society. This was a well attended event, purely a demonstration event rather than a targeted excavation. Contact BHAS for the final report.


Preston Manor June 2016


In June ASL were invited to take part in the open day held at Preston Manor in Brighton, as part of the Brighton Fringe Festival events in conjunction with Brighton Museum and the Brighton and Hove Archaeological Society. A small test pit was excavated and a surprising amount of artefacts were recovered, although the majority of these dated to the Victorian period when the walled garden was at it's heyday. Also found was a sherd of medieval pottery and plenty of visitors ensured a captive audience. Lets hope some future archaeologists were encourgaed during the event.

Gallops Farm excavations 2015


ASL embarked on a new research dig which was open to local diggers and historians.The site was a former timber-frame medieval single-aisled Hall which was previously demolished. The aim was to excavate the footprint to compare what is uncovered with what is known about this important building. There was also an Historical documentation project to help put the archaeology into its widest possible context, revealing past tenants and owners. A short free course took place at The Keep in order to facilitate this. ASL were awarded a Margary Grant from the Sussex Archaeological Society to help run the excavations. The report is still being compiled and is forthcoming.




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