Programme

If you are interested in any of the following please contact us for further details. You can email through this website (Contact Us page) or come along to one of our meetings at the White Horse Inn, Soudley, Forest of Dean. We meet at 8 p.m. on the last Thursday of each month (except December).

Breckness Court, Pingry Lane, North of Clearwell, Forest of Dean

Historic England Monument No: 109460 describes Breckness Court as ‘A Medieval moated site, comprising a moated platform with clear traces of the foundations of a substantial building, a fishpond and its retaining dam and spillway to the south west, and a possible second fishpond to the east of the moat, has been recorded through field survey and aerial photographic evidence’.

In 2021 Dean Archaeological Group carried out a resistivity survey at Breckness Court. In both 2022 and 2023 small scale exploratory excavations were undertaken to understand and date the site through the identification of features and the recovery of datable artefacts. Analysis of the information obtained is on-going but preliminary results indicate that we have identified the walls of a substantial medieval stone building (approximately 30m long and 10m wide) that continued to be used into the post-medieval period. Further excavations are planned for 2024.

Eccleswall Farm near Bromsash, Herefordshire

The owners of Eccleswall Farm have kindly offered DAG the opportunity to investigate the 'humps and bumps' in their fields. What makes this invitation particularly attractive is that the site is very close to the Romano-British settlement at Ariconium, a major ironworking centre during the Roman period and a site of national importance.

In 2022 we began a geophysical resistivity survey of the site. Given the large area that we need to cover this is going to take a while to complete but we are very optimistic that the results will justify our endeavour.

Our next monthly meeting is at 8pm on

Thursday 25th July at the White Horse Inn, Soudley.