Dorset Diggers undertake archaeology projects to improve understanding of Dorset's heritage. In 2013 we excavated at Maiden Newton. Our 2014 project is probable Roman site at Nether Compton

Field Walking near Pilsdon Pen in the Marshwood Vale, West Dorset - May 2014

Members of Dorset Diggers living in the west of the County have started field walking on a field 600 m southwest of the Iron Age Hillfort of Pilsdon Pen.

Permission has been given for us to walk a number of fields in this area, a map of the first site, Field 1 and photos of finds from this field are shown elsewhere. The first field looked to be a promising place as, though being flattish it is on a promontory jetting out into the Marshwood Vale with steep slopes falling away on the East, West and South sides. 

Between three and nine members walked for three to four hours a day over three days, dodging a few showers on the first day.

Surveying the 20m squares was carried out with a combination of GPS map references, tape measures, a range finder and ranging poles.  Having picked finds from 39 of the squares, this was reduced down to 41 potential finds from 23 squares after examination by Chris Tripp.  Most of these were worked flint with some possible Roman pottery.

As crops are now appearing in the fields we intend to resume field walking at this site after they have been re-ploughed.

We are grateful to the landowners for this opportunity.


Richard Hood