Hampshire Archaeological Dowsers



Despite the cold, we had a really great day at Knowlton, visiting Church Henge in the morning before having a brilliant lunch at The Drovers with ham, eggs and chips going down particularly well! After lunch we were able to view Martin Green’s museum at Down Farm. Over many years Martin has built up a superb museum, especially a lithic collection covering all phases of the Stone Age. His new galleries also cover both Roman and Medieval displays with artefacts coming from his own farm and others on Cranborne Chase.


After viewing the museum Martin led us across his fields to view the amazing Fir Tree Field shaft, a natural shaft in the chalk which has been used to receive offerings for thousands of years. Martin then showed us his latest work restoring a Bronze Age pond barrow. We also saw part of the Dorset Cursus close by. As the sun started to sink over the Long barrow at Gussage Down the temperature dropped dramatically and after Paul gave a vote of thanks we all retreated back to our cars to end what was a very special day.


Martin’s book (a suitable Xmas present) is called A Landscape Revealed – 10,000 years on a Chalkland Farm by Martin Green.Tempus Publications ISBN  0-7524-1490-9 UK £14.99















A very cold Knowlton Church                 Down Farm with Martin holding clip board


















Seasonal attire for Down Farm!





Thank-you so much for those hardy dowsers who turned up at Mansbridge. Despite the cold 19 people turned up!!! Special thanks to Laurie for taking under his wing some new members and four guests who turned up as well. The results were good too: we proved there are two roads on either side of the river which causes us a problem as we now have to find where the two roads converge into one on the airport side!!

Testwood Lakes


A big thank-you for those group members who turned out on Sunday morning. We were able to trace the Roman roads through the Testwood Lakes area towards the crossing point of the River Test at Nursling. We also identified the third road heading from Nursling directly towards Lepe via Testwood. This route can be clearly seen on the images. It is the feature showing as two tramways to the east of the lakes themselves.



Newly discovered Lepe Road heading south from Nursling.


Paul (in the distance) is standing in the ditch whilst the rest are on the agger.

The red flags are marking the ditch of the line of the Roman Road to Cadnam via Tatchbury Mount. The gravel lake has removed all traces towards Cadnam.


Another great dowsing day out was had by all and also some very important results achieved.

Another very good day at Testwood, although we unexpectedly discovered a junction in the Roman road running from Nursling Mill towards the Salmon Leap pub! Where they both go to will have to be discovered over the next month or two!

Visit to The Trundle, Bignor Roman Villa, Slindon and other West Sussex sites HERE.

May Day


Around 25 very keen HADS members and their guests turned out for Don’s guided tour of Stonehenge — from inside The Stones. Don, newly returned from exploring the antiquities of Turkey, helped us to contemplate the extensive landscape which is the little understood Neolithic and Bronze Age centre for probable veneration of the Ancestors.


The Stones have to be seen in their context of the Cursuses, Durrington Walls, the ceremonial route down the Avon to where The Avenue routes for two miles over the downs to approach the temple along the axis of the mid-winter sunset. Don explained some of the stones, and their archaic names, Heel Stone, Slaughter Stone and the myths surrounding their use.

For many of us, being inside the circle was something not done since we were children, in those unrestricted day of clambering and picnics. Now you cannot even touch the stones, although it was possible to detect the energies being given off by them. Certainly there were interesting things going on inside, with many dowsers experiencing the “helicopter effect” with rods and pendulums as energy lines crossed. A very special place indeed.

Cranborne  Chase


We had a good day on Sunday exploring the Cranborne Chase. Those members who came to this area for the first time thoroughly enjoyed this pre-historic landscape that is simply full of archaeological remains.

Visit to the Isle of Wight


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East Stratton


The trip did not go exactly to plan because of the herd of bullocks in the church field! They were very inquisitive and became quite excited with our company, so much so that we had to abandon our plans to locate both the old church and the Victorian Church.


We had a very good lunch at The Northbrook Arms and a very good briefing by Patrick Craze who explained the history of the site. He backed up his briefing with old maps and photographs.


We did have the opportunity to locate some of the cottages alongside the old road of the village but these need to be surveyed in when we return to the site. Patrick will inform me as to when the cattle will be gone from this field so we can return and discover where the old church is….so watch this space!


Trip to Glastonbury


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Mansbridge to Clausentum (Bitterne)


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Field Trip to Salisbury


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Field Trip to Bramsdean


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Field Trip to Fishbourne and Boxgrove


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