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WARG’s 2012 Excavation: Saint Elizabeth’s College, Winchester College


We’ve been back!


For a second year WARG members dug on the site of the 14th century chantry chapel dedicated to Saint Elizabeth of Hungary (amongst others).


Some background to the dig is given on the 2011 page, and a number of reports were published since we finished our excavations last August. The 2011 interim report has been on this website and a talk was given to WARG members at the 2012 AGM in May and published in the WARG Newsletter.


A report written by WARG’s consultant archaeologist Dick Whinney appeared in the Hampshire Field Club newsletter (Newsletter No. 57, Spring 2012), and a number of talks have been given by WARG members to other societies on our initial results. All in all a pretty good record of publication and publicity.


Having last year established the outline of the chapel building, this year we hope to explore further the west front; to take a North-South section through the centre of the building and thus understand better the central burial; and to explore the supporting outbuildings which have been revealed by resistivity recently undertaken by WARG with the University of Winchester, whose help we were grateful to receive.


Click here for more news on the geophysics


We also continued the very successful partnership whereby some students and staff of Winchester College will take part in the dig.


Practical matters:


The dig ran from Saturday 28th July to Sunday 12th August inclusive, with certain days set aside for certain things. Backfilling started on Thursday 9th August and finished at lunchtime on the last day. Spot on.


There was a public Open Day on Sunday 5th August which attracted over 300 members of the public, and a number of evening visits by societies.


Some statistics about the people involved:

· Over the period of the dig we had 61 individual participants, whether as diggers or finds processors.

· Their ages ranged from 15 to 82!

· We had 12 students from Winchester College (and a master).

· Students from Barton Peveril College, Kings’ School Winchester, Peter Symonds College and St. Swithun’s School.

· We had university students from Winchester, Bristol, Southampton and Portsmouth.

· It is particularly gratifying that two students (Stuart and Catherine) who started with us at St. Cross are now reading degree courses in Archaeology, and one Winchester College man, Barney, is about to go up to York to also read Archaeology.
























© WARG 2012