Matthew Smith, Director of Archaeology and Heritage at RPS, said: “The archaeological findings at Alresford Down are nothing short of extraordinary. Unearthing the remains of a Bronze Age barrow cemetery and a vast Anglo-Saxon burial ground has provided a rare opportunity to piece together the rich history embedded in this site. We are proud to contribute to the preservation of our shared past through this remarkable excavation."
The RPS team will now create a formal report documenting the historical significance of these discoveries, ensuring their lasting record in the area's history, contributing to a deeper understanding of our cultural heritage. The archaeological findings will also be exhibited at the Winchester Museum. Interested parties are encouraged to come forward with relevant information and if no claims arise, the artefacts will be respectfully reinterred.
All works are being undertaken under the help and guidance of the Winchester District Archaeological Advisor Tracy Matthews, and the site will feature on 'Digging for Britain' on BBC 2 at 8pm on Wednesday 3rd January, showcasing the historical significance of the site and the significant treasures uncovered in its archaeological excavation.
With archaeological investigations now complete and the findings recorded and preserved, Taylor Wimpey Oh has been given clearance to start enabling works on site ready for its launch in Spring 2025. Taylor Wimpey plans to commemorate the historical findings on the site by proposing the installation of a plaque or information board in the public open space, pending approval from Winchester City Council.