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SSARG have been investigating a number of anomalies on the geophysical survey results to try and find out more about a building uncovered in 2013. 
Excavation in 2013 of a rectangular parch mark revealed the foundations of a substantial Roman building.


The results of a gradiometer survey revealed a number of linear and irregular anomalies.


SSARG along with the Martock Local History Group are continuing to investigate this intriguing site.  A series of test pits in 2014 targeted anomalies in the geophysical survey, one of which uncovered a Roman grain dryer.  In 2016 we uncovered a Roman midden and collapsed building. This year we will be continuing our excavations as well as carrying on with the geophysical survey of the surrounding fields. If you are interested in taking part in the excavation please email info@ssarg.org.uk

2015 excavation of the Roman building at Tithe Mead.
This project was made possible in part by a grant from the Council for British Archaeology’s Mick Aston Archaeology Fund, which is supported by English Heritage



At the end of 2015 SSARG began testpitting at Park near Low Ham around a mysterious stone-lined hole in the ground - possibly an Iron Age well. The test pits uncovered evidence of Iron Age, Roman and post Medieval occupation.

We have also carried out a geophysical survey over the site where there are crop marks which have been identified by the Somerset HER as a possible Neolithic cursus and mortuary enclosure.  The results of the survey are below.  We are currently carrying out a small excavation to try find out more information about the anomalies.



Over the past few years SSARG have been carrying out fieldwork in three adjacent fields at Misterton near Crewkerne which have yielded a large number of finds located and mapped by a local metal detectorist.  We have recently completed geophysical surveys of the fields and it is hoped that we will be able to dig test pits on some of the geophysical anomalies at a later date.

Gradiometer surveys at Misterton.

The results reveal a strong, east-west linear trend across the southern fields which could suggest the site of a linear development including occupation and possible industrial activity.  The north-south linear in the northern field could be a former trackway. There is also a possible enclosure in the southwest corner of the north field. Other linear anomalies could represent old field boundaries, drainage and plough marks.
A recent test pit targeted on the possible enclosure in the southwest corner of the north field uncovered a ditch containing Middle Bronze Age pottery and some flints.



Between 2009 and 2011 SSARG carried out a series of geophysical surveys covering the site of Lufton Villa near Yeovil plus the fields to the south.  The survey area was expanded in 2013 by SSARG's commercial unit, GeoFlo Southwest Geophysical and Flotation Services, who surveyed two further fields to the west. 

In 2012 and 2013 Newcastle University, in conjunction with SSARG, carried out excavations based on the geophysical survey results under the direction of Dr James Gerrard.  In Summer 2014 excavations continued a little further afield, investigating the site of a Deserted Medieval Village to the southwest of the villa site.  In 2015 a trench in the field south of the villa uncovered a series of Roman ditches.  In 2016 Newcastle University re-excavated the site of the actual Villa to discover its state of preservation and confirm discoveries made during the original excavation in the late 1950s. 

A link to the Newcastle University Lufton Blog is available on the Contact Us page.


Combined gradiometer surveys of Lufton Villa site and surrounding area.   Map data copyright 2014 Google


In the above gradiometer surveys, Lufton Villa is situated in the most northern field to the left of the central ditch that divides the field in two.  Although the field in which the villa itself is situated is relatively sparse of anomalies, the fields to the south reveal complex multi phase activity.  Some of these anomalies are probably contemporary with the villa, but it would seem that this part of the landscape has seen various phases of occupation over a long period of time.

Excavations by SSARG and Newcastle University have discovered evidence of Roman, Iron Age and Bronze Age occupation.


Trench B in 2013 uncovered an Iron Age ditch which could be associated with the major settlement area on the geophysics.  The narrow criss-crossing ditches in this trench are land drainage.

Trench C in 2013 uncovered a series of parallel ditches, including the Iron Age ditch which was also evident in Trench B.  Another major ditch in this trench was Roman and contained black burnished ware and this lovely broach pin.

Photos from Newcastle University's Lufton Blog with the kind permission of Dr James Gerrard