geophys training may 2017

Geophys Training in Itter Park, Peterborough

FRAG members underwent geophys training with Phil Hill in Itter Park today. A second session in the afternoon gave YAC members the chance to get hands on with the technology. The main objective was to introduce the principles and practicalities of both resistance and magnetometry surveying. By using a site adjacent ... More

Mark Knight at Must Farm

Must Farm Winners

Peterborough archaeology has been in the news again with the announcement that the Must Farm excavation (between Peterborough and Whittlesey) has provided two of this year’s award winners at the 2017 Current Archaeology awards ceremony. The prestigious Archaeologist of the Year award went to site director, Mark ... More


The Roman Kiln

Construction and firing of a replica Roman kiln was a central element of the community dig. Amongst the Fane Road volunteers and allotment holders was an accomplished amateur potter, Wendy Gamble. With her own modern kilns nearby she could have easily produced Roman style pottery of the era of the Fane Road villa. That ... More

fane road test pit

Test Pits at Fane Road – October 2016

More than 30 members of the Fane Road Archaeology Group (FRAG) helped dig a series of test pits across the allotment site at Fane Road. Most of the 2m x 1m trenches reached "natural" geology within 600mm with few finds of interest. Only those nearer the villa site produced more significant amounts of pot. More

New Insights into Roman Town at Peterborough

The largest Roman centre in the Peterborough area was Durobrivae. There are no longer any visible remains other than lumps and bumps in a field close to the A1. During August 2016 archaeologists undertook a series of non invasive surveys to help improve our understanding of what lies below the ground. The Roman town of ... More

nassington roman barn

Nassington Roman Barn

On a gentle slope above the village of Nassington an excavation led by Middle Nene Archaeological Group in August 2016 revealed a large, rectangular Roman building. Site director, Derek Roberts, and his brother Andy had been drawn to this site initially by a high density of surface finds. Geophysical survey then ... More

FRAG Members Unearth Finds at Peterborough Cathedral

Peterborough Cathedral organised an archaeological dig in the Deanery garden in June to coincide with Peterborough Heritage Festival. FRAG members were amongst nearly 100 volunteers who participated in the excavation. The focus of the archaeology was on the Late Anglo-Saxon period, including investigating the possibil... More

Metal Detector Training with Steve Critchley

FRAG members underwent metal detector training with Steve Critchley. The training site was a pasture between Peterborough and Stamford, close to a number of ancient features. The emphasis was on learning techniques and on responsible use of metal detectors. Perhaps unsurprisingly finds were mainly everyday objects ... More

Must Farm Visit Feb 2016

FRAG Visit – Must Farm Excavation

FRAG members enjoyed a unique opportunity to visit the Must Farm excavation. Billed as a Bronze Age island settlement at Whittlesey, the reality is actually much more than you could ever anticipate. Selina Davenport, the Must arm outreach supervisor for the Cambridge Archaeological Unit explained the site as archae... More