Sussex is very lucky in that a huge amount of fieldwork is undertaken within its boundaries. This work is done by one of several active amateur groups/individuals as well as a number of commercial units. Although the majority of developer-funded work may be done by our main local Unit (Archaeology South-East based at Portslade) and a few other smaller local contract archaeologists, other commercial units from all round the country often work in the county. The rise of contract archaeology means fieldwork on many sites is often undertaken quickly, and at short notice, to fit in with development timetables. The results of much of this work are often never published. This can be due to a number of reasons: an archaeologically sterile site, few discoveries were made, mitigation measures ensuring the remains are preserved in situ or lack of funding are the most common. As a result people are often unaware of what is happening in field archaeology even if it is very close to where they live. The Sussex Archaeology Forum which meets three times a year brings together the representatives of the main archaeological bodies, both professional and amateur, within the county to keep people informed. Space and logistics make it impossible to expand the Forum but it is important all interested people are kept informed of what has been happening in their period, or area, of interest.
As a consequence summary round-ups, extensively drawn from the Forum meetings, giving brief details of all fieldwork which has been undertaken within the county in four month blocks as well as what fieldwork is ongoing or in the pipeline (where details are available) will be posted onto this site. These summaries will hopefully be as comprehensive as possible but some sites may be omitted if not brought to my attention. Details for each site will be standardized as quickly as possible in future summaries and more information included (ie grid reference). Click here for the round-up summaries, the first of these being March 2006. If anybody is particularly interested in a site, or are interested in volunteering, then they should contact the organisation responsible for the work. If this proves difficult you may contact me on the e-mail below. In the future it is hoped that these summaries will consistently contain details of forthcoming fieldwork where volunteer opportunities are available. Those where it has been confirmed volunteer places are present will be marked *.
The organizations/societies undertaken the work have been abbreviated in the summaries and a key for these, along with their websites/contact details, are listed below where known.
Luke Barber (Research Officer), email.
Organisations’ abbreviations: AOC – AOC Archaeology (e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org ); ASE – Archaeology South-East (www.ucl.ac.uk/archaeologyse/ ); CBAS – Chris Butler Archaeological Services; CCE/US – Centre for Continuing Education, University of Sussex (www.sussex.ac.uk/cce/ ); BHAS – Brighton and Hove Archaeological Society (www.brightonarch.org.uk ); CDAS – Chichester and District Archaeological Society (www.cdas.info/ ); CDC – Chichester District Council (www.cdas.info/ ); CG – CG Archaeology; DAS – Development Archaeology Services; ENHAS – Eastbourne Natural History and Archaeological Society; ESCC – East Sussex County Council; HAARG – Hastings and Area Archaeological Research Group (www.haarg.org.uk ); MoLAS – Museum of London Archaeology Service (www.molas.org.uk ); MSFAT – Mid Sussex Field Archaeology Team (www.msfat.com ); Northampton – Northampton Archaeology; OA – Oxford Archaeology (www.oxfordarch.co.uk ); PCA – Pre-construct Archaeology (www.pre-construct.com ); SAS – Sussex Archaeological Society (www.sussexpast.co.uk ); SIAS – Sussex Industrial Archaeological Society (www.snowing.co.uk/sias/ ); TVAS – Thames Valley Archaeological Services (www.tvas.co.uk ); UCL – University College London; Wessex – Wessex Archaeology (www.wessexarch.co.uk ); WSA – West Sussex Archaeology Ltd(www.wsarch.co.uk ); WAS – Worthing Archaeological Society (worthingarchaeological.org); WIRG – Wealden Iron Research Group (www.wealdeniron.org.uk ), WSCC – West Sussex County Council (www.westsussex.gov.uk ).