Peasemore Landscape Archaeology Project

This community landscape archaeology project was a multi-disciplinary investigation into the past of a parish nestled in the foothills of the Berkshire Downs. Peasemore is a small village located about 6 miles north of Newbury, with a fascinating history. The village is located around an 'enclosure' feature which the Group was initially invited to investigate in 2003.

Since then the project grew into a large-scale investigation into the archaeology of the parish involving local people and run in partnership with the Parish Council and West Berkshire Heritage Service. The Project was given a significant boost with the award of grant funding from the Local Heritage Initiative. Each of the sections below sets out some of the early progress in the main workstreams of the project. More information from the later stages of the project will be added shortly.

Project Aims and Research
Find out more about how the project is run and the research questions which we are trying to answer 

BARG has conducted two major fieldwalking exercises to date, resulting in the collection of significant quantities of prehistoric worked flint.

BARG has been conducting a survey of the tree/shrub species, height and structure, wood relic flora and earthworks associated with hedgerows in Peasemore. Read more about the survey here.

Test Pits
Details of the project to dig a series of 1m x 1m 'test pits' in gardens in the village, looking for evidence of the medieval origin and development of the village.

Find out about resistivity surveys carried out in the parish and plans for future work using the group's magnetometry equipment

The 'enclosure'
See the results of BARG's research so far into the function and origin of the 70 acre 'enclosure' feature, which is marked out by a circular pattern of lanes to the south of the village

Contact Details:

The Co-Project Managers for the Peasemore Landscape Archaeology Project are Dr Steve Clark and Graham Johnson. To contact the project please send an email to

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