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ARCHAEOLOGICAL DOWSING - The British Society Of Dowsers

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                                                           ARCHAEOLOGICAL DOWSING
 
    




The purpose of the Group is to create and improve the ability to find archaeological and other underground features by means of dowsing and where possible encourage their uncovering to show that dowsing can make a significant contribution to reliable sub soil exploration.

The group has active and local representation throughout the UK and Eire and is a very lively section of the BSD.

We dowse both on site and with maps and visit many fascinating places, meeting some interesting characters in the process. Enjoy being in the company of like minded people who will pass on tips to help you improve your dowsing abilities. On trips out there is usually a pub meal involved where you get to know other members in convivial surroundings.


John Baker (Chair of the BSD Archaeology SIG) Discovered dowsing by accident some 10 years ago and having a general interest in archaeology became involved with a local archaeological Group. Founder member of the London and Thamesside Dowsers and currently Chairman. John was asked to set up a BSD special interest group for archaeological dowsing in 2004, was voted in as its Chairman in Jan 2005, and co-opted onto Council shortly thereafter, until stepping down in October 2008.


Contents
(last updated 17 April 2009)

ADG Activities in 2009
List of Regional Contacts
'Opinion' article - Dowsing for Archaeologists, republished by kind permission of 'British Archaeology'

 
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« Reply #1 on: May 24, 2009, 08:59:10 pm »









ADG Field trips 2009
There are several sites around the country that would benefit from a dowsing survey, before the archaeologists get to work on them. Do contact us if you are interested in helping with a dowsing survey on these sites.

12/13th. September 2009
ADG Field Trip to Hill Farm, Gestingthorpe, Essex. CO9 3BL
John Baker and Colin Peal will lead a field trip for experienced archaeological dowsers to this arable farm noted for it's countryside stewardship. Excavations by the farmer/landowner from 1947-77 in one field revealed evidence of a substantial Roman settlement including foundations of a villa.

A club room with toilets etc. adjacent to the Roman Museum at Hill Farm will be available to us.

Gathering point on Friday and Saturday evenings will be the Bell Inn, Castle Hedingham, about three miles from the site, where we can have pub grub and drinks in a room of our own. You will need to supply your own daytime food and drink. There is a kettle is on site.
Please bring large measuring tapes and flag markers or similar, if you have them.

Cost £5.00 per day for BSD members, £10.00 per day for non members. This charge helps cover Public Liability insurance etc.

Contact Colin Peal for further details, including local B&Bs : colin.peal@btinternet.com Tel 01787 460644

Buxton, Derbyshire.

The Romans called Buxton ‘Aqua Arnumetiae', meaning the Goddess of the water and grove. Arnu or Danu was the original goddess that lived in Buxton before ending up in Ireland. She presided over three wells; a healing spring, hot water spring (St Annes Well) and a fresh water spring, which along with her ‘Temple' have never been found. A potential trip could investigate Poole's Cavern and the surrounding Iron Age Fortress for clues. Many stone circles are in the vicinity of this area.

Contact Sue Brown : suaugurbrown@onetel.com Tel 01635 47181

Penrith, Cumbria: A possible medieval manor, Roman road and other interesting earlier features to dowse.

Contact Jim Andrews: jimjudy@btinternet.com Tel 015394 43435

Calstock , Cornwall: The University of Exeter were researching medieval silver mining at Bere Feres in Devon, when they found a document referring to an Iron Age ‘castra' at Calstock in Cornwall. Near the church they found, not an Iron Age enclosure, but a large Roman fort. It would be good to examine this by dowsing to see if the interior is typical of other Roman forts and to find the connections with roads, rivers and the sea. For more information see: http://sogaer.exeter.ac.uk/archaeology/research/calstock-fort.shtml

Contact Nigel Twinn: tavistocktwins@btinternet.com Tel 01822 612403
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« Reply #2 on: May 24, 2009, 09:00:20 pm »









The ADG is starting to collect case histories of archaeological dowsing surveys that have been validated by digging or geophysics. So if you've dowsed a Roman road or a Medieval building, or an Iron Age ditch, which was validated by a later excavation or geophysics survey, we'd love to see the details. These reports of dowsing surveys will be part of the ADG archive, which we can show archaeologists, to help them use dowsing in future. Janet Ridout Sharpe is the archivist and can give you information and help with these reports.

If you are interested in archaeological map dowsing opportunities, please let Sue Brown know. Email: suaugurbrown@ontel.com Or contact Sue for any other queries about the ADG.

John Baker - Chairman, Chris Francis - Treasurer, Sue Brown - Communications.



Have fun with all your archaeological dowsing projects this year!
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« Reply #3 on: May 24, 2009, 09:01:42 pm »









Archaeological Special Interest Group Regional Contacts


Chairman - John Baker 01322 525975 (evenings)
E Mail - mrimages@globalnet.co.uk

Secretary and Treasurer - Chris Francis 01189 463928
email chris.francis8@btinternet.com

Communications - Sue Brown 01635 47181
email suaugurbrown@onetel.com

Membership Sec - Linda Prenter
email: info@britishdowsers.org

Minutes Secretary - Janet Ridout-Sharpe
email: janet_sharpe@beeb.net


 

To become involved in your area we list regional contacts below:


South Central South East
East Anglia E Midlands
W. Midlands N. Wales
S. Wales S W England
N W England N.E England
Scotland Ireland

 

South Central
 
Contact:  Laurie Booth 
Area: Hants, Berks, Bucks,Oxon, Glos, Avon, Wilts
 
Tel: 01243 373725 
Email: ljb@dowsetrack.org.uk
   
 

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South East
 
Contact:  Chris Francis 
Area: Kent, Surrey, London, Sussex
 
Tel: 01189 463928
Email: chris.francis8@btinternet.com
   
 

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East Anglia
 
Contact:  Colin Peal
Area: Essex, Suffolk, Norfolk, Cambs, Beds, Herts
 
Tel: 01787 460644
Email: colin.peal@btinternet.com
   
 

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E Midlands
 
Contact:  Chris Francis 
Area: Northampton, Leics,Lincs, Notts, Derbyshire
 
Tel: 01189 463928
Email: chris.francis8@btinternet.com 
   
 

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W. Midlands
 
Contact:  Michael Guest 
Area: Warks, H&W, Shrops, W Mids, Staffs, Cheshire
 
Tel: 0121 357 1117 
Email: michael@calclose.demon.co.uk 
   
 

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South West
 
Contact:  Alan Neal 
Area: Cornwall Devon, Dorset , Somerset
 
Tel: 01566 785547 
Email: alan.neal3@virgin.net 
   
 

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Ireland
 
Contact:  Stephanie Bolton 
Area: Ireland
 
Tel:   
Email: stephaniebolton@eircom.net
   
 

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N. Wales
 
Contact:  Neil Crosby 
Area: North Wales area
 
Tel: 01407 740057
Email: neil@aeriefaerie.co.uk 
   
 

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South Wales
 
Contact:  Chris Francis 
Area: South Wales area
 
Tel: 01189 463928
Email: chris.francis8@btinternet.com 
   
 

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N W England
 
Contact:  Jim Andrews 
Area: Lancs, Gt Manchester, Merseyside, Cumbria
 
Tel: 019354 43435 
Email: jimjudy@btinternet.com 
   
 

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N.E England
 
Contact:  Eleanor Burke 
Area: S,W,N Yorks, Humberside, Cleveland, Durham, Tyne and Wear, Northumberland
 
Tel: 01677 422276 
Email: burkewassick@hotmail.com 
 


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