1980 and the excavations at Six Dials, in Southampton, England. This was one of the Saxon Wells excavated there; no problems with health and safety back then!

Six Dials was one of the larger areas excavated of the Middle Saxon port of Hamwic, now the St Mary’s district of the city. There were metaled streets , and the rubbish pits showed the town to have more than it’s share of fine craftsmen, working metals, bone, and stone for export.

Scanned and enlarged from a colour slide ( I think on Boots own 100ASA colour slide film). Camera would have been my new Ricoh XR10, I reckon.


archaeology, well, excavation, gravel beds


  • artwhiz47
    artwhiz47over 4 years ago

    However you took it, you turned out a good product! Fascinating shot of an exacting process…. ~ Sheila

  • trobe
    trobeover 4 years ago

    Them were the days, eh! and you try and tell youngsters today….
    Thanks Sheila.

  • Jason Clarke
    Jason Clarkeover 4 years ago

    Great shot of archaeology before the madness of health and safety, we’d never get away with a hole like that these days!

  • J J  Everson
    J J Eversonover 4 years ago

  • Bev Woodman
    Bev Woodmanabout 4 years ago

    This is brilliant … great image. This looks similar to the many mine shafts at the Lightning Ridge Opal Fields here in Australia – love the history you supplied, fascinating!

  • Thanks Bev – no opals down this hole (Sorry, can’t resist it – “abandon op al who enter here!” ahh, I feel better now.)

    – trobe

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