The Teffont Archaeology Project began in 2008, when a group of students from the University of York began to investigate the Roman archaeology of the area through desktop survey. The project has since expanded to cover a variety of heritage concerns in the village and surrounding countryside, although the primary focus has been on investigating the Roman landscape of the area, driven by project members’ research interests. The project grew to a major archaeological research effort, including a series of summer field schools with approximately 40 participants each year between 2010 and 2015. Current research continues, with a small team undertaking excavations in summer 2017 as part of the project’s move towards publishing its work so far.
The project works in partnership with the local community to build stronger links with heritage, and work towards the project's academic and community research aims, which are as follows:
1. To contribute towards community and academic understandings of the general heritage of Teffont.
2. To understand anthropogenic, environmental, and geological processes acting on the landscape of Teffont.
3. To study the archaeology of Teffont through innovative fieldwork methods and inclusive interpretive discussions, and create holistic and plausible understandings based on theorised empirical fieldwork.
4. To provide high quality and positive, inclusive and interactive experience of archaeology to all participants and stakeholders in the project.
5. To produce high quality and accessible publications and archives of all fieldwork, and actively promote the value, inclusivity and relevance of heritage in Teffont's community today.
The project’s main field work has been to evaluate the Roman settlement discovered by the project in Glebe field, Teffont Evias, the nearby Roman shrine complex in Upper Holt Wood, and the surrounding landscape. The project work has also included widespread landscape walk-over survey, auger survey, various small scale geophysical surveys of areas of interest, and other small scale training surveys.
The project’s work is funded from a variety of sources, which over the course of the project have mainly comprised student field-school fees, grants from various heritage bodies and local donations. The project is also supported by the University of York and Historic England through help in kind.