ARCHAEOLOGISTS from a Hampshire university will attempt to uncover buried secrets at Basing House.

A 50-strong team of Archaeology and History students and staff from Southampton University will spend three weeks at the Old Basing landmark.

The project, which starts on Monday, will include a series of open days and an open studio featuring drawings by the project’s artist-in-residence Peter Driver.

The site is most famous for the three-year siege of the Marquess of Winchester’s Royalist forces, between 1643 and 1645, during the English Civil War.

Nicole Beale, co-director of the project, said: “Basing House has a long and rich history, and the team is expecting to find information about the many phases of the site.

The project, which is supported by Hampshire County Council and Basingstoke Archaeological and Historical Society, will run until Sunday, August 11.