It is in 1961 that the small village of Frocester in Gloucestershire's Severn Valley crept into the archaeological literature as the setting of a Romano-British villa. Little could those early excavators, led by Captain H S Gracie, have known what the site would become and how much it would contribute to our understanding of settlement patterns in the Severn Valley and beyond. Following Gracie's death in 1979, work at Frocester was continued by Eddie Price on whose farm most of the remains discussed in the published volumes lie. He brought to the project not only just his seemingly unbounded energy and enthusiasm, but also the eye of an experienced farmer whose understanding of the land and how it was worked has proved invaluable for interpreting the subtle arrangements and structures created and used by earlier generations of farmers stretching back into prehistoric times.
In recognition of Eddie's unique talents and his lifetime contribution to archaeology he was appointed a Member of the Order of the British Empire (MBE) in the Queen's Birthday Honours in 2008, and in 2009 was awarded the degree of Master of the Open University.
However Eddie is the first to recognise the support, both practical and financial, of the Gloucester and District Archeological Research Group and the untiring help of the many fellow amateurs (lovers of the subject), In his dedication to Volume 3 he has:-
E G Price
H S Gracie
At forty eight years, the dig was the longest running continuous excavation in Britain. The site's history covers four thousand years of occupation from the late Neolithic/early Bronze Age, through the Iron Age to the late Roman period and beyond. Eddie's ill-health towards the later part of 2007 led to the decision that 2008 would be the final full season of the excavation on the main site at Frocester.
To all those who over the years have taken part in the dig at Frocester Without your enthusiastic support the project would not have reached its aim There are nearly nine hundred of you, none of you remain anonymous The excavation notebooks remind me of your achievements and each name The essential information you uncovered is the basis of those records Accept the dedication of this volume as a token of my appreciation of the same.