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Latest News

New! Crowdfunded Community Archaeology project: Roman Southwell Community Project

New! Derbyshire & Nottinghamshire Medieval Graffiti Survey project

New! True Colours project – Community Learning for Mental Wellbeing

New! Community Archaeology project Kelham in the Civil War




Archaeology Walks


With the lovely weather we are currently having, what better than to get outdoors and undertake some gentle exercise and find out about our historic past!

We have two more Archaeology Walks coming up – a visit to the Lumsdale region of the Peak District (& a cream tea!) and a day exploring the rich history of Roystone Grange, which has over 6000 years of history in one landscape.

For more info on our walks, click the following link:


Summer Training Dig


We will be returning to Elmton in north-east Derbyshire this summer for a week-long training dig to further explore part of the 18th century village, as part of our ongoing Elmton Research Project.

Excavations last summer uncovered an early 18th century building with stone hearth feature, stone boundary walls and the foundations of the village dovecote.

This year our aim is to explore further features picked up through the geophysics survey, including what appears to be two other potential building plots.



The Training Dig will run between Tuesday 18th – Saturday 22nd August.

Participants will undertake aspects of field archaeology including excavation, planning, recording and surveying, and full training and support will be provided, so no prior experience is necessary.

Places are limited, so please book early to avoid disappointment!

The full week’s training dig costs £175pp (5 days). There are also a limited number of individual days for those wishing to have a ‘taster’ – please contact us to discuss availability.

For more info or to book a place email


Medieval Graffiti project now live!


The Derbyshire & Nottinghamshire Medieval Graffiti Survey project has been awarded Heritage Lottery Funding. Led by Involve Heritage CIC, the project aims to identify, survey, record and interpret examples of Medieval Graffiti in churches in two distinct regions – the Bolsover Region of Derbyshire and the Sherwood Forest region of Nottinghamshire.

The coming weeks will see volunteer recruitment and initial training sessions, with the survey due to start in November alongside a series of heritage and arts-based workshops.

MBArchaeology will be leading the training and survey element of the project, supported by the wider Medieval Graffiti Survey group.

To read the press release, visit

If you would like to be involved, please register your interest via

Archaeology of Human Remains – new workshops


MBArchaeology will be hosting two new workshops on the Archaeology of Human Remains in June. Based at Creswell Crags, the workshops will explore the many roles that human remains play in archaeology. These workshops will form part of our Bones of Contention project.


WORKSHOP ONE: Human Remains: The Bare Bones of Human Osteology

Date: Friday 12th June, 10am-3pm, Creswell Crags

Human Remains Specialist Dr. Lauren McIntyre will provide an introduction to the study of human remains within archaeology. Topics covered will include an overview of information that can be gained from the study of archaeological human bones, general skeletal anatomy, an introduction to age at death, biological sex and living stature estimation. Participants will also have the opportunity to conduct a guided anatomical layout of a real archaeological human skeleton.


WORKSHOP TWO: Human Remains: Grave Matters in Archaeology

Date: Saturday 13th June, 10am-3pm, Creswell Crags

Human Remains Specialist Dr. Lauren McIntyre will show how analysis of the skeleton may be used to provide evidence of diet, human migration, and numerous other themes, as well as examining how evidence from the site of burial/grave contexts may further our understanding of the deceased. We will then focus on how evidence gained from the analysis of human remains can be combined with archaeological evidence to provide interpretations.



The workshops will stand alone but participants will gain more benefit from attending both sessions.

Price: £30 per workshop (Book on both Human Remains workshops for the discounted price of £50)

To book: