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New programme of courses & projects for 2014 out now
New Community Archaeology initiative for Derbyshire / Nottinghamshire
New archaeology project for January 2014 – Researching Roman Southwell
Burgage Earthworks – Community Archaeology project discovers Medieval settlement remains. Contact us to get involved in Phase 2 of the project
The Council for British Archaeology will be hosting their annual Festival of Archaeology between 12-27 July this year, and MBArchaeology have a series of activities planned as part of their iDig initiative.
Community Archaeology workshops
A one-day taster session exploring Community Archaeology. Come along and find out about the practice of archaeology, handle artefacts and hear about local projects. A longer course is planned for the Autumn. £10pp for three-hour workshop.
- Calverton CORE centre, Monday 14th July, 10am – 1pm
- Lowdham WI Hall, Tuesday 15th July, 10am – 1pm
- The Fox Inn, Kelham, Wednesday 16th July, 10am – 1pm
17 – 18 July
Experimental archaeology workshop (Southwell, Notts)
A two-day experimental archaeology workshop exploring ancient technology, with information sessions and practical activities. Topics covered include flint knapping, early art forms such as painting with natural materials, the development of pottery and the introduction of metalworking. £30pp for the two-day workshop.
We are also hoping to undertake a community excavation in Chesterfield between 21-25 July, with daily site visits for the general public to come and see what we have discovered. More information will be posted shortly.
For more information or to book a place on any of these sessions, contact firstname.lastname@example.org or leave a comment in the box below.
Our piece on ‘Prehistory in Pleasley Vale’ for the Schools Prehistory initiative is now live on their website.
Click here to read it.
Although more widely known for its Industrial mills, our research showed almost continuous occupation from the Ice Age through to the present day. Archaeological evidence showed two Ice Age cave sites, Neolithic and Bronze Age artefacts, a Roman Villa, Medieval church and Post-Medieval forges and mills.
You can also download the full written report on our research at Pleasley Vale, conducted in 2012 as part of the Limestone Journeys project.
As part of the WEA Chesterfield funded ‘History of Hurst House’ project, we have been creating a digital map of Roman Chesterfield.
The following map shows our hypothesis of where the fort of Cestrefeld was located, and how the road network fed into this.
To find out more about the project and see more maps of Roman Chesterfield, click here.
Later this month we will be conducting a geophysical survey in the grounds of Hurst House, followed by some test pit excavations.
We learnt this week that Hurst House is to close in July 2014, meaning this project will be our last at the venue, so it is a fitting tribute that we are trying to tell its story.
At MBArchaeology we are particularly interested in prehistoric religion and the role of ritual deposition. A new article on this by archaeologist Katharina Becker explores this deposition in the Irish Bronze Age.
The article, from Proceedings of the Prehistoric Society (Vol. 79, Dec 2013), can be viewed here.
The first edition of the new Community Archaeology Newsletter is now available.
Click on the image to download it.