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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
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.
The Community Voluntary Partners award for Best Volunteer Project in the District of Bolsover 2013 has been awarded to the Limestone Journeys project, in which the Community Archaeology project plays a big part.
The archaeology project won the award in 2011, and is proud to be part of the winning team that has made such an impact in the local community within the District for 2013.
The Community Archaeology group have spent the year conducting research into the Medieval village at Elmton, and have been trained & supported in fieldwork including landscape surveying, geophysics and excavation, as well as archival and map-based research and Finds Analysis and interpretation sessions.
In 2014 we will be conducting further field research and putting the finishing touches to a digital ‘village chronology’, as well as creating a new website to be used as a platform for sharing our research as we enter our final full year of work. We will also be having our pottery analysed by a Medieval pot specialist, so we will be able to start putting together a more detailed plan of the Medieval village.
A huge well done to everyone involved in the Community Archaeology project and the wider Limestone Journeys project as well – some fantastic work has been carried out including oral history recording, a Mining Memories project, hedge laying and tree planting, wildlife and conservation work and many more activities.
For more information or to get involved in the Limestone Journeys project in 2014, visit the project website.