Two Community Archaeology Projects led by MBArchaeology continue to go from strength to strength. The Southwell-based project recently undertook a Pub Dig! at the Hearty Goodfellow, Church Street and discovered broken pottery, bottles, clay pipes and animal bones relating to the pub’s early history, plus a sherd of green-glazed Medieval pottery, attesting to earlier occupation on the site. The project has more community training workshops coming up over trhe summer, and is also in the final stages of submitting a Heritage Lottery funding bid for a one-year pilot project investigating the potential of Iron Age hillfort on the Burgage.
The Creswell-based project, which won Best Volunteer Project in the District of Bolsover for 2011, has now finished field surveys and test-pit excavations in Whitwell Woods (with the hope to return early next year) and is currently focussing on the Medieval village at Elmton, Derbyshire. Initial test-pit excavations in another Pub Dig! will take place at the Elm Tree Inn, Elmton on Saturday 28th & Sunday 29th July. The excavations are open to the public for site visits between 12-4pm each day, plus Creswell Heritage Trust will be hosting activities for children and the pub will be holding a bbq between 3-5pm. Further test pits will be excavated in the village over the summer, and early next year the group will be conducting further geophysics in and around the village.