Another year of archaeology talks, courses and projects is almost at an end. The past 12-18 months has been very busy, with numerous courses, walks and talks plus fieldwork at Southwell, Whitwell, Pleasley, Whaley, Elmton and on the Hardwick Estate. A summary of all this can be found in the new edition of British Archaeology magazine, out on 9th October.
Plans for 2013 are already well underway and will see more opportunities to get involved. Here’s how things are looking so far:
Archaeology courses will continue to be run at Bolsover, Creswell, Alfreton and Southwell throughout the year (check the Current Projects tab for regular updates)
Regular archaeology talks on a variety of subjects will be on offer at local venues. Talks already booked for 2013 include Nuthall, Heath, Mansfield, South Normanton, Southwell and Whitwell, with more to follow (again, check the Current Projects tab for regular updates)
Around 10 archaeology walks will be on offer in 2013, including the regular MBA Walks programme and under the Derbyshire Walking Festival 11-19 May (check MBA Walks tab and watch out for the separate Walking Festival brochure posted on the website shortly)
Plans for 2013 is to undertake a hands-on archaeology project with schools in Bolsover. ‘What’s Under Your School?’ will give children and their parents / carers to have a go at excavation, recording, finds washing and drawing (information will be posted soon under the Young Archaeologists Corner tab – sign up as a Friend of Archie to recieve updates)
Elmton – research will continue on the site of the Medieval village, including landscape surveys, archive and map work, geophysics and test pit excavations
Southwell – research on the potential Iron Age hillfort will commence in early 2013. We should know in the next few months if our Heritage Lottery funding bid has been successful to aid with this project. Those involved in the project will undertake active archaeological training in surveying, recording, excavation, finds analysis and archive work
Bolsover – research into the early, pre-Medieval origins of the town that begun in September 2012 will continue throughout 2013, including further archive and documentary research, surveying, drawing, recording and test pit anaylsis
Nottingham – pending a successful funding application, a new exciting inner-city archaeology project will commence in 2013. The ‘idignottingham’ project will give residents of Nottingham the opportunity to get involved in Community Archaeology and will see training in archaeological techniques such as using maps, documents and aerial photographs, excavation, recording, finds analysis and interpretation work, as well as taking part in the production of a film centred around the project.
New books for 2013 will include one on archaeological sites in the Peak District explored by the Derbyshire antiquarian Thomas Bateman and another on the study of early religion in prehistory.
We will also be developing research into the potential for Iron Age tribal boundaries and the evidence for hillforts between Derbyshire and Nottinghamshire, and conducting further research into deserted Medieval villages at Hardwick and Elmton in Derbyshire and Backworth in Northumberland.