Get involved in 2013

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)


Family Learning

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.

Southwell Artefact Analysis day

An artefact analysis day is being held at Upton Cricket Club on Friday 5th October for Southwell Archaeology group members. The University of Nottingham and MBArchaeology will be leading a session looking at finds from the current Test Pit project in and around Southwell.

The day is free for group members, but anyone from the wider community can be involved in this and other sessions by joining the Southwell Archaeology group for just £10 for the year.

Contact for more details

Field Trip to Roystone Grange

The final MBA Walks field visit for 2012 will be to Roystone Grange in the Peak District on Sunday 30th September, 10.30am – 4pm. Price is £12.50 per person, to book a place contact

  • Explore the rich remains of the Roystone Grange landscape, occupied from prehistoric times to the present day
  • Find out about prehistoric, Roman and Medieval occupation
  • Explore the remains of the Neolithic tomb at Minning Low
  • Discover Bronze Age barrows dug by Thomas Bateman
  • Find out about the Roman and Medieval farm systems and see surviving Roman dry stone walls
  • Learn about one of the earliest vineyards in Derbyshire and the macabre burial of a Roman teenage girl
  • Optional visit to the Neolithic henge monument at Arbor Low, if time allows

For 2013 field visits, please look under the MBA Walks tab.