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Latest News

New! Community Archaeology project Elmton Revealed!

New! Spa Ponds Heritage Project project

New! Crowdfunded Community Archaeology project: Roman Southwell Community Project



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 latest edition of British Archaeology magazine.

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)



Six archaeology walks will be on offer in 2013, including the regular MBA Walks programme, three of which coincide with the Derbyshire Walking Festival 11-19 May (click here to download the booklet).


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 January 2013. Those involved in the project will undertake active archaeological training in surveying, recording, excavation, finds analysis and archive work. Check under the ‘Burgage Earthworks’ tab for dates

Bolsover – research into the early, pre-Medieval origins of the town that began 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. Visit for more information



New books for 2013 will include one on archaeological sites in the Peak District explored by the Derbyshire antiquarian Thomas Bateman and another on  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.

Religion is the theme for 2013








Throughout 2013 we will be continuing with the theme of early religion, which started in September 2012 with the Prehistoric Religion module at Hurst House, Chesterfield (WEA). From January, this will be rolled out for Derbyshire County Council at venues at Alfreton and Bolsover.

The three-term course (Prehistoric Religion part one and part two, Early Religion) examines the development of early religion from the late Ice Age and on through the Mesolithic, Neolithic, Bronze Age, Iron Age and Roman periods, culminating with the early Christian church, pioneered in Northumbria in the early Saxon period.

Along the way we will be exploring prehistoric henge sites in the Peak District, seeing votive offerings on display at Nottingham Museum, visiting the Jewry Wall site at Leicester and attending a residential weekend in Northumbria to visit Coldingham Priory and Lindisfarne.

Recent research on religion in prehistory will be written up into a new book in 2013. The Migration of Souls: Ritual & Religion in Prehistoric Europe examines the archaeological evidence for the establishment and development of early religion from the Palaeolithic through to the Iron Age.