Archaeology course – Southwell

The Community Archaeology group in Southwell is a vibrant and friendly team of like-minded people, who want to find out more about the archaeology of the local region and beyond. Sessions are relaxed and informal and are designed to entertain as much as educate!

The new term starts again on Friday 20th September, and will focus on the Archaeology of the Peak District. In this we will explore the region from the Late Ice Age through to the Iron Age, and will cover landscape use and settlement, the building of monuments, the introduction of farming, death & burial customs and more. As always, a field visit to an archaeological site is included.

The course runs on Friday mornings 10am-12noon in the function room of the Hearty Goodfellow. There are a few places left, so if you are interested in attending and would like more information please contact

Festival of Archaeology 13-28 July


The Council for British Archaeology’s yearly archaeology festival kicks off on Saturday 13th July.

This year the Festival of Archaeology runs between 13-28 July and will see hundreds of events take place across the country.

MBArchaeology are running a series of events this year to coincide with the festival, some of which the public can attend and find out more about local archaeology in Derbyshire & Nottinghamshire.


Saturday 13th – Test-pit excavation at the Burgage Green, Southwell 

Come along and see us digging two test pits on the Burgage Green as we continue our exciting Burgage Earthworks project. Watch the archaeology unfold and see what interesting discoveries we find. For more information on the project visit


Monday 15th – Finds Analysis on the Limestone Journeys project at Creswell Crags

The final session of the Limestone Journeys Community Archaeology project for this term sees us washing and sorting the finds we made recently during excavations at Elmton in Derbyshire.


Wednesday 17th & Thursday 18th – Archaeology training sessions for First Taste

We will be hosting two training sessions for care staff in Derbyshire through the First Taste charity. Workshop sessions are being held at Staveley in the north and Swadlincote in the south, and will look at what archaeology is and how it can be used as a tool for social care.


Friday 19 & Saturday 20th – Finds analysis sessions for the Burgage Earthworks project

We will be washing and sorting artefacts discovered during the test-pit excavations at the Burgage Green in Southwell during July. For more information on the project visit


Monday 22nd – Archaeology talk: Burgage Earthworks (Old Courthouse, Southwell, 7pm)

Come along and find out about the Burgage Earthworks project and hear about what we have discovered so far, what our plans for the future are and how you can get involved. Free Admission.


Family Archaeology – Ice Age Camp


The first two Ice Age Camp Family Archaeology sessions are fast approaching and there are only a few places left.

Ice Age Camp runs at Creswell Crags on Monday 29th and Tuesday 30th July, 10am – 2.30pm, and is open to families with children aged 5-11.

Activities include a cave visit, spear throwing, den building, spear making and hunter-gatherer food tasting session.

To book a place call the Bolsover Adult Education Centre on 01246 241926. There is no charge for these events.

Further sessions will take place on Tuesday 27th & Wednesday 28th August.


Ice Age Camp is funded by Derbyshire County Council under the Limestone Journeys project, and is co-led by MBArchaeology & Creswell Heritage Trust.