History of Hurst House, Chesterfield


We are into the final part of our community archaeology project ‘History of Hurst House’, and this week group members have been washing the finds from our initial excavations.

We have also set up a summer dig here, which will form the very last part of our research, and this ties in with the CBA’s Festival of Archaeology. We will be digging between Monday 21st – Friday 25th and the site will be open to the public at 3pm each day, when we will do a talk about what we have found.


Community Archaeology – Summer Programme


The programme for our summer activities is available now.

Activities include:

  • Beginners archaeology workshops
  • Ice Age Camp – Family Archaeology sessions at Creswell Crags
  • New project on Human Remains in Archaeology
  • Field visits to Laxton & Lincoln

Click here to download the full programme for July-Dec 2014, including walks, workshops, courses & projects, plus Family Archaeology sessions.

Sign up to our mailing list to receive updates about future activities by sending your contact email to us via matt@mbarchaeology.co.uk



Bones of Contention project







MBArchaeology are launching a new Community Archaeology project this autumn that investigates the role, nature and public opinion of human remains within archaeology.

The Bones of Contention project starts in September 2014 and looks at the way humans have buried their dead, attitudes to death & burial, funerary & mortuary practices and a belief in the afterlife, from prehistory to the present day.

The project also considers public attitudes towards museum displays of human remains, and questions the ethics of excavating, storing, researching and displaying human remains.

The first phase will take place in north-east Derbyshire, with plans to expand this wider afield in early 2015.

You can get involved by signing up for one of the introductory modules – click here for details.