The Elmton Research Project started back in 2009 and has seen us conduct active research into the prehistoric and Medieval landscape of the modern village. Between 2011-15, we worked with the Limestone Journeys Community Archaeology group to undertake document and map research, surveying, planning, excavation and finds analysis sessions. This phase of the project has now come to an end, although it has provided us with target areas for the next stage, due to commence in 2016.
Our recent work at Elmton has involved research into the Medieval village, church and possible castle site. Over the last three years we have carried out fieldwork including geophysical surveying, test-pit excavations and a larger, open-trench excavation in the summers of 2013 & 2014.
2015 saw us work with find specialists to analyse the flints and cherts recovered during the 2014 season, and our recent research written up and published (available as a free download under the ‘publications’ page).
Most recently we undertook a further Landscape Survey phase, that ran September 2016 – September 2017. This was part of the new Elmton Revealed! project, managed by Involve Heritage CIC. It’s purpose is to increase participation in the wider project, provide training for new volunteers, deliver educational sessions for local schools, and support the creation of a village exhibition. Our role is to provide training and fieldwork support for the volunteers, with the information discovered feeding into the wider project.
We are currently working with Involve Heritage CIC and the Elmton Community Association on two further funding bids to deliver a second phase of training and education, and a longer excavation & research project to finish off the Medieval village research.