The Elmton Research Project is part of the Community Archaeology Investigation course and is funded by the Heritage Lottery under the Limestone Journeys Project. Based at Creswell Crags, we meet on Mondays 10am – 3pm and carry out a number of activities including document and map research, surveying, planning, excavation and finds analysis.
Our work at Elmton involves research into the Medieval village, church and possible castle site. Over the last two 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 will be the final year of our project, and will see us begin to collate our research and fieldwork results, and write this up into the final report (due for completion June 2015). We will also be putting together a small exhibition of our work.
Our aim as a group is to find ways to continue as an active Community Archaeology group beyond summer 2015 when the current funding runs out. In late-2014, we set up the Limestone Community Archaeology Group and we are now looking for new funding streams, new projects and new members!
Other work we have done over the past five years includes research into three enclosure sites within Whitwell Woods. A report on our work in 2012 & 2013 at Whitwell can be downloaded under the Publications tab.