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 summer of 2013.
Plans for 2014 include further document and archival research, geophysics and excavations on one of the potential sites for the manor house, and another open-trench excavation at a site where, from the geophysics results, there are a number of features including potential buildings, a curious circular feature and an extension of the bank and ditch we discovered during summer 2013.
Other work we have done 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.