Posted by Emily Gillott at 21/02/2012 14:41:21
Excavation Opportunity - Kirkby Hardwick
Phase 2 of the excavations at Kirkby Hardwick begin on Wednesday March
21st. The excavation is looking at the remains of Kirkby Hardwick house, for
which the area is named, which dates from the Tudor period and perhaps earlier.
The house was tragically demolished in the 1960's, but some of the foundations
and floor levels remain. The excavation aims to help us understand the building
better, from its origins to its development. You can see photos from the
previous phase of excavation on the website under 'See what we do'. No experience is required; all welcome!
21st to 30th March (excluding weekends) - Main
excavation. This will be the main excavation period to investigate the
West Range and its interface with the Tudor wall, and also to try and locate the
2nd to 5th April - Recording week and backfilling. No
excavation will take place during this week, but we will need help to get all
the recording and drawing done.
If you're interested in coming along you must let us know as spaces
are limited. In addition, if you put your name down for every day you
may be asked to donate a few days to people who are unable to make every day. I
hope nobody takes offence at this, we just want to provide opportunity for as
many people as possible to join in, and don't want to resort to putting
hard-and-fast limits on the number of days people can come along for.
The dig day runs from 9.30am to 4pm, and we will meet in the Kirkby
Hardwick train station car park in the mornings. There are facilities on site
including toilets and hot water, and the parking at the station is free.
Please let us know if you would like to book a space.
Posted by Emily Gillott at 16/02/2012 07:56:23
We are running a geophysical survey training week at Willoughby Deserted Medieval Village (DMV) by Norwell, from the 27th of February to the 2nd March- there is a possibility of Saturday the 3rd of March, but that will be confirmed one way or the other shortly.
Please get in touch if you wish to attend any of the days mentioned. Places are fairly limited due to the amount equipment- so booking is essential.
The training is the first session in fieldwork being offered as part of the Community Archaeology handbook, so people attending would be encouraged to share their experiences with us in some way so that we can begin work on that chapter.
The survey is being undertaken by Peter Masters of Cranfield University, as part of Trent Vale. As well as leading the survey he will be contributing the professional’s element of the chapter.
This is a great opportunity to gain an insight into using the equipment, the logistics of fieldwork and the standards and guidance of the profession- as well as being immense fun!!!
The geophysics follows on from the topographic survey undertaken by the Community Archaeologists a few years ago which can be found here (see Willoughby Deserted Medieval Village). It will hopefully provide us with some answers – and further questions regarding this fascinating site.
The site is located a few miles north of the village of Norwell on the side of the road to Carlton on Trent.
More information when you book a place.
Many other opportunities to get involved will also be coming soon with survey training, test-pitting, field walking and excavation all planned for the next few months.
Please let us know if you wish to attend the geophysics in February.
Posted by Emily Gillott at 07/02/2012 08:36:12
We're working on arranging a number of upcoming activities, including
graveyard survey days, riverbank audits, and oodles of excavation. We're not
ready to confirm dates yet, but we should be returning to Kirkby Hardwick tudor
remains for a second phase of excavation in March, so watch this space! We will
also be returning to Mons Pool excavation near Collingham in August. Visit the 'See what we do' section of the website if you want to see pictures from previous
One of the big projects for this year is to produce a handbook on
archaeology for community groups, which will be written by professionals and
amateurs working together. We had a couple of introductory workshops that
people came along to and helped form ideas. I want to say a massive 'thankyou'
to all who attended; it was really useful for us and we think we have a better
idea of how the handbook needs to develop.
Don't worry if you weren't able to make it as there will be
plenty of opportunities for people to get involved in writing pieces for
Time Travel Trent Vale
This event will be returning to Newark Castle for the 3rd year. It will
take place on Saturday 28th July, and will hopefully be bigger and better than
ever. We will be looking for volunteer stewards once again, but we will email
about that closer to the time. Time Travel Trent Vale also has a facebook page,
so you can follow developments there.
We hope to see you soon!
Posted by Emily Gillott at 07/02/2012 08:34:12
Nottinghamshire Community Archaeology now has a facebook page! Come and 'like'
our page to find out more about what the Community Archaeologists get up to, and
to share thoughts and ideas with other heritage enthusiasts. It's also a great
way to share events or news. Follow the link below... (Apologies for it being
so long; as soon as we get 25 people signed up to the page we can change the
address to something a bit shorter!)
There's not much on there at the moment, but we hope that as more
people join us there it will get busier!
For those of you with smart phones, you can download a
'facebook app' so you can keep in touch on the move. If you don't have a
facebook account they are easy to set up, but if you want advice just get in
touch and we'll do our best to help.
Hope to see many of you on facebook!