Festival of British Archaeology

Post ex and festivals

In the office today after two weeks out on a cliff edge excavating a burnt mound, not too unhappy as it is pouring outside and almost dark!

Its been a game of two halves today as I start on the post excavation tasks from the dig and also prepare for a Festival of British Archaeology event at A la Ronde near Exmouth.

Seatown, Dorset. The burnt mound can be seen eroding from the cliff about a meter down

Seatown, Dorset. The burnt mound can be seen eroding from the cliff about a meter down

There are flints to process and some pottery to clean. We also took lots of samples from the burnt mound so need to think what we need to know from them, and also sort out which charcoal sample we will send off for radiocarbon dating. We found two iron age ovens as well as the bronze age burnt mound, so the samples and pottery span over both ages. As for the flints they range from microliths to possible lathe tools a real mixed bag.

 

A lovely scraper from Seatown burnt mound excavations

A lovely scraper from Seatown burnt mound excavations

 

 

Lovely sherd of decorated pottery from the Seatown excavations

Lovely sherd of decorated pottery from the Seatown excavations

The black burnt mound at Seatown Dorset

The black burnt mound at Seatown Dorset

The ovens above the burnt mound level at Seatown Dorset

The ovens above the burnt mound level at Seatown Dorset

The event at A la Ronde will be a small one woman band affair, with lots of activities for the young one to do, environmental sort trays, finds identification, colouring, and a bit of knightly brass rubbing 🙂 another mixed bag!

More about the mound and all the other things we do as archaeologists here at the National Trust south west can be found on our blog archaeologynationaltrustsw.wordpress.com

Unlocking the past – Festival of British Archaeology

Spent the day running an event for British Archaeology festival, at Corfe Castle in Dorset. We had our National Trust activities, environmental sort trays, mosaic making, spinning and weaving, etc. The Ancient Wessex Network, a group of archaeologists and artists/artisans with their activities – prehistoric pottery, wood carving, metal casting, art works, archaeological illustration and beads. Also Gerry the rope with his Victorian encampment and games. Along with the County council historic environment department and Finds liasion officer. Had some great feed back on our comment cards with one memorable one from a child under What have you learnt today, ‘that even a stone has a history’ Its great to spend time with young people with bright eyes and lots of questions so hope fully there is still a future for our past. Now time for bed, perchance to dream …………..

Festival of British Archaeology – Bath Event

We here at the Roman Baths Museum are gearing up for a fab, fun filled day of archaeology in celebration of the Festival of British Archaeology.

We have been preparing information boards, a handling collection, self-guided walks and we have even involved the local school children (who will be there too with their displays on the day).

There will be guided walks, coil pot making, live geophysics and much, much more…

So if you would like to come and join in the fun and learn a little bit more about the prehistory of Bathampton Down then why not come along to ‘ The Secrets of the Downs’

Saturday 30th July 2011 11am – 4pm – Arts Barn, University of Bath, BA2 7AY

 

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