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Mons Pool Excavation - Update

User AvatarPosted by Emily Gillott at 28/07/2011 10:27:20

Just to let you know that Tuesday 9th August is now fully booked.  We can't take anyone else on that day I'm afraid.  At the moment there are still spaces on all the other days, so if you fancy coming along and getting your hands dirty get in touch with community.archaeology@nottscc.gov.uk


If you have filled in an application form but not let me know what day(s) you would like to do, get in touch asap.

Mons Pool Open Day a Success

Posted by Emily Gillott at 28/07/2011 10:06:04

On Sunday 24th July the excavation at Mons Pool was open to the public.  Visitors could view and handle some of the finds from the site, and take a guided tour of the archaeology.  We had around 150 people visit the site; which is more than ever before.  Thanks to everyone who came.


We are looking at the possibility of running another open day at the end of the excavation season.  Watch this space for more information!

Time Travel Trent Vale - Stewards Needed!

Posted by Emily Gillott at 05/07/2011 11:38:26

The Time Travel Trent Vale event will be returning to Newark Castle this year on Saturday 30th July.  The flyer for the event is attached, and more details will be available from the link below.  It was a fabulous event last year, so if you're looking for something to do that day I highly recommend it.
Last year a number of people volunteered to be stewards for the day, and we couldn't have done it without you!  We are looking for people again this year to come along and be stewards. 
Being a steward largly involves making sure people watch their footing when going into the parts of the castle not usually open to the public, as well as being on hand to point people in the right direction, as well has helping set up and take down stalls.  Stewards will be needed between 9am and 5pm, and will be provided with lunch and as much cake as they can eat.  Stewards will also get their own private dungeon tour at the end of the day.
If you want to know more, about the event or being a steward, just get in touch.

Clifton Riverside Audit

Posted by Emily Gillott at 05/07/2011 10:59:32

On 28th June 2011 the Riverside Audit went to South Clifton to investigate any archaeology that could be found on the riverbank there.


The first feature recorded was a low area leading down to the river, which had a walls and an apparent walkway to the river.  Investigation back at the office revealed that it appears to be at the end of a footpath marked on the first edition Ordnance Survey map from around 1900.  It seems like this was definitely some sort of mooring. 


We recorded an area which looked like it was once a wharf or mooring area attached to the river, but which had been out of use and filled in for some time.  This area is marked as a 'harbour' on Sanderson's map of 1835. 


There is a tall wall constructed of very large blocks of stone, and a ramp that leads down to the river.  Old maps show that a ferry used to run from here across the river, to a point where there are similar large blocks of stone and a collapsed wall.  This used to be the point where the towpath changed banks, so horses would have been ferried across the river at this point so that boats could continue on.  There is a farm very nearby, that used to be the 'Boat Inn'. 


Photos will be up in the Riverbank Audit gallery soon.

Graveyard Survey at Laneham

Posted by Emily Gillott at 05/07/2011 10:37:15

The community archaeologists will be out at Laneham churchyard on 9th, 11th and 12th July, recording the inscriptions on the gravestones with members of the local community.


If you would like to come along and take part just get in touch for more information, or come to the graveyard between 10am and 3pm on any of the days.



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