Cover of the popular publication for the Windermere Reflections Project
The popular publication we produced for the Windermere Reflections project has now come back from the printers. It will shortly be available to purchase directly from the Lake District National Park Authority. Whether you are interested in community archaeology, industrial archaeology or the history of Windermere and the wider Lake District in general it is worth having a look at.
The book concentrates on the surveys and excavation undertaken in the Windermere catchment over the last few years as part of a Heritage Lottery funded project. Themes covered in the publication include metal mines, slate quarries, bloomeries, fulling mills and woodland industries. There is even a picture of me on the back!
Maybe I should post this, maybe not. It is a long talk given to an interested local non-archaeology group and of course there is no Powerpoint to go with it either. My thanks for the recording goes to the Continuing Learning Group at Lancaster University (c)
OANorth Surveys in North Wales
OA North has been involved with eight seasons of survey since 2002 for the Royal Commission on the Ancient and Historical Monuments of Wales (RCAHMW) on their Uplands Initiative Project. This aims to systematically survey all the mountainous areas of Wales and to record archaeological sites on these areas in order to enhance the National Monuments Record of Wales.
In total I have worked on sixteen project areas in North Wales over the years. In bald statistics my weary legs have trudged along for 338.01 sq km and we have investigated and recorded 4229 archaeological sites.
Over the coming weeks/months I will upload summaries of each project, describe any really nice sites, and mention any ‘hilarious/unfortunate’ occurrences on them.
Brief descriptions and photographs of EVERY site investigated can be found on the Coflein website – the online database for the National Monuments Record of Wales (NMRW).
This was a project we undertook on behalf of the Tay Landscape Partnership, to survey a series of six hillforts located in the Inner Tay Estuary near Perth, Perth and Kinross. At Castle Law, Abernethy (SAM 2477; NO 182 153); Moncreiffe Hill (SAM 9438; NO 131 199); Moredun Top, Moncreiffe (SAM 9440; NO 136 200); Grassy Law, Deuchny Wood (SAM 6199; NO 152 236); Law Hill, Arnbathie (SAM 3089; NO 170 258) and Pole Hill, Evelick (SAM 3095; NO 199 257). The surveys were undertaken in May and September 2012. The aim of the project was to provide archaeological field surveys of the identified hillforts that will aid the development of an excavation strategy, planned to take part over the delivery phase of the Tay Landscape Partnership (TLP) scheme.
The detailed topographic surveys present a thorough record of all the archaeological structures and components identified on each of the hillfort sites in the form of a series of detailed and annotated measured plans. In the case of the hillfort at Abernethy the survey also recorded the outlines of previous antiquarian excavations on the site
The hillforts are late-prehistoric/early-historic defended sites of significant archaeological importance, both in terms of buried archaeological deposits and as monuments within the wider landscape. Significant elements at the core of all six hillforts surveyed during the present phase of the project are statutorily protected as Scheduled Monuments of national importance.
Project team members: Peter Schofield, Anne Stewardson, Anna Hodgkinson and Murray Cook
Moredun Top Hillfort