We’ve had occasional posts here about looking at Archaeology and history where you live. We may well be many weeks into the lockdown with Coronavirus but it hasn’t stopped us thinking about and working on Archaeology. Now, we’ve stayed at home and thought how could we tell you about the Archaeology of where you live? The answer was, by telling you something of the Archaeology of where we live! We live in a small parish just outside Buxton, in the Peak District of Derbyshire.
Welcome to the second of our blogs on the archaeology in your parish. In this one I’ll be looking at some of the archaeology and heritage of Hartington. For those of you who don’t know the village, it’s in the west of the county, about 12 miles north of Ashbourne, and the parish borders Staffordshire. What’s in the parish? Well, there’s a quite a lot going on here. The parish has a long history, and in fact there are now four parishes where there was once one. The four are Ha
Large upright stones (orthostats) forming part of a linear feature at Gardom’s edge near Baslow. Yes, it’s that time of year again already. On Saturday I made the annual pilgrimage to the Pomegranate Theatre in Chesterfield home of Derbyshire Archaeology Day for a number of years now. This year I had an extra reason for attending . . . I was giving a presentation on the work we’ve been doing at Peeling back the Layers. More of that later. As ever there was an eclectic mix of
St Peter’s, Titchfield, Hampshire. Churches are just one of our ritual sites. To paraphrase that Fast Show character “Aren’t churches great?” As sites of the social history of any given parish they are probably second to none. They hold registers of the key changes in most of our lives – births, deaths and marriages. Each of these is accompanied by a ritual, so when archaeologists refer to a site being ‘ritual’ they are thinking about this sort of activity. So, through these
Assembling for the day! A full house anticipated. Saturday 9th January saw the 25th Derbyshire Archaeology Day unfurl its wings at its now traditional home of the Pomegranate Theatre, Chesterfield. Derbyshire Archaeology Day is a chance for many of us interested in archaeology and heritage, both professional and amateur, to catch up on events, projects and of course excavations over the preceding year, but it was a day tinged with sadness as the recent death of a long-time su
It’s about time we had more news from Staffordshire. So, first things first – over 50 skeletons have been found on the site of a medieval hospital in Litchfield. The site – known as St John’s Hospital – was situated just outside the gates of the medieval town. It was associated with St Chad a Northumbrian saint whose shrine was in the church which later became the cathedral. It has a long history of being a centre for pilgrims and it is thought the remains found during develo
Colin Merrony (with his back to us!) of the Archaeology Dept, University of Sheffield talking to Dave Barratt, Derbyshire County Archaeologist at this year’s Castleton excavations. As you may know ETA is based in the beautiful Derbyshire Peak District and we do like our local archaeology! We do try to get to see as many sites and projects as we can and we finally made it to this year’s excavation in Castleton. The excavation was part of an on-going project – The Search for Ca
A report published yesterday has revealed a large cemetery in Cambridge which has been dated to the medieval period. The site was excavated by the Cambridge Archaeological Unit (CAU) between 2010-2012, but the report has only just been published. It tells the story of a cemetery used over several generations, not only of people but of the cemetery itself. Each cemetery has a life-span and a generation is quite simply the amount of time before the site is full, and another rou