Hi, Ian Parker Heath here with a fresh instalment of news from Enrichment Though Archaeology.
Its been a while since the last news update and, in part, this is due to the inclusion of prehistory in the Primary National Curriculum. As many of you will know, the new school year saw KS2 pupils now being required to learn of “changes in Britain from the Stone Age to the Iron Age” – quite a range there, covering as it does around 800,000 years! As a result Catherine has been really busy with workshops; in the past few weeks she has been criss-crossing the country to places such as Cowling in North Yorkshire, Reigate in Surrey, Sheffield, Bedford, and Alderley Edge in Cheshire! She is also busy working on a project with a local group – the Tudor Farming Interpretation Group – who are putting together a Heritage Lottery Fund application in support of a project exploring the history of a parish. Based at Under Whitle in Sheen, Staffordshire, this is an exciting development and we look forward to letting you know more as the project unfolds.
Catherine is inspecting one of the features at Under Whitle – a possible cellar of a long-demolished house.
In other local news, the Dovedale Hoard of Iron Age and Roman coins has now gone on show at Buxton Museum and Art Gallery. The hoard was, as many things in archaeology are, discovered by chance! A walker was sheltering from the rain in a cave in Dovedale here in the Peak District, when he happened to notice something in the dirt on the cave floor. It turned out they were coins – and he did the right thing and informed the landowner, in this case the National Trust. They closed the cave and arranged a excavation of the site, in conjunction with the University of Leicester Dept. of Archaeology and Operation Nightingale, a project which helps recovering soldiers/service personnel wounded in Afghanistan and Iraq through involvement in archaeology. In total some 27 coins were found and these then underwent cleaning and conservation treatment at the British Museum. This week they arrived at Buxton Museum and Art Gallery and have been the source of much interest, including the BBC who have interviewed the museum manager Ros Westwood. This will be on BBC East Midlands Today this evening (24th Oct).
Museum manager Ros Westwood being interviewed by BBC East Midlands Today.