Fieldwork in the East Midlands
Covering five counties, the CBA East Midlands group is in a great position to bring the activities of other archaeological
groups in its area to a wider audience. Whether you’re recording gravestones, fieldwalking, digging test pits or running
large excavations, this page is available to publicise your work. We welcome anything from a single paragraph of text to
a fully illustrated report — please send any material for inclusion to firstname.lastname@example.org
Burrough Hill Iron Age hill fort
The University of Leicester and ULAS are running a joint training and research excavation at Burrough Hill hillfort near
Melton Mowbrary, the finest example of a large univallate (single banked) hillfort in Leicestershire. See the University’s
website for the latest news.
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The Roots and Development of Bingham, Nottinghamshire
Bingham Heritage Trails Association is carrying out a three-year project examining the historic core of Bingham, and
how it developed through time. This follows on from, and supplements, a successful field-walking project which
examined all 2,000 acres of arable land in the parish.
The current project aims to dig more than
holes, pits, drains and floors that date
60 1m-square archaeological test pits in
back to medieval times in some cases. All
central Bingham. 45 pits have already been
the finds were entered on a database over
dug, with another 20 planned for this year.
the winter, and plotting of their distribution
More than 7,700 sherds of pottery and
suggests that a previously unidentified
other finds have been found from the
Roman settlement existed in the centre of
Roman period onwards, as well as post-
Bingham, near the church.
Most of the pottery has now been identified by specialists. The medieval assemblage gives a good indication of where
people were living in Bingham immediately after the Norman Conquest. It looks as though there are also some Anglo
Saxon sherds - did the Roman settlement continue into Anglo-Saxon times? The animal bones, bricks and tiles are
currently being studied, and these will provide further information about how people lived in historic Bingham. There
is still plenty of work left to do unravelling the centuries of history that lie just below the surface of people's gardens.
Guidelines for setting up fieldwork projects, based on BHTA’s experience over the last decade, can be found here.
The first two test pits are begun, under the watchful
eye of staff from Trent and Peak Archaeology
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18th/19th-century drain made
from medieval stone roof tiles
Post-hole at the corner of a
stone floor to a 17th-century
Stone foundation layer to the
13th-century tiled floor of a
Gazebos allowed the digging to carry on come
rain or sunshine — mostly rain in summer 2012!