We are delighted to add an extra lecture evening to the Spring series.
Stephen Dean (Principal Archaeologist, SCC) has kindly agreed to visit SOTMAS and talk to us about field walking, using the latest Hammerwich/Hoard site as an example.
He will also be updating us about the latest Hoard finds.
This lecture will be given in the usual place
(see our lectures page for more
information) on Friday 24th May 2013
at 7:30 pm.
Before we get started with our field work this
year, I am taking the opportunity to complete our record of what we did in
2012. First, our surveys at ...
Audley's Moat, Endon
In August 2012 we returned to this site which we
had surveyed some years previously, carrying out contour and resistivity
surveys. This time we did magnetometry as well as resistivity surveys.
Tradition associates the site with a hall, the
seat of Henry, Lord Audley.
Henry had a chapel and chantry in Endon and
sometime between 1214 and 1219 he obtained a licence, from the bishop of
Coventry and Lichfield, to have his children baptised in the chapel. John
Sleigh's History of Leek (1862), quoting an earlier source, says of Henry
Lord Audley "[his] seat, as appears from this licence, was at Endon, upon
that spot of ground in the way between Endon and Park-Lane, as is most
likely, though there be now no remains of any building, nor anything but
some signs of a moat."
Here is what the site looks like now (photo by Dave Thomas - click to
For a more detailed account, more pictures, a
link to Sleigh's history as well as the full survey data and report,
follow this link to our
Audley's Moat page (or go via the Fieldwork and Trips menu on the
Happy New Year!
We wish all our members and visitors a very happy
and prosperous 2013!
Spring 2013 Lecture Programme
Details of our Spring 2013 Lectures have now been
confirmed, and you can see them here (or
via the Lectures link in the main menu to the left).
Field Walking in the
Staffordshire Hoard field
At the end of November 2012, the Society were
invited to help field walk the field where the Staffordshire Hoard was
found. We were asked to look for any evidence of non-modern human
occupation. The field had recently been ploughed, and a team of metal
detectorists had already been over the field looking for any remaining
fragments of the hoard. We had been asked to keep the activity and our
involvement secret, but since the results have now been announced on the
BBC as well as in the press, both local and national, I feel I am now at
liberty to mention it here!
Here are some pictures of the field on the day I
was there (the Society were there over two days). Click on a picture to
I found a few shards of pottery and a couple of
clay pipe stems, but nothing older that 18th C, certainly nothing
Anglo-Saxon. Unlike the metal detectorists who had had rather more
success, as reported on the BBC (here
here) and in the
The following day, Winston found a flint scraper
(pictures below) so maybe there was previous occupation - but rather
earlier than Anglo-Saxon! One of the Archaeology Warwickshire team (who
were leading the operation) found a piece of silver foil in that part of
the field near to where the hoard was originally found.
It is extremely unlikely that any more
hoard fragments remain to be found after this intensive search.
7th January 2013
Pictures in this item by (from the top): David Thomas,
John Winch, Bryn Gethin (2)
Opening Dates for 2013
The dates of the actual Friday evenings on which
the rooms in the Museum will be available for our use next year have now
been confirmed, and you can see them here.
We are currently arranging the Spring 2013
Lecture Programme for the first few of these Fridays, and when these have
been confirmed I will post the details here.
3rd December 2012
Roman Shoes Report - Update
The Royal Archaeological Institute have
accepted our report about the Roman shoes we found in the well at Tollgate
Farm (see item below), and
here it is as it
appears on their Diamond Jubilee web page. The Institute have created this web page
in honour of their patron, Her Majesty The Queen, and they are
inviting reports from local archaeology societies to mark their proudest archaeological or historical achievements of the past 60 years.
Read all about it here,
where you can follow links to all the submitted reports.
For more pictures of our Roman shoe finds, follow
the links from "Fieldwork and Trips" in the menu (on the left) to
"Tollgate Farm" and then "Roman Shoes", or go directly to
6th November 2012
Roman Shoes Report
Dave Thomas and
Maureen Thomas have written
this short report about
the roman shoes we found in the Tollgate Farm well. We will be submitting
this report to the Royal Archaeological Institute for them to host on
their Queen's Diamond Jubilee web page. Submissions will be judged in
early 2013, and the best awarded a prize. Watch this space for further
news! (see above)
8th October 2012
Lectures Autumn/Winter 2012
Our programme of 4 lectures covering October and
November this year can be found via the "Lectures" link in the menu on the
left. There are no lectures in December, as the museum rooms are not
available for us that month.
The lecture programme for the beginning of next
year is in preparation, and will be posted here when it is available.
Norbury Manor: Survey data and full report
Winston Hollins, our Dig Director, has completed
his report of the geophysical surveys we carried out at Norbury Manor
earlier this year, as mentioned below.
His report, together with files containing all
the survey data, can be downloaded from our
Norbury Manor page in
"Fieldwork and Trips".
8th October 2012
Return to Cox Bank Farm 2012
This May, we returned to Cox Bank Farm to carry out an excavation on the site of the suspected burnt mound, which we investigated in two small trial trenches this time last year. We confirmed that there was indeed a burnt mound at this location, despite there being no longer any watercourse nearby. We found heat-shattered stones, charcoal, a fossil, and possibly a post hole. For more
words and pictures, go to the Coxbank
2012 page (you can also find this page via the Fieldwork
& Trips menu to the left).
Survey at Norbury Manor
Towards the end of April and into May 2012, we
carried out magnetometry and resistivity surveys of a moated platform at
Norbury Manor, just to the east of Norbury. Early in the 14th Century,
Ralph Butler (or Ralph de Botiller) built a moated manor house here. By
the early 19th Century it was in a "ruinous state" and in 1838 it was
demolished, much of the stone being used to construct a new house slightly
to the south. Here is a view of the moated site now - we are marking out the site for
the magnetometry survey.
For more pictures, a full report, and survey data, go to our
Norbury Manor page. You
can also reach this page through the Fieldwork and Trips menu on the left.
The news which previously appeared on the
rest of this page related to 2011, and can now be found by following the
"More News" link below. Details of all the fieldwork and reports mentioned
there can be found via the "Fieldwork and Trips" menu, above.