24 November 2013

Consultation event for project on Segelocum (Littleborough)

I was interested to see a flier on the Nottinghamshire County Council's Community Archaeologists' Facebook page inviting people along to a consultation meeting to discuss a bid for Heritage Lottery funding to investigate the Roman small town of Segelocum (Littleborough) in north Nottinghamshire.

The event is on 28th November at 7pm in the Sturton Hall Conference Centre, Brickings Way, Sturton le Steeple, DN22 9HY.

22 November 2013

Trent & Peak Archaeology: laser scan videos on YouTube

A colleague has just alerted me to an impressive laser scan flythrough of the Workhouse at Southwell. A quick look at Trent & Peak Archaeology's YouTube page reveals other videos of Nottinghamshire subjects:
  • Southwell Workhouse
  • Newark marketplace
  • Wollaton Hall
  • Laser scan survey of Stapleford Anglo-Saxon Cross
  • An explanation of archaeomagnetic dating at the TPA excavation at Girton Quarry

15 November 2013

Work starts on the National Civil War Centre in Newark

Contractors have started work converting the Old Magnus Buildings on Appletongate into a £5.3 million National Civil War Centre "where the centrepiece theme will be the deadly struggles for power in 17th century Britain." Newark was a staunchly Royalist town and played an important role in the English Civil Wars: King Charles I surrendered to the Scots Army here in 1646.

7 November 2013

The Battle of Hatfield and Cuckney church

The Battle of Hatfield Investigation Society are putting together a project to determine the location of the Battle of Heathfield (AD632) which led to the death of King Edwin of Northumbria. Traditionally, the battle is assumed to have taken place near Doncaster but the Society think that it was fought near the village of Cuckney in west Nottinghamshire.

Over 200 adult male skeletons were discovered at Cuckney church in 1951 when work was done to protect the building against subsidence from coal mining. Although it has been assumed the burials related to a 12th century battle the Society are arguing that they may be the fallen from the Battle of Heathfield and want to excavate at the church to find and analyse the skeletons.