We March On into 2018!

IMG_1258Despite the lack of appearance of news lately on this site, SCAG have in fact been very active on the fieldwalking front.  The last of the nine fields walked so far was completed in a blizzard at the end of 2017, you can’t see the snow above but there are two very cold people in that picture!

We have been supported particularly by the generosity of Sir John Starkey and Nottingham Trent University Brackenhurst Campus in allowing us access to their land.    A number of interesting finds have been made across the sites including many mediaeval pieces and Trent Valley Roman greywares, with the possibility of finer Roman pottery wares yet to be identified.

Various types of  blackwares have been found in abundance, so much so that ceramic expert Jane Young spent a day with us helping to further refine and identify different types.  This has enabled us to be more precise with dating.

Every Thursday afternoon is spent in the Old Courthouse identifying and recording the abundance of finds recovered.  These well-attended sessions are very convivial and we are learning so much more as we go along.  Once our data recording is completed and inputted into spreadsheets, we will produce maps and reports outlining the finds that will allow us to start interpreting the changing nature of human activity within Southwell’s landscape.

IMG_1240Here is a lovely piece of 16th/17th century German Cologne or Frechen stoneware.





Walk two, 20th October 2016


Having collected over 1,200 items on our first fieldwalk on Nottingham Trent University’s Brackenhurst Campus, we were keen to get going again.  Thanks to Sir John Starkey’s kind permission,we walked a field bordering Halam Road and Cooks lane on the outskirts of Southwell.

Sixteen volunteers enjoyed a warm October afternoon, punctuated by the odd shower.  The light was good for picking up small finds and another large bagful was collected.  Currently in our project, finds are collected while we become more adept at on the spot identification.  Our next task is to clean and analyse them.  Early indications suggest one or two mediaeval pottery sherds and possibly some evidence of worked flints.

There are still some finds from our first walk to analyse so a full report  will be forthcoming when that work is complete.  A similar report will be produced for this field as well.  Hopefully, over the coming years we will be able to say more about the story of Southwell’s development over time within its rural context.

If you would like to be involved in our fieldwalking project please e-mail info@southwellarchaeology.org.uk  If you are a landowner who can give us permission to walk uncultivated fields we would also love to hear from you.