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 firstname.lastname@example.org If you are a landowner who can give us permission to walk uncultivated fields we would also love to hear from you.