Tuesday, 22 December 2015
Monday, 21 December 2015
Thursday, 29 October 2015
Thursday, 22 October 2015
The South Dorset Ridgeway Landscape Partnership held a morning introduction to monitoring and recording ‘at risk’ monuments in our landscape today.
Many of our monuments are being de-scheduled by Historic England at the moment, which means that it is important that volunteers go out and monitor the state of our many round and long barrows, hillforts and stone circles for example and record any problems. This may include animal burrows, natural erosion, stock erosion (through grazing or just trampling) or anything that has an impact on the monument.
The project is running until July 2018 and the SDRLP are looking to have the first six month results starting now and hope that monitoring can continue after that with extra funding. All the paperwork needed to do the recording will be sent to us, including maps.
It is suggested that DDCAG could take on an area and monitor it over the six months and this area will be sent to me very soon, so if anyone wants to be put on a rota please get in touch. We can then have a meeting of the volunteers and go through the process and paperwork. This is an important project for us to be involved in, especially for those that cannot or don’t want to dig. The only criteria are to be able to walk in the landscape and not mind getting a bit muddy!
Wednesday, 30 September 2015
Our chair, David Northam, has the new geophiz software up and running and tested out the Rez Meter on his garden! All works well and the data downloaded. No archaeology in David's garden, unfortunately. This is a vital piece of kit for future independent work in this very technical area of archaeology surveying [see above!].
Thursday, 24 September 2015
Monday, 31 August 2015
We have been contacted by a group of people in South Somerset to help out with a possible Norman priory project. This could be very big and we are hoping to do some geophiz at the site soon to see what features may be lying beneath two fields. More reports later.
Sunday, 23 August 2015
David taking levels
Wednesday, 29 July 2015
Wednesday, 15 July 2015
Monday, 13 July 2015
Friday, 12 June 2015
Thursday, 7 May 2015
Tuesday, 28 April 2015
Friday, 24 April 2015
Tuesday, 14 April 2015
Four different fabrics types were identified including, Calcareous (Limestone inclusions), Sandy, Greywares and a small amount of Black Burnished Wares. These are all moderately coarse fabrics with burnished and smoothed surfaces. These sherds are all in a fair condition.
A moderate number of diagnostic sherds were also recovered including necked and bead rim jars, lug handles and pedestal bases. These forms were all made between the Late Iron Age through to the Early Romano-British period and associated with the plain decoration and surface finishes this dates the assemblage. With the lack of finewares and no imports, this coarseware assemblage is fairly low status and the vessels suggest a domestic setting with vessels that were probably made using locally sourced materials.
It would be logical to suggest that the ceramics available locally would be used by the incoming military. But at the same time it may be argued that perhaps the features we dug are earlier, from just before the conquest.
That is why digging this type of site is vital for the research of this pre- and post- conquest time period.
Sunday, 1 February 2015
We had our AGM last week and we gave ourselves a pat on the back for all we have achieved in 2014 at Nether Compton and all the events we have organised. We have many more members due to the dynamic progress we have made as a group. The outstanding achievement was the HLF bid and successful outcome that allowed us to dig at NC. We hope to go back this year and do more work in the village. We have plenty of events coming up, so keep looking in here and at our Facebook page for all the information and pics from DDCAG.