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Archaeological Records

Post by detecttheearth » Mon Feb 12, 2018 8:07 pm

Hi,

I've just obtained a new permission and have been told at some point there was an archaeological excavation of a burial in one of the fields. That is about all the information the landowner now has. They know which field but no other details. Any advice on how I can find out more?

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Re: Archaeological Records

Post by thefiggis » Mon Feb 12, 2018 8:22 pm

You could ask local sources such as village/area archaeological societies or the county council archaeology dept (eg your FLO). Hopefully it won't have happened so long ago that records have been lost.
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Re: Archaeological Records

Post by tcawood » Mon Feb 12, 2018 8:56 pm

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Re: Archaeological Records

Post by Rayc » Mon Feb 12, 2018 9:38 pm

Reports of minor excavations can be difficult to track down; particularly if they haven't been published.
Try to find out when the excavation was carried out and who did it.
The county council archaeology and building conservation unit ( may have a different title in your area)
may hold records. Or, as has been suggested, amateur groups will hold their own records.
I don't think Essex Uni currently offer archaeo degrees within their history faculty.
Your best stati g bet is the county archaeologist.
I wish you luck.

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Re: Archaeological Records

Post by detecttheearth » Mon Feb 12, 2018 9:47 pm

Thanks everyone! I'm on the case :-)
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Re: Archaeological Records

Post by Stillburning » Tue Feb 13, 2018 7:22 am

I had a similar situation on one of my fields, a search of the county archive and online newspapers turned up several documents relating to the dig (carried out in 1940).

A quantity of the items that had been excavated were deposited in the local museum who got them out of storage for me to have a look at (I was not allowed to touch or take photos!), they were interested in the documents as they had not been sure of the exact location of the dig.

God luck and let us know how you get on ::g
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Re: Archaeological Records

Post by oldartefact » Tue Feb 13, 2018 8:29 am

You never know ... it may have been the bonny prince himself.
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Re: Archaeological Records

Post by geoman » Tue Feb 13, 2018 9:59 am

Make sure that this site has not been covered by a CSS agreement as a known site and so out of bounds for detecting. Speak to the landowner and see if they have entered into a CSS agreement. If they have then similar restrictions will apply to other areas of their land.

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Re: Archaeological Records

Post by Dave The Slave » Tue Feb 13, 2018 2:23 pm

tcawood, Thank you for the links. Looked at the 3rd link so far and will be using these for my " Deskbound Assesment :-O " before getting out in the field and doing the real stuff next week.
"Deskbound Assesment", sounds like a penpushers phrase from someone who has never left the office and is only using the "known" info.
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